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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D. C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

þ  

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

 

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012

     
o  

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: 001-34601

 

Essex Rental Corp.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)

     

Delaware

(State of Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)

 

20-5415048

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

     

1110 Lake Cook Road, Suite 220

Buffalo Grove, Illinois

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

60089

(ZIP Code)

847-215-6500

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

 

None

(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 Sections 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 þ No ¨

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

Yes þ                 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. (Check one):

 

Large accelerated filer ¨   Accelerated filer þ
Non-accelerated filer   ¨   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 þ

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of the latest practicable date.

 

24,555,818 shares of common stock, par value $.0001 per share, were outstanding as of the close of business on August 1, 2012.

 

 
 

 

ESSEX RENTAL CORP.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

     
PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION  

 Page

 

Item 1. Financial Statements:      

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2012

(Unaudited) and December 31, 2011

 

   2  

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

for the Three and Six Months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

 

   3  

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss (Unaudited)

for the Three and Six Months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

  4  

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

for the Three and Six Months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011

 

   5  
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)   6  
Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations   22  
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk    31  
Item 4. Controls and Procedures    32  
       
PART II. OTHER INFORMATION      
       
Item 1. Legal Proceedings    32  
Item 1A. Risk Factors    32  
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds    32  
Item 3. Defaults upon Senior Securities    33  
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures    33  
Item 5. Other Information    33  
Item 6. Exhibits    34  
     
Signatures    

 

 

 
 

 

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains statements which are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements include statements regarding the intent and belief or current expectations of Essex Rental Corp. (“Essex Rental”) and its management team and may be identified by the use of words like "anticipate", "believe", "estimate", "expect", "intend", "may", "plan", "will", "should", "seek", the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Readers are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Essex Rental’s expectations include, without limitation, the continued ability of Essex Rental to successfully execute its business plan, the possibility of a change in demand for the products and services that Essex Rental provides (through its operating subsidiaries, Essex Crane Rental Corp., Coast Crane Company and Coast Crane Ltd.), intense competition which may require us to lower prices or offer more favorable terms of sale, our reliance on third party suppliers, our indebtedness which could limit our operational and financial flexibility, global economic factors including interest rates, general economic conditions, geopolitical events and regulatory changes, our dependence on our management team and key personnel, as well as other relevant risks detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available on the investor relations section of our website, www.essexrentalcorp.com. The factors listed here are not exhaustive. Many of these uncertainties and risks are difficult to predict and beyond management’s control. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, results or events. Essex Rental assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking information in this Form 10-Q whether to reflect changed assumptions, the occurrence of unanticipated events or changes in future operating results or financial conditions, or otherwise.

 

 
 

 

ESSEX RENTAL CORP.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

   June 30,   December 31, 
   2012   2011 
ASSETS  (Unaudited)     
 
CURRENT ASSETS          
Cash and cash equivalents  $8,918,878   $9,030,383 
Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts and          
credit memos of $3,391,000 and $2,916,000, respectively   16,076,485    14,311,343 
Other receivables   2,350,269    2,712,353 
Deferred tax assets   2,091,193    3,478,114 
Inventory          
Retail equipment inventory   1,009,484    2,212,530 
Retail spare parts, net   1,037,779    1,506,680 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   1,807,046    1,944,068 
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS   33,291,134    35,195,471 
           
Rental equipment, net   312,465,946    328,955,023 
Property and equipment, net   7,143,107    7,876,432 
Spare parts inventory, net   3,208,145    3,380,090 
Identifiable finite lived intangibles, net   1,570,714    1,893,920 
Goodwill   1,796,126    1,796,126 
Loan acquisition costs, net   1,568,355    1,803,167 
           
TOTAL ASSETS  $361,043,527   $380,900,229 
           
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
           
CURRENT LIABILITIES          
Accounts payable  $4,535,508   $4,893,500 
Accrued employee compensation and benefits   1,810,990    1,750,956 
Accrued taxes   3,300,800    3,592,912 
Accrued interest   904,258    833,642 
Accrued other expenses   991,966    830,295 
Unearned rental revenue   1,450,746    1,106,781 
Customer deposits   574,612    142,581 
Short-term debt obligations   673,403    673,403 
Interest rate swaps   1,028,525    2,470,779 
Current portion of capital lease obligation   6,812    7,199 
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES   15,277,620    16,302,048 
           
LONG-TERM LIABILITIES          
Revolving credit facilities   214,523,808    222,088,941 
Promissory notes   5,082,805    5,034,741 
Other long-term debt obligations   1,515,157    1,851,859 
Deferred tax liabilities   46,735,257    51,650,482 
Capital lease obligation   -    3,150 
TOTAL LONG-TERM LIABILITIES   267,857,027    280,629,173 
           
TOTAL LIABILITIES   283,134,647    296,931,221 
           
Commitments and contingencies          
           
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY          
Preferred stock, $.0001 par value, Authorized 1,000,000 shares, none issued   -    - 
Common stock, $.0001 par value, Authorized 40,000,000 shares;          
     issued and outstanding 24,555,818 shares at June 30, 2012          
     and 24,428,092 shares at December 31, 2011   2,456    2,443 
Paid in capital   123,695,266    122,815,398 
Accumulated deficit   (45,166,322)   (37,577,983)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax   (622,520)   (1,270,850)
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   77,908,880    83,969,008 
           
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY  $361,043,527   $380,900,229 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

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ESSEX RENTAL CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011

(Unaudited)

 

   Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30, 
REVENUES  2012   2011   2012   2011 
Equipment rentals  $11,133,146   $10,185,995   $21,417,468   $20,552,848 
Retail equipment sales   1,277,506    3,591,291    2,193,952    7,289,655 
Used rental equipment sales   7,341,332    1,747,249    12,670,194    2,190,775 
Retail parts sales   2,089,391    2,546,880    4,421,633    5,463,189 
Transportation   2,130,566    1,386,307    3,474,629    2,760,903 
Equipment repairs and maintenance   3,218,898    2,886,783    6,751,148    5,574,305 
                     
TOTAL REVENUES   27,190,839    22,344,505    50,929,024    43,831,675 
                     
COST OF REVENUES                    
Salaries, payroll taxes and benefits   2,822,915    2,495,507    5,706,051    4,833,527 
Depreciation   5,139,624    5,219,272    10,385,811    10,378,212 
Retail equipment sales   1,107,288    2,997,447    1,827,103    6,124,393 
Used rental equipment sales   6,132,181    1,493,494    10,836,080    1,891,338 
Retail parts sales   1,600,625    2,098,142    3,486,651    4,367,340 
Transportation   1,897,681    1,360,799    3,034,654    2,653,569 
Equipment repairs and maintenance   2,395,681    3,256,673    5,365,673    6,264,620 
Yard operating expenses   768,261    562,886    1,556,319    1,109,855 
                     
TOTAL COST OF REVENUES   21,864,256    19,484,220    42,198,342    37,622,854 
                     
GROSS PROFIT   5,326,583    2,860,285    8,730,682    6,208,821 
                     
Selling, general and administrative expenses   6,544,866    7,161,105    13,532,821    14,539,195 
Other depreciation and amortization   310,051    312,407    636,455    641,930 
                     
LOSS FROM OPERATIONS   (1,528,334)   (4,613,227)   (5,438,594)   (8,972,304)
                     
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)                    
Other income   17,986    110,355    2,426    274,723 
Interest expense   (2,874,300)   (2,856,904)   (5,782,982)   (5,721,230)
Foreign currency exchange gains (losses)   (90,619)   (7,139)   (55,080)   70 
TOTAL OTHER INCOME (EXPENSES)   (2,946,933)   (2,753,688)   (5,835,636)   (5,446,437)
                     
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAXES   (4,475,267)   (7,366,915)   (11,274,230)   (14,418,741)
                     
BENEFIT FOR INCOME TAXES   (1,583,270)   (2,840,883)   (3,685,891)   (5,230,457)
                     
NET LOSS  $(2,891,997)  $(4,526,032)  $(7,588,339)  $(9,188,284)
                     
Weighted average shares outstanding:                    
Basic   24,543,308    24,428,092    24,534,205    23,210,137 
Diluted   24,543,308    24,428,092    24,534,205    23,210,137 
                     
Loss per share:                    
Basic  $(0.12)  $(0.19)  $(0.31)  $(0.40)
Diluted  $(0.12)  $(0.19)  $(0.31)  $(0.40)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

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ESSEX RENTAL CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011

(Unaudited)

 

   Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2012   2011   2012   2011 
                 
Net loss  $(2,891,997)  $(4,526,032)  $(7,588,339)  $(9,188,284)
                     
Other comprehensive income, net of tax                    
                     
Foreign currency translation adjustments   6,175    4,386    15,536    7,163 
Change in fair value of interest rate swap, net of tax of                    
$236,119 and $30,236 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $411,429 and $232,728 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively   352,633    46,503    632,794    367,659 
                     
                     
Other comprehensive income   358,808    50,889    648,330    374,822 
                     
Comprehensive loss  $(2,533,189)  $(4,475,143)  $(6,940,009)  $(8,813,462)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

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ESSEX RENTAL CORP.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

SIX MONTHS ENDED JUNE 30, 2012 AND 2011

(Unaudited)

 

   Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2012   2011 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES          
Net loss  $(7,588,339)  $(9,188,284)
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash (used in)          
provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation and amortization of tangible assets   10,833,842    10,674,609 
Amortization of loan acquisition costs          
and other intangibles   615,098    712,246 
Amortization of promissory notes discount   48,064    48,065 
Gain on sale of rental equipment   (1,834,114)   (299,437)
Deferred income taxes   (3,803,542)   (5,162,409)
Share based compensation expense   757,938    996,213 
Change in fair value of interest rate swaps   (398,031)   (475,861)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Accounts receivable, net   (2,928,142)   879,155 
Other receivables   362,084    386,613 
Prepaid expenses and other assets   137,022    904,966 
Retail equipment inventory   204,064    1,384,456 
Spare parts inventory   627,544    81,127 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   (235,844)   2,503,601 
Unearned rental revenue   343,965    (118,635)
Customer deposits   432,031    (974,836)
           
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES   (2,426,360)   2,351,589 
           
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES          
Purchases of rental equipment   (2,870,035)   (4,547,026)
Purchases of property and equipment   (644,830)   (739,159)
Accounts receivable from rental equipment sales   1,163,000    - 
Proceeds from sale of rental equipment   12,670,194    2,190,775 
           
NET CASH PROVIDED BY (USED IN) INVESTING ACTIVITIES   10,318,329    (3,095,410)
           
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES          
Proceeds from revolving credit facilities   45,041,215    42,908,880 
Payments on revolving credit facilities   (52,606,348)   (46,851,928)
Payments on short-term debt obligations   (336,702)   (1,916,700)
Payments on capital lease obligation   (3,846)   (3,846)
Proceeds from the exercise of warrants   -    19,778,015 
Payments for loan acquisition costs   (191,862)   - 
           
NET CASH (USED IN) PROVIDED BY  FINANCING ACTIVITIES   (8,097,543)   13,914,421 
           
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   94,069    (9,363)
           
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS   (111,505)   13,161,237 
           
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF PERIOD   9,030,383    3,474,314 
           
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF PERIOD  $8,918,878   $16,635,551 
           
SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF NON-CASH          
INVESTING / FINANCING ACTIVITIES          
Board of Directors fees paid in common stock  $121,943   $- 
Equipment obtained through capital lease  $309   $545 
Equipment purchased directly through short-term debt obligation  $-   $1,012,500 
Unrealized gain on designated derivative instruments, net of tax  $(632,794)  $(367,659)
           
           
SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH          
FLOW INFORMATION:          
Cash paid for interest, swaps and debt issuance costs  $4,839,018   $5,344,232 
Cash paid (received) for income taxes, net  $41,515   $(40,151)

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these financial statements

 

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ESSEX RENTAL CORP.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

 

1.       Business and Principles of Consolidation

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Essex Rental Corp. (“Essex Rental”) and its wholly owned subsidiaries Essex Holdings, LLC ("Holdings"), Essex Crane Rental Corp. ("Essex Crane"), Essex Finance Corp. (“Essex Finance”), CC Acquisition Holding Corp. (“CC Acquisition”), Coast Crane Company, formerly known as CC Bidding Corp. (“Coast Crane” or “CC Bidding”) and Coast Crane Ltd. (“Coast Crane Ltd.”), (collectively the "Company"). All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

The Company, through its subsidiaries, Essex Crane and Coast Crane, is engaged primarily in renting lattice boom crawler cranes and attachments, tower cranes and attachments, rough terrain cranes, boom trucks and other related heavy lifting machinery and equipment to the construction industry mainly throughout the United States of America, including Hawaii and Alaska, Guam and Canada. The assets are rented for use in building and maintaining power plants, refineries, bridge and road construction, alternative energy, water treatment facilities and other industrial, commercial and infrastructure related projects. The Company, through its subsidiary Coast Crane, is also engaged in servicing and distributing heavy lifting machinery and other construction related equipment and parts.

 

The accompanying financial statements of the Company include all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) which management considers necessary for the fair presentation of the Company’s operating results, financial position and cash flows as of and for all periods presented. Certain information and note disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) have been omitted from these unaudited financial statements in accordance with applicable rules.

 

The results of operations for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the results to be expected for the full year ending December 31, 2012. For further information, please refer to the financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

2.Significant Accounting Policies

 

Please refer to Note 2 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 for a complete description of our significant accounting policies.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain prior year amounts in the consolidated statement of operations have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. The reclassifications had no effect on net loss, cash flows or shareholders’ equity.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of these financial statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect certain reported amounts and disclosures.  Accordingly, actual results could materially differ from those estimates.  Significant estimates include the allowance for doubtful accounts and credit memos, spare parts inventory obsolescence reserve, useful lives for rental equipment and property and equipment, deferred income taxes, personal property tax receivable and accrual, loss contingencies and the fair value of interest rate swaps and other financial instruments.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments, Including Derivative Instruments

 

The valuation of financial instruments requires the Company to make estimates and judgments that affect the fair value of the instruments. The Company, where possible, bases the fair values of its financial instruments, including its derivative instruments, on listed market prices and third party quotes. Where these are not available, the Company bases its estimates on current instruments with similar terms and maturities or on other factors relevant to the financial instruments.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Segment Reporting

 

We have determined, in accordance with applicable accounting guidance regarding operating segments that we have three reportable segments. We derive our revenues from three principal business activities: (1) equipment rentals; (2) equipment distribution; and (3) parts and service. These segments are based upon how we allocate resources and assess performance. See Note 11 to the consolidated financial statements regarding our segment information.

 

Recently Issued and Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

 

In May 2011, the FASB issued authoritative guidance to achieve common fair value measurements and disclosure requirements in U.S. GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”). Some of the provisions of the new accounting guidance include requiring (1) that only nonfinancial assets should be valued based on a determination of their best use, (2) disclosure of quantitative information about unobservable inputs used in Level 3 fair value measurements and (3) disclosure of the level within the fair value hierarchy for each class of assets or liabilities not measured at fair value in the statement of financial position but for which the fair value is disclosed. This guidance is effective during interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company adopted this guidance on January 1, 2012 which requires changes in presentation only and its adoption did not have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

 

In June 2011, the FASB issued authoritative guidance regarding the format of disclosures of comprehensive income. Under the new guidance, an entity has the option to present the total of comprehensive income, the components of net income, and the components of other comprehensive income either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income or in two separate but consecutive statements. In both choices, an entity is required to present each component of net income along with total net income, each component of other comprehensive income along with a total for other comprehensive income, and a total amount for comprehensive income. This guidance eliminates the option to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders' equity, but does not change the items that must be reported in other comprehensive income or when an item of other comprehensive income must be reclassified to net income. This guidance is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company has elected to report total comprehensive income using the two separate but consecutive statements approach. Other than the change in presentation, these changes did not have an impact on the Company’s results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

 

In September 2011, the FASB issued authoritative guidance regarding the methodology used to test goodwill for impairment. This new guidance allows an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is necessary to perform the two-step quantitative goodwill impairment test. Under this new guidance, an entity would not be required to calculate the fair value of a reporting unit unless the entity determines, based on a qualitative assessment, that it is more likely than not that its fair value is less than its carrying amount. The guidance includes a number of events and circumstances for an entity to consider in conducting the qualitative assessment. This guidance is effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2011 with early adoption permitted. The adoption of these provisions did not have a material impact on the Company’s results of operations, financial position or liquidity.

 

In December 2011, the FASB issued authoritative guidance that indefinitely defers the provisions that required entities to present reclassification adjustments out of accumulated other comprehensive income by component in both the statement in which net income is presented and the statement in which other comprehensive income is presented for both interim and annual financial statements. This guidance does not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

3.Intangible Assets

 

Goodwill of $1,796,126 was recorded associated with the Coast Acquisition on November 24, 2010 for the excess of the total consideration transferred over the fair value of identifiable assets acquired, net of liabilities assumed.

 

The following table presents the gross carrying amount, accumulated amortization and net carrying amount of the Company’s other identifiable finite lived intangible assets at June 30, 2012:

 

   Gross       Net 
   Carrying   Accumulated   Carrying 
   Amount   Amortization   Amount 
Other identifiable intangible assets:               
                
Essex Crane customer relationship  $784,826   $(784,826)  $- 
Essex Crane trademark   804,130    (804,130)   - 
Coast Crane customer relationship   1,500,000    (339,286)   1,160,714 
Coast Crane trademark   600,000    (190,000)   410,000 
   $3,688,956   $(2,118,242)  $1,570,714 

 

The following table presents the gross carrying amount, accumulated amortization and net carrying amount of the Company’s other identifiable intangible assets at December 31, 2011:

 

   Gross       Net 
   Carrying   Accumulated   Carrying 
   Amount   Amortization   Amount 
Other identifiable intangible assets:               
                
Essex Crane customer relationship  $849,417   $(774,628)  $74,789 
Essex Crane trademark   874,321    (793,047)   81,274 
Coast Crane customer relationship   1,500,000    (232,143)   1,267,857 
Coast Crane trademark   600,000    (130,000)   470,000 
   $3,823,738   $(1,929,818)  $1,893,920 

 

The gross carrying amount of the Essex Crane customer relationship intangible was reduced by $0 and $61,935 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $64,591 and $135,855 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, as a result of the recognition of the tax benefit related to excess tax deductible goodwill. The gross carrying amount of the Essex Crane trademark intangible was reduced by $0 and $61,815 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $70,191 and $137,911 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, as a result of the recognition of the tax benefit related to excess tax deductible goodwill. The net carrying amounts of the Essex Crane customer relationship and trademark were reduced to zero as a result of the tax benefit related to excess tax deductible goodwill and amortization during the three months ended March 31, 2012.

 

The Company’s amortization expense associated with other intangible assets was $83,571 and $163,127 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $188,424 and $345,533 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

The following table presents the estimated future amortization expense related to intangible assets as of June 30, 2012 for the years ended December 31:

 

 2012   $167,145 
 2013    334,288 
 2014    334,288 
 2015    324,288 
 2016 and thereafter    410,705 
        
 Total   $1,570,714 

 

4.Revolving Credit Facilities and Other Debt Obligations

 

The Company’s revolving credit facilities and other debt obligations consist of the following:

 

   Principal Outstanding at   Weighted     
   June 30,   December 31,   Average Interest   Maturity 
   2012   2011   as of June 30, 2012 (1)   Date Ranges 
Essex Crane revolving credit facility  $153,902,479   $157,751,206    2.50%   Oct-13 
Coast Crane revolving credit facility   60,621,329    64,337,735    5.31%   Nov-14 
Unsecured promissory notes (related party) (2)   5,082,805    5,034,741    11.90%   Dec-13 
Purchase money security interest debt   1,515,157    1,851,859    3.72%   Sep-15 
Purchase money security interest debt - short-term   673,403    673,403    3.72%   within 1 year 
                     
Total debt obligations outstanding  $221,795,173   $229,648,944           

 

(1) Weighted average interest rates exclude the impact of the Company's interest rate swap.      

(2) Includes the impact on interest expense from the accretion of the discount related to the detachable warrants issued with the debt.  See "Unsecured Promissory Notes" discussion within this footnote for further discussion.

 

Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility

 

In conjunction with the acquisition of Holdings on October 31, 2008, Essex Crane amended its senior secured revolving line of credit facility (“Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility”), which permits it to borrow up to $190.0 million with a $20.0 million aggregate sublimit for letters of credit. Essex Crane may borrow up to an amount equal to the sum of 85% of eligible net receivables and 75% of the net orderly liquidation value of eligible rental equipment. The Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility is collateralized by a first priority security interest in substantially all of Essex Crane’s assets.

 

Borrowings under the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility accrue interest at the borrower’s option of either (a) the bank’s prime rate (3.25% at June 30, 2012) plus an applicable margin or (b) a Eurodollar rate based on the rate the bank offers deposits of U.S. Dollars in the London interbank market (“LIBOR”) (0.24% at June 30, 2012) plus an applicable margin. Essex Crane is also required to pay a monthly commitment fee with respect to the undrawn commitments under the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility. At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 the applicable prime rate margin, euro-dollar LIBOR margin, and unused line commitment fee were 0.25%, 2.25% and 0.25%, respectively. See Note 5 Derivatives and Hedging Activities – Interest Rate Swap Agreements for additional detail.

 

The maximum amount that could be borrowed under the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility, net of letters of credit, interest rate swaps and other reserves was approximately $188.9 million and $187.8 million as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Essex Crane’s available borrowing under its revolving credit facility was approximately $35.0 million and $30.0 million as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. As of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, there was $0.4 million and $3.6 million, respectively, of available formulated collateral in excess of the maximum borrowing amount of $190.0 million. Although the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility limits Essex Crane’s ability to incur additional indebtedness, Essex Crane is permitted to incur certain additional indebtedness, including secured purchase money indebtedness of up to $1.5 million outstanding at any time, subject to certain conditions set forth in the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

As of June 30, 2012 and for the three and six months then ended, the Company was in compliance with its covenants and other provisions of the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility.  Some of the financial covenants, including a fixed charge coverage ratio and rental equipment utilization ratio, do not become active unless the available borrowing falls below the $20.0 million threshold.  The Company’s available borrowing base of approximately $35.0 million exceeded the threshold at June 30, 2012. Any failure to be in compliance with any material provision or covenant of these agreements could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s liquidity and operations.

 

Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility

 

On November 24, 2010, Coast Crane entered into a new revolving credit facility in conjunction with the Coast Acquisition (the “Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility”).  The Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility provides for a revolving loan and letter of credit facility in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $75.0 million with a $2.0 million aggregate principal sublimit for letters of credit.  Coast Crane may borrow, repay and reborrow under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility. Coast Crane’s ability to borrow under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility is subject to, among other things, a borrowing base calculated based on  the sum of (a) 85% of eligible accounts, (b) the lesser of 50% of eligible spare parts inventory and $5.0 million, (c) the lesser of 95% of the lesser of (x) the net orderly liquidation value and (y) the invoice cost, of eligible new equipment inventory and $15.0 million and (d) 85% of the net orderly liquidation value of eligible other equipment, less reserves established by the lenders and the liquidity reserve.

 

Interest accrues on the outstanding revolving loans under the revolving credit facility at either a per annum rate equal to (a) LIBOR plus 3.75%, with a 1.50% LIBOR floor or (b) the Base rate plus 2.75%, at Coast Crane’s election. Coast Crane will be obligated to pay a letter of credit fee on the outstanding letter of credit accommodations based on a per annum rate of 3.75%. Interest on the revolving loans and fees on the letter of credit accommodations is payable monthly in arrears. Coast Crane is also obligated to pay an unused line fee on the amount by which the maximum credit under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility exceeds the aggregate amount of revolving loans and letter of credit accommodations based on a per annum rate of 0.50%. At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the applicable LIBOR rate, Base rate, and unused line commitment fee were 0.46%, 3.25% and 0.50%, respectively.

 

On November 14, 2011 the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was amended and restated to include Coast Crane Ltd. as a signatory to the credit facility. The amendment provided that equipment owned by Coast Crane located in Canada may be included in the borrowing base calculation, which was previously prohibited. As amended, the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility agreement is collateralized by a first priority security interest in substantially all of Coast Crane’s and Coast Crane Ltd.’s assets.

 

Proceeds of the first borrowing under the amended Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility in the amount of $1,499,884 were used to pay off the remaining balance on the Canadian Revolving Credit Facility at the time of termination in November 2011.

 

On May 7, 2012 the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was amended to provide certain limitations on net capital expenditures and a $3.7 million “First Amendment Reserve” (as defined in the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility). The amendment also provides for a modified fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.20 to 1.00 as well as an obligation of Essex to contribute, or cause to be contributed, to Coast Crane up to $2.5 million to the extent that EBITDA for Coast Crane for the year ending December 31, 2012 is less than $6.0 million. The amendment also reduced the amount of certain additional indebtedness, including secured purchase money indebtedness, that Coast Crane may incur to $7.0 million for the year ending December 31, 2012 and $10.0 million thereafter. All other terms of the November 14, 2011 amendment and restatement remained in effect following such amendment.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

A definitional interpretation resulted in Coast Crane's lenders determining that the springing fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.20 to 1.00 (which under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was triggered if Coast Crane's borrowing availability fell below $8.0 million) was triggered notwithstanding that Coast Crane and Coast Crane Ltd. had combined excess availability of $9.5 million, $8.4 million and $8.5 million as of January 31, 2012, February 29, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively. The modified fixed charge coverage ratio included in the May 7, 2012 amendment replaced the springing trailing twelve month fixed charge coverage ratio. The May 7, 2012 amendment also addressed and waived Coast Crane’s non-compliance (which existed as of March 31, 2012) with certain delivery and reporting requirements contained in the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility.

 

Coast Crane is currently in compliance with the covenants and other provisions set forth in the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility, as amended.  Any failure to be in compliance with any material provision or covenant of these agreements could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s liquidity and operations.

 

The maximum amount that could be borrowed under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility, net of reserves was approximately $74.7 million and $75.0 million as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. Coast Crane’s available borrowing under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was approximately $5.3 million, after certain lender reserves, as of June 30, 2012, and $9.3 million as of December 31, 2011. As of December 31, 2011, there was $2.2 million of available formulated collateral in excess of the maximum borrowing amount of $75.0 million. Although the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility limits Coast Crane’s and Coast Crane Ltd.’s ability to incur additional indebtedness Coast Crane and Coast Crane Ltd. are permitted to incur certain additional indebtedness, including secured purchase money indebtedness, subject to certain conditions set forth in the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility

 

Canadian Revolving Credit Facility

 

In conjunction with the Coast Acquisition, which included the acquisition of all outstanding shares of the capital stock of Coast Crane Ltd, a Canadian credit facility (the “Canadian Credit Facility”) then available to Coast Crane Ltd. remained in effect. Under the Canadian Credit Facility, Coast Crane Ltd. was permitted to borrow up to $5.0 million depending upon the availability of its borrowing base collateral, consisting of eligible trade receivables, inventories, property and equipment, and other assets located in Canada. Interest accrued on the outstanding revolving loans under the Canadian Credit Facility at either a per annum rate equal to (a) CDOR plus 5.60% or (b) Canadian Prime rate plus 4.25%, at Coast Crane Ltd.’s election. Interest on the revolving loans are payable monthly in arrears. Coast Crane was also obligated to pay an unused line fee on the amount by which the maximum credit under the Canadian Credit Facility exceeds the aggregate amount of revolving loans based on a per annum rate of 0.25%. The Canadian Credit Facility was collateralized by a first priority security interest in substantially all of Coast Crane Ltd.’s assets.

 

As described above, on November 14, 2011 the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was amended and restated to include Coast Crane Ltd. as a party thereto. Under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility, as amended, Coast Crane Ltd. is permitted to borrow up to $10.0 million under the Coast Crane credit facility, subject to a borrowing base which is calculated as the sum of (a) 85% of eligible Coast Crane Ltd. accounts, (b) the lesser of 50% of eligible Coast Crane Ltd. inventory and $750,000, (c) the lesser of (i) 95% of the lesser of (x) the net orderly liquidation value and (y) the invoice cost, of eligible new Coast Crane Ltd. equipment and (ii) $2,000,000 and (d) 85% of the net orderly liquidation value of eligible other Coast Crane Ltd. equipment, less reserves established by the lenders and the liquidity reserve. The amended and restated Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility is collateralized by a first security interest in substantially all of Coast Crane’s and Coast Crane Ltd.’s assets. Proceeds of the first borrowing under the amended Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility were used to repay Coast Crane Ltd.’s existing credit facility, which was terminated in connection with the amendment.

 

Unsecured Promissory Notes

 

In November 2010, the Company entered into an agreement with the holders of certain Coast Crane indebtedness pursuant to which such holders agreed, in consideration of the assumption of such indebtedness by the Company, to exchange such indebtedness for one or more promissory notes issued by the Company in the aggregate principal amount of $5,227,000. As additional consideration under the agreement, the Company agreed to issue 90,000 warrants to the holders of such indebtedness entitling the holder thereof to purchase up to 90,000 shares of Essex Rental common stock at an exercise price of $0.01 per share, and to reimburse such holders for certain legal fees incurred in connection with the transaction.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

In accordance with accounting guidance related to debt issued with conversion or other options, the fair value of the detachable warrants of $296,400 is recorded as a discount to the principal balance outstanding with an offset to additional paid-in capital on the consolidated statements of stockholders’ equity and will be amortized on a straight-line basis over the three year life of the notes as additional interest expense on the consolidated statement of operations, which is not materially different than the effective interest method. The unamortized balance of this discount was $144,195 and $192,259 as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

 

Interest accrues on the outstanding promissory notes at a per annum rate of 10% and is payable annually in arrears.

 

Purchase Money Security Interest Debt

 

As of June, 2012, the purchase money security interest debt consisted of the financing of five pieces of equipment. These amortizing debt obligations were assumed by the Company in conjunction with the Coast Acquisition. Interest accrues on the outstanding loans at LIBOR plus 3.25% and is payable monthly in arrears. As the loans are amortizing, approximately $0.7 million of the total $2.2 million in principal payments are due prior to June 30, 2013 and as such, this amount is classified as a current liability in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets as of June 30, 2012.

 

As described above, Essex Crane and Coast Crane (including Coast Crane Ltd.) are permitted to incur up to $1.5 million and $7.0 million ($10.0 million after 2012), respectively, of secured purchase money indebtedness under the terms of, and subject to certain conditions set forth in, the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility and Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility, respectively.

 

As of December 31, 2011 the purchase money security interest debt consisted of the financing of five pieces of equipment with an interest rate of LIBOR plus 3.25%.

 

5. Derivatives and Hedging Activities – Interest Rate Swap Agreements

 

Risk Management Objective of Using Derivatives

 

The Company is exposed to certain risks arising from both its business operations and economic conditions.  The Company principally manages its exposures to a wide variety of business and operational risks through management of its core business activities. The Company manages economic risks, including interest rate, liquidity, and credit risk primarily by managing the amount, sources, and duration of its debt funding and the use of derivative financial instruments. Specifically, the Company enters into derivative financial instruments to manage exposures that arise from business activities that result in the receipt or payment of future known and uncertain cash amounts, the value of which are determined by interest rates.  The Company’s derivative financial instruments are used to manage differences in the amount, timing, and duration of the Company’s known or expected cash receipts and its known or expected cash payments principally related to the Company’s investments and borrowings.

 

Cash Flow Hedges of Interest Rate Risk

 

The Company’s objectives in using interest rate derivatives are to add stability to interest expense and to manage its exposure to interest rate movements. To accomplish these objectives, the Company primarily uses interest rate swaps as part of its interest rate risk management strategy.  As of June 30, 2012 and 2011, the Company had one and four interest rate swaps outstanding, respectively, which involves receipt of variable-rate amounts from counterparties in exchange for the Company making fixed-rate payments over the life of the agreements without exchange of the underlying notional amounts.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Essex Crane Interest Rate Swap

 

In November 2008, Essex Crane entered into an interest rate swap agreement with the lead lender of the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility to hedge its exposure to interest rate fluctuations.  The swap agreement has a notional principal amount of $100.0 million and matures in November 2012. Under the agreement, the Company pays a 2.71% fixed interest rate plus the applicable margin under the revolving credit facility (or a total interest rate of 4.96%). This interest rate swap is designated as a cash flow hedge.

 

The swap agreement established a fixed rate of interest for the Company and requires the Company or the bank to pay a settlement amount depending upon the difference between the 30 day floating LIBOR rate and the swap fixed rate of 2.71%.  The differential to be paid or received under the swap agreement has been accrued and paid as interest rates changed and such amounts were included in interest expense for the respective period.  Interest payment dates for the revolving loan were dependent upon the interest rate options selected by the Company.  Interest rates on the revolving credit facility were determined based on Wells Fargo’s prime rate or LIBOR rate, plus a margin depending on certain criteria in the agreement.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company had effectively fixed through 2012, from a cash flow perspective, the interest rate on approximately 64% of Essex Crane’s credit facility.  At June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the interest rate on the effectively fixed portion of the credit facility was 4.96% and the interest rate on the portion of the credit facility not effectively fixed by interest rate swap contracts was 2.51% and 2.57%, respectively. The weighted average interest rate of the Essex Crane Revolving Credit Facility, including the impact of the interest rate swap was 4.11% and 4.09% as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.

 

The effective portion of changes in the fair value of derivatives designated and that qualify as cash flow hedges is recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income and is subsequently reclassified into earnings in the period that the hedged forecasted transaction affects earnings. The ineffective portion of the change in fair value of the derivatives is recognized directly in earnings. There was no hedge ineffectiveness recognized during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 or 2011.

 

For the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, the change in net unrealized loss on the derivative designated as a cash flow hedge reported as a component of other accumulated comprehensive income was a decrease of $588,752 ($352,633 net of tax) and $76,739 ($46,503 net of tax), respectively. The change in net unrealized loss for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 was $1,044,223 ($632,794 net of tax) and $600,387 ($367,659 net of tax), respectively. Amounts reported in accumulated other comprehensive income related to derivatives will be reclassified to interest expense as interest payments are made on the Company’s variable-rate debt.  During the twelve month period ending June 30, 2013, the Company estimates that an additional $1.0 million will be reclassified as an increase to interest expense.

 

Coast Crane Interest Rate Swaps

 

The Company assumed three interest rate swaps in conjunction with the Coast Acquisition. The assumed interest rate swaps had a notional amount of $7.0 million each and expired on May 18, 2012. Under the agreements, the Company paid fixed interest of 5.62% and received an interest rate based on three-month LIBOR. The Company did not contemporaneously document the hedge designation on the date of assumption in order to qualify for hedge accounting treatment due to economic reasons and the projected inherent hedge ineffectiveness.  The changes in fair values of the assumed swaps for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 was an unrealized gain of approximately $140,133 and $231,107, respectively and was reported as a component of interest expense in its consolidated statement of operations. The changes in fair values of the assumed swaps for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 was an unrealized gain of approximately $398,031 and $475,861, respectively and was reported as a component of interest expense in its consolidated statement of operations.

 

Essex Rental Corp. Summary

 

The Company’s consolidated weighted average interest rate of total debt outstanding, including the impact of the interest rate swaps was 4.61% and 5.09% at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The impact of the interest rate swaps resulted in an increase in interest expense of approximately $641,000 and $683,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, and $1,258,000 and $1,331,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

The table below presents the fair value of the Company’s derivative financial instruments as adjusted for the risk of non-performance as well as their classification on the Balance Sheet as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011:  

 

Disclosure of Fair Value of Liability Derivatives
             
        Fair Value as of
    Balance Sheet   June 30,   December 31,
    Location   2012   2011
Derivative designated as hedging instrument            
             
Interest Rate Swap   Current liabilities   $1,028,525   $2,072,748
             
Undesignated economic derivatives            
             
Interest Rate Swaps   Current liabilities   -   398,031
             
Total fair value of liability derivatives       $1,028,525   $2,470,779

 

The table below presents the effect of the Company’s derivative financial instruments on the consolidated statement of operations for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.  These amounts are presented as other comprehensive income (loss) (“OCI”).

 

Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging Relationships  Amount of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in OCI on Derivative (Effective Portion)   Location of Gain or (Loss) Reclassified from Accumulated OCI into Income (Effective Portion)  Amount of Gain or (Loss) Reclassified from Accumulated OCI into Income (Effective Portion)   Location of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in Income on Derivative (Ineffective Portion and Amount Excluded from Effectiveness Testing)  Amount of Gain or (Loss) Recognized in Income on Derivative (Ineffective Portion and Amount Excluded from Effectiveness Testing) 
                      
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012                     
                      
Interest Rate Swap  $(199,657)  Interest expense  $(1,243,880)  Other income / (expense)  $- 
                      
For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011                     
                      
Interest Rate Swap  $(645,202)  Interest expense  $(1,245,589)  Other income / (expense)  $- 

 

Credit-risk-related Contingent Features

 

Essex Crane has an agreement with its derivative counterparty that contains a provision where if it defaults on any of its indebtedness, including default where repayment of the indebtedness has not been accelerated by the lender, then it could also be declared in default on their derivative obligations.

 

As of June 30, 2012, the fair value of derivatives in a net liability position, which includes accrued interest but excludes any adjustment for nonperformance risk, related to these agreements was approximately $1.1 million. As of June 30, 2012, the Company has not posted any cash collateral related to these agreements other than a reserve against available borrowings of $1.0 million  as of June 30, 2012 related to the fair values of outstanding interest rate swaps under the Essex Crane revolving credit facility. If the Company had breached any of these provisions at June 30, 2012, it would have been required to settle its obligations under the agreements at their termination value of approximately $1.1 million.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

6.Fair Value

 

The FASB issued a statement on Fair Value Measurements which, among other things, defines fair value, establishes a consistent framework for measuring fair value and expands disclosure for each major asset and liability category measured at fair value on either a recurring or nonrecurring basis and clarifies that fair value is an exit price, representing the amount that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants. As such, fair value is a market-based measurement that should be determined based on assumptions that market participants would use in pricing an asset or liability. As a basis for considering such assumptions, the standard establishes a three-tier fair value hierarchy, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value as follows:

 

·Level 1 - Observable inputs such as quoted prices in active markets:
·Level 2- Inputs, other than the quoted prices in active markets, that are observable either directly or indirectly; and
·Level 3 - Unobservable inputs in which there is little or no market data, which require the reporting entity to develop its own assumptions.

 

The Company’s interest rate swaps are recorded at fair value on a recurring basis and had a liability fair value of approximately $1.0 million and $2.5 million at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively. The fair value of the interest rate swaps is determined using the market standard methodology of netting the discounted future fixed cash payments and the discounted expected variable cash receipts.  The variable cash receipts are based upon the expectation of future interest rates derived from observed market interest rate curves.  In addition, to comply with the provisions of applicable accounting guidance related to fair value measurements, the Company's valuations also consider the impact of both its own and the respective counterparty’s non-performance risk. In adjusting the fair value of its derivative contract for the effect of non-performance risk, the Company has considered any applicable credit enhancements.

 

Although the Company has determined that the majority of the inputs used to value its derivatives fall within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy, the credit valuation adjustments associated with its derivatives utilize Level 3 inputs, such as estimates of current credit spreads to evaluate the likelihood of default by itself and its counterparties. However, as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, the Company has assessed the significance of the impact of the credit valuation adjustments on the overall valuation of its derivative position and has determined that the credit valuation adjustment is not significant to the overall valuation. As a result, the Company classifies its derivative valuations in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

 

The following tables provide a summary of the fair value measurements at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 for each major category of assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis:

 

          Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using  
          Quoted Prices in              
          Active Markets for     Significant Other     Significant  
          Identical     Observable     Unobservable  
          Assets/Liabilities     Inputs     Inputs  
Description   6/30/2012     (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)  
                         
Liabilities:                                
  Interest Rate Swaps   $ 1,028,525       -     $ 1,028,525       -  

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

          Fair Value Measurements at Reporting Date Using  
          Quoted Prices in              
          Active Markets for     Significant Other     Significant  
          Identical     Observable     Unobservable  
          Assets/Liabilities     Inputs     Inputs  
Description   12/31/2011     (Level 1)     (Level 2)     (Level 3)  
                                 
Liabilities:                                
  Interest Rate Swaps   $ 2,470,779       -     $ 2,470,779       -  

 

The fair value of the Company’s total debt obligations was approximately $221.6 million  as of June 30, 2012 calculated using a discounted cash flows approach at a market rate of interest. The inputs used in the calculation are classified within Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.

 

The fair values of the Company’s financial instruments, other than the interest rate swap and debt obligations, including cash and cash equivalents approximate their carrying values. The Company bases its fair values on listed market prices or third party quotes when available. If not available, then the Company bases its estimates on instruments with similar terms and maturities.

 

7. Earnings per Share and Comprehensive Income

 

The following tables set forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share:

 

    Three Months Ended June 30,     Six Months Ended June 30,  
    2012     2011     2012     2011  
                         
Net loss   $ (2,891,997 )   $ (4,526,032 )   $ (7,588,339 )   $ (9,188,284 )
Weighted average shares outstanding:                                
Basic     24,543,308       24,428,092       24,534,205       23,210,137  
                                 
Effect of dilutive securities:                                
Warrants     -       -       -       -  
Options     -       -       -       -  
                                 
Diluted     24,543,308       24,428,092       24,534,205       23,210,137  
                                 
Basic earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.31 )   $ (0.40 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   $ (0.12 )   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.31 )   $ (0.40 )

 

Basic earnings per share ("EPS") is computed by dividing the net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Included in weighted average number of shares outstanding for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 are 632,911 shares of common stock for the effective conversion of the retained interest in Holdings into common stock of the Company. Diluted EPS adjusts basic EPS for the effects of Warrants, Units and Options; only in the periods in which such effect is dilutive.

 

As part of the initial public offering in March 2007, the Company issued an Underwriter Purchase Option (“UPO”) to purchase 600,000 Units at an exercise price of $8.80 per unit. Each unit consisted of one share of the Company’s common stock and one warrant. Each warrant entitled the holder to purchase from the Company one share of common stock at an exercise price of $5.00 per share. The UPO expired unexercised on March 4, 2012.

 

The UPO Units that could be converted into zero and 1,200,000 weighted average common shares for the six month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively, were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effects would be anti-dilutive. The weighted average restricted stock outstanding that could be converted into 69,189 and 69,090 weighted average common shares for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012, respectively, and 67,122 and 62,103 weighted average common shares for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011, respectively, were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effects would be anti-dilutive. Weighted average options outstanding that could be converted into zero and 161,511 weighted average common shares for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and weighted average options that could be converted into zero and 144,371 weighted average common shares for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effects would be anti-dilutive. Weighted average warrants outstanding that could be converted into 89,739 and 89,871 weighted average common shares for the three month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 and weighted average warrants outstanding that could be converted into 89,741 and 404,008 weighted average common shares for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively were outstanding but were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effects would be anti-dilutive.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

As of June 30, 2012, there were 90,000 privately-issued warrants and 1,474,719 stock options outstanding, which are exercisable at weighted average exercise prices of $0.01 and $5.45, respectively. As of June 30, 2011, there were 90,000 privately-issued warrants, 1,474,719 stock options, and the UPO for 600,000 units outstanding, which were exercisable at weighted average exercise prices of $0.01, $5.45, and $8.80, respectively.

 

8. Income Taxes

 

The Company’s effective tax rate of 32.7% for the six month period ended June 30, 2012 was lower than the statutory federal rate due to state taxes. The Company’s effective tax rate of 36.3% for the six month period ended June 30, 2011 was higher than the statutory federal rate due to state taxes.

 

At June 30, 2012, the Company has unused federal net operating loss carry-forwards totaling approximately $119.0 million that begin expiring in 2022. At June 30, 2012, the Company also has unused state net operating loss carry-forwards totaling approximately $72.8 million which expire between 2012 and 2032. The net operating loss carry-forwards are primarily from the acquisition of Holdings and losses in recent years.

 

The Company also has remaining unrecorded excess tax goodwill of approximately $2.6 million at June 30, 2012 associated with the acquisition of Holdings. The excess tax goodwill related to Holdings is amortized over the remaining four year term and will be recognized as a benefit to the income tax provision when the amortization deductions are realized through the reduction of taxable income in future years.

 

The Company is generally no longer subject to federal and state examinations for tax years prior to December 31, 2009.

 

The Company had unrecognized tax benefits of approximately $0.1 million at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 primarily associated with tax positions taken in a prior year. The Company did not incur any income tax related interest expense or penalties related to uncertain tax positions during the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 or 2011. 

 

9. Stock Based Compensation

 

The Company may issue up to 1,500,000 shares of common stock pursuant to its 2011 Long-term Incentive Plan to employees, non-employee directors and consultants of the Company. Options to purchase shares of common stock are granted at its market price on the grant date and expire ten years from issuance.

 

The Company may issue up to 1,575,000 shares of common stock pursuant to its 2008 Long-term Incentive Plan to employees, non-employee directors and consultants of the Company. Options to purchase shares of common stock are granted at its market price on the grant date and expire ten years from issuance.

 

Stock Options

 

Stock options granted to employees have a 10 year life and vest one-third annually beginning one year from the date of issue. The Company calculates stock option compensation expense based on the grant date fair value of the award and recognizes expense on a straight-line basis over the three year service period of the award. The Company has granted to certain key members of management options to purchase 423,750 shares at $5.58 per share, 485,969 shares at $6.45 per share, and 565,000 shares at $4.50 per share on grant dates of January 14, 2011, March 18, 2010, and December 18, 2008, respectively.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

The fair values of the stock options granted are estimated at the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model. The model is sensitive to changes in assumptions which can materially affect the fair value estimate. The Company’s method of estimating expected volatility for the 2008 and 2010 option grants was based on the volatility of its peers since the Company only had operations for a short period of time as of the grant date. The Company’s method of estimating the expected volatility for the 2011 option grant was based on the volatility of its own common shares outstanding. The expected dividend yield was estimated based on the Company’s expected dividend rate over the term of the options. The expected term of the options was based on management’s estimate, and the risk-free rate is based on U.S. Treasuries with a term approximating the expected life of the options.

 

Based on the results of the model, the weighted average fair value of the stock options granted were $3.19, $3.76 and $2.54 per share for the options granted on January 14, 2011, March 18, 2010, and December 18, 2008, respectively, using the following assumptions:

 

   Grant Date 
         
   2011   2010   2008 
             
Expected dividend yield   0.00%   0.00%   0.00%
                
Risk-free interest rate   2.31%   2.79%   1.43%
                
Expected volatility   60.00%   61.00%   61.00%
                
Expected life of option   6 years    6 years    6 years 
                
Grant date fair value  $1,351,763   $1,827,243   $1,434,671 

 

The following table summarizes information regarding options outstanding and exercisable at June 30, 2012:

 

   Options Outstanding (1)   Options Exercisable (2) 
         
       Weighted           Weighted     
       Average   Weighted       Average   Weighted 
       Remaining   Average       Remaining   Average 
       Contratual   Exercise       Contratual   Exercise 
   Options   Term (Years)   Price   Options   Term (Years)   Price 
2008 Options Grant   565,000    6.47   $4.50    565,000           
2010 Options Grant   485,969    7.72    6.45    323,978           
2011 Options Grant   423,750    8.55    5.58    141,250           
                               
    1,474,719    7.48   $5.45    1,030,228    7.15   $5.26 
                               
                               
Vested and expected to vest as of June 30, 2012   1,474,719    7.48   $5.45             

 

(1)The aggregate intrinsic value of options outstanding that are vested and expected to vest as of June 30, 2012 is $0 calculated using the Company's closing share price of $3.47.

(2)The aggregate intrinsic value of options exercisable as of June 30, 2012 is $0 calculated using the Company's closing share price of $3.47.

 

There were 726,989 options exercisable at December 31, 2011 with a weighted average exercise price of $4.93.

 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

Restricted Shares of Common Stock

 

On January 3, 2011, the Company granted to certain Coast Crane employees 166,943 shares of restricted common stock with an aggregate grant date fair value of $926,485. One half of these shares vested on January 3, 2012 and the remainder will vest on January 3, 2013, and as such, 83,474 were vested as of June 30, 2012.

 

The Company recorded $379,587 and $499,558 of non-cash compensation expense associated with stock options and restricted shares in selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The Company recorded $757,940 and $996,213 of non-cash compensation expense associated with stock options and restricted shares in selling, general and administrative expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. There was approximately $1.2 million and $2.0 million of total unrecognized compensation cost as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively related to non-vested stock option and restricted share awards. The remaining cost is expected to be recognized ratably over the remaining respective vesting periods.

 

10. Common Stock and Warrants

 

In October 2008, our Board of Directors authorized a stock and warrant repurchase program, under which the Company may purchase, from time to time, in open market transactions at prevailing prices or through privately negotiated transactions as conditions permit, up to $12.0 million of the Company’s outstanding common stock and warrants. The Company’s stock repurchase program was suspended in May 2010 in conjunction with the launching of the cashless exercise warrant offer. Repurchases of our common stock and warrants were funded with cash flows of the business.

 

In November 2010, in conjunction with the issuance of the unsecured promissory notes, the Company issued 90,000 warrants entitling the holders to purchase from the Company one share of common stock at an exercise price of $0.01, which expire on December 31, 2013. The fair value of the warrants on the issuance date was $296,400. See Note 4 for further discussion.

 

The Company issued 18,622 and 56,868 shares of common stock, respectively, for services provided by the members of the Strategic Planning and Finance Committee of the Board of Directors during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012. The Company also issued 83,474 shares of restricted common stock to the employees of Coast Crane during the six months ended June 30, 2012. The Company withheld 12,616 common shares to cover the employee tax obligation related to the restricted shares issuance. The Company issued 3,955,603 shares of common stock upon the exercise of warrants in exchange for cash proceeds of $19,778,000 during the three months ended March 31, 2011. Upon the expiration of the warrants on March 4, 2011, 103,953 unexercised warrants expired worthless.

 

11. Segment Information

 

We have identified three reportable segments: equipment rentals, equipment distribution, and parts and service. These segments are based upon how management of the Company allocates resources and assesses performance. The equipment rental segment includes rental, transportation, used rental equipment sales and repairs of rental equipment. There were no sales between segments for any of the periods presented. Selling, general, and administrative expenses as well as all other income and expense items below gross profit are not generally allocated to our reportable segments.

 

We do not compile discrete financial information by our segments other than the information presented below. The following table presents information about our reportable segments related to revenues and gross profit:

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

   Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2012   2011   2012   2011 
                 
Segment revenues                    
Equipment rentals  $21,612,254   $14,606,977   $39,728,756   $27,854,403 
Equipment distribution   1,277,506    3,591,291    2,193,952    7,289,655 
Parts and service   4,301,079    4,146,237    9,006,316    8,687,617 
                     
Total revenues  $27,190,839   $22,344,505   $50,929,024   $43,831,675 
                     
Segment gross profit                    
Equipment rentals  $3,993,885   $1,693,438   $6,004,535   $3,541,236 
Equipment distribution   18,719    378,331    64,867    787,583 
Parts and service   1,313,979    788,516    2,661,280    1,880,002 
                     
Total gross profit  $5,326,583   $2,860,285   $8,730,682   $6,208,821 

 

The following table presents information about our reportable segments related to total assets:

 

   June 30, 2012   December 31, 2011 
         
Segment identified assets          
           
Equipment rentals  $335,819,012   $351,401,140 
Equipment distribution   1,590,255    2,647,061 
Parts and service   5,860,085    6,847,679 
Total segment identified assets   343,269,352    360,895,880 
Non-segmented identified assets   17,774,175    20,004,349 
           
Total assets  $361,043,527   $380,900,229 

 

The Company operates primarily in the United States. Our sales to international customers for the three month period ended June 30, 2012 were 23% of total revenues. One customer accounted for approximately 13% of our revenues on an overall basis for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Within the equipment rentals segment, one customer accounted for approximately 16% of revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Additionally, within the equipment distribution segment, two customers individually accounted for approximately 44% and 42%, respectively, of revenues. The concentration of revenues within the equipment rentals segment is attributable the sale of used rental equipment assets from the rental fleet. The concentration of revenues from customers within the equipment distribution segment is directly attributable to the large dollar value of individual transactions and the small number of individual transactions.

 

Sales to international customers for the six month period ended June 30, 2012 were 17% of total revenues. No individual customer accounted for more than 10% of our revenues on an overall basis for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Within the equipment distribution segment, three customers individually accounted for approximately 29%, 26% and 24%, respectively, of revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The concentration of revenues from customers within the equipment distribution segment is directly attributable to the large dollar value of individual transactions and the small number of individual transactions.

 

Sales to international customers for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2011 were 3.4% and 3.6%, respectively, of total revenues. No one customer accounted for more than 10% of our revenues on an overall or segmented basis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011 except as described below. Within the equipment distribution segment, five customers individually accounted for approximately 25%, 20%, 11%, 10%, and 10% of revenues on a segmented basis for the three and six months ended June 30, 2011.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

(Unaudited)

 

12. Commitments, Contingencies and Related Party Transactions

 

Since December 2010, the Company has occupied office space at 500 Fifth Avenue, 50th Floor, New York, NY 10110, provided by Hyde Park Real Estate LLC, an affiliate of Laurence S. Levy, our chairman of the board. Such affiliate has agreed that it will make such office space, as well as certain office and administrative services, available to the Company, as may be required by the Company from time to time. Effective January 1, 2012, the Company has agreed to pay such entity approximately $7,688 per month for such services with the terms of such arrangement being reconsidered from time to time. The Company’s statements of operations for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 include $23,063 and $46,126, respectively, of rent expense related to these agreements. The Company’s statements of operations for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2011 include $22,500 and $45,000, respectively, of rent expense related to these agreements.

 

In November 2010, the Company entered into an agreement with the holders of certain Coast Crane indebtedness pursuant to which such holders agreed, in consideration of the assumption of such indebtedness by the Company, to exchange such indebtedness of $5.2 million for unsecured promissory notes issued by the Company in the aggregate principal amount of $5.2 million plus the receipt of up to 90,000 warrants to purchase Essex common stock at $0.01 per share. The unsecured promissory notes mature in December 2013. The holders of the unsecured promissory notes are related parties to the Company as they own a significant amount of the Company’s outstanding shares of common stock.

 

The Company maintains reserves for personal property taxes.  These reserves are based on a variety of factors including: duration of rental in each county jurisdiction, tax rates, rental contract terms, customer filings, tax-exempt nature of projects or jurisdictions, statutes of limitations and potential related penalties and interest.  Additionally, most customer rental contracts contain a provision that provides that personal property taxes are an obligation to be borne by the lessee. Where provided in the rental contract, management will invoice the customer for any personal property taxes paid by the Company. An estimated receivable has been recorded, net of an estimated allowance in connection with this liability.  This customer receivable has been presented as other receivables in current assets while the property tax reserve has been included in accrued taxes.

 

Management estimated the gross personal property taxes liability and related contractual customer receivable of the Company to be approximately $3.0 million and $2.2 million, respectively, at June 30, 2012 and approximately $3.2 million and $2.6 million, respectively, at December 31, 2011.

 

The Company is subject to a number of claims and proceedings that generally arise in the normal conduct of business.  The Company believes that any liabilities ultimately resulting from these claims will not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The following discussion summarizes the financial position of Essex Rental Corp. and its subsidiaries as of June 30, 2012, and its results of operations for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 and should be read in conjunction with (i) the unaudited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and (ii) the audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

As used in this Quarterly Report, references to “the Company” or “Essex” or to “we,” “us” or “our” refer to Essex Rental Corp., together with its consolidated subsidiaries, Essex Holdings, LLC, Essex Crane Rental Corp., Essex Finance Corp., Coast Crane Company and Coast Crane Ltd., unless the context otherwise requires.

 

Business

 

Background

 

Essex Rental Corp. (formerly Hyde Park Acquisition Corp.) was incorporated in Delaware on August 21, 2006 as a blank check company whose objective was to effect a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition or other similar business combination with an operating business. Our activities from our inception through October 31, 2008 were limited to completing our initial public offering and completing a business combination.  

 

On October 31, 2008, we acquired Essex Crane Rental Corp., which we refer to as Essex Crane, through the acquisition of substantially all of the ownership interests of Essex Crane’s parent company, Essex Holdings, LLC, which we refer to as Holdings.

 

Essex Crane is a leading provider of lattice-boom crawler crane and attachment rental services and possesses one of the largest fleets of such equipment in the United States (U.S.). From October 31, 2008 until November 24, 2010, we conducted substantially all of our operations through Essex Crane.

 

On November 24, 2010 we acquired substantially all of the assets, and assumed certain liabilities (the “Coast Acquisition”) of Coast Crane Company (“Coast Liquidating Co.”), a leading provider of specialty lifting solutions and crane rental services on the West Coast of the United States. The assets acquired included all of the outstanding shares of capital stock of Coast Crane Ltd., a British Columbia corporation, through which Coast Liquidating Co. conducted its operations in Canada. References to “Coast Crane” mean Coast Crane Company, a Delaware corporation, formerly known as CC Bidding Corp. (“CCBC”), through which we operate the business and assets acquired in the Coast Acquisition.

 

We conduct substantially all of our operations through Essex Crane and Coast Crane.

 

Products and Services; Operating Segments

 

Our principal products and services, as grouped within the Company’s three defined operating segments, are described below.

 

Equipment Rental Segment    We offer for rent crawler cranes and attachments, rough terrain cranes, boom trucks, tower cranes, and other construction related rental equipment. Most attachments are rented separately and increase either the lifting capacity or the reach capabilities of the base crawler cranes and tower cranes.  We also offer transportation, rigging and repair and maintenance services while equipment is on rent. We rent our large fleet of cranes and attachments and other lifting equipment to a variety of engineering and construction customers under contracts, most of which have rental periods of between 4 and 18 months. Boom trucks and other smaller equipment may be rented as frequently as daily. The contracts typically provide for an agreed rental rate and a specified rental period. The revenue from crane and attachment rentals is primarily driven by rental rates (which are typically higher for the more expensive cranes with heavier lifting capacities than less expensive cranes with lower lifting capacities) charged to customers and the fleet utilization rate. Rental revenue is recognized as earned in accordance with the terms of the relevant rental agreement on a pro rata daily basis.

 

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Transportation services revenue is derived from the management of the logistics process by which our rental equipment is transported to and from customers’ construction sites, including the contracting of third party trucking for such transportation. Transportation revenue is earned under equipment rental agreements on a gross basis representing both the third-party provider’s fee for transportation and our fee for managing these transportation services and they are matched with the associated costs, and related costs for amounts paid to third party providers. The key drivers of transportation revenue are crane and attachment and other lifting equipment utilization rates and average contract lengths. Shorter average contract durations and high utilization rates generally result in higher requirements for transportation of equipment and resulting revenue. The distance that equipment has to move between different jobsites and the type of equipment being moved (number of truckloads) are also major drivers of transportation revenue and associated costs. Transportation revenue is recognized upon completion of the transportation of equipment.

 

While crawler cranes or attachments, tower cranes, rough terrain cranes, boom trucks or other equipment are on rent, much of the repair and maintenance work is paid for by the customer. We perform a portion of the repair and maintenance work and recognize revenues for such services to the extent they are the customer’s responsibility. This category of revenues also includes providing certain services while erecting the equipment during initial assembly or disassembly of the equipment at the end of the rental.

 

In the ordinary course of business, we sell used cranes and attachments and other lifting equipment to optimize the combination of crane models and lifting capacities available in our rental fleet to match perceived market demands and opportunities. On average, we have historically achieved sale prices for equipment in excess of the appraised value. This is due to the long useful life of the crane and attachment fleet, the conditions prevailing in the secondary market and the high content of engineered high-strength steel included in these fleet assets. Used rental equipment sales are recognized upon acceptance by the customer or the execution of a definitive sales agreement stipulating the date of transferring the risk of ownership. The rate at which we replace used equipment with new equipment depends on a number of factors, including changing general economic conditions, growth opportunities and the need to adjust fleet mix to meet customer requirements and demand. 

 

Equipment Distribution Segment We offer a variety of construction equipment products for sale including tower cranes, boom trucks, rough terrain cranes and other lifting equipment used in the construction industry. The revenue from retail equipment sales is primarily driven by the level of construction activity in a particular geographic region. Equipment sales revenue is recognized at the time ownership transfers, which is generally based on delivery and/or inspection and acceptance of the equipment in accordance with the terms of the corresponding agreement. Our equipment distribution operations are conducted through our Coast Crane subsidiary.

 

Parts and Service Segment We are a parts distributor for various lifting equipment manufacturers and routinely sell parts to our customers in the construction industry. We also provide repairs and maintenance services for customers that own their own equipment and request our services at one of our service center locations. Our target customers for these ancillary services are our current rental customers, customers that own their own equipment and those who purchase new and used equipment from us. Key drivers for repair and maintenance revenue are the general construction activity in a given geographic region and our skilled crane mechanics. Repair and maintenance revenue is recognized as such services are performed. Parts revenue is recognized at the time of sale. Our parts and services operations are conducted through our Coast Crane subsidiary.

 

In summary, 79.5% of total revenues were derived from our equipment rental segment for the three months ended June 30, 2012, 4.7% through our equipment distribution segment and 15.8% through our parts and service segment. More specifically, 40.9% of total revenues were generated through equipment rentals, 4.7% through retail equipment sales, 27.0% through used rental equipment sales, 7.7% through retail part sales, 7.9% through rental related transportation services and 11.8% through repair and maintenance services provided with respect to cranes on rent and services provided otherwise. For the six months ended June 30, 2012 78.0% of total revenues were derived from our equipment rental segment, 4.3% through our equipment distribution segment and 17.7% through our parts and service segment. More specifically, 42.1% of total revenues were generated through equipment rentals, 4.3% through retail equipment sales, 24.9% through used rental equipment sales, 8.7% through retail part sales, 6.7% through rental related transportation services and 13.3% through repair and maintenance services provided with respect to cranes on rent and services provided otherwise.

 

The following table provides a summary of the Company’s revenue generating activities discussed above expressed as a percentage of total revenues:

 

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   Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2012   2011   2012   2011 
                 
Equipment rentals   40.9%   45.6%   42.0%   46.9%
Retail equipment sales   4.7%   16.1%   4.3%   16.6%
Used rental equipment sales   27.0%   7.8%   24.9%   5.0%
Retail parts sales   7.7%   11.4%   8.7%   12.5%
Transportation   7.9%   6.2%   6.8%   6.3%
Equipment repairs and maintenance   11.8%   12.9%   13.3%   12.7%

 

Utilization Measurement

 

Essex Rental Corp. measures utilization using the method referred to as the “days” method. Essex's management believes that this method, while it may reflect lower utilization rates than other methods used in the industry, is the most accurate method for measuring equipment utilization and correlates most closely with rental revenue. Under this method, a real time report is generated from the ERP system for each piece of equipment on rent in a period. The report includes the number of days each piece of equipment was on rent on a particular lease and the base monthly rental rate (excluding any overtime revenues). The total number of days on rent of all pieces of rental equipment provides the numerator for determining utilization. The denominator is all rental equipment assets owned times the number of days in the month. The “days” method is the utilization measurement currently used by Essex, and Essex anticipates that the “days” method will be the primary basis for future disclosure of utilization rates for Essex’s cranes and other construction equipment offered for rent.

 

The following table provides a summary of utilization rates calculated using the “days” method for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 for the equipment types owned during those periods:

 

   Three Months Ended June 30,   Six Months Ended June 30, 
   2012   2011   2012   2011 
                 
Crawler Cranes   39.4%   38.6%   38.2%   40.7%
Rough Terrain Cranes*   67.6%   68.9%   61.1%   67.9%
Boom Trucks   43.1%   53.3%   43.1%   51.0%
Self-Erecting Tower Cranes   26.5%   21.5%   27.4%   19.9%
City & Other Tower Cranes   55.1%   43.0%   51.5%   43.1%
Forklifts and Other Equipment**   13.6%   39.6%   24.1%   39.4%

 

*    Includes the impact of a 22.6% and 19.4% increase in the number of units available for rent for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 as compared to the same period in the prior year.

 

**   Includes the impact of the Company’s strategic decision to sell equipment within this asset class that is not part of our core strategy and does not leverage our crane expertise.

 

Current Environment

 

Management believes that, in the long-term, Essex Crane’s strong niche market position and improvements in the Company’s fleet through investment in new cranes and the Coast Acquisition will provide opportunity for future growth. Management bases such belief on the assumption that, in the long-term, there will be improvements in our customers’ ability to obtain financing, including credit for infrastructure projects. We cannot however be certain that our customers’ access to financing for infrastructure projects, including credit, will improve.

 

Results of Operations

 

Three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011

 

The Company had a net loss of $2.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Total revenue, cost of revenues and gross profit were $27.2 million, $21.9 million and $5.3 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2012. Selling, general, administrative and other expenses of $6.9 million was composed primarily of salaries, payroll taxes benefits, sales and marketing, insurance, professional fees, rent, travel, depreciation and amortization expenses. Interest expense related to borrowings under our revolving credit facilities and other debt obligations was $2.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012. The Company had an income tax benefit of $1.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 related to loss before income taxes of $4.5 million.

 

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The Company had a net loss of $4.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Total revenue, cost of revenues and gross profit were $22.3 million, $19.5 million and $2.9 million, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Selling, general, administrative and other expenses of $7.5 million was composed primarily of salaries, payroll taxes benefits, sales and marketing, insurance, professional fees, rent, travel, depreciation and amortization expenses. Interest expense related to borrowings under our revolving credit facilities and other debt obligations was $2.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The Company had an income tax benefit of $2.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011 related to loss before income taxes of $7.4 million.

 

Revenues

 

Revenues for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $27.2 million, a 21.7% increase compared to revenues of $22.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011.   The following table provides a summary of the Company’s revenues by operating segment:

 

   Three Months Ended June 30,   Dollar   Percentage 
   2012   2011   Change   Change 
                 
Segment revenues                    
Equipment rentals  $21,612,254   $14,606,977    7,005,277    48.0%
Equipment distribution   1,277,506    3,591,291    (2,313,785)   -64.4%
Parts and service   4,301,079    4,146,237    154,842    3.7%
                     
Total revenues  $27,190,839   $22,344,505    4,846,334    21.7%

 

·Equipment rental segment revenues, which represents 79.5% of total revenues, was $21.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a 48.0% increase from $14.6 million for the three months June 30, 2011. The equipment rental segment includes rental, transportation, rental equipment repairs and used rental equipment sales. Rental revenue, which represented 40.9% of total revenues, was $11.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a 9.3% increase from $10.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Utilization for crawler cranes, as measured on a “days” basis, increased to 39.4% for the three month period ended June 30, 2012 compared to 38.6% for the same period in the prior year. There was an increase in average crawler crane rental rate of 11.0% to $17,042 (per crane per rental month) for the three months ended June 30, 2012 from $15,347 for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Utilization for rough terrain and tower cranes for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were 67.6% and 42.7%, respectively, as compared to 68.9% and 34.3%, respectively, for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Management does not expect a meaningful increase in average rental rates until utilization rates recover significantly. Transportation revenue, which represents 7.9% of total revenues, was $2.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a 53.7% increase from $1.4 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in transportation revenue is directly attributable to the increase in equipment on rent and rental locations of the cranes on rent. Used rental equipment sales revenue was $7.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012; a $5.6 million or 320.2% increase compared to the three month period ended June 30, 2011. During the quarter ended June 30, 2012, the Company sold 109 pieces of used rental equipment primarily consisting of aerial work platforms acquired in the Coast Acquisition, which are not a part of the Company’s long-term strategy. During the quarter ended June 30, 2011, the Company sold fourteen pieces of rental equipment including six rough terrain cranes, one forklift, two personnel boom lifts, one scissor lift and four boom trucks.

 

·Equipment distribution segment revenue, which represents 4.7% of total revenue, was $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a 64.4% decrease from $3.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The decline in equipment distribution segment revenue is due to a decline in the number of sales transactions as compared to the prior period.

 

·Parts and service segment revenue, which represents 15.8% of total revenue, was $4.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a 3.7% increase from $4.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase is primarily attributable to an increase in third party service work performed on customer equipment.

 

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Gross Profit

 

Gross Profit for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was $5.3 million, a 86.2% increase from gross profit of $2.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. Gross profit margin was 19.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2012, relative to 12.8% for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  The following table provides a summary of the Company’s gross profit by operating segment:

 

   Three Months Ended June 30,   Dollar   Percentage 
   2012   2011   Change   Change 
                 
Segment gross profit                    
Equipment rentals  $3,993,885   $1,693,438    2,300,447    135.8%
Equipment distribution   18,719    378,331    (359,612)   -95.1%
Parts and service   1,313,979    788,516    525,463    66.6%
                     
Total gross profit  $5,326,583   $2,860,285    2,466,298    86.2%

 

Equipment rentals segment gross profit (after overhead allocation) of $4.0 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 increased $2.3 million or 135.8% as compared to the three months ended June 30, 2011. Gain on the sale of used rental equipment was $1.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, a 376.5% increase from $0.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in the gain on the sale of used rental equipment was directly attributable to the increased sales of aerial work platforms acquired in the Coast Acquisition along with the sale of two crawler cranes, six rough terrain cranes and six boom trucks during the three months ended June 30, 2012. Sales during the three months ended June 30, 2011 included six rough terrain cranes, four boom trucks and four aerial work platforms.

 

Equipment distribution segment gross profit (after overhead allocation) of $19,000 (1.5% margin) for the three months ended June 30, 2012 decreased $0.4 million or 95.1% from $0.4 million (10.5% margin) for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The decreased gross profit and margin are functions of lower sales volume during the three months ended June 30, 2012.

 

Parts and service segment gross profit (after overhead allocation) of $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 increased $0.5 million or 66.6% from $0.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011.

 

Total selling, general, administrative and other expenses for the three months ended June 30, 2012 were $6.9 million, a $0.6 million or 8.3% decrease from $7.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The decrease was related primarily to decreases in salary expense including stock compensation, professional fees, legal expenses and general office expenses partially offset by increases related to sales and marketing. Selling, general and administrative expenses include, legal fees, professional fees, bad debt expense, employee benefits, insurance and selling and marketing expenses. Selling, general and administrative and other expenses include $0.4 million and $0.5 million of non-cash stock based compensation expense for the three month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

Interest expense increased 0.6% to $2.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 from $2.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in interest expense was related primarily to interest expense incurred on additional borrowings under our credit facilities. Interest expense for the three months ended June 30, 2012 was reduced by the decrease in fair value of undesignated interest swaps by approximately $0.1 million.

 

Income tax benefit was $1.6 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to a $2.8 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  The decrease in income tax benefit is due to a decrease in the pre-tax loss. The effective tax rates were 35.4% and 38.6% for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The effective tax rate decreased from the prior year due to a decrease in state tax rates resulting primarily from changes in apportionment.

 

Essex had 262 full-time employees at June 30, 2012 compared to 277 full-time employees at June 30, 2011.

 

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Six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011

 

The Company had a net loss of $7.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Total revenue, cost of revenues and gross profit were $50.9 million, $42.2 million and $8.7 million, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2012. Selling, general, administrative and other expenses of $14.2 million was composed primarily of salaries, payroll taxes benefits, sales and marketing, insurance, professional fees, rent, travel, depreciation and amortization expenses. Interest expense related to borrowings under our revolving credit facilities and other debt obligations was $5.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. The Company had an income tax benefit of $3.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 related to loss before income taxes of $11.3 million.

 

The Company had a net loss of $9.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Total revenue, cost of revenues and gross profit were $43.8 million, $37.6 million and $6.2 million, respectively, for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Selling, general, administrative and other expenses of $15.2 million was composed primarily of salaries, payroll taxes benefits, sales and marketing, insurance, professional fees, rent, travel, depreciation and amortization expenses. Interest expense related to borrowings under our revolving credit facilities and other debt obligations was $5.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The Company had an income tax benefit of $5.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 related to loss before income taxes of $14.4 million.

 

Revenues

 

Revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $50.9 million, a 16.2% increase compared to revenues of $43.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011.   The following table provides a summary of the Company’s revenues by operating segment:

 

   Six Months Ended June 30,   Dollar   Percentage 
   2012   2011   Change   Change 
                 
Segment revenues                    
Equipment rentals  $39,728,756   $27,854,403    11,874,353    42.6%
Equipment distribution   2,193,952    7,289,655    (5,095,703)   -69.9%
Parts and service   9,006,316    8,687,617    318,699    3.7%
                     
Total revenues  $50,929,024   $43,831,675    7,097,349    16.2%

 

·Equipment rental segment revenues, which represents 78.0% of total revenues, was $39.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, a 42.6% increase from $27.9 million for the six months June 30, 2011. The equipment rental segment includes rental, transportation, rental equipment repairs and used rental equipment sales. Rental revenue, which represented 42.0% of total revenues, was $21.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, a 4.2% increase from $20.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Utilization for crawler cranes, as measured on a “days” basis, decreased to 38.2% for the six month period ended June 30, 2012 compared to 40.7% for the same period in the prior year. There was an increase in average crawler crane rental rate of 7.8% to $16,638 (per crane per rental month) for the six months ended June 30, 2012 from $15,432 for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Management does not expect a meaningful increase in average rental rates until utilization rates recover significantly. Transportation revenue, which represents 6.8% of total revenues, was $3.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, a 25.9% increase from $2.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in transportation revenue is directly attributable to an increase in the number of moves related to cranes going on and coming off rent. Used rental equipment sales revenue was $12.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012; a $10.5 million or 478.3% increase compared to the six month period ended June 30, 2011. During the six months ended June 30, 2012, the Company sold 280 pieces of used rental equipment primarily consisting of aerial work platforms acquired in the Coast Acquisition, which are not a part of the Company’s long-term strategy. In addition to the aerial work platforms, the Company sold eleven boom trucks, eleven rough terrain cranes and two tower cranes. During the quarter ended June 30, 2011, the Company sold 28 pieces of rental equipment including seven rough terrain cranes and six boom trucks along with aerial work platforms.

 

·Equipment distribution segment revenue, which represents 4.3% of total revenue, was $2.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, a 69.9% decrease from $7.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011 and relates to a decrease in the number of sale transactions and the size of the transactions.

  

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·Parts and service segment revenue, which represents 17.7% of total revenue, was $9.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, a 3.7% increase from $8.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

 

Gross Profit

 

Gross Profit for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $8.7 million, a 40.6% increase from gross profit of $6.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. Gross profit margin was 17.1% for the six months ended June 30, 2012, relative to 14.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2011.  The following table provides a summary of the Company’s gross profit by operating segment:

 

   Six Months Ended June 30,   Dollar   Percentage 
   2012   2011   Change   Change 
                 
Segment gross profit                    
Equipment rentals  $6,004,535   $3,541,236    2,463,299    69.6%
Equipment distribution   64,867    787,583    (722,716)   -91.8%
Parts and service   2,661,280    1,880,002    781,278    41.6%
                     
Total gross profit  $8,730,682   $6,208,821    2,521,861    40.6%

 

Equipment rentals segment gross profit (after overhead allocation) of $6.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased $2.5 million or 69.6% as compared to the six months ended June 30, 2011. Gain on the sale of used rental equipment was $1.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012, a 512.5% increase from $0.3 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in the gain on the sale of used rental equipment was directly attributable to an increase in the number of rental equipment assets sold, especially aerial work platforms during the six months ended June 30, 2012. There were no similar sales of aerial work platforms in the six months ended June 30, 2011.

 

Equipment distribution segment gross profit (after overhead allocation) of $0.1 (5.3% margin) for the six months ended June 30, 2012 decreased $0.7 million or 91.8% from $0.8 million (10.8% margin) for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The decreased gross profit and margin are functions of lower sales volume during the six months ended June 30, 2012.

 

Parts and service segment gross profit (after overhead allocation) of $2.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 increased $0.8 million or 41.6% from $1.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

 

Total selling, general, administrative and other expenses for the six months ended June 30, 2012 were $14.2 million, a $1.0 million or 6.7% decrease from $15.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The decrease was related primarily to decreases in salary expense including stock compensation, consulting expense, legal expenses and general office expenses partially offset by increases related to sales and marketing and professional fees. Selling, general and administrative expenses include, legal fees, professional fees, bad debt expense, employee benefits, insurance and selling and marketing expenses. Selling, general and administrative and other expenses include $0.8 million and $1.0 million of non-cash stock based compensation expense for the six month periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

 

Interest expense increased 1.1% to $5.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 from $5.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. The increase in interest expense was related primarily to interest expense incurred on additional borrowings under our credit facilities. Interest expense for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was reduced by the decrease in fair value of undesignated interest swaps by approximately $0.2 million.

 

Income tax benefit was $3.7 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to a $5.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011.  The decrease in income tax benefit is due to a decrease in the pre-tax loss. The effective tax rates were 32.7% and 36.3% for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011, respectively. The effective tax rate decreased from the prior year due to a decrease in state tax rates resulting primarily from changes in apportionment.

 

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Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Cash flow from operating activities. The Company’s cash used in operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2012 was $2.4 million. This was primarily the result of net loss of $7.6 million, which, when adjusted for non-cash expense items, such as depreciation and amortization, including amortization of the promissory note discount, of $11.5 million, gains on the sale of rental equipment of $1.8 million, deferred income taxes of $3.8 million, change in fair value of interest rate swap of $0.4 million and stock-based compensation expense of $0.8 million, provided negative cash flows of approximately $1.4 million. The cash flows from operating activities were increased by a $0.4 million decrease in other receivables, a $0.1 million decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets, a $0.2 million decrease in retail equipment inventory, a $0.6 million decrease in spare parts inventory and a $0.8 million increase in unearned rental revenue and customer deposits. These cash flow increases were offset by a $2.9 million increase in accounts receivable and a $0.2 million decrease in accounts payable and accrued expenses.

 

The Company’s cash provided by operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2011 was approximately $2.4 million. This was primarily the result of net loss of $9.2 million, which, when adjusted for non-cash expense items, such as depreciation and amortization, gains on the sale of equipment, deferred income taxes, share-based compensation expense, and the change in the fair value of undesignated interest rate swaps, resulted in the use of approximately $2.7 million of cash. The cash flows from operating activities were increased by a $1.3 million decrease in net accounts receivable, $0.9 million decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets, a $1.4 million decrease in retail equipment inventory, a $0.1 million decrease in spare parts inventory and a $2.5 million increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses. These positive cash flows were decreased by a $0.1 million decrease in unearned rental revenue, and a $1.0 million decrease in customer deposits.

 

Cash flow from investing activities. For the six months ended June 30, 2012, cash provided by investing activities was approximately $9.3 million. This was primarily the result of a $1.2 million decrease in accounts receivable related to rental equipment sales and $12.7 million in proceeds from the sales of rental equipment. These investing activity sources of cash were partially offset by purchases of rental equipment of $3.9 million and purchases of property and equipment of $0.6 million.

 

The Company’s cash used in investing activities for the six months ended June 30, 2011 was approximately $3.1 million. This was primarily the result of payments to acquire or improve rental equipment and property and equipment of $5.3 million. These uses of cash were partially offset by $2.2 million in proceeds on the sale of equipment.

 

Cash flow from financing activities. Cash used in financing activities was approximately $8.1 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012. This is primarily due to payments on short-term debt obligations of $0.3 million, payments for loan costs of $0.2 million and net payments on revolving credit facilities of $7.6 million. Total borrowings and payments on the revolving credit facilities were $45.0 million and $52.6 million, respectively, for the period.

 

Cash provided by financing activities was approximately $13.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2011. This is primarily due to proceeds received from the exercise of warrants to acquire shares of common stock of $19.8 million. This increase in cash was partially offset by a net decrease in the amount drawn on the Company’s revolving credit facilities of $3.9 million. Total borrowings for the six months ended June 30, 2011 under the revolving credit facilities were $42.9 million and total payments on the revolving credit facilities in the same period were $46.9 million. The Company also used approximately $1.9 million to make scheduled principal payments and repay in full a portion of its purchase money security interest debt using proceeds from drawing on the revolving credit facilities discussed above.

 

Cash Requirements Related to Operations

 

Our principal sources of liquidity have been from cash provided by operating activities and the sales of used rental fleet equipment, proceeds from the exercise of warrants for shares of common stock, proceeds from the issuance of debt, and borrowings available under our revolving credit facilities. Our principal uses of cash have been to fund operating activities and working capital and purchases of rental fleet equipment and property and equipment. We anticipate that the above described uses will be the principal demands on our cash in the future.

 

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The amount of our future capital expenditures will depend on a number of factors including general economic conditions, growth prospects and the Company’s overall strategy. Proceeds from equipment sold of $7.3 million and $12.7 million during the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 were used primarily to pay down our outstanding debt balance. In response to changing economic conditions, we believe we have the flexibility to modify our capital expenditures by adjusting them (either up or down) to match our actual performance. As of June 30, 2012, we had approximately $40.3 million of available borrowings under our revolving credit facilities, net of outstanding letters of credit and other reserves, and additionally, approximately $8.9 million of cash on hand; providing the company with $49.2 million of potential liquidity.

 

To service our debt, we will require a significant amount of cash.  Our ability to pay interest and principal on our indebtedness will depend upon our future operating performance, which will be affected by prevailing economic conditions and financial, business and other factors, some of which are beyond our control. Based on our current level of operations, we believe our cash flow from operations, available cash and available borrowings under the revolving credit facilities will be adequate to meet our future liquidity needs for the foreseeable future.

 

We cannot provide absolute assurance that our future cash flow from operating activities will be sufficient to meet our long-term obligations and commitments. If we are unable to generate sufficient cash flow from operating activities in the future to service our indebtedness and to meet our other commitments, we will be required to adopt one or more alternatives, such as refinancing or restructuring our indebtedness, selling material assets or operations or seeking to raise additional debt or equity capital. Given current economic and market conditions, including the significant disruptions in the global capital markets, we cannot assure investors that any of these actions could be affected on a timely basis or on satisfactory terms or at all, or that these actions would enable us to continue to satisfy our capital requirements. In addition, our existing or future debt agreements, including the indenture governing the revolving credit facilities, contain certain restrictive covenants, which may prohibit us from adopting any of these alternatives. Our failure to comply with these covenants could result in an event of default which, if not cured or waived, could result in the accelerations of all of our debt.

 

On November 14, 2011 the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was amended and restated to include Coast Crane Ltd. as a party to the credit facility. The amendment provided that equipment owned by Coast Crane Ltd. located in Canada may be included in the borrowing base calculation, which was previously prohibited. In accordance with the amendment, Coast Crane Ltd. is permitted to borrow up to $10.0 million under the Coast Crane credit facility, subject to a borrowing base which is calculated as the sum of (a) 85% of eligible Coast Crane Ltd. accounts, (b) the lesser of 50% of eligible Coast Crane Ltd. inventory and $750,000, (c) the lesser of (i) 95% of the lesser of (x) the net orderly liquidation value and (y) the invoice cost, of eligible new Coast Crane Ltd. equipment and (ii) $2,000,000 and (d) 85% of the net orderly liquidation value of eligible other Coast Crane Ltd. equipment, less reserves established by the lenders and the liquidity reserve. The amended agreement is collateralized by a first priority security interest in substantially all of Coast Crane’s and Coast Crane Ltd.’s assets. Proceeds of the first borrowing under the amended Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility were used to repay Coast Crane Ltd.’s existing credit facility, which was terminated in connection with the amendment.

 

On May 7, 2012 the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was amended to provide certain limitations on net capital expenditures and a $3.7 million interest reserve. The amendment also provides for a modified fixed charge coverage ratio as well as an obligation of Essex to contribute, or cause to be contributed, to Coast Crane up to $2.5 million to the extent that EBITDA for Coast Crane for the year ending December 31, 2012 is less than $6.0 million. The amendment also reduced the amount of certain additional indebtedness, including secured purchase money indebtedness, that Coast Crane may incur to $7.0 million for the year ending December 31, 2012 and $10.0 million thereafter. All other terms of the November 14, 2011 amendment and restatement remained in effect following such amendment.

 

A definitional interpretation resulted in Coast Crane's lenders determining that the springing fixed charge coverage ratio of 1.20 to 1.00 (which under the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility was triggered if Coast Crane's borrowing availability fell below $8.0 million) was triggered notwithstanding that Coast Crane and Coast Crane Ltd. had combined excess availability of $9.5 million, $8.4 million and $8.5 million as of January 31, 2012, February 29, 2012 and March 31, 2012, respectively. The modified fixed charge coverage ratio included in the May 7, 2012 amendment replaced the springing trailing twelve month fixed charge coverage ratio. The May 7, 2012 amendment also addressed and waived Coast Crane’s non-compliance (which existed as of March 31, 2012) with certain delivery and reporting requirements contained in the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility.

 

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Coast Crane is currently in compliance with the covenants and other provisions set forth in the Coast Crane Revolving Credit Facility, as amended.  Any failure to be in compliance with any material provision or covenant of these agreements could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s liquidity and operations.

 

Seasonality

 

Although we believe our business traditionally is not materially impacted by seasonality, the demand for our rental equipment tends to be lower in the winter months. The level of equipment rental activities are directly related to commercial, residential and industrial construction and maintenance activities. Therefore, equipment rental performance will be correlated to the levels of current construction activities. The severity of weather conditions can have a temporary impact on the level of construction activities.

 

Equipment sales cycles are also subject to some seasonality with the peak selling period during the spring season and extending through the summer. Parts and service activities are less affected by changes in demand caused by seasonality.

 

Contractual Obligations

 

During the six months ended June 30, 2012, there were no material changes outside the ordinary course of our business in our long-term debt, capital lease or purchase obligations or in other long-term liabilities disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

During the six months ended June 30, 2012, there were no material changes in the off-balance sheet arrangements disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

Item 7, included in Part II of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, presents the accounting policies and related estimates that we believe are the most critical to understanding our consolidated financial statements, financial condition, and results of operations and cash flows, and which require complex management judgment and assumptions, or involve uncertainties. These include, among other things, revenue recognition, the propriety of our estimated useful life of rental equipment and property and equipment, the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts, income taxes, the potential impairment of long-lived assets including intangible assets and derivative financial instruments.

 

Information regarding our other significant accounting policies is included in Note 2 to our consolidated financial statements in Item 8 of Part II of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

Our earnings are affected by changes in interest rates due to the fact that interest on our revolving credit facilities is calculated based upon either LIBOR or Prime Rate plus an applicable margin as of June 30, 2012 for which we have an interest rate swap to effectively fix the interest rate at 4.96% on $100.0 million of the $153.9 million of outstanding borrowings under Essex Crane’s senior secured credit The weighted average interest rate in effect on all of the Company’s borrowings at June 30, 2012 was 3.49% excluding the impact of the interest rate swaps and 4.61% taking into consideration the swaps. A 1.0% increase in the effective interest rate on our total outstanding borrowings (including our short-term debt obligations) not effectively fixed as a result of the interest rate swap at June 30, 2012 would increase our interest expense by approximately $0.7 million on an annualized basis.

 

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Item 4. Controls and Procedures

 

Management’s Quarterly Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

 

We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required financial disclosure.

 

Our management, with participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer (our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, respectively), have evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(f) promulgated under the Exchange Act as of the end of the period covered by this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q. Based on this evaluation, our principal executive officer and principal financial officer have concluded that, as of June 30, 2012, our disclosure controls and procedures are effective to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed in the reports we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified by the SEC’s rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including its Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required financial disclosure.

 

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

    

There have been no changes in our internal controls over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f)) that occurred during the six month period ended June 30, 2012 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 

PART II. OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

 

From time to time, the Company is party to various legal actions in the normal course of our business.  We cannot estimate with certainty our ultimate legal and financial liability with respect to such pending matters.  Management believes that the Company is not party to any litigation that, if adversely determined, would have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, result of operations or cash flows.

  

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

Part I, Item 1A — “Risk Factors,” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, describes important factors that could materially affect our business, financial condition and/or future results and cause our operating results to differ materially from those indicated, projected or implied by forward-looking statements made in this Quarterly Report or presented elsewhere by management from time to time. The risks described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K are not the only risks facing our Company; additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and/or operating results and cause our operating results to differ materially from those indicated, projected or implied by forward-looking statements made in this Quarterly Report or presented elsewhere by management from time to time.

 

There have been no material changes with respect to the risk factors previously disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds. Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

 

In October 2008, the Company's board of directors authorized a stock repurchase program, under which from time to time, in open market transactions at prevailing prices or through privately negotiated transactions as conditions permit. The Company may purchase up to $12 million of the Company's common stock and publicly-traded warrants of which approximately $9.0 million remained available at June 30, 2012.  Such repurchase plan was publicly announced on October 22, 2008. The Company’s stock repurchase program was suspended in May 2010 in conjunction with the launching of the cashless exercise warrant offer.

 

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Item 3. Defaults upon Senior Securities

 

      None.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

 

None.

 

Item 5. Other Information

 

      None.

 

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Item 6. Exhibits

 

      A. Exhibits

     
31.1   Certification of the Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
31.2   Certification of the Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.    
     
32.1   Certification pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
     
     

 

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SIGNATURES

 

 

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

  ESSEX RENTAL CORP.
   
 Dated: August 8, 2012  By:  /s/ Ronald Schad
    Ronald Schad
Chief Executive Officer
    (Principal Executive Officer)  

 

   
 Dated: August 8, 2012  By:  /s/ Martin Kroll
    Martin Kroll
Chief Financial Officer
    (Principal Financial and Accounting Officer) 

 

 

 

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