Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002

 


 

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D. C. 20549

 


 

FORM 10-K

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002

Commission file number 0-13292

 

McGRATH RENTCORP

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its Charter)

 

California

 

94-2579843

(State or other jurisdiction

of incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

5700 Las Positas Road, Livermore, CA 94551-7800

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

Registrant’s telephone number: (925) 606-9200

 


 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

Title of each class


  

Name of each exchange on which registered


None

  

None

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

 

 

Title of Class


Common Stock

 


 

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 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     X   

No          

 

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of Registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  [    ]

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is an accelerated filer (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).  Yes   X   No      

 

Aggregate market value of voting stock, held by nonaffiliates of the registrant as of June 28, 2002: $230,545,984.

 

At March 20, 2003, 12,029,830 shares of Registrant’s Common Stock were outstanding.

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

McGrath RentCorp’s definitive proxy statement with respect to its Annual Shareholders’ Meeting to be held May 28, 2003, which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the end of its fiscal year, is incorporated by reference into Part III, Items 10, 11, 12, and 13.

 

Exhibit index appears on page 49

 



 

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains statements which constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. All statements, other than statements of historical facts included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K regarding the Company’s business strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues or losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives are forward-looking statements. These statements appear in a number of places and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believes”, “expects”, “may”, “estimates”, “will”, “should”, “plans” or “anticipates” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. These forward-looking statements include any statements the Company makes, or implications suggested by statements the Company makes, as to:

 

    the future prospects for and growth of the Company and the industries in which it operates, including (i) the extent and duration of weakness in the telecommunications industry and the impact of such weakness on the Company and its and financial conditions, (ii) RenTelco’s ability to increase its earnings contribution to the Company upon recovery of the telecommunications industry;

 

    the level of the Company’s future rentals and sales and customer demand;

 

    the Company’s ability to effectively compete against its competitors;

 

    the Company’s strategies for the future and its ability to implement and maintain such strategies, including its strategies (i) to actively maintain and repair rental equipment cost effectively and to maximize the level of proceeds from the sale of such products and (ii) to create internal facilities and infrastructure capabilities that can provide prompt and efficient customer service, experienced assistance, rapid delivery and timely maintenance of the Company’s equipment;

 

    the effect of any future loss of primary manufacturers or suppliers on the Company’s products;

 

    the Company’s ability to maintain and upgrade modular equipment to comply with changes in applicable legislation;

 

    the significance of warranty costs to the Company’s operations;

 

    the effect of changes in legislation on the Company’s modular rental and sale revenues, including legislation with respect to policies regarding class size, the level of state funding to public schools and the use of classrooms that meet the Department of Housing requirements;

 

    interruptions in the passage of statewide and local facility bond measures and the effect of such interruptions on the Company’s operations;

 

    the effect of shifting trends in school populations and the need for temporary classroom space during the construction of new schools or new school facilities or during the reconstruction of older schools;

 

    the Company’s ability to leverage its costs and expenses over a large installed customer base and improve its operating margins;

 

    any future effects on the Company’s costs of operation and liquidity resulting from the use of alternative building materials in modular buildings;

 

    the timing and amounts of future capital expenditures and the Company’s ability to meet its needs for working capital and capital expenditures through 2003 and beyond;

 

    the effect of changes to the Company’s accounting policies (including our critical accounting policies) and future implementation of these policies, including policies with respect to depreciation, maintenance and refurbishment and impairment; and

 

 

    the Company’s ability to pass on increases in its costs of rental equipment, including manufacturing costs, operating expenses and interest expense through increases in rental rates and selling prices.

 

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All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Readers should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements and are cautioned that any such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. Actual results may vary materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors which are identified in “Item 1. Business” and “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and elsewhere in this document. These factors include: the effectiveness of management’s strategies and decisions; changes in demand by public schools for the Company’s modular classrooms associated with significant reductions or expected reductions in funding of public schools from the State of California; general economic and business conditions and in particular the continuing weakness in the telecommunications industry; new or modified statutory or regulatory requirements relating to the Company’s modular operations; changing prices and market conditions; changes in equipment specifications, equipment condition or maintenance policies; changes in technology applicable to the Company’s operations; changes in manufacturer’s selling prices; changes in school populations, the level of state funding to public schools and policies regarding class size which affect customer demand; the potential effect of a general decline in the demand in the educational market for the Company’s modular classroom products, a market upon which the Company relies for a substantial portion of its revenue; additional impairment charges on the Company’s equipment; competition in the modular and electronics business; the loss of major suppliers and manufacturers; increases in the general interest rates which can result in higher interest expense associated with the companies variable rate debt; the Company’s inability to pass increased costs on to its customers; and fluctuations in the Company’s rentals and sales of modular or telecommunications equipment. No assurance can be given that these are all of the factors that could cause actual results to vary materially from the forward-looking statements.

 

PART I

 

ITEM 1.    BUSINESS.

 

General

 

McGrath RentCorp (the “Company”) is a California corporation organized in 1979. The Company is comprised of three business segments: “Mobile Modular Management Corporation” (“MMMC”), its modular building rental division, “RenTelco,” its electronic test equipment rental division, and “Enviroplex,” its majority-owned subsidiary classroom manufacturing business. The Company’s corporate offices are located in Livermore, California. In addition, branch operations for both rental divisions are conducted from this facility.

 

MMMC rents and sells modular buildings and accessories to fulfill customers’ temporary and permanent space needs in California and Texas. These units are used as temporary offices adjacent to existing facilities, and are used as classrooms, sales offices, construction field offices, health care clinics, child care facilities and for a variety of other purposes. MMMC purchases the relocatable modular buildings, or modulars, from various manufacturers who build them to MMMC’s design specifications. MMMC operates from two branch offices in California and one in Texas. Although MMMC’s primary emphasis is on rentals, sales of modulars routinely occur and can fluctuate quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer demands and requirements.

 

The educational market is the largest segment of the modular business. MMMC provides classroom and specialty space needs serving schools from pre-school to post secondary grade levels. Fueled by increasing student population, insufficient funding for new school construction and aging school facilities, demand continues to be very strong in California. Within the educational market, rentals and sales to California public school districts by MMMC represent a significant portion of MMMC’s total revenues.

 

RenTelco rents and sells electronic test equipment nationally from two locations. The Plano, Texas location houses the Company’s communications and fiber optic test equipment inventory, calibration laboratory and eastern U.S. sales engineer and operations staffs. The Livermore, California location houses the Company’s general-purpose test equipment inventory, calibration laboratory and western U.S. sales engineer and operations staffs. Significant portions of RenTelco’s rental and sale revenues are derived from the telecommunications industry. RenTelco continues to be affected by the severe and prolonged broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry, which has significantly impacted the Company’s overall revenues.

 

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Communications and fiber optic test equipment is utilized by field technicians, engineers and installer contractors in evaluating voice, data and multimedia communications networks, installing optical fiber cabling and in the development of switch, network and wireless products. RenTelco rents this test equipment primarily to network systems companies, electrical contractors, local & long distance carriers and manufacturers of communications transmission equipment. RenTelco’s communications equipment includes a broad spectrum of products from over 40 different manufacturers domestically and abroad.

 

Engineers, scientists and technicians utilize general-purpose test equipment in evaluating the performance of their own electrical and electronic equipment, developing products, controlling manufacturing processes and in field service applications. These instruments are rented primarily to electronics, industrial, research and aerospace companies. The majority of RenTelco’s general-purpose equipment is manufactured by Agilent (formerly Hewlett Packard) and Tektronix.

 

McGrath RentCorp owns 81% of Enviroplex, a California corporation organized in 1991. Enviroplex manufactures portable classrooms built to the requirements of the California Division of the State Architect (“DSA”) and sells directly to California public school districts. Enviroplex conducts its sales and manufacturing operations from its facility located in Stockton, California. Since inception, McGrath RentCorp has assisted Enviroplex in a variety of corporate functions such as accounting, human resources, facility improvements and insurance. McGrath RentCorp has not purchased significant quantities of manufactured product from Enviroplex.

 

A significant portion of the Company’s total revenues is derived from the educational market. Within the educational market, the rental (by MMMC) and sale (by Enviroplex and MMMC) of modulars to California public school districts for use as portable classrooms, restroom buildings and administrative offices for kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) comprised approximately 40%, 34% and 35%, of the Company’s consolidated rental and sales revenues for 2002, 2001 and 2000, respectively.

 

Please see Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements on page 39 for more information on the Company’s business segments.

 

As of December 31, 2002, the Company had 436 employees, of whom 46 are primarily administrative and executive personnel, and the remaining 390 are engaged in manufacturing or rental operations. The operations of the Company share common facilities, financing, senior management, and operating and accounting systems, which results in the efficient use of overhead. Each product line has its own sales and technical personnel.

 

No single customer has accounted for more than 10% of the Company’s total revenues generated in any given year. The Company’s business is not seasonal, except for the rental and sale of classrooms, which is heaviest in the several months prior to the opening of school each fall.

 

The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol “MGRC.”

 

RELOCATABLE MODULAR BUILDINGS

 

Description

 

Modulars are designed for use as temporary office space and may be moved from one location to another. Modulars vary from simple single-unit construction site offices to multi-modular facilities, complete with wood exteriors and mansard roofs. The rental fleet includes a full range of styles and sizes. MMMC considers its modulars to be among the most attractive and well designed available. The units are constructed with wood siding, sturdily built and physically capable of a long useful life. Units are provided with installed heat, air conditioning, lighting, electricity and floor covering, and may have customized interiors including partitioning, carpeting, cabinetwork and plumbing facilities.

 

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MMMC purchases new modulars from various manufacturers who build to MMMC’s design specifications. With the exception of Enviroplex, none of the principal suppliers are affiliated with the Company. During 2002, MMMC purchased 28% of its modular product from one manufacturer. MMMC believes that the loss of its primary manufacturer of modulars could have an effect on its operations since MMMC could experience higher prices and longer lead times for modular product until other manufacturers increased their capacity.

 

The modular product is manufactured to state building codes, has a low risk of obsolescence, and can be modified or reconfigured to accommodate a wide variety of customer needs. Historically, as state building codes have changed over the years, MMMC has continued to be able to use existing modular equipment, with minimal required upgrades, if any. MMMC has no assurance that it will continue to be able to use existing modular equipment with minimal upgrades as building codes change in the future.

 

MMMC operates from three regional inventory centers serving large geographic areas in California and Texas with in-house infrastructure and operational capabilities to support quick and efficient repair, modification, and refurbishment of equipment for the next rental opportunity. MMMC believes operating from large regional inventory centers results in better operating margins as operating costs are spread over a large installed customer base. MMMC actively maintains and repairs its rental equipment, and management believes this insures the continued use of the modular product over its long life and, when sold, generates high sale proceeds relative to its capitalized cost. When rental equipment returns from a customer, the necessary repairs and preventative maintenance are performed prior to its next rental. Making these expenditures for repair and maintenance throughout the equipment’s life results in older equipment renting for similar rates as newer equipment. Management believes the condition of the equipment is a more significant factor in determining the rental rate and sale price than its age. Over the last three years, used equipment sold represented less than 3% of rental equipment, and has been, on average, 10 years old with sale proceeds averaging better than 95% of the equipment’s capitalized cost. MMMC depreciates its rental equipment over 18 years using a 50% residual value effective January 1, 2002 and using an 18% residual value prior to 2002.

 

Marketing

 

MMMC’s largest single demand is for temporary classroom and other educational space needs of public and private schools, colleges and universities. Management believes the demand for classrooms is caused by shifting and fluctuating school populations, the lack of state funds for new construction, the need for temporary classroom space during reconstruction of older schools and, several years ago, class size reduction (see “Classroom Rentals and Sales to California Public Schools (K-12)” below). Other customer applications include sales offices, construction field offices, health care facilities, sanctuaries and child care services. Industrial, manufacturing, entertainment and utility companies, as well as governmental agencies commonly use large multi-modular complexes to serve their interim administrative and operational space needs. The modular product offers customers quick, cost-effective space solutions while conserving their capital. The Company’s branch and corporate offices, with the exception of RenTelco’s Plano facility and Enviroplex’s facility, are housed in various sizes of modulars.

 

Since most of MMMC’s customer requirements are to fill temporary space needs, MMMC’s marketing emphasis is on rentals rather than sales. MMMC attracts customers through its website at www.mobilemodularrents.com, extensive yellow page advertising, telemarketing and direct mail. Customers are encouraged to visit an inventory center to view different models on display and to see a branch office, which is a working example of a modular application.

 

Because service is a major competitive factor in the rental of modulars, MMMC offers quick response to requests for information, assistance in the choice of a suitable size and floor plan, in-house customization services, rapid delivery, timely installation and maintenance of its units. Customers are able to view and select inventory for quote on MMMC’s website.

 

Rentals

 

Rental periods range from one month to ten years with a typical rental period of eighteen months. Most rental agreements are operating leases that provide no purchase options, and when a rental agreement does provide the customer with a purchase option, it is generally on terms attractive to MMMC.

 

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The customer is responsible for obtaining the necessary use permits and the costs of insuring the unit, transporting the unit to the site, preparation of the site, installation of the unit, dismantle and return delivery of the unit to one of MMMC’s three inventory centers, and certain costs for customization. MMMC maintains the units in good working condition while on rent. Upon return, the units are inspected for damage and customers are billed for items considered beyond normal wear and tear. Generally, the units are then repaired for subsequent use. Repair and maintenance costs are expensed as incurred and can include floor tile repairs, roof maintenance, cleaning, painting and other cosmetic repairs. The costs of major refurbishment of equipment are capitalized to the extent the refurbishment significantly improves the quality and adds value or life to the equipment.

 

At December 31, 2002, MMMC had 18,707 new or previously rented modulars in its rental fleet with an aggregate original cost including accessories of $285.9 million or an average cost per unit of $15,300. Utilization is calculated each month by dividing the cost of rental equipment on rent by the total cost of rental equipment, excluding new equipment inventory and accessory equipment. At December 31, 2002, fleet utilization was 85.2% and average fleet utilization during 2002 was 85.9%.

 

Sales

 

In addition to operating its rental fleet, MMMC sells modulars to customers. These sales typically arise out of its marketing efforts for the rental fleet. Such sales can be of either new or used units from the rental fleet, which permits an orderly turnover of older units. During 2002, MMMC’s largest sale of modulars was for new buildings to a county agency for approximately $1.8 million. This sale represented approximately 9% of MMMC’s sales, 4% of the Company’s consolidated sales, and 1% of the Company’s consolidated revenues.

 

MMMC provides limited 90-day warranties on used modulars and passes through the manufacturers’ one-year warranty on new units to its customers. Warranty costs have not been significant to MMMC’s operations to date, and MMMC attributes this to its commitment to high quality standards and regular maintenance programs. However, there can be no assurance that warranty costs will continue to be insignificant to MMMC’s operations in the future.

 

In addition to MMMC’s sales, the Company’s subsidiary, Enviroplex, manufactures and sells DSA portable classrooms to school districts in California (see “Classroom Sales by Enviroplex” below).

 

Competition

 

Management estimates the business of renting relocatable modular buildings is an industry that today has equipment on rent or available for rent in the United States with an aggregate original cost in excess of $4.0 billion. Competition in the rental and sale of relocatable modular buildings is intense. Two national firms are engaged in the rental of modulars, have many offices throughout the country and may have substantially greater financial resources than MMMC. Several hundred other companies are estimated to operate regionally throughout the country. MMMC operates primarily in California and Texas. Significant competitive factors in the rental business include availability, price, service, reliability, appearance and functionality of the product. MMMC markets high quality, well-constructed and attractive modulars. MMMC believes that part of the strategy for modulars should be to create facilities and infrastructure capabilities that its competitors cannot easily duplicate. The Company’s facilities and related infrastructure enable it to modify modulars efficiently and cost effectively to meet its customers’ needs. Management’s goal is to be more responsive at less expense. Management believes this strategy, together with its emphasis on prompt and efficient customer service, gives MMMC a competitive advantage. MMMC is determined to offer quick response to requests for information, experienced assistance for the first-time user, rapid delivery and timely maintenance of its units. MMMC’s efficiency and responsiveness continues to improve as procedures, processes and computer systems that control its internal operations are enhanced. MMMC anticipates strong competition in the future and believes its process of improving its products and services is ongoing.

 

Classroom Sales by Enviroplex

 

Enviroplex manufactures moment-resistant, rigid steel framed portable classrooms built to the requirements of the DSA and sells directly to California public school districts. The moment-resistant, rigid steel-framed classroom is engineered to have the structural columns support the weight of the building. This offers the customer greater design flexibility as to overall classroom size and the placement of doors and windows. Enviroplex fabricates most of the structural steel component parts using only mill certified sheet

 

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steel. Enviroplex’s standard designs have been engineered for strength and durability using lighter weight steel. Customers are offered a wide variety of DSA pre-approved classroom sizes and features with market established pricing, saving them valuable time on their classroom project. Customization features include restrooms, computer lab setups, interior offices, cabinetwork and kitchen facilities.

 

During 2002, Enviroplex’s largest sale was for $3.3 million of new classrooms to a school district. This sale represented 26% of Enviroplex’s sales, 8% of the Company’s consolidated sales and 2% of the Company’s consolidated revenues. All of Enviroplex’s sales occur in California, with most sales occurring directly with California public school districts.

 

Since Enviroplex’s customers are predominantly California public school districts, Enviroplex markets directly to these schools through telemarketing, targeted mailings and participation in the annual CASH (Coalition for Adequate School Housing) tradeshow. Enviroplex also attracts customers through its website at www.enviroplexinc.com where customers are able to view a variety of DSA approved floor plans. Customers are encouraged to tour the manufacturing facility to experience the production process and examine the quality product built.

 

Competition in the manufacture of DSA classrooms is broad, intense, and highly competitive. Several manufacturers have greater capacity for production and have been in business longer than Enviroplex. Larger manufacturers with greater capacity have a larger appetite for the standard classroom while Enviroplex caters to schools’ requirements for more customized classrooms. The remaining manufacturers are of a similar size or smaller and do not have the production capacity nor the financial resources of Enviroplex.

 

Enviroplex has simplified its manufacturing process through value engineering by changing materials, determining which components are made in-house versus purchased, reducing the number of components and increasing the production efficiency at an overall lower cost without sacrificing quality. Enviroplex’s strategy is to improve the quality and flexibility of its product. Enviroplex understands that in addition to quality classrooms that are competitively priced and delivered on time, its customers want choices in design flexibility and customization. Management believes Enviroplex’s niche in providing these additional features in its products gives it a competitive edge. However, there can be no assurance that Enviroplex will be able to continue to provide design flexibility and customization that can effectively compete in the market.

 

Enviroplex provides a one-year warranty on manufactured equipment. Warranty costs have not been significant to Enviroplex’s operations to date, which can be attributed to Enviroplex’s dedication to manufacturing and delivering a quality, problem-free product. However, there can be no assurance that warranty costs will continue to be insignificant to Enviroplex’s operations in the future.

 

Enviroplex purchases raw materials from a variety of suppliers. Each component part has multiple suppliers. Enviroplex believes the loss of any one of these suppliers would not have a material adverse affect on its operations.

 

Classroom Rentals and Sales to California Public Schools (K-12)

 

The rental and sales of modulars to California public school districts for use as portable classrooms, restroom buildings and administrative offices for kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) are a significant portion of the Company’s revenues. The following table shows the approximate percentages of the Company’s modular rental and sales revenues, and of its consolidated rental and sales revenues for the past five years, that rentals and sales to these schools constitute:

 

Rentals and Sales to California Public Schools (K-12) as a

Percentage of Total Rental and Sales Revenues

 


Percentage of:


  

2002


    

2001


    

2000


    

1999


    

1998


 

Modular Rental Revenues (MMMC)

  

49

%

  

49

%

  

47

%

  

48

%

  

44

%

Modular Sales Revenues (MMMC & Enviroplex)

  

54

%

  

54

%

  

61

%

  

52

%

  

78

%

Consolidated Rental and Sales Revenues1

  

40

%

  

34

%

  

35

%

  

34

%

  

45

%


1    Consolidated Rental and Sales Revenue percentage is calculated by dividing Modular rental and sales revenues by the Company’s consolidated rental and sales revenues.

 

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The elevated modular sales percentage shown for 1998 can be attributed to the Class Size Reduction Program instituted by the State of California. School districts were given great incentive to reduce class size in the lower grades from 30 students to no greater than 20 students. This highly popular program created a great demand for both purchasing and renting classroom buildings and was essentially implemented by the end of 1999. In 2000, the increased modular sales percentages resulted from new requirements beyond Class Size Reduction by school districts.

 

The great majority of funding for facility requirements in California’s public schools (K-12) and community colleges is derived from the passage of both statewide and local facility bond measures. Historically, the Company has benefited from the passage of these types of facility bonds and believes these are essential to its business. Looking forward, the Company believes that any interruption in the passage of these types of facility bonds, contraction of the Class Size Reduction Program, a lack of fiscal funding, or a significant reduction of funding from the State of California to public schools may have a material adverse effect on both rental and sale revenues of the Company.

 

Legislation

 

In California (where most of the Company’s educational rentals have occurred), school districts are permitted to purchase only portable classrooms built to the requirements of the DSA. However, school districts may rent classrooms that meet either the Department of Housing (“DOH”) or DSA requirements. In 1988, California adopted a law which limited the term for which school districts may rent portable classrooms built to DOH standards for up to three years (under a waiver process), and also required the school board to indemnify the State against any claims arising out of the use of such classrooms. Prior to 1988 the majority of the classrooms in the Company’s rental fleet were built to the DOH requirements, and since 1988 almost all new classrooms have been built to the DSA requirements. During the 1990’s additional legislation was passed extending the use of these DOH classroom buildings under the waiver process through September 30, 2000.

 

In 2000, new California legislation was passed allowing for DOH classroom buildings already in use for classroom purposes as of May 1, 2000 to be utilized until September 30, 2007, provided various upgrades were made to their foundation and ceiling systems. School districts initially had until August 31, 2002 and then December 31, 2002 to make the necessary modifications to extend their usage of these buildings. To the extent that school districts have not retrofitted these buildings and return the equipment, rental income levels could be impacted negatively. Currently, regulations and policies are in place that allow for the ongoing use of DOH classrooms from the Company’s inventory to meet shorter term space needs of school districts for periods up to 24 months, provided they receive a “Temporary Certification” or “Temporary Exemption” from the DSA. As a consequence, the tendency is for school districts to rent the DOH classrooms for shorter periods and to rent the DSA classrooms for longer periods. At December 31, 2002, the net book value of DOH classrooms represented less than 1.9% of the net book value of the Company’s modular rental equipment and 1.2% of the total assets of the Company, and the utilization of these DOH classrooms was 71.9%.

 

ELECTRONIC TEST AND MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENTS

 

Description

 

RenTelco’s communications and fiber optics rental inventory includes fiber, telecom, SONET, ATM, broadcast, copper, line simulator, microwave, network and transmission test equipment. The general-purpose inventory includes oscilloscopes, amplifiers, spectrum, network and logic analyzers, CATV, component measurement, industrial, signal source, microprocessor development and power source test equipment. RenTelco’s communications inventory includes equipment from over 40 manufacturers and the majority of the general-purpose inventory is manufactured by Agilent (formerly Hewlett Packard) and Tektronix. RenTelco also rents electronic instruments from other rental companies and re-rents the instruments to customers.

 

During the first six months of 2002, RenTelco recorded noncash impairment charges of $24.1 million resulting from the depressed and low projected demand for its rental products coupled with high inventory levels, especially communications equipment. RenTelco’s business activity levels are directly attributable to the severe and prolonged broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry. RenTelco has limited visibility as to when the recovery in this sector will occur, and there can be no assurance as to the effect of such recovery on RenTelco’s operations.

 

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At December 31, 2002, RenTelco had an aggregate cost of electronics rental inventory and accessories of $39.8 million. Utilization is calculated each month by dividing the cost of the rental equipment on rent by the total cost of the rental equipment, excluding accessory equipment. Utilization was 41.6% as of December 31, 2002 and averaged 38.2% during the year. Generally, RenTelco targets utilization levels in a range between 50% and 55%. There can be no assurance that in the future RenTelco’s utilization levels will reach RenTelco’s target utilization levels or even remain at their 2002 average. RenTelco rents electronic test equipment for a typical rental period of one to six months at monthly rental rates ranging from approximately 3% to 10% of the current manufacturers’ list price. RenTelco depreciates its equipment over 5 to 8 years with no residual value.

 

RenTelco endeavors to maintain an inventory of equipment meeting more current technological standards and attempts to sell equipment so that the majority of the inventory is less than five years old. RenTelco generally sells used equipment after approximately four years of service to permit an orderly turnover and replenishment of the electronics inventory. With weak market demand and lower than target utilization levels, RenTelco will continue to sell rental equipment determined to be in excess of the required levels to meet projected customer rental demand. There can be no assurance that RenTelco will be successful in these efforts. In 2002, approximately 36% of the electronics revenues were derived from sales. The largest electronics sale during 2002 represented 4% of electronics sales and less than 1% of the Company’s consolidated sales and consolidated revenues.

 

Market

 

The business of renting electronic test and measurement instruments is an industry which today has equipment on rent or available for rent in the United States with an aggregate original cost in excess of a half billion dollars. While there is a broad customer base for the rental of such instruments, most rentals are to electronics, communications, network systems, electrical contractor, installer contractor, industrial, research and aerospace companies.

 

RenTelco markets its electronic equipment throughout the United States. RenTelco attracts customers through its website at www.rentelco.com, an extensive telemarketing program, trade show participation and direct mail campaigns.

 

RenTelco believes that customers rent electronic test and measurement instruments for many reasons. Customers frequently need equipment for short-term projects, for backup to avoid costly downtime and to evaluate new products. Delivery times for the purchase of such equipment can be lengthy; thus, renting allows the customer to obtain the equipment expeditiously. RenTelco also believes that a substantial portion of electronic test and measurement instruments are used for research and development projects where the relative certainty of rental costs can facilitate cost control and be useful in bidding for government contracts. Finally, as is true with the rental of any equipment, renting rather than purchasing may better satisfy the customer’s budgetary constraints.

 

The industry consists primarily of three major companies. RenTelco competes with these major companies on the basis of product availability, price, service, and reliability. However, all three companies are much larger than RenTelco, may have substantially greater financial resources and are well established in the industry with a large inventory of equipment, several branch offices and experienced personnel, and there can be no assurance that RenTelco will be able to compete effectively with these major companies in the future.

 

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

The following table shows the revenue components, percentage of rental and total revenues, rental equipment (at cost), rental equipment (net book value), number of relocatable modular buildings, year-end and average utilization, average rental equipment (at cost), annual yield on average rental equipment (at cost) and gross margin on rental revenues and sales by product line for the past five years.

Product Highlights


(dollar amounts in thousands)

 

Year Ended December 31,

 
   

2002


    

2001


    

2000


    

1999


    

1998


 
       

Relocatable Modular Buildings (operating under MMMC and Enviroplex)

                          

Revenues

                                           

Rental

 

$

66,214

 

  

$

63,542

 

  

$

56,779

 

  

$

51,622

 

  

$

47,957

 

Rental Related Services

 

 

16,936

 

  

 

17,117

 

  

 

16,462

 

  

 

12,542

 

  

 

11,007

 

   


  


  


  


  


Total Modular Rental Operations

 

 

83,150

 

  

 

80,659

 

  

 

73,241

 

  

 

64,164

 

  

 

58,964

 

   


  


  


  


  


Sales—MMMC

 

 

20,124

 

  

 

15,758

 

  

 

23,831

 

  

 

16,100

 

  

 

23,171

 

Sales—Enviroplex

 

 

12,488

 

  

 

14,993

 

  

 

16,992

 

  

 

11,150

 

  

 

20,672

 

   


  


  


  


  


Total Modular Sales

 

 

32,612

 

  

 

30,751

 

  

 

40,823

 

  

 

27,250

 

  

 

43,843

 

   


  


  


  


  


Other

 

 

678

 

  

 

644

 

  

 

423

 

  

 

500

 

  

 

448

 

   


  


  


  


  


Total Modular Revenues

 

$

116,440

 

  

$

112,054

 

  

$

114,487

 

  

$

91,914

 

  

$

103,255

 

   


  


  


  


  


Percentage of Rental Revenues

 

 

80.8

 %

  

 

63.1

%

  

 

59.8

%

  

 

65.5

%

  

 

66.6

%

Percentage of Total Revenues

 

 

80.3

 %

  

 

70.3

%

  

 

69.7

%

  

 

70.7

%

  

 

76.2

%

Rental Equipment, at cost (year-end)

 

$

285,901

 

  

$

281,203

 

  

$

261,081

 

  

$

238,449

 

  

$

216,444

 

Rental Equipment, net book value (year-end)

 

$

200,593

 

  

$

197,764

 

  

$

187,059

 

  

$

171,166

 

  

$

156,790

 

Number of Units (year-end)

 

 

18,707

 

  

 

18,554

 

  

 

17,555

 

  

 

16,230

 

  

 

15,139

 

Utilization (year-end)1

 

 

85.2

 %

  

 

86.2

%

  

 

84.9

%

  

 

80.2

%

  

 

83.0

%

Average Utilization1

 

 

85.9

 %

  

 

85.4

%

  

 

82.3

%

  

 

81.6

%

  

 

83.1

%

Average Rental Equipment, at cost2

 

$

274,912

 

  

$

260,760

 

  

$

238,408

 

  

$

213,571

 

  

$

186,865

 

Annual Yield on Average Rental Equipment, at cost

 

 

24.1

 %

  

 

24.4

%

  

 

23.8

%

  

 

24.2

%

  

 

25.7

%

Gross Margin on Rental Revenues

 

 

65.3

 %

  

 

55.2

%

  

 

50.2

%

  

 

55.3

%

  

 

56.2

%

Gross Margin on Sales

 

 

27.3

 %

  

 

30.9

%

  

 

28.0

%

  

 

29.5

%

  

 

30.8

%

Electronic Test and Measurement Instruments (operating under RenTelco)

                          

Revenues

                                           

Rental

 

$

15,777

 

  

$

37,180

 

  

$

38,152

 

  

$

27,132

 

  

$

24,010

 

Rental Related Services

 

 

561

 

  

 

710

 

  

 

723

 

  

 

501

 

  

 

521

 

   


  


  


  


  


Total Electronics Rental Operations

 

 

16,338

 

  

 

37,890

 

  

 

38,875

 

  

 

27,633

 

  

 

24,531

 

Sales

 

 

9,645

 

  

 

8,784

 

  

 

10,201

 

  

 

9,789

 

  

 

7,201

 

Other

 

 

508

 

  

 

666

 

  

 

595

 

  

 

626

 

  

 

441

 

   


  


  


  


  


Total Electronics Revenues

 

$

26,491

 

  

$

47,340

 

  

$

49,671

 

  

$

38,048

 

  

$

32,173

 

   


  


  


  


  


Percentage of Rental Revenues

 

 

19.2

 %

  

 

36.9

%

  

 

40.2

%

  

 

34.5

%

  

 

33.4

%

Percentage of Total Revenues

 

 

18.3

 %

  

 

29.7

%

  

 

30.3

%

  

 

29.3

%

  

 

23.8

%

Rental Equipment, at cost (year-end)

 

$

39,786

 

  

$

95,419

 

  

$

92,404

 

  

$

72,832

 

  

$

66,573

 

Rental Equipment, net book value (year-end)

 

$

21,306

 

  

$

57,758

 

  

$

60,343

 

  

$

46,012

 

  

$

43,238

 

Utilization (year-end)1

 

 

41.6

 %

  

 

34.4

%

  

 

63.5

%

  

 

54.4

%

  

 

51.5

%

Average Utilization1

 

 

38.2

 %

  

 

50.4

%

  

 

61.4

%

  

 

53.8

%

  

 

54.6

%

Average Rental Equipment, at cost3

 

$

58,952

 

  

$

97,715

 

  

$

82,401

 

  

$

68,420

 

  

$

56,859

 

Annual Yield on Average Rental Equipment, at cost

 

 

26.8

 %

  

 

38.0

%

  

 

46.3

%

  

 

39.7

%

  

 

42.2

%

Gross Margin on Rental Revenues3

 

 

(120.3

)%

  

 

56.6

%

  

 

63.8

%

  

 

59.5

%

  

 

61.5

%

Gross Margin on Sales

 

 

29.1

 %

  

 

32.7

%

  

 

32.6

%

  

 

29.7

%

  

 

32.9

%

Total Revenues4

 

$

145,086

 

  

$

159,394

 

  

$

164,158

 

  

$

129,962

 

  

$

135,428

 


1   Utilization is calculated each month by dividing the cost of rental equipment on rent by the total cost of rental equipment, excluding new equipment inventory and accessory equipment. Average Utilization is calculated using the average costs for the year.
2   Average rental equipment, at cost for modulars excludes new equipment inventory and accessory equipment.
3   In 2002, RenTelco’s Average Rental Equipment, at cost, and Gross Margin on Rental Revenues were significantly impacted by impairment charges of $24.1 million recorded in the first half of 2002.
4   In 2002, in addition to the revenues from modulars and electronics products, 1.4% of Total Revenues resulted from a $1.25 million nonrecurring reimbursement of merger related costs and expenses and $0.9 million gain on land sales not allocated to the specific products.

 

9


 

TERMINATED MERGER AGREEMENT

 

On July 1, 2002, McGrath RentCorp exercised its right to terminate a merger agreement, dated as of December 20, 2001, between McGrath RentCorp and Tyco Acquisition Corp. 33 (“Tyco”), a subsidiary of Tyco International Ltd. During 2001 and 2002, the Company incurred merger related expenses of $1.9 million and $0.6 million, respectively. In August 2002, Tyco paid $1.25 million to McGrath RentCorp as reimbursement of certain costs and expenses incurred in connection with the proposed merger. In connection with the payment, McGrath RentCorp and Tyco have agreed that neither of them will have any claims against the other or their affiliates in connection with the merger agreement.

 

ITEM 2.    PROPERTIES.

 

The Company currently conducts its operations from five locations. Inventory centers, at which relocatable modular buildings are displayed, refurbished and stored are located in Livermore, California (San Francisco Bay Area), Mira Loma, California (Los Angeles Area) and Pasadena, Texas (Houston Area). These three branches conduct rental and sales operations from multi-modular buildings, serving as working models of the Company’s product. Electronic test and measurement instrument rental and sales operations are conducted from the Livermore facility and from a facility in Plano, Texas (Dallas Area). The Company’s majority owned subsidiary, Enviroplex, manufactures portable classrooms from its facility in Stockton, California (San Francisco Bay Area).

 

During 2002, the Company sold excess properties located in Corona, California and Arlington, Texas, which were not part of existing operating facilities for a gain of $905,000.

 

The following table sets forth for each property the total acres, square footage of office space, square footage of warehouse space and total square footage at December 31, 2002. The Company owns all properties, except as noted in footnote 4 of the Facilities table below.

 

Facilities

 


           

Square Footage


      

Total Acres


  

Office


  

Warehouse


  

Total


Corporate Offices

                     

Livermore, California1

    

—  

  

9,840

  

—  

  

9,840

Relocatable Modular Buildings

                     

Livermore, California1, 2

    

139.7

  

7,680

  

53,440

  

61,120

Mira Loma, California

    

78.5

  

7,920

  

45,440

  

53,360

Pasadena, Texas

    

50.0

  

3,868

  

24,000

  

27,868

Electronic Test and Measurement Instruments

                     

Livermore, California1

    

—  

  

8,400

  

7,920

  

16,320

Plano, Texas3

    

2.6

  

28,337

  

10,773

  

39,110

Enviroplex, Inc.

                     

Stockton, California4

    

16.9

  

5,825

  

120,080

  

125,905

      
  
  
  
      

287.7

  

71,870

  

261,653

  

333,523

      
  
  
  

  1   The modular building complex in Livermore, California is 33,840 square feet and includes the corporate offices and both modulars and electronics branch operations.  
  2   Of the 139.7 acres, 2.2 acres with an 8,000 square foot warehouse facility is rented out to a third party through March 2008, 2.2 acres are rented to a third party through October 2005 and 35.8 acres are undeveloped.  
  3   Of the 28,337 square feet of office space, 19,152 square feet are rented to a third party through February 2006.  
  4   Of the 16.9 acres, 6 acres are rented through June 2004. The leased facility includes 2,460 square feet of office space and 18,030 square feet of warehouse space.  

 

10


 

ITEM 3.    LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

 

None.

 

ITEM 4.    SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS.

 

Not applicable.

 

PART II

 

ITEM 5.    MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER   MATTERS.

 

The Company’s common stock is traded in the NASDAQ National Market System under the symbol “MGRC”.

 

The market price (as quoted by NASDAQ) and cash dividends declared, per share of the Company’s common stock, by calendar quarter for the past two years were as follows:

 

Stock Activity

 


    

2002

  

2001

    

4Q


  

3Q


  

2Q


  

1Q


  

4Q


  

3Q


  

2Q


  

1Q


High

  

$

23.60

  

$

25.62

  

$

31.15

  

$

37.92

  

$

37.69

  

$

26.70

  

$

27.50

  

$

22.50

Low

  

$

20.08

  

$

17.21

  

$

24.53

  

$

27.90

  

$

20.01

  

$

20.22

  

$

21.63

  

$

17.63

Close

  

$

23.15

  

$

20.37

  

$

25.92

  

$

30.75

  

$

37.52

  

$

21.51

  

$

24.14

  

$

21.88

Dividends Declared

  

$

0.18

  

$

0.18

  

$

0.18

  

$

0.16

  

$

0.16

  

$

0.16

  

$

0.16

  

$

0.16


 

As of March 20, 2003, the Company’s common stock was held by 85 shareholders of record, which does not include shareholders whose shares are held in street or nominee name. The Company believes that when holders in street or nominee name are added, the number of holders of the Company’s common stock exceeds 500.

 

The Company has declared a quarterly dividend on its common stock every quarter since 1990. The total amount of cash dividends paid by the Company in 2002 and 2001 is discussed under “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Liquidity and Capital Resources.” Subject to its continued profitability and favorable cash flow, the Company intends to continue the payment of quarterly dividends.

 

The Company’s Long-Term Stock Bonus Plans provide for stock bonuses to be granted to officers and key employees dependent upon achievement of certain financial goals covering specified performance periods. The Company issued to Dennis C. Kakures and Thomas J. Sauer, both officers of the Company, an aggregate of 6,736 shares of common stock in March 2002, 4,948 shares of common stock in March 2001 and 20,920 shares of common stock in March 2000. These issuances were exempt from the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 by virtue of section 4(2) thereof.

 

11


 

ITEM 6.    SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.

 

The following table summarizes the Company’s selected financial data for the five years ended December 31, 2002 and should be read in conjunction with the more detailed Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes reported in Item 8 below.

 

Selected Consolidated Financial Data

 


(dollar and share amounts in thousands, except per share data)

  

Year Ended December 31,


    

2002


  

2001


  

2000


  

1999


    

1998


Operations Data

                                    

Revenues

                                    

Rental

  

$

81,991

  

$

100,722

  

$

94,931

  

$

78,754

 

  

$

71,967

Rental Related Services

  

 

17,497

  

 

17,827

  

 

17,185

  

 

13,043

 

  

 

11,528

    

  

  

  


  

Rental Operations

  

 

99,488

  

 

118,549

  

 

112,116

  

 

91,797

 

  

 

83,495

Sales

  

 

42,257

  

 

39,535

  

 

51,024

  

 

37,039

 

  

 

51,044

Other

  

 

3,341

  

 

1,310

  

 

1,018

  

 

1,126

 

  

 

889

    

  

  

  


  

Total Revenues

  

 

145,086

  

 

159,394

  

 

164,158

  

 

129,962

 

  

 

135,428

    

  

  

  


  

Costs and Expenses

                                    

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

                                    

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

  

 

15,792

  

 

27,270

  

 

23,850

  

 

19,780

 

  

 

16,862

Rental Related Services

  

 

9,497

  

 

10,654

  

 

9,304

  

 

7,153

 

  

 

6,531

Impairment of Rental Equipment

  

 

24,083

  

 

—  

  

 

1,927

  

 

—  

 

  

 

—  

Other

  

 

17,839

  

 

17,298

  

 

16,323

  

 

14,284

 

  

 

13,390

    

  

  

  


  

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

  

 

67,211

  

 

55,222

  

 

51,404

  

 

41,217

 

  

 

36,783

Cost of Sales

  

 

30,541

  

 

27,172

  

 

36,256

  

 

26,078

 

  

 

35,189

    

  

  

  


  

Total Costs

  

 

97,752

  

 

82,394

  

 

87,660

  

 

67,295

 

  

 

71,972

    

  

  

  


  

Gross Margin

  

 

47,334

  

 

77,000

  

 

76,498

  

 

62,667

 

  

 

63,456

Selling and Administrative

  

 

22,099

  

 

24,955

  

 

19,982

  

 

17,103

 

  

 

16,220

    

  

  

  


  

Income from Operations

  

 

25,235

  

 

52,045

  

 

56,516

  

 

45,564

 

  

 

47,236

Interest

  

 

3,982

  

 

7,078

  

 

8,840

  

 

6,606

 

  

 

6,326

    

  

  

  


  

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

  

 

21,253

  

 

44,967

  

 

47,676

  

 

38,958

 

  

 

40,910

Provision for Income Taxes

  

 

8,459

  

 

17,807

  

 

19,762

  

 

14,874

 

  

 

16,010

    

  

  

  


  

Income before Minority Interest

  

 

12,794

  

 

27,160

  

 

27,914

  

 

24,084

 

  

 

24,900

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary

  

 

161

  

 

482

  

 

670

  

 

251

 

  

 

1,005

    

  

  

  


  

Income before Effect of Accounting Change

  

 

12,633

  

 

26,678

  

 

27,244

  

 

23,833

 

  

 

23,895

Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change, net of tax1

  

 

—  

  

 

—  

  

 

—  

  

 

(1,367

)

  

 

—  

    

  

  

  


  

Net Income

  

$

12,633

  

$

26,678

  

$

27,244

  

$

22,466

 

  

$

23,895

    

  

  

  


  

Earnings Per Share:

                                    

Basic

                                    

Income before Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change

  

$

1.01

  

$

2.18

  

$

2.21

  

$

1.80

 

  

$

1.69

Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change, net of tax1

  

 

—  

  

 

—  

  

 

—  

  

 

(0.10

)

  

 

—  

    

  

  

  


  

Net Income

  

$

1.01

  

$

2.18

  

$

2.21

  

$

1.70

 

  

$

1.69

    

  

  

  


  

Diluted

                                    

Income before Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change

  

$

1.00

  

$

2.14

  

$

2.19

  

$

1.78

 

  

$

1.67

Cumulative Effect of Accounting Change, net of tax1

  

 

—  

  

 

—  

  

 

—  

  

 

(0.10

)

  

 

—  

    

  

  

  


  

Net Income

  

$

1.00

  

$

2.14

  

$

2.19

  

$

1.68

 

  

$

1.67

    

  

  

  


  

Shares Used in Per Share Calculation:

                                    

Basic

  

 

12,468

  

 

12,232

  

 

12,334

  

 

13,235

 

  

 

14,163

Diluted

  

 

12,619

  

 

12,495

  

 

12,428

  

 

13,383

 

  

 

14,349

Cash Dividends Declared Per Common Share

  

$

0.70

  

$

0.64

  

$

0.56

  

$

0.48

 

  

$

0.40

Pro Forma Amounts Assuming Change had been in effect during 1998

                                    

Net Income

  

$

12,633

  

$

26,678

  

$

27,244

  

$

23,833

 

  

$

23,697

Earnings Per Share—Basic

  

$

1.01

  

$

2.18

  

$

2.21

  

$

1.80

 

  

$

1.67

Earnings Per Share—Diluted

  

$

1.00

  

$

2.14

  

$

2.19

  

$

1.78

 

  

$

1.65


 

12


 

Selected Consolidated Financial Data (continued)

 


(dollar and share amounts in thousands, except per share data)

  

Year Ended December 31,


 
    

2002


    

2001


    

2000


    

1999


    

1998


 

Balance Sheet Data (at period end)

                                            

Rental Equipment, at cost

  

$

325,687

 

  

$

376,622

 

  

$

353,485

 

  

$

311,281

 

  

$

282,987

 

Rental Equipment, net

  

$

221,899

 

  

$

255,522

 

  

$

247,402

 

  

$

217,178

 

  

$

200,028

 

Total Assets

  

$

313,134

 

  

$

354,884

 

  

$

357,246

 

  

$

297,722

 

  

$

278,676

 

Notes Payable

  

$

55,523

 

  

$

104,140

 

  

$

126,876

 

  

$

110,300

 

  

$

97,000

 

Shareholders’ Equity

  

$

139,019

 

  

$

131,595

 

  

$

108,958

 

  

$

95,403

 

  

$

105,394

 

Shares Issued and Outstanding

  

 

12,490

 

  

 

12,335

 

  

 

12,125

 

  

 

12,546

 

  

 

13,970

 

Book Value Per Share

  

$

11.13

 

  

$

10.67

 

  

$

8.99

 

  

$

7.60

 

  

$

7.54

 

Debt (Total Liabilities) to Equity

  

 

1.25

 

  

 

1.70

 

  

 

2.28

 

  

 

2.12

 

  

 

1.64

 

Debt (Notes Payable) to Equity

  

 

0.40

 

  

 

0.79

 

  

 

1.16

 

  

 

1.16

 

  

 

0.92

 

Return on Average Equity

  

 

9.5

%

  

 

22.0

%

  

 

26.7

%

  

 

22.7

%

  

 

24.0

%


1   Effective January 1, 1999, rental revenue is recognized ratably over the month on a daily basis. Rental billings for periods extending beyond the month end are recorded as deferred income. In prior years, only rental billings extending beyond a one-month billing period were recorded as deferred income (i.e. partial month billings for days beyond month end were not deferred). The new method of recognizing rental revenue was adopted after the Company undertook a review of its revenue recognition policies after the Securities and Exchange Commission issued its Staff Accounting Bulletin (SAB) 101, “Revenue Recognition.” The effect is reported as a change in accounting method in accordance with Accounting Principles Board Opinion (“APB”) No. 20, “Accounting Changes”. In 1999, the cumulative effect of changing to a new method of accounting effective January 1, 1999 was a decrease in net income by $1.4 million (net of taxes of $0.9 million) or $0.10 per diluted share.

 

ITEM 7.   MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.

 

The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements as a result of certain factors, including those set forth in this section as well as those discussed under “Item 1. Business” and elsewhere in this document. This discussion should be read together with the financial statements and the related notes thereto set forth in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

Results of Operations

 

General

 

The Company generates the majority of its revenue from the rental of relocatable modular buildings and electronic test and measurement instruments on operating leases with sales of equipment occurring in the normal course of business. The Company requires significant capital outlay to purchase its rental inventory and recovers its investment through rental and sale revenues. Rental revenue and other services negotiated as part of the lease agreement with the customer and related costs are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease. Sales revenue and related costs are recognized upon delivery and installation of the equipment to the customer. The Company’s growth in rental assets has been primarily funded through internal cash flow and conventional bank financing. Generally, rents recover the equipment’s capitalized cost in a short period of time relative to the equipment’s rental life and when sold, high sale proceeds are generated as compared to its capitalized cost. Significant risks of rental equipment ownership are borne by the Company, which include, but are not limited to, uncertainties in the market for its products over the equipment’s useful life, use limitations for modular equipment related to updated building codes or legislative changes, technological obsolescence of electronics equipment, and rental equipment deterioration. The Company believes it mitigates these risks by continued advocacy and collaboration with governing agencies and legislative bodies for ongoing use of its modular product, staying abreast of technology trends in order to make good buy-sell decisions of electronics equipment, and ongoing investment in repair and maintenance programs to insure both types of rental equipment are in good operating condition.

 

The Company’s modular revenues are primarily affected by demand for classrooms which in turn is affected by shifting and fluctuating school populations, the level of state funding to public schools, the need for temporary classroom space during

 

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reconstruction of older schools and changes in policies regarding class size. In particular, public schools in the State of California are currently experiencing or are expected to experience in the near term a significant reduction of funding from the state associated with the state’s general reductions in its budget. As a result of the reduced funding, lower expenditures by these schools may result in certain planned programs, including the increase in the number of classrooms such as the Company provides to be postponed or terminated; however, there can be no assurance that will occur. Reduced expenditures may in fact result in schools reducing their long-term facility construction projects in favor of using the Company’s modular classroom solutions. At this time the Company can make no assurances as to whether public schools will either reduce or increase their demand for the Company’s modular classrooms as a result of the reduced or expected reduction in funding of public schools in the State of California. Looking forward, the Company believes that any interruption in the passage of facility bonds or contraction of the Class Size Reduction Program by the State of California to public schools may have a material adverse effect on both rental and sale revenues of the Company. (For more information, see “Item 1. Business—Relocatable Modular Buildings—Classroom Rentals and Sales to California Public Schools (K-12)” above.)

 

The Company’s rental operations include rental and rental related service revenues which comprised approximately 69% of consolidated revenues in 2002 and 70% of consolidated revenues for the three years ended December 31, 2002. Over the past three years, modulars comprised 72% and electronics comprised 28% of the cumulative rental operations revenues. The Company’s direct costs of rental operations include depreciation of rental equipment, rental related service costs, impairment of rental equipment, and other direct costs of rental operations which include direct labor, supplies, repairs, insurance, property taxes, license fees and amortization of certain lease costs.

 

The Company also sells both modular and electronic test equipment that is new, previously available for rent, or manufactured by its majority owned subsidiary, Enviroplex. The renting and selling of some modular equipment requires a dealer’s license, which the Company has obtained from governmental agencies in California and Texas. Sales and other revenues of both modular and electronic test equipment have comprised approximately 31% of the Company’s consolidated revenues in 2002 and 30% of the Company’s consolidated revenues over the last three years. During these three years, modulars comprised 76%, electronics represented 22%, and items not allocated to these product segments represented 2% of sales and other revenues. The Company’s cost of sales include the carrying value of the equipment sold and all the direct costs associated with the sale.

 

The rental and sale of modulars to California public school districts comprised 40%, 34% and 35% of the Company’s consolidated rental revenues and consolidated sales revenues for 2002, 2001 and 2000. (For more information, see “Item 1. Business—Relocatable Modular Buildings—Classroom Rentals and Sales to California Public Schools (K-12)” above.)

 

Selling and administrative expenses primarily include personnel and benefit costs, depreciation and amortization, bad debt expense, advertising costs, and professional service fees. The operations of the Company share common facilities, financing, senior management, and operating and accounting systems, which result in an efficient use of overhead. Historically, the Company’s operating margins have been impacted favorably to the extent its costs and expenses are leveraged over a large installed customer base. However, there can be no assurance as to the Company’s ability to maintain a large installed customer base or sustain its historical operating margins.

 

The Company’s RenTelco division continues to be affected by the severe and prolonged broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry, which has significantly impacted the Company’s overall results in 2002. In 2002, RenTelco’s rental revenues declined 58% to $15.8 million from $37.2 million in 2001 with quarterly rental revenues declining each quarter during the year. During the first six months of 2002, RenTelco recorded noncash impairment charges of $24.1 million. Of this amount, $11.9 million was recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2002 and resulted from the depressed and low projected demand for RenTelco’s rental products coupled with high inventory levels, particularly communications equipment. Worsening market demand for the Company’s communications equipment caused an additional $12.2 million impairment charge to be recorded for the three months ended June 30, 2002. There was no impairment charge recorded during the second half of 2002. In conjunction with these writedowns, equipment with an adjusted value of $1.9 million was classified as held for sale and was no longer depreciated. As a result of the above, RenTelco’s pretax contribution has declined from pretax earnings of $16.0 million in 2001 to a pretax loss of $22.0 million in 2002. The $24.1 million in impairment charges primarily reduced the net carrying value of the RenTelco’s communications equipment. At December 31, 2002, the communications equipment had a carrying value of $8.1 million after considering the writedowns, or 38% of the electronics inventory, and includes the remaining equipment held for sale of $0.6 million. There can be no assurance that future impairment charges on RenTelco’s remaining equipment will not occur.

 

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Looking forward for the foreseeable future, the Company expects RenTelco’s business activity levels to be low until such time as the telecommunications industry recovers. While management has limited visibility as to when the recovery in this sector will occur, management believes executing the plan to reduce equipment and overhead expense levels to meet projected business activity levels for the near term, positions RenTelco to increase its earnings contribution upon the recovery of the telecommunications industry. However, there can be no assurance as to RenTelco’s operations and financial results in connection with any such recovery. If business levels were to decline further, the Company is subject to the risk that additional equipment may become impaired which would adversely impact the Company’s future reported results. The Company will continue to sell rental equipment determined to be in excess of the required levels to meet projected customer rental demand. There can be no assurance that the Company will be successful in these efforts.

 

The following table sets forth for the periods indicated the results of operations as a percentage of revenues and the percentage of changes in such items as compared to the indicated prior period:

 

 


    

Percent of Revenues

      

Percent Change

 
    

Three
Years

2002–
2000

    

Year Ended December 31,

      

2002 over

2001

      

2001 over

2000

 
         

    2002  

      

    2001  

      

  2000    

           
    

    

Revenues

                                                 

Rental

  

  59%

    

57

%

    

63

%

    

58

%

    

(19

)%

    

6

 %

Rental Related Services

  

  11

    

12

 

    

11

 

    

10

 

    

(2

)

    

4

 

    
    

    

    

                 

Rental Operations

  

  70

    

69

 

    

74

 

    

68

 

    

(16

)

    

6

 

Sales

  

  28

    

29

 

    

25

 

    

31

 

    

7

 

    

(23

)

Other

  

    2

    

2

 

    

1

 

    

1

 

    

155

 

    

29

 

    
    

    

    

                 

Total Revenues

  

100%

    

100

%

    

100

%

    

100

%

    

(9

)%

    

(3

)%

    
    

    

    

                 

Costs and Expenses

                                                 

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

                                                 

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

  

  14

    

11

 

    

17

 

    

15

 

    

(42

)

    

14

 

Rental Related Services

  

    6

    

7

 

    

7

 

    

6

 

    

(11

)

    

15

 

Impairment of Rental Equipment

  

    6

    

17

 

    

0

 

    

1

 

    

100

 

    

(100

)

Other

  

  11

    

11

 

    

11

 

    

9

 

    

3

 

    

6

 

    
    

    

    

                 

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

  

  37

    

46

 

    

35

 

    

31

 

    

22

 

    

7

 

Cost of Sales

  

  20

    

21

 

    

17

 

    

22

 

    

12

 

    

(25

)

    
    

    

    

                 

Total Costs

  

  57

    

67

 

    

52

 

    

53

 

    

19

 

    

(6

)

    
    

    

    

                 

Gross Margin

  

  43

    

33

 

    

48

 

    

47

 

    

(39

)

    

1

 

Selling and Administrative

  

  14

    

16

 

    

15

 

    

13

 

    

(11

)

    

25

 

    
    

    

    

                 

Income from Operations

  

  29

    

17

 

    

33

 

    

34

 

    

(52

)

    

(8

)

Interest

  

    5

    

2

 

    

5

 

    

5

 

    

(44

)

    

(20

)

    
    

    

    

                 

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

  

  24

    

15

 

    

28

 

    

29

 

    

(53

)

    

(6

)

Provision for Income Taxes

  

  10

    

6

 

    

11

 

    

12

 

    

(52

)

    

(10

)

    
    

    

    

                 

Income before Minority Interest

  

  14

    

9

 

    

17

 

    

17

 

    

(53

)

    

(3

)

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary

  

  nm

    

nm

 

    

nm

 

    

nm

 

    

(66

)

    

(28

)

    
    

    

    

                 

Net Income

  

  14%

    

9

%

    

17

%

    

17

%

    

(53

)%

    

(2

)%


nm = not meaningful

 

Fiscal Years 2002 and 2001

 

In 2002, rental revenues decreased $18.7 million (19%) over 2001, with MMMC’s rental revenue increasing $2.7 million (4%) and RenTelco’s rental revenue decreasing $21.4 million (58%). MMMC’s rental revenues increased primarily due to higher equipment levels on rent during 2002, while RenTelco’s rental revenues declined due to continued broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry, as described above. For MMMC, modular utilization, or the cost of rental equipment on rent divided by the total cost of rental equipment excluding new equipment not previously rented and accessory equipment, as of December 31, 2002

 

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and 2001 was 85.2% and 86.2%, respectively. In 2002, average modular equipment on rent, valued at cost, increased by $13.4 million compared to a year earlier. Average utilization for modulars increased from 85.4% in 2001 to 85.9% in 2002 while the annual yield, or rental revenues divided by the average rental equipment cost, declined slightly from 24.4% to 24.1%. For RenTelco, electronics utilization, was 41.6% as of December 31, 2002 as compared to 34.4% as of December 31, 2001, both of which were below RenTelco’s target range of between 50% and 55%. Electronics average equipment on rent, valued at cost and adjusted for the equipment writedowns occurring in 2002, decreased by $26.6 million compared to a year earlier as demand continued to worsen for communications rental equipment. Average utilization for electronics decreased from 50.4% in 2001 to 38.2% in 2002 with the annual yield decreasing from 38.0% in 2001 to 26.8% in 2002.

 

Depreciation of rental equipment in 2002 decreased $11.5 million (42%) over 2001. For MMMC, depreciation of rental equipment decreased $6.3 million primarily as a result of changing the residual value for modular equipment from 18% to 50% of the original cost effective January 1, 2002. For RenTelco, depreciation of rental equipment decreased $5.2 million primarily as a result of the equipment write-downs, which classified certain equipment as non-depreciable equipment held for sale and lowered the monthly depreciation expense on written down rental equipment. These decreases in depreciation expense were offset in part by depreciation related to rental equipment additions and a reduction in the useful life for certain electronics optical equipment effective January 1, 2002.

 

For MMMC, as rental revenues increased 4%, depreciation as a percentage of rental revenues declined from 21% in 2001 to 11% in 2002 primarily due to the impact of the change in residual value for modular equipment discussed above. For RenTelco, as rental revenues declined 58%, depreciation as a percentage of revenues increased from 37% in 2001 to 55% in 2002 as a result of lower utilization levels and lower rental rates. RenTelco’s increase in depreciation expense as a percentage of rental revenues occurred in spite of the first and second quarter 2002 write-downs of electronics equipment.

 

Other direct costs of rental operations increased $0.5 million (3%) from 2001 primarily due to increased maintenance and repair expenses of the modular fleet. Consolidated gross margin on rents decreased from 55.8% in 2001 to 29.6% in 2002 due primarily to the RenTelco impairment charges of $24.1 million.

 

Rental related services revenues in 2002 decreased $0.3 million (2%) over 2001 as a result of slightly lower volume of modular equipment movements and site requirements in 2002. Gross margin on these services increased from 40.2% in 2001 to 45.7% in 2002.

 

Sales in 2002 increased $2.7 million (7%) from 2001 primarily as a result of higher sales volume by both MMMC and RenTelco, offset by lower sales volume at Enviroplex. MMMC’s sales volume increased $4.4 million due to the occurrence of several significant sales in 2002, RenTelco’s sales volume increased $0.8 million due to the increased efforts to sell underutilized equipment, and Enviroplex’s sales decreased $2.5 million due to lower order volume. Sales continue to occur routinely as a normal part of the Company’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer requirements and funding. Consolidated gross margin on sales decreased from 31.3% in 2001 to 27.7% in 2002 as a result of lower margins on new equipment sales and more competitive pricing on electronic test equipment sales.

 

Enviroplex’s backlog of orders as of December 31, 2002 and 2001 was $3.4 million and $4.9 million, respectively. Typically, in the California classroom market, booking activity for the first half of the year provides the most meaningful information towards determining order levels to be produced for the entire year. Backlog is not significant in MMMC’s modular business or in RenTelco’s electronics business.

 

Other revenue increased $2.0 million (155%) over 2001 as a result of a $1.25 million nonrecurring reimbursement of merger related costs and expenses from Tyco (for more information, see “Item 1. Business—Terminated Merger Agreement” above) and a gain on land sales of $0.9 million related to excess property not part of existing operating facilities.

 

Selling and administrative expenses in 2002 decreased $2.9 million (11%) over 2001. The decrease is primarily due to lower costs and expenses related to a merger agreement with Tyco of $1.3 million, lower personnel and benefit costs of $0.9 million, lower web maintenance and development costs of $0.6 million and lower depreciation and amortization expense of $0.3 million.

 

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Interest expense in 2002 decreased $3.1 million (44%) from 2001 as a result of 29% lower debt levels and 21% lower average interest rates over a year earlier.

 

Income before provision for taxes in 2002 decreased $23.7 million (53%) from 2001 and net income decreased $14.0 million (53%) with earnings per diluted share decreasing 53% from $2.14 per diluted share in 2001 to $1.00 per diluted share in 2002. The Company’s effective tax rate remained consistent from year to year with a slight increase from 39.6% in 2001 to 39.8% in 2002.

 

The results for 2002 include the following significant items:

 

    Noncash RenTelco impairment charges of $24.1 million reduced net income by $14.5 million or $1.15 per share.

 

    Lower depreciation expense resulting from both the January 1, 2002 revision in the estimated modular equipment residual values from 18% to 50% of original cost and the electronics equipment write-downs occurring in the first half of 2002 increased net income by $6.5 million or $0.51 per share.

 

    Gain on land sales of $0.9 million increased net income by $0.5 million or $0.04 per share.

 

    Net nonrecurring income of $0.7 million related to a terminated merger agreement with Tyco increased net income by $0.4 million or $0.03 per share.

 

The results for 2001 included the following significant item:

 

    Nonrecurring expenses of $1.9 million related to a terminated merger agreement with Tyco decreased net income by $1.1 million, or $0.09 per share.

 

For comparability, excluding impairment charges, merger-related items, gain on land sales and depreciation impact of both increasing the modular residual values and the electronics equipment write-downs, net income and earnings per share would have declined from a pro forma amount of $27.8 million or $2.23 per share in 2001 to $19.7 million or $1.57 per share in 2002. While there can be no assurance, looking forward, management expects 2003 results to continue to benefit from lower depreciation expense resulting from the increase in modular residual value and lower carrying values of electronics written-down equipment with an estimated benefit in 2003 of $7.6 million or $0.60 per share.

 

Fiscal Years 2001 and 2000

 

Rental revenues increased $5.8 million (6%) over 2000, with MMMC’s revenues increasing $6.8 million (12%) and RenTelco’s revenues decreasing $1.0 million. MMMC benefited from another year of strong classroom demand in California while RenTelco suffered its first year-over-year decline in rental revenues due to continued broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry. For MMMC as of December 31, 2001, modular utilization was 86.2% and modular equipment on rent increased by $21.5 million compared to a year earlier. Average utilization for modulars, excluding new equipment not previously rented, increased from 82.3% in 2000 to 85.4% in 2001 while the annual yield declined slightly from 23.8% to 23.3% as a result of lower rental rates due a change in the mix of business. For RenTelco, electronics utilization trended down during the year from 63.5% at December 31, 2000 to 34.4% at December 31, 2001, and electronics equipment on rent decreased by $25.7 million compared to a year earlier as demand weakened for this short-term rental product. Average utilization for electronics decreased from 61.4% in 2000 to 50.4% in 2001 with the annual yield decreasing from 46.3% in 2000 to 38.0% in 2001.

 

Depreciation of rental equipment in 2001 increased $3.4 million (14%) over 2000, with MMMC increasing $0.9 million and RenTelco increasing $2.5 million due to additional rental equipment purchased during 2001 and 2000. For MMMC, rental revenues increased 12%, depreciation expense increased 8% and average modular equipment, at cost, increased 8% or $21.1 million over 2000 resulting in depreciation as a percentage of rental revenues declining slightly from 22% in 2000 to 21% in 2001. For RenTelco, as rental revenues declined 3%, depreciation expense increased 22% and average electronics equipment, at cost, increased $15.3 million (19%) over 2000 resulting in depreciation as a percentage of revenues increasing from 30% in 2000 to 37% in 2001. Other direct costs of rental operations decreased $1.0 million (5%) Enviroplex. MMMC sales volume decreased $8.1 million due to the occurrence of several significant sales in 2000 which did not occur in 2001, and Enviroplex sales decreased $2.0 million due to lower order volume. Sales continue to occur routinely as a normal part of the Company’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer requirements and funding. Consolidated gross margin on sales increased from 28.9% in 2000 to 31.3% in 2001.

 

 

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Rental related services revenues in 2001 increased $0.6 million (4%) over 2000 as a result of a higher volume of modular equipment movements and site requirements in 2001. Gross margin on these services decreased from 45.9% in 2000 to 40.2% in 2001.

 

Sales in 2001 decreased $11.5 million (23%) from 2000 primarily as a result of lower sales volume by both MMMC and Enviroplex. MMMC sales volume decreased $8.1 million due to the occurrence of several significant sales in 2000 which did not occur in 2001, and Enviroplex sales decreased $2.0 million due to lower order volume. Sales continue to occur routinely as normal part of the Company’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer requirements and funding. Consolidated gross margin on sales increased from 28.9% in 2000 to 31.3% in 2001.

 

Enviroplex’s backlog of orders as of December 31, 2001 and 2000 was $4.9 million and $6.8 million, respectively. Typically, in the California classroom market, booking activity for the first half of the year provides the most meaningful information towards determining order levels to be produced for the entire year. (Backlog is not significant in MMMC’s modular business or in RenTelco’s electronic business.)

 

Selling and administrative expenses in 2001 increased $5.0 million (25%) over 2000. The increase is due primarily to nonrecurring expenses of $1.9 million related to a merger agreement with Tyco (for more information, see “Item 1. Business—Terminated Merger Agreement” above), increases in bad debt expense of $1.1 million, web maintenance and development costs of $0.8 million, depreciation and amortization expense of $0.5 million and personnel and benefit costs of $0.2 million.

 

Interest expense in 2001 decreased $1.8 million (20%) from 2000 as a result of 2% lower debt levels and 19% lower average interest rates over a year earlier.

 

Income before provision for taxes in 2001 decreased $2.7 million (6%) from 2000 and net income decreased $0.6 million (2%) with earnings per diluted share decreasing 2% from $2.19 per diluted share in 2000 to $2.14 per diluted share in 2001. The lower percentage decrease for net income is due to a higher effective tax rate of 41.5% in 2000 as compared to 39.6% in 2001. The higher effective tax rate in 2000 resulted from recording a true-up of the state income tax accrual rate.

 

Excluding merger-related expenses, net income and earnings per share would have increased from $27.2 million and $2.19 per diluted share in 2000 to $27.8 million and $2.23 per diluted share in 2001.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The Company’s rental businesses are capital intensive, with significant capital expenditures required to maintain and grow the rental assets. During the last three years, the Company has financed its working capital and capital expenditure requirements through cash flow from operations, proceeds from the sale of rental equipment and from bank borrowings. As the following table indicates, cash flow provided by operating activities and proceeds from sales of rental equipment have been sufficient to fund the rental equipment purchases and to pay down debt over the past three years.

 

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Funding of Rental Asset Growth

 


(amounts in thousands)

  

Year Ended December 31,


    

Three Year

Totals


 
    

2002


    

2001


    

2000


    

Cash Provided by Operating Activities

  

$

52,251

 

  

$

58,938

 

  

$

49,966

 

  

$

161,155

 

Proceeds from the Sale of Rental Equipment

  

 

18,984

 

  

 

18,015

 

  

 

18,380

 

  

 

55,379

 

    


  


  


  


Cash Available for Purchase of Rental Equipment

  

$

71,235

 

  

$

76,953

 

  

$

68,346

 

  

$

216,534

 

Purchases of Rental Equipment

  

$

(18,918

)

  

$

(46,877

)

  

$

(67,389

)

  

$

(133,184

)

Notes Payable Increase (Decrease)

  

$

(48,617

)

  

$

(22,736

)

  

$

16,576

 

  

$

(54,777

)


 

Sales occur routinely as a normal part of the Company’s rental business. However, these sales can fluctuate from year to year depending on customer requirements and funding. Although the net proceeds received from sales may fluctuate from year to year, the Company believes its liquidity will not be adversely impacted from lower sales in any given year because it believes it has the ability to increase its bank borrowings and/or conserve its cash in the future by reducing the amount of cash it uses to purchase rental equipment, dividend payments or the repurchasing of its common stock.

 

In addition to increasing its rental assets, the Company had other capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment of $0.5 million in 2002, $1.6 million in 2001 and $3.4 million in 2000, and has used significant cash to provide returns to its shareholders, both in the form of cash dividends and by stock repurchases. The Company has made purchases of shares of its common stock from time to time in market transactions (NASDAQ) and/or through privately negotiated, large block transactions under an authorization of the Board of Directors. Shares repurchased by the Company are canceled and returned to the status of authorized but unissued stock. The following table summarizes the dividends paid and the repurchases of the Company’s common stock during the past three years.

 

Dividend and Repurchase Summary

 


(amounts in thousands, except per share data)

  

Year Ended December 31,


  

Three Year

Totals


    

2002


  

2001


  

2000


  

Cash Dividends Paid

  

$

8,468

  

$

7,582

  

$

6,675

  

$

22,725

Shares Repurchased

  

 

—  

  

 

—  

  

 

451

  

 

451

Average Price Per Share

  

$

—  

  

$

—  

  

$

16.33

  

$

16.33

Aggregate Purchase Price

  

$

—  

  

$

—  

  

$

7,364

  

$

7,364

Total Cash Returned to Shareholders

  

$

8,468

  

$

7,582

  

$

14,039

  

$

30,089


 

Subsequent to December 31, 2002, the Company repurchased 462,900 shares of common stock for an aggregate repurchase price of $10.2 million or an average price of $22.05 per share. As of March 20, 2003, 1,000,000 shares remain authorized for repurchase.

 

As the Company’s assets have grown, it has been able to negotiate increases in the borrowing limit under its general bank line of credit, which limit is $120.0 million as of March 20, 2003. The Company decreased its borrowings under this line by $39.0 million during the year, and at December 31, 2002, the outstanding borrowings under this line were $30.5 million. In addition to the $120.0 million line of credit, the Company has a $5.0 million committed line of credit facility related to its cash management services of which $1.0 million was outstanding as of December 31, 2002. The Company’s credit facility related to its cash management services facilitate automatic borrowings and repayments with the bank on a daily basis depending on the Company’s cash position and allows the Company to maintain minimal cash balances. At December 31, 2002, the Company had capacity to borrow up to an additional $93.5 million under its existing lines of credit beyond its then existing debt. The Company had a total liabilities to equity ratio of 1.25 to 1 and 1.70 to 1 as of December 31, 2002 and 2001, respectively. The debt (notes payable) to equity ratio was 0.40 to 1 and 0.79 to 1 at December 31, 2002 and 2001, respectively. Although no assurance can be given, the Company believes it will continue to be able to negotiate general bank lines of credit adequate to meet capital requirements not otherwise met by operational cash flows and proceeds from sale of rental equipment.

 

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In July 1998, the Company completed a private placement of $40.0 million of 6.44% Senior Notes due in 2005. Interest on the notes is due semi-annually in arrears and the principal is due in five equal installments, which commenced on July 15, 2001. The outstanding balance at December 31, 2002, was $24.0 million. The Company expects to make principal and interest payments on these notes of $9.3 million in 2003.

 

The Company does not have any material commitments or obligations requiring the expenditure of cash in the future inconsistent with its expenditures in the periods reported herein. In June 2001, the Company settled a lawsuit, which had been brought against it and seventeen other defendants alleging failure to warn about certain chemicals associated with the building materials used in portable classrooms in California. As part of the settlement, the Company agreed to use alternative building materials. (For further details of the settlement, see the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 8, 2001.) The Company believes this will not have a material adverse effect on its costs of operations and does not expect an adverse impact on its liquidity. The Company believes that its needs for working capital and capital expenditures through 2003 and beyond will be adequately met by operational cash flow, proceeds from sale of rental equipment, and bank borrowings.

 

Please see the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows on page 27 for a more detailed presentation of the sources and uses of the Company’s cash.

 

Critical Accounting Policies

 

In response to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Release No. 33-8040, “Cautionary Advice Regarding Disclosure About Critical Accounting Policies,” the Company has identified the most critical accounting principles upon which its financial status depends. The Company determined the critical principles by considering accounting policies that involve the most complex or subjective decisions or assessments. The Company has identified its most critical accounting policies are related to depreciation, maintenance and repair, and impairment of rental equipment. Descriptions of these accounting policies are found in both the notes to the consolidated financial statements and at relevant sections in this management’s discussion and analysis.

 

Depreciation—The estimated useful lives and estimated residual values used for rental equipment are based on the Company’s experience as to the economic useful life and sale value of its products. Additionally, to the extent information is publicly available, the Company also compares its depreciation policies to other companies with similar rental products for reasonableness.

 

The lives and residual values of rental equipment are subject to periodic evaluation. For modular equipment, external factors to consider may include, but are not limited to, changes in legislation, regulations, building codes, local permitting, and supply or demand. Internal factors for modulars may include, but are not limited to, change in equipment specifications, condition of equipment, or maintenance policies. For electronics equipment, external factors to consider may include, but are not limited to, technological advances, changes in manufacturers’ selling prices, and supply or demand. Internal factors for electronics may include, but are not limited to, change in equipment specifications, condition of equipment or maintenance policies.

 

Changes in useful lives or residual values will impact depreciation expense and any gain or loss from the sale of used equipment. Depending on the magnitude of such changes, the impact on the financial statements could be significant.

 

Effective January 1, 2002, the Company prospectively revised the estimated residual value of its relocatable modular buildings from 18% to 50% of original cost. The change in estimate is based on actual used equipment sales experience and management believes that this change better reflects the future expected residual values of the modular equipment. Historical results demonstrate that upon sale, the Company recovers a higher percentage of its modular equipment cost than previously estimated. The Company’s proactive repair and maintenance program is a key factor contributing to the high recovery of its equipment’s cost upon sale. For 2002, the effect of revising the estimated residual value of its relocatable modular buildings was a decrease in depreciation expense of $7.3 million and an increase in net income of $4.4 million or $0.35 per diluted share. Additionally, effective January 1, 2002, the estimated useful life of $16.3 million of optical equipment was prospectively changed from seven to five years resulting from changing market conditions for this type of technology. During 2002, most of this optical equipment was written-down and sold, with an adjusted cost of $0.4 million and carrying value of $0.3 million remaining at December 31, 2002.

 

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Maintenance and Refurbishment—Maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred. The direct material and labor costs of value-added additions or major refurbishment of modular buildings are capitalized to the extent the refurbishment significantly improves the quality and adds value or life to the equipment. Judgement is involved as to when these costs should be capitalized. The Company’s policies narrowly limit the capitalization of value-added items to specific additions such as restrooms, 40 and 60-foot sidewalls and ventilation up-grades. In addition, only major refurbishment costs incurred near the end of the estimated useful life of the rental equipment, which extend its useful life, and are subject to certain limitations, are capitalized. Changes in these policies could impact the Company’s financial results.

 

Impairment—The carrying value of the Company’s rental equipment is its capitalized cost less accumulated depreciation. To the extent events or circumstances indicate that the carrying value cannot be recovered, an impairment loss is recognized to reduce the carrying value to fair value. The Company determines fair value based upon the condition of the equipment and the projected net cash flows from its sale considering current market conditions. Additionally, if the Company decides to sell or otherwise dispose of the rental equipment, it is carried at the lower of cost or fair value less costs to sell or dispose. Due to uncertainties inherent in the valuation process and market conditions, it is reasonably possible that actual results of operating and disposing of rental equipment could be materially different than current expectations.

 

In 2002, the Company’s RenTelco segment recorded impairment charges of $24.1 million (For more information, see “Item 7. Management Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Results of Operations—General” above). In 2000, an impairment charge of $1.9 million, including disposal costs, was recorded, primarily related to MMMC’s modular equipment being identified as beyond economic repair.

 

Impact of Inflation

 

Although the Company cannot precisely determine the effect of inflation, from time to time it has experienced increases in costs of rental equipment, manufacturing costs, operating expenses and interest. Because most of its rentals are relatively short term, the Company has generally been able to pass on such increased costs through increases in rental rates and selling prices, but there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to continue to pass on increased costs to customers in the future.

 

ITEM 7A.    QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

The Company currently has no material derivative financial instruments that expose the Company to significant market risk. The Company is exposed to cash flow and fair value risk due to changes in interest rates with respect to its notes payable. Weighted average variable rates are based on implied forward rates in the yield curve at December 31, 2002. The estimate of fair value of the Company’s fixed rate debt is based on the borrowing rates currently available to the Company for bank loans with similar terms and average maturities. The table below presents principal cash flows by expected annual maturities, related weighted average interest rates and estimated fair value of the Company’s notes payable as of December 31, 2002.

 

Expected Annual Maturities of Notes Payable as of December 31, 2002

 


(dollar amounts in thousands)

  

2003


    

2004


    

2005


      

Thereafter


  

Total


      

Estimated

Fair Value


Fixed Rate Loan

  

$

8,000

 

  

$

8,000

 

  

$

8,000

 

    

$

—  

  

$

24,000

 

    

$

25,320

Average Interest Rate

  

 

6.44

%

  

 

6.44

%

  

 

6.44

%

    

 

    —  

  

 

6.44

%

        

Variable Rate Loans

  

$

—  

 

  

$

31,523

 

  

$

—  

 

    

$

—  

  

$

31,523

 

    

$

31,523

Average Interest Rate

  

 

—  

 

  

 

2.72

%

  

 

—  

 

    

 

—  

  

 

2.72

%

        

 

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ITEM 8.    FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

 

 

Index


  

Page


Report of Independent Public Accountants

  

23

Consolidated Financial Statements

    

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2002 and 2001

  

24

Consolidated Statements of Income for the Years Ended December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000

  

25

Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000

  

26

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000

  

27

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

  

28

 

22


REPORT OF INDEPENDENT PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS


 

To the Shareholders and Board of Directors of McGrath RentCorp:

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheet of McGrath RentCorp (a California corporation) and Subsidiary as of December 31, 2002, and the related consolidated statements of income, shareholders’ equity and cash flows the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audit. The financial statements of McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiary as of December 31, 2001 and for the years ended December 31, 2001 and 2000 were audited by other auditors whose report dated February 8, 2002 expressed an unqualified opinion on those statements.

 

We conducted our audit in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatements. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

In our opinion, the consolidated 2002 financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiary as of December 31, 2002, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for the year then ended in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

GRANT THORNTON LLP

 

San Francisco, California

February 3, 2003

 

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MCGRATH RENTCORP

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 


    

December 31,


 

(in thousands)

  

2002

    

2001

 

Assets

                 

Cash

  

$

4

 

  

$

4

 

Accounts Receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

    of $1,000 in 2002 and $1,250 in 2001

  

 

33,249

 

  

 

36,896

 

Rental Equipment, at cost:

                 

Relocatable Modular Buildings

  

 

285,901

 

  

 

281,203

 

Electronic Test Instruments

  

 

39,786

 

  

 

95,419

 

    


  


    

 

325,687

 

  

 

376,622

 

Less Accumulated Depreciation

  

 

(103,788

)

  

 

(121,100

)

    


  


Rental Equipment, net

  

 

221,899

 

  

 

255,522

 

    


  


Property, Plant and Equipment, net

  

 

48,379

 

  

 

51,782

 

Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

  

 

9,603

 

  

 

10,680

 

    


  


Total Assets

  

$

313,134

 

  

$

354,884

 

    


  


Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

                 

Liabilities:

                 

Notes Payable

  

$

55,523

 

  

$

104,140

 

Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

  

 

29,889

 

  

 

30,745

 

Deferred Income

  

 

17,337

 

  

 

18,473

 

Minority Interest in Subsidiary

  

 

3,107

 

  

 

2,946

 

Deferred Income Taxes, net

  

 

68,259

 

  

 

66,985

 

    


  


Total Liabilities

  

 

174,115

 

  

 

223,289

 

    


  


Shareholders’ Equity:

                 

Common Stock, no par value—

  Authorized—40,000 shares

  Issued and Outstanding—12,490 shares in 2002

    and 12,335 shares in 2001

  

 

16,320

 

  

 

12,794

 

Retained Earnings

  

 

122,699

 

  

 

118,801

 

    


  


Total Shareholders’ Equity

  

 

139,019

 

  

 

131,595

 

    


  


Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

  

$

313,134

 

  

$

354,884

 

    


  


 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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MCGRATH RENTCORP

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 


    

Year Ended December 31,


(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  

2002

  

2001

  

2000


Revenues

                    

Rental

  

$

81,991

  

$

100,722

  

$

94,931

Rental Related Services

  

 

17,497

  

 

17,827

  

 

17,185

    

  

  

Rental Operations

  

 

99,488

  

 

118,549

  

 

112,116

Sales

  

 

42,257

  

 

39,535

  

 

51,024

Other

  

 

3,341

  

 

1,310

  

 

1,018

    

  

  

Total Revenues

  

 

145,086

  

 

159,394

  

 

164,158

    

  

  

Costs and Expenses

                    

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

                    

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

  

 

15,792

  

 

27,270

  

 

23,850

Rental Related Services

  

 

9,497

  

 

10,654

  

 

9,304

Impairment of Rental Equipment

  

 

24,083

  

 

—  

  

 

1,927

Other

  

 

17,839

  

 

17,298

  

 

16,323

    

  

  

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

  

 

67,211

  

 

55,222

  

 

51,404

Cost of Sales

  

 

30,541

  

 

27,172

  

 

36,256

    

  

  

Total Costs

  

 

97,752

  

 

82,394

  

 

87,660

    

  

  

Gross Margin

  

 

47,334

  

 

77,000

  

 

76,498

Selling and Administrative

  

 

22,099

  

 

24,955

  

 

19,982

    

  

  

Income from Operations

  

 

25,235

  

 

52,045

  

 

56,516

Interest

  

 

3,982

  

 

7,078

  

 

8,840

    

  

  

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

  

 

21,253

  

 

44,967

  

 

47,676

Provision for Income Taxes

  

 

8,459

  

 

17,807

  

 

19,762

    

  

  

Income before Minority Interest

  

 

12,794

  

 

27,160

  

 

27,914

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary

  

 

161

  

 

482

  

 

670

    

  

  

Net Income

  

$

12,633

  

$

26,678

  

$

27,244

    

  

  

Earnings Per Share:

                    

Basic

  

$

1.01

  

$

2.18

  

$

2.21

Diluted

  

$

1.00

  

$

2.14

  

$

2.19

Shares Used in Per Share Calculation:

                    

Basic

  

 

12,468

  

 

12,232

  

 

12,334

Diluted

  

 

12,619

  

 

12,495

  

 

12,428

 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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MCGRATH RENTCORP

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 


    

Common Stock


    

Retained

Earnings

    

Total

Shareholders’

Equity

 

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  

Shares

    

Amount

       

Balance at December 31, 1999

  

12,546

 

  

$

8,755

 

  

$

86,648

 

  

$

95,403

 

Net Income

  

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

27,244

 

  

 

27,244

 

Repurchase of Common Stock

  

(451

)

  

 

(327

)

  

 

(7,037

)

  

 

(7,364

)

Noncash Compensation

  

20

 

  

 

454

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

454

 

Exercise of Stock Options

  

10

 

  

 

89

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

89

 

Dividends Declared of $0.56 Per Share

  

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

(6,868

)

  

 

(6,868

)


Balance at December 31, 2000

  

12,125

 

  

 

8,971

 

  

 

99,987

 

  

 

108,958

 

Net Income

  

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

26,678

 

  

 

26,678

 

Issuance of Common Stock to Increase Interest In Subsidiary

  

85

 

  

 

2,061

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

2,061

 

Noncash Compensation

  

6

 

  

 

551

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

551

 

Exercise of Stock Options

  

119

 

  

 

1,211

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

1,211

 

Dividends Declared of $0.64 Per Share

  

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

(7,864

)

  

 

(7,864

)


Balance at December 31, 2001

  

12,335

 

  

 

12,794

 

  

 

118,801

 

  

 

131,595

 

Net Income

  

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

12,633

 

  

 

12,633

 

Noncash Compensation

  

7

 

  

 

37

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

37

 

Exercise of Stock Options, including income tax benefit of $950

  

148

 

  

 

3,489

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

3,489

 

Dividends Declared of $0.70 Per Share

  

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

(8,735

)

  

 

(8,735

)


Balance at December 31, 2002

  

12,490

 

  

$

16,320

 

  

$

122,699

 

  

$

139,019

 

 


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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MCGRATH RENTCORP

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 


    

Year Ended December 31,


 

(in thousands)

  

2002

    

2001

    

2000

 

Cash Flow from Operating Activities:

                          

Net Income

  

$

12,633

 

  

$

26,678

 

  

$

27,244

 

Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:

                          

Depreciation and Amortization

  

 

17,872

 

  

 

29,632

 

  

 

25,716

 

Impairment of Rental Equipment

  

 

24,083

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

1,927

 

Provision for Doubtful Accounts

  

 

1,333

 

  

 

1,282

 

  

 

233

 

Noncash Compensation

  

 

37

 

  

 

551

 

  

 

454

 

Gain on Sale of Rental Equipment

  

 

(6,318

)

  

 

(6,528

)

  

 

(6,755

)

Gain on Sale of Land

  

 

(905

)

  

 

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

Change In:

                          

Accounts Receivable

  

 

2,314

 

  

 

7,509

 

  

 

(20,825

)

Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

  

 

1,077

 

  

 

1,315

 

  

 

(6,990

)

Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

  

 

(962

)

  

 

(6,065

)

  

 

12,440

 

Deferred Income

  

 

(1,136

)

  

 

(768

)

  

 

9,730

 

Deferred Income Taxes

  

 

2,223

 

  

 

5,332

 

  

 

6,792

 

    


  


  


Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

  

 

52,251

 

  

 

58,938

 

  

 

49,966

 

    


  


  


Cash Flow from Investing Activities:

                          

Purchase of Rental Equipment

  

 

(18,918

)

  

 

(46,877

)

  

 

(67,389

)

Purchase of Property, Plant and Equipment

  

 

(490

)

  

 

(1,608

)

  

 

(3,430

)

Proceeds from Sale of Rental Equipment

  

 

18,984

 

  

 

18,015

 

  

 

18,380

 

Proceeds from Sale of Land

  

 

2,719

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

    


  


  


Net Cash Provided By (Used in) Investing Activities

  

 

2,295

 

  

 

(30,470

)

  

 

(52,439

)

    


  


  


Cash Flow from Financing Activities:

                          

Net Borrowings (Repayments) under Bank Lines of Credit

  

 

(48,617

)

  

 

(22,736

)

  

 

16,576

 

Net Proceeds from the Exercise of Stock Options

  

 

2,539

 

  

 

1,211

 

  

 

89

 

Repurchase of Common Stock

  

 

—  

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

(7,364

)

Payment of Dividends

  

 

(8,468

)

  

 

(7,582

)

  

 

(6,675

)

    


  


  


Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

  

 

(54,546

)

  

 

(29,107

)

  

 

2,626

 

    


  


  


Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash

  

 

—  

 

  

 

(639

)

  

 

153

 

Cash Balance, Beginning of Period

  

 

4

 

  

 

643

 

  

 

490

 

    


  


  


Cash Balance, End of Period

  

$

4

 

  

$

4

 

  

$

643

 

    


  


  


Interest Paid During the Period

  

$

4,283

 

  

$

7,629

 

  

$

8,504

 

    


  


  


Income Taxes Paid During the Period

  

$

7,186

 

  

$

12,475

 

  

$

12,970

 

    


  


  


Dividends Declared but not yet Paid

  

$

2,248

 

  

$

1,981

 

  

$

1,699

 

    


  


  



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

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MCGRATH RENTCORP

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

 

NOTE 1.    ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS

 

McGrath RentCorp (the Company) is a California corporation organized in 1979. The Company is comprised of three business segments: “Mobile Modular Management Corporation” (“MMMC”), its modular building division, “RenTelco,” its electronic test equipment division, and “Enviroplex,” its majority-owned subsidiary classroom manufacturing business. Although the Company’s primary emphasis is on equipment rentals, sales of equipment occur in the normal course of business.

 

MMMC rents and sells modular buildings and accessories to fulfill customers’ temporary and permanent space needs in California and Texas. These units are used as temporary offices adjacent to existing facilities, and are used as classrooms, sales offices, construction field offices, health care clinics, child care facilities and for a variety of other purposes. Significant portions of MMMC’s rental and sale revenues are derived from the educational market and are primarily affected by demand for classrooms which in turn is affected by shifting and fluctuating school populations, the level of state funding to public schools, the need for temporary classroom space during reconstruction of older schools and changes in policies regarding class size. Looking forward, the Company believes that any interruption in the passage of facility bonds, contraction of the Class Size Reduction Program in California, a lack of fiscal funding, or a significant reduction of funding from the State of California to public schools may have a material adverse effect on both rental and sale revenues of the Company.

 

RenTelco rents and sells electronic test equipment nationally, providing communications and fiber optic test equipment primarily to network systems companies, electrical contractors, local & long distance carriers and manufacturers of communications transmission equipment. RenTelco also provides general-purpose test equipment to electronics, industrial, research and aerospace companies. Significant portions of RenTelco’s rental and sale revenues are derived from the telecommunications industry. RenTelco continues to be affected by the severe and prolonged broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry, which has significantly impacted the Company’s overall results for 2002.

 

McGrath RentCorp owns 81% of Enviroplex, a California corporation organized in 1991. Enviroplex manufactures portable classrooms built to the requirements of the California Division of the State Architect (“DSA”) and sells directly to California public school districts.

 

Significant risks of rental equipment ownership are borne by the Company, which include, but are not limited to, uncertainties in the market for its products over the equipment’s useful life, use limitations for modular equipment related to updated building codes or legislative changes, technological obsolescence of electronics equipment, and rental equipment deterioration. The Company believes it mitigates these risks by continuing advocacy and collaboration with governing agencies and legislative bodies for continuing use of its modular product, staying abreast of technology trends in order to make good buy-sell decisions of electronics equipment, and ongoing investment in repair and maintenance programs to insure both types of rental equipment are in good operating condition.

 

NOTE 2.    SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

Principles of Consolidation

 

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of McGrath RentCorp and Enviroplex. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

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MCGRATH RENTCORP

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Rental revenue from operating leases is recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease in accordance with Statement of Financial Standards (“SFAS”) No. 13, “Accounting for Leases”. Rental billings for periods extending beyond month end are recorded as deferred income and are recognized as earned. Rental related services revenue is primarily associated with relocatable modular building leases and consists of billings to customers for delivery, installation, modifications, skirting, additional site related work, and dismantle and return delivery. Revenue from these services is an integral part of the negotiated lease agreement with the customer and is recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease.

 

Sales revenue is recognized upon delivery and installation of the equipment to the customer. Certain financed sales meeting the requirements of SFAS No. 13 are accounted for as sales type leases. For these leases, sales revenue and the related accounts receivable are recognized upon delivery and installation of the equipment and the unearned interest is recognized over the lease term on a basis which results in a constant rate of return on the unrecovered lease investment.

 

Other revenue is recognized when earned and primarily includes interest income on sales type leases and rental income on facility rentals. In 2002, other revenue also includes a $1,250,000 reimbursement of costs and expenses associated with a terminated merger agreement (see Note 9) and $905,000 gain on land sales related to excess property not part of existing operating facilities.

 

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

 

Rental equipment is depreciated on a straight-line basis for financial reporting purposes and on an accelerated basis for income tax purposes. The costs of major refurbishment of relocatable modular buildings are capitalized to the extent the refurbishment significantly adds value or extends the life to the equipment. Maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred.

 

Effective January 1, 2002, the Company prospectively revised the estimated residual value of its relocatable modular buildings from 18% to 50% of original cost, except for accessories and refurbishments which have no residual value. The change in estimate was based on actual used equipment sales experience, and management believes that this change better reflects the future expected residual values of the modular equipment. Historical results demonstrate that upon sale, the Company recovers a higher percentage of its modular equipment cost than previously estimated. The Company’s proactive repair and maintenance program is a key factor contributing to the high recovery of its equipment’s cost upon sale. For 2002, the effect of the change was a decrease in depreciation expense of $7,295,000 and an increase in net income of $4,392,000, or $0.35 per diluted share.

 

The estimated useful lives and residual values of the Company’s rental equipment used for financial reporting purposes are as follows:

 

Relocatable modular buildings and accessories

 

3 to 18 years, 0% to 50% residual value

Electronic test instruments and accessories

 

5 to 8 years, no residual value

 

Costs of Rental Related Services

 

Costs of rental related services are primarily associated with relocatable modular building leases and consists of costs for services to be provided under the negotiated lease agreement for delivery, installation, modifications, skirting, additional site related work, and return delivery and dismantle. Costs related to these services are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

Impairment of Rental Equipment

 

Prior to 2002, the Company evaluated the carrying value of rental equipment in accordance with SFAS No. 121, “Accounting for the Impairment of Long-Lived Assets”. In 2002, the evaluation was completed in accordance with SFAS No. 144, “Accounting for the Impairment or Disposal of Long-Lived Assets,” which superceded SFAS No. 121. There was no significant impact resulting from the application of SFAS No. 144 when compared to the application under SFAS No. 121. Under SFAS 144, rental equipment is reviewed for impairment whenever events or circumstances have occurred that would indicate the carrying amount may not be fully recoverable. A key element in determining the recoverability of the rental equipment’s carrying value is the Company’s outlook as to the future market conditions for its equipment. If the carrying amount is not fully recoverable, an impairment loss is recognized to reduce the carrying amount to fair value. The Company determines fair value based upon the condition of the equipment and the projected net cash flows from its sale considering current market conditions. Additionally, if the Company decides to sell or otherwise dispose of the rental equipment, it is classified as held for sale in “Rental Equipment, at cost:” on the Consolidated Balance Sheets and carried at the lower of cost or fair value, less costs to sell or dispose, and depreciation expense is no longer recorded. Impairment charges are separately captioned on the Consolidated Statements of Income within Direct Costs of Rental Operations.

 

In 2002, the Company’s RenTelco segment recorded noncash impairment charges of $24,083,000 resulting from the depressed and low projected demand for RenTelco’s rental products coupled with high inventory levels, especially communications equipment. RenTelco’s business activity levels are directly attributable to the severe and prolonged broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry. RenTelco has limited visibility as to when the recovery in this sector will occur. As of December 31, 2002, the carrying value of communications equipment was $8,071,000 of which $632,000 is classified as held for sale and included in “Rental Equipment, at cost: Electronics Test Instruments” on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. RenTelco will continue to use its best efforts to sell the rental equipment determined to be in excess of the required levels to meet projected customer demand. There can be no assurance that RenTelco will be successful in these efforts.

 

In 2000, an impairment charge of $1,927,000, including disposal costs, was recorded, primarily related to MMMC’s modular equipment being identified as beyond economic repair.

 

Other Direct Costs of Rental Operations

 

Other direct costs of rental operations primarily relate to costs associated with modular operations and include direct labor, supplies, repairs, insurance, property taxes, and license fees, which are expensed as incurred. Other direct costs of rental operations also include certain modular lease costs charged to the customer in the negotiated rental rate, which are recognized on a straight-line basis over the term of the lease.

 

Cost of Sales

 

Cost of sales in the Consolidated Statements of Income includes the carrying value of the equipment sold and all direct costs associated with the sale.

 

Warranty Reserves

 

Sales of new relocatable modular buildings, electronic test equipment and related accessories not manufactured by the Company are typically covered by warranties provided by the manufacturer of the products sold. The Company provides limited 90-day warranties for certain sales of used rental equipment and a one-year warranty on equipment manufactured by Enviroplex. Although the Company’s policy is to provide reserves for warranties when required for specific circumstances, the Company has not found it necessary to establish such reserves to date as warranty costs have not been significant.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

Property, Plant and Equipment

 

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost, net of accumulated depreciation. Depreciation is recognized on a straight-line basis for financial reporting purposes and on an accelerated basis for income tax purposes with no residual values. Depreciation expense is included in “Selling and Administrative” expenses on the Consolidated Statements of Income. Maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred.

 

Property, plant and equipment consist of the following:

 


(dollar amounts in thousands)

  

Estimated Useful Life

In Years


  

December 31,


 
       

2002


    

2001


 

Land

       

$

17,703

 

  

$

19,303

 

Land improvements

  

20 –50

  

 

21,640

 

  

 

22,003

 

Buildings

  

30

  

 

11,477

 

  

 

11,439

 

Furniture, Office and Computer Equipment

  

5 –10

  

 

4,781

 

  

 

5,341

 

Machinery and Service Equipment

  

5 – 20

  

 

2,288

 

  

 

2,161

 

         


  


         

 

57,889

 

  

 

60,247

 

Less Accumulated Depreciation

       

 

(9,510

)

  

 

(8,465

)

         


  


         

$

48,379

 

  

$

51,782

 


 

Income Taxes

 

Income taxes are accounted for using an asset and liability approach. Deferred tax assets and liabilities are recorded based on the differences between the financial statement and tax bases of assets and liabilities at the tax rates in effect when these differences are expected to reverse.

 

Earnings Per Share

 

Basic earnings per share (“EPS”) is computed as net income divided by the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding for the period. Diluted EPS is computed as net income divided by the weighted average number of shares outstanding of common stock and common stock equivalents for the period, including the dilutive effects of stock options and other potentially dilutive securities. Common stock equivalents result from dilutive stock options computed using the treasury stock method and the average share price for the reported period. The weighted average number of dilutive options outstanding at December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000 were 150,267, 263,054 and 94,247, respectively. Stock options to purchase 17,000 shares in 2001 and 287,500 shares in 2000 of the Company’s common stock were not included in the computation of diluted EPS because the exercise price exceeded the average market price for that year and the effect would have been anti-dilutive.

 

Accounts Receivable and Concentration of Credit Risk

 

The Company’s accounts receivable consist of amounts due from customers for rentals, sales, financed sales and unbilled MMMC amounts for the portion of end of lease services earned, which were negotiated as part of the lease agreement. The Company sells primarily on 30-day terms, individually performs credit evaluation procedures on its customers on each transaction and will require security deposits or personal guarantees from its customers when a significant credit risk is identified. The Company records an allowance for doubtful accounts by charging operations in amounts equal to the estimated losses expected to be incurred in the collection of the accounts. The estimated losses are based on historical collection experience in conjunction with an evaluation of the current status of the existing accounts. Customer accounts are written off against the allowance for doubtful accounts when an account is determined to be uncollectible. In 2002 and 2001, write-offs incurred were primarily related to RenTelco’s receivables, attributed to

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

the severe and prolonged broad-based weakness in the telecommunications industry. The allowance for doubtful accounts activity was as follows:

 


(in thousands)

  

2002


    

2001


 

Beginning Balance, January 1

  

$

1,250

 

  

$

650

 

Provision for doubtful accounts

  

 

1,333

 

  

 

1,282

 

Write-offs, net of recoveries

  

 

(1,583

)

  

 

(682

)

    


  


Ending Balance, December 31

  

$

1,000

 

  

$

1,250

 


 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentration of credit risk consist primarily of trade accounts receivable. A significant portion of the Company’s total revenues is derived from the educational market. Within the educational market, modular rentals and sales to California public school districts comprised approximately 40%, 34% and 35% of the Company’s consolidated rental and sales revenues for 2002, 2001, and 2000, respectively, with no one customer accounting for more than 10% of the Company’s consolidated revenues in any single year. A lack of fiscal funding or a significant reduction of funding from the State of California to public schools could have a material adverse effect on the Company.

 

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

 

The Company believes that the carrying amounts for cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and notes payable approximate their fair value except for fixed rate debt included in notes payable which have an estimated fair value of $25,320,000 and $33,220,000 compared to the recorded value of $24,000,000 and $32,000,000 as of December 31, 2002 and 2001, respectively. The estimates of fair value of the Company’s fixed rate debt are based on the borrowing rates currently available to the Company for bank loans with similar terms and average maturities.

 

Stock Options

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation plans in accordance with Accounting Principles Board (“APB”) Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees,” under which compensation cost is recorded as the difference between the fair value and the exercise price at the date of grant, and is recorded on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the underlying options. The Company has adopted the disclosure only provisions of SFAS No. 123, “Accounting for Stock Based Compensation”. No compensation expense has been recognized in the accompanying financial statements as the option terms are fixed and the exercise price equals the market price of the underlying stock on the date of grant for all options granted by the Company.

 

Had compensation cost for the stock-based compensation plans been determined based upon the fair value at grant dates for awards under those plans consistent with the method prescribed by SFAS 123, net income would have been reduced to the pro forma amounts indicated below:

 


(in thousands, except per share amounts)

  

Year Ended December 31,


    

2002


  

2001


  

2000


Net Income, as reported

  

$

12,633

  

$

26,678

  

$

27,244

Pro Forma net income

  

 

12,000

  

 

26,094

  

 

26,826

Earnings Per Share:

                    

Basic—as reported

  

 

1.01

  

 

2.18

  

 

2.21

Basic—pro forma

  

 

0.96

  

 

2.13

  

 

2.17

Diluted—as reported

  

 

1.00

  

 

2.14

  

 

2.19

Diluted—pro forma

  

 

0.95

  

 

2.09

  

 

2.16


 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

The fair value of each option granted was estimated on the date of the grant using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model using the following assumptions:

 


      

Year Ended December 31,


 
      

2002


      

2001


      

2000


 

Risk-free interest rates

    

3.8

%

    

5.0

%

    

5.9

%

Expected dividend yields

    

3.1

%

    

1.7

%

    

2.9

%

Expected volatility

    

36.7

%

    

36.0

%

    

26.5

%

Expected option life (in years)

    

7.5

 

    

7.5

 

    

7.5

 


 

The fair values of the options granted as of December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000 were $1,463,000, $1,949,000 and $2,115,000, respectively. The weighted average fair value of grants are $7.17, $8.31 and $5.03 during the year ended 2002, 2001 and 2000, respectively.

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

 

In July 2001, the Financial Accounting Standards Board issued SFAS No. 141, “Business Combinations,” and SFAS No. 142, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets”. SFAS 141 provides new guidance on the accounting for a business combination as of the date a business combination is completed. Specifically, it requires use of the purchase method of accounting for all business combinations initiated after June 30, 2001, thereby eliminating the use of the pooling-of-interests method. SFAS 142 establishes new guidance on how to account for goodwill and intangible assets after a business combination is completed. Among other things, it requires that goodwill and certain other intangible assets will no longer be amortized and will instead be tested for impairment at least annually and written down only when impaired. The Company adopted both these statements in 2001. The effect of adopting SFAS 141 and SFAS 142 did not impact the Company’s financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

 

Use of Estimates

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions in determining reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during each period presented. Actual results could differ from those estimates. The most significant estimates included in the financial statements are the future cash flows and fair values used to determine the recoverability of the rental equipment’s carrying value, the various assets’ useful lives and residual values, and the allowance for doubtful accounts.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain prior period amounts have been reclassified to conform to current year presentation.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

NOTE 3.    FINANCED LEASE RECEIVABLES

 

The Company has entered into sales type leases to finance equipment sales. The lease agreements have a bargain purchase option at the end of the lease term. The minimum lease payments receivable and the net investment included in accounts receivable for such leases are as follows:

 


(in thousands)

    

December 31,


 
      

2002


      

2001


 
          

Gross minimum lease payments receivable

    

$

3,295

 

    

$

4,910

 

Less—unearned interest

    

 

(682

)

    

 

(894

)

      


    


Net investment in sales type lease receivables

    

$

2,613

 

    

$

4,016

 


 

As of December 31, 2002, the future minimum lease payments under non-cancelable leases to be received in 2003 and thereafter are as follows:

 


(in thousands)

    

Year Ended December 31,

      

2003

  

$

1,994

2004

  

 

686

2005

  

 

347

2006

  

 

169

2007

  

 

50

2008 and thereafter

  

 

49

    

Total minimum future lease payments

  

$

3,295


 

NOTE 4.    NOTES PAYABLE

 

Notes Payable consist of the following:

 


(in thousands)

    

December 31,


      

2002


    

2001


        

Senior Notes

    

$

24,000

    

$

32,000

Unsecured Revolving Lines of Credit

    

 

31,523

    

 

72,140

      

    

      

$

55,523

    

$

104,140


 

On July 31, 1998, the Company completed a private placement of $40,000,000 of 6.44% Senior Notes due in 2005. Interest on the notes is due semi-annually in arrears and the principal is due in 5 equal installments commencing on July 15, 2001. Among other restrictions, the agreement requires (i) the Company to maintain a minimum net worth of $80,000,000 plus 25% of all net income generated subsequent to June 30, 1998, less an aggregate amount not to exceed $15,000,000 paid by the Company to repurchase its common stock after June 30, 1998, (restricted equity at December 31, 2002 was $91,386,380), (ii) a fixed coverage charge of not less than 2.0 to 1.0, (iii) a rolling fixed charges coverage ratio of not less than 1.5 to 1.0, and (iv) senior debt not to exceed 275% of consolidated net worth and consolidated total debt not to exceed 300% of consolidated net worth. As of December 31, 2002, the Company was in compliance with all covenants related to these notes.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

The Company has an unsecured line of credit agreement (the “Agreement”) expiring June 30, 2004 that permits it to borrow up to $120,000,000. The Agreement requires the Company to pay interest at prime or, at the Company’s election, at other rate options available under the Agreement. In addition, the Company pays a commitment fee on the daily average unused portion of the available line. Among other restrictions, the Agreement requires (i) the Company to maintain shareholders’ equity of not less than $100,000,000 plus 50% of all net income generated subsequent to June 30, 2001 plus 90% of any new stock issuance proceeds (restricted equity at December 31, 2002 was $115,337,031), (ii) a debt-to-equity ratio (excluding deferred income taxes) of not more than 3 to 1, (iii) interest coverage (income from operations compared to interest expense) of not less than 2 to 1 and (iv) debt service coverage (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization compared to the following year’s principal payments plus the most recent twelve months interest expense) of not less than 1.15 to 1. As of December 31, 2002, the Company was in compliance with all covenants related to this Agreement. In addition to the $120,000,000 unsecured line of credit, the Company has a $5,000,000 revolving line of credit (at prime rate) related to its cash management services which will expire on June 30, 2004. At December 31, 2002, the Company has capacity to borrow up to an additional $93,477,000 under existing bank lines of credit.

 

The following information relates to the lines of credit for each of the following periods:

 


(dollar amounts in thousands)

    

Year Ended December 31,


 
      

2002


      

2001


 

Maximum amount outstanding

    

$

72,140

 

    

$

93,373

 

Average amount outstanding

    

$

55,137

 

    

$

81,595

 

Weighted average interest rate

    

 

3.57

%

    

 

5.55

%

Effective interest rate at end of period

    

 

2.72

%

    

 

3.20

%

Prime interest rate at end of period

    

 

4.25

%

    

 

4.75

%


 

NOTE 5.    INCOME TAXES

 

The provision for income taxes consists of the following:

 


(in thousands)

  

Year Ended December 31,


    

2002

  

2001

  

2000


Current

  

$

6,236

  

$

12,475

  

$

12,970

Deferred

  

 

2,223

  

 

5,332

  

 

6,792

    

  

  

    

$

8,459

  

$

17,807

  

$

19,762


 

The reconciliation of the federal statutory tax rate to the Company’s effective tax rate is as follows:

 


    

Year Ended December 31,


 
    

2002


      

2001


      

2000


 

Federal statutory rate

  

35.00

%

    

35.00

%

    

35.00

%

State taxes, net of federal benefit

  

5.19

 

    

5.23

 

    

7.46

 

Other

  

(0.39

)

    

(0.63

)

    

(1.01

)

    

    

    

    

39.80

%

    

39.60

%

    

41.45

%


 

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

The following table shows the deferred income taxes related to the temporary differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and the respective amounts included in “Deferred Income Taxes, net” on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheets:

 


(in thousands)

  

December 31,


    

2002


  

2001


Deferred Tax Liabilities:

             

Accelerated Depreciation

  

$

71,205

  

$

70,542

Prepaid Costs Currently Deductible

  

 

2,307

  

 

2,657

Other

  

 

717

  

 

639

    

  

Total Deferred Tax Liabilities

  

 

74,229

  

 

73,838

Deferred Tax Assets:

             

Accrued Costs Not Yet Deductible

  

 

4,237

  

 

4,050

Deferred Revenues

  

 

1,331

  

 

2,301

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

  

 

402

  

 

502

    

  

Total Deferred Tax Assets

  

 

5,970

  

 

6,853

    

  

Deferred Income Taxes, net

  

$

68,259

  

$

66,985


 

In 2002, the Company obtained a tax benefit of $950,000 primarily from the early disposition of stock obtained through the exercise of incentive stock options by employees. The tax benefit was recorded as common stock in conjunction with the proceeds received from the exercise of the stock options.

 

NOTE 6.    BENEFIT PLANS

 

Stock Option Plans

 

McGrath RentCorp adopted a 1998 Stock Option Plan (the “1998 Plan”), effective March 9, 1998, as amended, under which 2,000,000 shares are reserved for the grant of options to purchase common stock to directors, officers, key employees and advisors of McGrath RentCorp. The plan provides for the award of options at a price not less than the fair market value of the stock as determined by the Board of Directors on the date the options are granted. As of December 31, 2002, 708,000 options have been granted with exercise prices ranging from $15.63 to $25.55, options have been exercised for the purchase of 136,625 shares, options for 128,975 shares have been terminated, and options for 442,400 remain outstanding under the 1998 Plan. Most of these options vest over 5 years and expire 10 years after grant. To date, no options have been issued to any of McGrath RentCorp’s advisors. As of December 31, 2002, 1,420,975 options remained available to issue under the 1998 plan.

 

McGrath RentCorp adopted a 1987 Incentive Stock Option Plan (the “1987 Plan”), effective December 14, 1987, under which options to purchase common stock may be granted to officers and key employees of McGrath RentCorp. The plan provides for the award of options at a price not less than the fair market value of the stock as determined by the Board of Directors on the date the options are granted. The options vest over 9.3 years and expire 10 years after grant. The 1987 Plan expired in December 1997 and no further options can be issued under this plan. As of December 31, 2002, options for 49,198 shares with an exercise price of $10.75 per share remain outstanding.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

Option activity and options exercisable including the weighted average exercise price for the three years ended December 31, 2002 are as follows:

 


    

Year Ended December 31,


    

2002


  

2001


  

2000


    

Shares


    

Weighted Average Exercise Price


  

Shares


    

Weighted Average Exercise Price


  

Shares


    

Weighted Average Exercise Price


Options outstanding at January 1,

  

628,493

 

  

$

15.87

  

659,610

 

  

$

15.87

  

516,522

 

  

$

15.53

Options granted during the year

  

79,000

 

  

 

22.52

  

96,500

 

  

 

19.55

  

187,000

 

  

 

16.94

Options exercised during the year

  

(148,015

)

  

 

17.15

  

(119,117

)

  

 

10.17

  

(9,948

)

  

 

8.93

Options terminated during the year

  

(67,880

)

  

 

16.45

  

(8,500

)

  

 

20.25

  

(33,964

)

  

 

18.76

    

         

         

      

Options outstanding at December 31,

  

491,598

 

  

 

18.73

  

628,493

 

  

 

17.64

  

659,610

 

  

 

15.87

    

         

         

      

Options exercisable at December 31,

  

214,003

 

  

 

18.67

  

234,458

 

  

 

17.67

  

246,530

 

  

 

14.11

    

         

         

      

 

The following table indicates the options outstanding and options exercisable by exercise price with the weighted average remaining contractual life for the options outstanding and the weighted average exercise price at December 31, 2002:

 


Exercise Price


    

Options Outstanding


    

Options Exercisable


    

Number Outstanding at 12/31/02


    

Weighted Average Remaining Contractual Life (Years)


    

Weighted Average Exercise Price


    

Number Exercisable at 12/31/02


    

Weighted Average Exercise Price


$10.75  

    

49,198

    

3.50

    

$

10.75

    

25,303

    

$

10.75

15.63

    

14,500

    

7.33

    

 

15.63

    

4,500

    

 

15.63

15.94

    

12,000

    

7.92

    

 

15.94

    

4,800

    

 

15.94

17.00

    

81,000

    

7.83

    

 

17.00

    

25,500

    

 

17.00

18.25

    

77,750

    

6.92

    

 

18.25

    

37,350

    

 

18.25

19.38

    

8,750

    

7.75

    

 

19.38

    

1,875

    

 

19.38

19.75

    

65,750

    

8.17

    

 

19.75

    

18,625

    

 

19.75

20.25

    

10,000

    

5.50

    

 

20.25

    

9,500

    

 

20.25

20.81

    

71,650

    

5.25

    

 

20.81

    

66,050

    

 

20.81

21.69

    

10,000

    

5.67

    

 

21.69

    

8,500

    

 

21.69

22.52

    

79,000

    

9.92

    

 

22.52

    

—  

    

 

22.52

25.55

    

12,000

    

8.92

    

 

25.55

    

12,000

    

 

25.55

      
                    
        

10.75 – 25.55

    

491,598

    

7.18

    

 

18.73

    

214,003

    

 

18.67


 

Employee Stock Ownership Plan

 

In 1985, McGrath RentCorp established an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Under the terms of the plan, as amended, McGrath RentCorp makes annual contributions in the form of cash or common stock of McGrath RentCorp to a trust for the benefit of eligible employees. The amount of the contribution is determined annually by the Board of Directors. Cash contributions of $400,000 were approved for 2002 and 2001 and $800,000 for 2000 and expensed.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

Long Term Bonus Plans

 

In 1991, the Board of Directors adopted a Long-Term Stock Bonus Plan (the “1990 LTB Plan”) under which shares of common stock may be granted to officers and key employees. The stock bonuses granted under the 1990 LTB Plan are evidenced by written Stock Bonus Agreements covering specified performance periods. The 1990 LTB Plan provides for the grant of stock bonuses upon achievement of certain financial goals during a specified period. Stock bonuses earned under the 1990 LTB Plan vest over four years from the grant date contingent on the employee’s continued employment with the Company. As of December 31, 2002, 210,243 shares of common stock had been granted, of which 198,995 shares are vested. The 1990 LTB Plan expired in December 1999 and no further grants of common stock can occur under the 1990 LTB Plan. In 2000, the Board of Directors adopted a Long-Term Stock Bonus Plan (the “2000 LTB Plan”) under which 400,000 shares of common stock are reserved for grant to officers and key employees. The terms of the 2000 LTB Plan are the same as the 1990 Plan described above. Estimated future grants of 45,354 shares of common stock are authorized by the Board of Directors to be issued under the 2000 LTB Plan in the event the Company reaches its highest level of achievement. As of December 31, 2002, no shares of common stock had yet been granted or vested under the 2000 LTB Plan. Compensation expense for 2002, 2001 and 2000 under the plans was $37,000, $551,000 and $454,000, respectively, and is based on a combination of the anticipated number of shares to be granted, the amount of vested shares previously issued and fluctuations in market price of the Company’s common stock. As of December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000, the unvested shares were 11,248, 25,512 and 40,409, respectively, with the related weighted average grant-date fair value of these unvested shares of $25.02, $23.13 and $20.45 per share, respectively.

 

401(k) Plans

 

In 1995, McGrath RentCorp established a contributory retirement plan, the McGrath RentCorp 401(k) Plan, as amended, covering eligible employees of McGrath RentCorp with at least three months of service. The McGrath RentCorp 401(k) Plan provides that each participant may annually contribute an elected percentage of his or her salary, not to exceed the statutory limit. McGrath RentCorp, at its discretion, may make matching contributions; however, no contributions have been made to date under this plan.

 

In 1997, Enviroplex established a contributory retirement plan, the Enviroplex 401(k) Plan, as amended, covering eligible employees of Enviroplex with at least three months of service. The Enviroplex 401(k) Plan provides that each participant may annually contribute an elected percentage of his or her salary, not to exceed the statutory limit. Enviroplex at its discretion may make a matching contribution. Enviroplex made contributions of $32,000, $40,000 and $22,000 in 2002, 2001 and 2000, respectively.

 

NOTE 7.    STOCKHOLDERS EQUITY

 

On July 2, 2001, McGrath RentCorp entered into a Stock Exchange Agreement with the minority shareholders of Enviroplex to increase its ownership in Enviroplex from 73% to 81%. McGrath RentCorp exchanged 85,366 shares of its common stock for 8% of Enviroplex. The transaction was recorded using purchase accounting and was valued at $2,061,000 based on McGrath RentCorp’s closing price of $24.14 per share on June 29, 2001, the last trading day immediately preceding the effective date of the transaction. Prior to the transaction, the cost basis of Enviroplex’s assets and liabilities approximated the fair value of those assets and liabilities. The excess paid over fair value of $1,065,000 was allocated to intangible assets of $88,000, which were amortized in full during the remainder of 2001, and goodwill of $977,000. In accordance with SFAS 142, goodwill is not being amortized and is evaluated for impairment annually. The Company does not have any other goodwill or intangible assets.

 

From time to time, the Board of Directors has authorized the repurchase of shares of the Company’s outstanding common stock. These purchases are to be made in the over-the-counter market and/or through large block transactions at such repurchase price as the officers shall deem appropriate and desirable on behalf of the Company. All shares repurchased by the Company are to be canceled and returned to the status of authorized but unissued shares of common stock. In 2000, the Company repurchased 450,942 shares of common stock for an aggregate repurchases price of $7,364,000 or an average price of $16.33 per share. During 2001 and 2002, there were no repurchases of common stock. As of December 31, 2002, 805,800 shares remained authorized for repurchase.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

Subsequent to December 31, 2002, the Company repurchased 462,900 shares of common stock for an aggregate repurchase price of $10,207,000 or an average price of $22.05 per share. As of March 20, 2003, 1,000,000 shares remain authorized for repurchase.

 

NOTE 8.    CONTINGENCIES

 

The Company is involved in various lawsuits and routine claims arising out of the normal course of its business. The Company maintains insurance coverage for its operations and employees with appropriate aggregate, per occurrence and deductible limits as the Company reasonably determines necessary or prudent with current operations and historical experience. The major policies include coverage for property, general liability, auto, directors and officers, health, and workers’ compensation insurances. In the opinion of management, the ultimate amount of liability not covered by insurance, if any, under any pending litigation and claims, individually or in the aggregate, will not have a material adverse effect on the financial position or operating results of the Company.

 

NOTE 9.    TERMINATED MERGER AGREEMENT

 

On July 1, 2002, McGrath RentCorp exercised its right to terminate the merger agreement, dated as of December 20, 2001, between McGrath RentCorp and Tyco Acquisition Corp. 33 (“Tyco”), a subsidiary of Tyco International Ltd. In August 2002, Tyco paid $1.25 million to McGrath RentCorp as reimbursement of certain costs and expenses incurred in connection with the proposed merger. In connection with the payment, McGrath RentCorp and Tyco have agreed that neither of them will have any claims against the other or their affiliates in connection with the merger agreement. The $1.25 million payment was recorded in “Other” revenues, merger-related costs of $593,000 in 2002 and $1,893,000 in 2001, are included in “Selling and Administrative” expenses on the Consolidated Statements of Income.

 

NOTE 10.    BUSINESS SEGMENTS

 

The Company defines its business segments based on the nature of operations for the purpose of reporting under SFAS No. 131, “Disclosures about Segments of an Enterprise and Related Information.” The Company’s three reportable segments are MMMC (Modulars), RenTelco (Electronics), and Enviroplex. The operations of each of these segments are described in Note 1. Organization and Business, and the accounting policies of the segments are described in Note 2. Significant Accounting Policies. The Corporate segment in the table below is for merger related items and gain on land sales both of which were not specifically allocated to a reportable segment. As a separate corporate entity, Enviroplex revenues and expenses are separately maintained from Modulars and Electronics. Excluding interest expense, allocations of revenues and expenses not directly associated with Modulars or Electronics are generally allocated to these segments based on their pro-rata share of direct revenues. Interest expense is allocated between Modulars and Electronics based on their pro-rata share of average rental equipment, accounts receivable, deferred income and customer security deposits. The Company does not report total assets by business segment. Summarized financial information for the years ended December 31, 2002, 2001 and 2000 for the Company’s reportable segments is shown in the following table:

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(Continued)

 

 

 


SEGMENT DATA

  

Modulars


    

Electronics


    

Enviroplex


    

Corporate1


  

Consolidated


(in thousands)

    

Year Ended December 31,

                                        

2002

                                        

Rental Revenues

  

$

66,214

 

  

$

15,777

 

  

$

—  

 

  

$

—  

  

$

81,991

Rental Related Services Revenues

  

 

16,936

 

  

 

561

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

—  

  

 

17,497

Sales and Other Revenues2

  

 

20,802

 

  

 

10,153

 

  

 

12,488

 

  

 

2,155

  

 

45,598

Total Revenues

  

 

103,952

 

  

 

26,491

 

  

 

12,488

 

  

 

2,155

  

 

145,086

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

  

 

7,169

 

  

 

8,623

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

—  

  

 

15,792

Impairment of Rental Equipment

  

 

—  

 

  

 

24,083

 

  

 

—  

 

  

 

—  

  

 

24,083

Interest Expense (Income) Allocation

  

 

3,451

 

  

 

749

 

  

 

(218

)

  

 

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