Form 10-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

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, 2008                        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

Common Stock   NASDAQ Global Select Market

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

None

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.

 

Yes            No     X    

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.

 

Yes            No     X    

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 the 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.

 

Yes     X       No         

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non accelerated filer. See the definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one).

 

Large accelerated filer     X       Accelerated filer            Non-accelerated filer            Smaller reporting company         

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).

 

Yes            No    X    

Aggregate market value of voting stock, held by nonaffiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2008: $543,583,491.

As of February 25, 2009, 23,708,618 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 June 4, 2009 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 82

 

 

 


FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K which are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, regarding McGrath RentCorp’s (the “Company’s”) business strategy, future operations, financial position, estimated revenues or losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives are forward looking statements. These forward-looking statements appear in a number of places and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “future,” “intend,” “hopes,” or “certain” or the negative of these terms or other variations or comparable terminology.

Management cautions that forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements including, without limitation, the following: the effect of the current recession and the credit crisis on our suppliers, our customers, and our results of operations and the Company’s ability to access additional capital in the current uncertain capital and credit market; the level of the Company’s future rentals and sales, customer demand and cost of raw materials; the Company’s ability to retain and recruit key personnel; the impact of the current recession on our debt covenants and the Company’s flexibility in running its business and the effect of an event of default on the Company’s results of operations; the Company’s ability to maintain its competitive strengths and to effectively compete against its competitors; the Company’s short-term decisions and long-term strategies for the future and its ability to implement and maintain such decisions and strategies, including its strategies: (i) to focus on rental revenue growth from an increasing base of rental assets, (ii) to actively maintain, repair, redeploy, manage and anticipate the need for various models of rental equipment cost-effectively and to maximize the level of proceeds from the sale of such products, and (iii) 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 demand by the educational market (and the K-12 market in particular) for the Company’s modular products; the Company’s ability to successfully integrate and operate the Adler Tank Rentals business and other future acquisitions and to manage the risks related to those business, including environmental risk; the effect of delays or interruptions in the passage of statewide and local facility bond measures on the Company’s operations; the effect of changes in applicable law, and policies relating to the use of temporary buildings on the Company’s modular rental and sales revenues, including with respect to class size and building standards; the effects of changes in the level of state funding to public schools and the use of classrooms that meet the Department of Housing requirements; the Company’s ability to maintain and upgrade its equipment to comply with changes in applicable law and customer preference; the Company’s strategy to effectively implement its expansion into Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia and other new markets in the U.S.; the Company’s reliance on its information technology systems; manufacturers’ ability to produce products to the Company’s specification on a timely basis; the Company’s ability to maintain good relationships with school districts, manufacturers, and other suppliers; the effect of interest rate fluctuations; the Company’s ability to manage its credit risk and accounts receivable; the timing and amounts of future capital expenditures and the Company’s ability to meet its needs for working capital including its ability to negotiate lines of credit; the Company’s ability to track technology trends to make good buy-sell decisions with respect to electronic test equipment; the effect of changes to the Company’s accounting policies and impact of evolving interpretation and implementation of such policies; the risk of litigation and claims against the Company, including under environmental and health and safety and products liability laws; the impact of a change in the Company’s overall effective tax rate as a result of the Company’s mix of business levels in various tax jurisdictions in which it does business; the adequacy of the Company’s insurance coverage; the impact of a failure by third parties to manufacture our products timely or properly; the level of future warranty costs of modular equipment that we sell; the effect of seasonality on the Company’s business; the growth of the Company’s business in international markets and the Company’s ability to succeed in those markets; 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. Further, our future business, financial condition and results of operations could differ materially from those anticipated by such forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties including the risks set forth above and the “Risk Factors” set forth in this Form 10-K. Moreover, neither we assume nor any other person assumes responsibility for the accuracy and completeness of the forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are made only as of the date of this Form 10-K and are based on management’s reasonable assumptions, however these assumptions can be wrong or affected by known or unknown risks and uncertainties. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and subsequent facts or circumstances may contradict, obviate, undermine or otherwise fail to support or substantiate such statements. 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. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this Form 10-K to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.

 

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PART I

 

ITEM 1. BUSINESS.

General Overview

McGrath RentCorp is a California corporation organized in 1979 with corporate offices located in Livermore, California. The Company’s common stock is traded on the NASDAQ National Global Select Market under the symbol “MGRC”. References in this report to the “Company”, “we”, “us”, and “ours” refer to McGrath RentCorp and its subsidiaries, unless the context requires otherwise.

The Company is a diversified business to business rental company with three rental products; relocatable modular buildings, electronic test equipment, and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes. Although the Company’s primary emphasis is on equipment rentals, sales of equipment occur in the normal course of business. The Company is comprised of four business segments: (1) Mobile Modular Management Corporation, its modular building rental division, (“Mobile Modular”); (2) TRS-RenTelco, its electronic test equipment rental division; (3) Adler Tank Rentals, LLC, its wholly-owned subsidiary providing containment solutions for the storage of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids (“Adler Tanks”) and (4) Enviroplex, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary classroom manufacturing business selling modular buildings used primarily as classrooms in California (“Enviroplex”). In 2008, Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco and Enviroplex contributed 67%, 28% and 4% of the Company’s income before provision for taxes (the equivalent of “pretax income”), respectively, compared to 71%, 28% and 1% for 2007. Even though managed as a separate business unit, Enviroplex’s revenues, pretax income contribution and total assets are not significant relative to the Company’s consolidated financial position. Adler Tanks was acquired on December 11, 2008 and its contribution to the Company’s pretax income in 2008 was not significant.

Mobile Modular rents and sells modular buildings and accessories to fulfill customers’ temporary and permanent space needs in California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and beginning in 2008 in Maryland and Virginia. These modular units are used as classrooms, temporary offices adjacent to existing facilities, sales offices, construction field offices, restroom buildings, healthcare clinics, child care facilities and for a variety of other purposes. Mobile Modular purchases the modulars from various manufacturers who build them to Mobile Modular’s design specifications. Mobile Modular currently operates two regional sales and inventory centers in California, one in Texas, one in Florida and regional sales offices serving North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. Although Mobile Modular’s primary emphasis is on rentals, sales of modulars routinely occur and fluctuate from period to period depending on customer requirements, budgets and other factors.

The educational market is the largest segment of our modular business. Mobile Modular and Enviroplex provide classroom and specialty space needs serving public and private schools, colleges and universities. Within the educational market, the rental (by Mobile Modular) and sale (by Enviroplex and Mobile Modular) of modulars to public school districts for use as classrooms, restroom buildings and administrative offices for kindergarten through grade twelve (K–12) schools comprised approximately 54%, 53% and 55%, of Mobile Modular’s rental and sales revenues for 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. Historically, demand in this market has been fueled by an increasing student population, insufficient funding for new school construction, class size reduction programs, modernization of aging school facilities, and the phasing out of portable classrooms compliant with older building codes.

TRS-RenTelco rents and sells electronic test equipment nationally and internationally from its Grapevine, Texas (Dallas Area) and Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada (Montreal Area) facilities. The Dallas facility houses the electronic test equipment inventory, sales engineers, calibration laboratories, and operations staff for U.S. and international business. The Montreal facility houses sales engineers and operations staff to serve the Canadian market. As of December 31, 2008, the original cost of electronic test equipment inventory was comprised of 68% general-purpose electronic test equipment, 31% communications electronic test equipment and 1% environmental test equipment. In January 2008, the Company launched online ordering for its electronic test equipment rental business.

Engineers, technicians and scientists utilize general-purpose electronic test equipment in developing products, controlling manufacturing processes, field service applications and evaluating the performance of their own electrical and electronic equipment. These instruments are rented primarily to aerospace, defense, electronics, industrial, research and semiconductor industries. To date, Agilent Technologies and Tektronix, a division of Danaher Corporation, have manufactured the majority of TRS-RenTelco’s general-purpose electronic test equipment.

 

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Communications test equipment, including fiber optic test equipment, is utilized by technicians, engineers and installation contractors to evaluate voice, data and multimedia communications networks, to install fiber optic cabling, and in the development and manufacturing of transmission, network and wireless products. These instruments are rented primarily to manufacturers of communications equipment and products, electrical and communications installation contractors, field technicians, and service providers. To date, Agilent has manufactured a significant portion of TRS-RenTelco’s communications test equipment, with the remaining acquired from over 50 other manufacturers.

In 2008, the Company began operations in three new areas: (1) the portable storage business under the name Mobile Modular Portable Storage. Mobile Modular Portable Storage offers portable storage units and high security portable office units for rent, lease and purchase in Northern California; (2) the environmental test equipment rental business under TRS-Environmental, offering a wide variety of environmental monitoring, environmental sampling, and field and safety supplies for rent, lease or purchase; and (3) the liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes rental business through the acquisition of Adler Tank Rentals, LLC on December 11, 2008. Adler Tanks operates from branches that serve the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Texas. These three new initiatives were not significant to the Company’s results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2008.

No single customer has accounted for more than 10% of the Company’s total revenues generated in any given year. In addition, total foreign country customers and operations accounted for less than 10% of the Company’s revenues and long-lived assets in any given year.

History, Strategic Expansion and Acquisitions

Prior to starting the Company, Robert McGrath, the Company’s founder and Chairman of the Board, was a founder and served as President of Leasametric from 1969 until it was sold to Trans Union Corporation in 1977, and was involved in all aspects of its electronic test equipment rental business. Mr. McGrath was one of the pioneers of the electronic test equipment rental industry and contributed significantly to the success and direction of Leasametric, which was at the time one of the industry’s largest and most respected companies. After the sale, Mr. McGrath continued with Trans Union until he founded the Company in 1979, initially renting relocatable modular offices. At the time that Mr. McGrath left Trans Union, he was subject to a non-compete agreement, which prevented him from engaging in the electronic test equipment rental business until 1984, when the Company went public.

The Company started modular operations in Northern California in 1979, expanded to Southern California in 1980, and by acquisition in 1982, grew the Southern California operations and entered the Texas market. When Mr. McGrath’s non-compete expired in 1984, the Company entered the electronic test equipment rental business and in the same year went public. Secondary offerings were completed in 1986 and 1991. Proceeds from these offerings were used to fund organic growth, complete two modular acquisitions in 1986 and, in 1991, acquire a communications test equipment rental company from GE Capital operating as RenTelco. Also in 1991, the Company adopted a strategy to purchase large parcels of land and build regional modular sales and inventory centers for its facilities, and eventually completed two in California and one in Texas.

From 1991 through 2001 the Company’s two rental businesses grew organically with the exception of a small modular acquisition in 1997. Mobile Modular focused increasingly on educational rental growth and our electronic test equipment rental business benefited from its specialization in communications test equipment as the telecom industry rapidly expanded. During this time, rental revenues for the modular business grew from $30.5 million in 1991 to $63.5 million in 2001 and rental revenues for the electronic test equipment business grew from $6.4 million in 1991 to $37.2 million in 2001.

Beginning in the latter half of 2001, the electronic test equipment rental industry experienced a significant downturn in business activity levels resulting from weakness in the telecommunications industry due to overcapacity and a general economic slowdown. Although both general-purpose and communications test equipment sectors were affected, the impact to our communications test equipment business levels was significant. As a result, during the first six months of 2002, TRS-RenTelco recorded non-cash impairment charges of $24.1 million due to excess communications test equipment rental inventory relative to market demand, reducing net income by $14.5 million and lowering diluted earning per share by $0.58 per share. Beginning in late 2003 and continuing into 2004, the general-purpose test equipment markets, and to a lesser extent, communications test equipment markets, showed signs of increasing business activity levels.

 

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In early 2004, the Company leveraged its California classroom rental expertise and strategically expanded organically to Florida, renting modular classroom products. We believe that we have developed good relationships with school districts, manufacturers, and other suppliers while introducing into the Florida market an innovative classroom design, the Campus Maker TM. This design is a low profile, steel frame product that allows school districts to install their classrooms in much closer proximity to one another, thereby freeing up valuable playground and activity space and eliminating the need for a separate ramp system on most installations. The Campus Maker TM product has significantly improved aesthetics compared to standard modular classrooms and continues to gain popularity in the marketplace.

In May 2004, the Company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of Technology Rentals & Services (“TRS”), a division of CIT Group Inc. in order to facilitate the growth of our electronic test equipment business. Based in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas Area), TRS was similar to the Company’s existing electronic test equipment rental business, RenTelco, and was one of the leading providers of general purpose and communications test equipment for rent or sale in North America. The transaction was completed on June 2, 2004, for cash consideration of $120.2 million. The Company financed the acquisition from a revolving line of credit facility with its banks and 5.08% senior notes due in 2011. Since June 2, 2004, TRS’ results have been included in the Consolidated Statements of Income, and since that date, the combined electronic test equipment business has operated under the name TRS-RenTelco.

From 2004 onward, the Company continued to focus on its core rental businesses, integrating the acquired TRS operations and establishing and growing Mobile Modular’s Florida operations. During 2005, the Company purchased 122.5 acres of undeveloped land in Florida and, in 2008, completed the construction of its Florida regional sales and inventory center. In late 2007 Mobile Modular expanded its operations into North Carolina and Georgia. In 2008 Mobile Modular’s operations were extended to Maryland and Virginia.

During 2008, under the trade name “TRS-Environmental”, the Company entered the environmental test equipment business serving the Americas. In addition, under the trade name “Mobile Modular Portable Storage”, the Company entered the portable storage container rental business in Northern California.

In November 2008, the Company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of the liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes rental business of Adler Tank Rentals, LLC (“Adler Tanks”). Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Asset Purchase Agreement, the total purchase price was $90.8 million which consisted of cash consideration of $87.5 million, 40,000 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $0.7 million, $1.8 million of certain liabilities relating to the rental business and $0.8 million of transaction costs. The cash portion of the purchase price is subject to certain post-closing adjustments for net working capital. The transaction was completed on December 11, 2008. The Company financed the acquisition from its $350.0 million credit facility. Since December 11, 2008, Adler Tanks’ results have been included in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Income, and since that date, the rental business has operated under the name of Adler Tank Rentals.

Business Model

The Company invests capital in rental products and generally has recovered its original investment through rents less operating expenses in a relatively short period of time compared to the product’s rental life. When the Company’s rental products are sold, the proceeds generally have covered a high percentage of the original investment. With these characteristics, a significant base of rental assets on rent generates a considerable amount of operating cash flows to support continued rental asset growth. The Company’s rental products have the following dynamics:

 

   

The product required by the customer tends to be expensive compared to the Company’s monthly rental charge, with the interim rental solution typically evaluated as a less costly alternative.

 

   

Generally, we believe the Company’s customers have a short-term need for our rental products. The customer’s rental requirement may be driven by a number of factors including time, budget or capital constraints, future uncertainty impacting their ongoing requirements, equipment availability, specific project requirements, peak periods of demand or the customer may want to eliminate the burdens and risks of ownership. For modulars, in many cases a customer’s initial short-term rental becomes part of the customer’s ongoing infrastructure and turns into a long-term rental.

 

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All rental products have long useful lives relative to the typical rental term with modulars having an estimated life of eighteen years compared to the typical committed term of twelve to twenty-four months, electronic test equipment having an estimated life range of two to seven years depending on the type of product compared to a typical rental term of one to six months and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes having an estimated life of twenty years compared to typical rental terms of one to six months.

 

   

Typically, we believe short-term rental rates recover the Company’s original investment quickly, with modulars in approximately four years and electronic test equipment in approximately two and one-half years, based on the respective product’s annual yield in 2008, or the annual rental revenues divided by the average cost of rental inventory for 2008.

 

   

When product is sold from rental inventory, a significant portion of the original investment is recovered. Effective asset management is a critical element to each of the rental businesses and the resulting residuals realized when product is sold from inventory. Modular asset management requires designing and building the product for a long life, coupled with ongoing repair and maintenance investments, to ensure its long useful rental life and generally, higher residuals upon sale. Electronic test equipment asset management requires understanding, selecting and investing in equipment technologies that support market demand and, once invested, proactively managing the equipment at the model level for optimum utilization through its technology life cycle maximizing the rental revenues and residuals realized. Liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes asset management requires selecting and purchasing quality product and making ongoing repair and maintenance investments to ensure its long rental life.

The Company believes that rental revenue growth from an increasing base of rental assets and improved gross profits on rents are the best measures of the health of each of our rental businesses. Additionally, we believe our business model and results are enhanced with operational leverage that is created from large regional sales and inventory centers for modulars, a single U.S. based sales, inventory and operations facility for electronic test equipment and shared senior management and back office functions for financing, human resources, insurance, and operating and accounting systems.

Employees

As of December 31, 2008, the Company had 688 employees, of whom 50 were primarily administrative and executive personnel, with 362, 150, 44 and 82 in the operations of Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco, Adler Tanks and Enviroplex, respectively. None of our employees are covered by a collective bargaining agreement, and management believes its relationship with our employees is good.

Available Information

We make available, free of charge at our website www.mgrc.com, the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings. These filings include our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Act of 1934, which are available as soon as reasonably practicable after the Company electronically files such material with, or furnishes such material to, the SEC. Information included on our web site is not incorporated by reference to this Report. Furthermore, all reports the Company files with the SEC are available free of charge through the SEC’s web site at www.sec.gov. In addition, the public may read and copy materials filed by the Company at the SEC’s Public Reference Room located at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549. The public may also obtain additional information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the Commission at 1-800-SEC-0330.

We also have a Code of Business Conduct and Ethics which applies to all directors, officers and employees. Copies of this code can be obtained free of charge at our website www.mgrc.com.

 

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RELOCATABLE MODULAR BUILDINGS

Description

Modulars are designed for use as classrooms, temporary offices adjacent to existing facilities, sales offices, restroom buildings, health care clinics, child care facilities and for a variety of other purposes and office space and may be moved from one location to another. Modulars vary from simple single-unit construction site offices to multi-floor modular units. The Company’s modular rental fleet includes a full range of styles and sizes. The Company considers its modulars to be among the most attractive and well designed available. The units are constructed with wood or metal siding, sturdily built and physically capable of a long useful life. Units are generally provided with installed heat, air conditioning, lighting, electrical outlets and floor covering, and may have customized interiors including partitioning, cabinetry and plumbing facilities.

Mobile Modular purchases new modulars from various manufacturers who build to Mobile Modular’s design specifications. With the exception of Enviroplex, none of the principal suppliers are affiliated with the Company. During 2008, Mobile Modular purchased 21% of its modular units from one manufacturer. The Company believes that the loss of its primary manufacturer of modulars could have an adverse effect on its operations since Mobile Modular could experience higher prices and longer lead times for delivery of modular units until other manufacturers were able to increase their production capacity.

The Company’s modulars are manufactured to comply with state building codes, have 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, Mobile Modular has been able to continue to use existing modulars, with minimal, if any, required upgrades. The Company 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.

Mobile Modular currently operates from two regional sales and inventory centers in California, one in Texas, and one in Florida, serving large geographic areas in these states, and sales offices serving the North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia regions. The California, Texas and Florida operations have in-house infrastructure and operational capabilities to support quick and efficient repair, modification, and refurbishment of equipment for the next rental opportunity. Mobile Modular believes operating from large regional sales and inventory centers results in better operating margins as operating costs can be spread over a large installed customer base. Mobile Modular 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, has resulted in higher 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. By making these expenditures for repair and maintenance throughout the equipment’s life we believe that older equipment can generally rent 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 each year represented less than 2% of rental equipment, and has been, on average, 11 years old with sale proceeds recovering a high percentage of the equipment’s capitalized cost. Mobile Modular depreciates its rental equipment over 18 years using a 50% residual value.

Competitive Strengths

Market Leadership—The Company believes Mobile Modular is the largest supplier in California, and a significant supplier in Florida and Texas, of modular educational facilities for rental to both public and private schools. Management is knowledgeable about the needs of its educational customers and the related regulatory requirements in the states where Mobile Modular operates, which enables Mobile Modular to meet its customer’s specific project requirements.

Expertise—The Company believes that over the 30 years Mobile Modular has competed in the modular rental industry, it has developed expertise that differentiates it from its competitors. Mobile Modular has dedicated its attention to continuously developing and improving the quality of its modular units. Mobile Modular has expertise in the licensing and regulatory requirements that govern the modulars in the states where it operates and its management, sales and operational staffs are knowledgeable and committed to providing exemplary customer service. Mobile Modular has expertise in project management and complex applications.

Operating Structure—The Company believes that part of the strategy for Mobile Modular should be to create facilities and infrastructure capabilities that its competitors cannot easily duplicate. Mobile Modular achieves this by building regional sales and

 

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inventory centers designed to serve a broad geographic area and a large installed customer base under a single overhead structure, thereby reducing its cost per transaction. The Company’s regional facilities and related infrastructure enable Mobile Modular to maximize its modular inventory utilization through efficient and cost effective in-house repair, maintenance and refurbishment for quick redeployment of equipment to meet its customers’ needs.

Asset Management—The Company believes Mobile Modular markets high quality, well-constructed and attractive modulars. Mobile Modular requires manufacturers to build to its specifications, which enables Mobile Modular to maintain a standardized quality fleet. In addition, through its ongoing repair, refurbishment and maintenance programs, the Company believes Mobile Modular’s buildings are the best maintained in the industry. The Company depreciates its modular buildings over an 18 year estimated useful life to a 50% residual value. Older buildings continue to be productive primarily because of Mobile Modular’s focus on ongoing fleet maintenance. Also, as a result of Mobile Modular’s maintenance programs, when a modular is sold, a high percentage of the equipment’s capitalized cost is recovered. In addition, the fleet’s utilization is regionally optimized by managing inventory through estimates of market demand, fulfillment of current rental and sale order activity, modular returns and capital purchases.

Customer Service—The Company believes the modular rental industry to be service intensive and locally based. The Company strives to provide excellent service by meeting its commitments to its customers, being proactive in resolving project issues and seeking to continuously improve the customer’s experience. Mobile Modular is committed to offering quick response to requests for information, providing experienced assistance, on time delivery and preventative maintenance of its units. Mobile Modular’s goal is to continuously improve its procedures, processes and computer systems to enhance internal operational efficiency. The Company believes this dedication to customer service results in high levels of customer loyalty and repeat business.

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 of over $4.0 billion.

Market

Mobile Modular’s largest market segment is for temporary classroom and other educational space needs of public and private schools, colleges and universities in California and Florida, and to a lesser extent in Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia. Management believes the demand for rental 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, class size reduction and the phasing out of portable classrooms compliant with older building codes (see “Classroom Rentals and Sales to Public Schools (K-12)” below). Other customer applications include sales offices, construction field offices, health care facilities, church 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. Modulars offer customers quick, cost-effective space solutions while conserving their capital. The Company’s corporate offices, and California, Texas and Florida modular regional sales and inventory center offices are housed in various sizes of modular units.

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

Because service is a major competitive factor in the rental of modulars, Mobile Modular 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 field service of its units. On Mobile Modular’s website, customers are able to view and select inventory for quotation, request in-field service and view billing and account balance information.

Rentals

Rental periods range from one month to several years with a typical initial contract term between twelve and twenty-four months. In general, monthly rental rates are determined by a number of factors including length of term, product availability and product type. Upon expiration of the initial rental agreement term, or any extensions, rental rates are reviewed, and when appropriate, are adjusted based on

 

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current market conditions. 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 management believes to be attractive to Mobile Modular.

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 Mobile Modular, and certain costs for customization. Mobile Modular 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 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, 2008, Mobile Modular owned 28,373 new or previously rented modulars including accessories with an aggregate cost of $503.7 million, or an average cost per unit of $17,800. 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, 2008, fleet utilization was 81.0% and average fleet utilization during 2008 was 81.6%.

Sales

In addition to operating its rental fleet, Mobile Modular sells modulars to customers. These sales typically arise out of its marketing efforts for the rental fleet and from existing equipment already on rent. Such sales can be of either new or used units from the rental fleet, which permits an orderly turnover of older units. During 2008, Mobile Modular’s largest sale was for new modular classrooms to a Florida school district for approximately $1.2 million. This sale represented approximately 5% of Mobile Modular’s sales, 2% of the Company’s consolidated sales, and less than 1% of the Company’s consolidated revenues.

Mobile Modular typically 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 Mobile Modular’s operations to date, and the Company 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 Mobile Modular’s operations in the future.

Seasonality

Typically, during each calendar year, our highest numbers of classrooms are shipped for rental and sale orders during the second and third quarters for delivery and installation prior to the start of the upcoming school year. The majority of classrooms shipped in the second and third quarters have rental start dates during the third quarter, thereby making the fourth quarter the first full quarter of rental revenues recognized for these transactions. These factors may impact the quarterly revenues and earnings of each year’s second, third and fourth quarters.

Competition

Competition in the rental and sale of relocatable modular buildings is intense. Two major national firms, Williams Scotsman International, Inc. and Modspace, Inc., are engaged in the rental of modulars, have many offices throughout the country and we believe have greater financial resources than Mobile Modular. In addition, a number of other smaller companies operate regionally throughout the country. Mobile Modular operates primarily in California, Texas, Florida, beginning late in 2007 in North Carolina and Georgia and beginning in 2008 in Virginia and Maryland. Significant competitive factors in the rental business include availability, price, service, reliability, appearance and functionality of the product. Mobile Modular markets high quality, well-constructed and attractive modulars. The Company believes that part of the strategy for modulars is 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 Mobile Modular a competitive advantage. Mobile Modular is determined to respond quickly to requests for information, and provide experienced assistance for the first-time user, rapid delivery and timely repair of its modular units. Mobile Modular’s already high level of efficiency and responsiveness continues to improve as the Company upgrades procedures, processes and computer systems that

 

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control its internal operations. The Company anticipates continued intense competition and believes it must continue to improve its products and services to remain competitive in market for modulars.

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

The rental and sales of modulars to 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 Public Schools (K-12) as a Percentage of Total Rental and Sales Revenues

 

Percentage of:

   2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  

Modular Rental Revenues (Mobile Modular)

   51 %   50 %   50 %   53 %   52 %

Modular Sales Revenues (Mobile Modular & Enviroplex)

   60 %   59 %   65 %   67 %   72 %

Modular Rental and Sales Revenues (Mobile Modular & Enviroplex)

   54 %   53 %   55 %   59 %   59 %

Consolidated Rental and Sales Revenues1

   30 %   30 %   33 %   34 %   36 %
1    Consolidated Rental and Sales Revenue percentage is calculated by dividing Modular rental and sales revenues to public schools (K-12) by the Company’s consolidated rental and sales revenues.   

School Facility Funding

Funding for public school facilities is derived from a variety of sources including the passage of both statewide and local facility bond measures, operating budgets, developer fees, various taxes including parcel and sales taxes levied to support school operating budgets, and lottery funds. Looking forward, the Company believes that any interruption in the passage of facility bonds, contraction or elimination of class size reduction programs, a lack of fiscal funding, or a significant reduction of funding from other sources to public schools may have a material adverse effect on both rental and sales 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 California Division of State Architect (“DSA”). However, school districts may rent classrooms that meet either the Department of Housing and Community Development (“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. In February 2006, new legislation was passed extending the use of these classroom buildings from September 30, 2007 to September 30, 2015. 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. There can be no assurance that these regulations and policies that allow for the continuing rental of DOH classrooms for new public school projects will remain in place. At December 31, 2008, the net book value of DOH classrooms represented less than 1.5% of the net book value of the Company’s modular rental equipment and less than 1.0% of the total assets of the Company, and the utilization of these DOH classrooms was 58.0%.

In 2002, Florida passed a state constitutional amendment setting limits for the maximum allowable number of students in a class for pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. In 2007, school districts were required to meet class size limits based upon the average number of students per class at the school level. By 2009, school districts will be required to meet the class size requirements at the individual classroom level. The class size reduction program is scheduled for implementation through 2010.

 

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ELECTRONIC TEST EQUIPMENT

Description

TRS-RenTelco’s general-purpose test equipment rental inventory includes oscilloscopes, amplifiers, analyzers (spectrum, network and logic), signal source and power source test equipment. The communications test equipment rental inventory includes network and transmission test equipment for various fiber, copper and wireless networks. Agilent Technologies and Tektronix manufacture the majority of the general-purpose inventory and the communications test equipment inventory includes equipment from over 50 different manufacturers. TRS-RenTelco also rents electronic test equipment from other rental companies and re-rents the equipment to customers.

Competitive Strengths

Market Leadership—The Company believes that TRS-RenTelco is one of the largest electronic test equipment rental and leasing companies offering the broadest and deepest selection of general purpose and communications test equipment for rent in North America.

Expertise—The Company believes that its knowledge of products, technology and applications expertise provides it with a competitive advantage over others in the industry. Customer requirements are supported by application engineers and technicians that are knowledgeable about the equipment’s uses to ensure the right equipment is selected to meet the customer’s needs. This knowledge can be attributed to the vast experience of TRS-RenTelco’s management, sales and operational teams.

Operating Structure—TRS-RenTelco is supported by a centralized distribution and inventory center on the grounds of the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport in Texas. The Company believes that the centralization of servicing all customers in North America and internationally by TRS-RenTelco’s experienced logistics teams provides a competitive advantage by minimizing transaction costs and enabling TRS-RenTelco to ensure customer requirements are met.

Asset Management—TRS-RenTelco’s rental equipment inventory is serviced by an ISO 9001-2000 registered and compliant calibration laboratory that repairs and calibrates equipment ensuring that off rent equipment is ready to ship immediately to meet customers’ needs. TRS-RenTelco’s team of technicians, product managers and sales personnel are continuously monitoring and analyzing the utilization of existing products, new technologies, general economic conditions and estimates of customer demand to ensure the right equipment is purchased and sold, at the right point in the equipment’s technology life cycle. The Company believes this enables it to maximize utilization of equipment and the cash flow generated by the rental and sales revenue of each model of equipment. TRS-RenTelco strives to maintain strong relationships with equipment manufacturers, which enables it to leverage those relationships to gain rental opportunities.

Customer Service—The Company believes that its focus on providing excellent service to its customers provides a competitive advantage. TRS-RenTelco strives to provide exemplary service to fulfill its commitments to its customers. TRS-RenTelco prides itself in providing solutions to meet customers’ needs by having equipment available, and responding quickly and thoroughly to their requests. TRS-RenTelco’s sophisticated in-house laboratory ensures the equipment is fully functional and meets its customers’ delivery requirements. Service needs of TRS-RenTelco’s customers are supported 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by its customer care specialists. TRS-RenTelco’s goal is to provide service beyond its customers’ expectations, which, the Company believes, results in customer loyalty and repeat business. In January 2008, TRS-RenTelco launched an online ordering website for rental test equipment. The Company believes web-based sales offerings will become an increasingly important competitive advantage. TRS-RenTelco intends to provide online support, product application and order taking on a 24 hours a day, 5 days a week time frame.

Market

The business of renting electronic test equipment is a market which today has equipment on rent or available for rent in the United States and Canada with an aggregate original cost in excess of a half billion dollars. There is a broad customer base for the rental of such instruments, including aerospace, communications, defense, electrical contractor electronics, industrial, installer contractor, network systems and research companies.

 

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TRS-RenTelco markets its electronic test equipment throughout the United States, Canada, and, to a limited extent, other countries. TRS-RenTelco attracts customers through its outside sales force, website at www.TRS-RenTelco.com, an extensive telemarketing program, trade show participation and direct mail campaigns. A key part of the sales process is TRS-RenTelco’s knowledgeable inside sales engineering team that effectively matches test equipment solutions to meet specific customer’s requirements.

The Company believes that customers rent electronic test equipment for many reasons. Customers frequently need equipment for short-term projects, to evaluate new products, and for backup to avoid costly downtime. Delivery times for the purchase of such equipment can be lengthy; thus, renting allows the customer to obtain the equipment expeditiously. The Company also believes that the relative certainty of rental costs can facilitate cost control and be useful in the bidding of and pass-through of contract costs. Finally, renting rather than purchasing may better satisfy the customer’s budgetary constraints.

Rentals

TRS-RenTelco rents electronic test equipment typically for rental periods of from one to six months, although in some instances, there can be rental terms up to a year or greater. Monthly rental rates range from approximately 3% to 10% of the current manufacturers’ list price. TRS-RenTelco depreciates its equipment over 1 to 8 years with no residual value.

At December 31, 2008, TRS-RenTelco had an electronic test equipment rental inventory including accessories with an aggregate cost of $255.8 million. Utilization is calculated each month by dividing the cost of the rental equipment on rent by the total cost of rental equipment, excluding accessory equipment. Utilization was 64.0% as of December 31, 2008 and averaged 68.1% during the year.

Sales

TRS-RenTelco generally sells used equipment to maintain an inventory of equipment meeting more current technological standards, and to support maintaining target utilization levels at a model number level. TRS-RenTelco attempts to maintain an inventory where the majority of equipment is less than five years old. In 2008, approximately 20% of the electronic test equipment revenues were derived from sales. The largest electronic test equipment sale during 2008 represented approximately 2.5% of electronic test equipment sales, 0.9% of the Company’s consolidated sales and 0.2% of consolidated revenues.

Seasonality

The Company does not believe the electronic test equipment rental business to be highly seasonal, except for the fourth quarter month of December and the first quarter months of January and February. These months may have lower rental activity due to holiday closures, particularly by larger companies, inclement weather and its impact on various field related communications equipment rentals, and companies’ operational recovery from holiday closures which may impact the start-up of new projects coming online in the first quarter. These factors may impact the quarterly results of each year’s first and fourth quarter.

Competition

The electronic test equipment rental business is characterized by intense competition from several competitors, including Electro Rent Corporation, Telogy and Continental Resources, some of which may have access to greater financial and other resources than we do. TRS-RenTelco competes with these and other test equipment rental companies on the basis of product availability, price, service and reliability. Although no single competitor holds a dominant market share, we face intensifying competition from these established entities and new entrants in the market. Some of our competitors may offer similar equipment for lease, rental or sales at lower prices and may offer more extensive servicing, or financing options.

 

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LIQUID AND SOLID CONTAINMENT TANKS AND BOXES

Description

Adler Tanks’ rental inventory is comprised of tanks and boxes used for various containment solutions to store hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids in applications such as: oil and gas exploration and field services, refinery, chemical and industrial plant maintenance, environmental remediation and field services, heavy and commercial building construction, marine services, pipeline construction and maintenance, tank terminals services, wastewater treatment, and waste management and landfill services. The tanks and boxes are comprised of the following products:

 

   

fixed axle steel tanks (“tanks”) for the storage of groundwater, wastewater, volatile organic liquids, sewage, slurry and bio sludge, oil and water mixtures and chemicals. Tanks are available in a variety of sizes including 21,000 gallon, 16,000 gallon, 10,000 gallon and 8,000 gallon;

 

   

vacuum containers (“boxes”), which provide secure containment of sludge and solid materials. Vacuum boxes may be used for additional on-site storage or for transporting materials off-site or enabling vacuum trucks to remain in operation;

 

   

dewatering boxes for the separation of water contained in sludge and slurry; and

 

   

roll-off and trash boxes for the temporary storage and transport of solid waste.

Adler Tanks purchases tanks and boxes from various manufacturers located throughout the country. With the exception of Sabre Manufacturing LLC (“Sabre”), none of the principal suppliers are affiliated with the Company. Sabre is independently operated and is 100% owned by the President of Adler Tanks. Adler Tanks purchases tanks from Sabre on terms and conditions pursuant to arms-length negotiations conducted at the time of purchase.

Competitive Strengths

Market Leadership—The Company believes that Adler Tanks is the fifth largest participant in the liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes rental business in North America. It operates from branches serving the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Texas.

Expertise—The Company believes that Adler Tanks has highly experienced operating management and branch employees. Adler Tanks employees are knowledgeable about the operation of its rental equipment and customer applications. Adler Tanks believes that it provides a superior level of customer service due to its strong relationship building skills and the quality of its responsiveness.

Asset Management—The Company believes that Adler Tanks markets a high quality, well constructed and well maintained rental product. The Company depreciates its tanks and boxes over a 20 year estimated useful life to 0% residual value. We believe that if maintained, older tanks and boxes will continue to produce similar rental rates as newer equipment. The fleet’s utilization is regionally optimized by understanding customer demand, expected returns and manufacturer’s production capacity to manage overall fleet utilization at optimum levels.

Market

The United States liquid and solid containment rental market is estimated at $1 billion of annual rental revenues. There are a large and diverse number of market segments including oil and gas exploration and field services, refinery, chemical and industrial plant maintenance, environmental remediation and field services, heavy and commercial building construction, marine services, pipeline construction and maintenance, tank terminals services, wastewater treatment, and waste management and landfill services.

The tank and box rental products that Adler Tanks builds may be utilized throughout the U.S. and are not subject to any local or regional construction code or approval standards.

Rentals

Adler Tanks rents tanks and boxes typically for rental periods of one to six months, although in some instances, there can be rental terms up to a year or greater. Monthly rates typically range from 2% to 10% of the equipment’s original acquisition cost.

 

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Utilization is calculated each month by dividing the cost of the rental equipment on rent by the total cost of rental equipment, excluding accessory equipment. Utilization was 70.3% at December 31, 2008.

Seasonality

The Company does not believe the liquid and solid containment rental industry to be highly seasonal, except for the fourth quarter month of December and the first quarter months of January and February. These months may have lower rental activity due to inclement weather in certain regions of the country impacting the industries that we serve.

Competition

The liquid and solid containment rental industry is highly competitive including national, regional and local companies. Some of our national competitors, notably BakerCorp and Rain For Rent, are significantly larger than we are and have greater financial and marketing resources than we have. Some of our competitors also have longer operating histories, lower cost basis of rental equipment, lower cost structures and more established relationships with equipment manufacturers than we have. In addition, certain of our competitors are more geographically diverse than we are and have greater name recognition among customers than we do. As a result, our competitors that have these advantages may be better able to attract customers and provide their products and services at lower rental rates. Adler Tanks competes with these companies based upon product availability, product quality, price, service and reliability. We may in the future encounter increased competition in the markets that we serve from existing competitors or from new market entrants.

Operating Segments

For segment information regarding the Company’s four operating segments: Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco, Adler Tanks and Enviroplex, see “Note 10. Segment Reporting” to the audited consolidated financial statements of the Company included in “Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.”

 

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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 units, 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,  
     2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  

Relocatable Modular Buildings (operating under Mobile Modular and Enviroplex)

 

Revenues

          

Rental

   $ 103,236     $ 100,541     $ 91,124     $ 81,180     $ 71,460  

Rental Related Services

     31,484       32,982       29,913       25,053       22,142  
                                        

Total Modular Rental Operations

     134,720       133,523       121,037       106,233       93,602  
                                        

Sales—Mobile Modular

     25,796       29,349       34,209       49,107       27,617  

Sales—Enviroplex

     19,484       10,649       12,393       10,562       9,254  
                                        

Total Modular Sales

     45,280       39,998       46,602       59,669       36,871  
                                        

Other

     543       654       729       625       444  
                                        

Total Modular Revenues

   $ 180,543     $ 174,175     $ 168,368     $ 166,527     $ 130,917  
                                        

Percentage of Rental Revenues

     52.3 %     54.3 %     53.9 %     53.3 %     59.4 %

Percentage of Total Revenues

     59.3 %     62.1 %     63.0 %     61.2 %     64.6 %

Rental Equipment, at cost (year-end)

   $ 503,678     $ 475,077     $ 451,828     $ 408,227     $ 339,537  

Rental Equipment, net book value (year-end)

   $ 376,606     $ 358,017     $ 343,590     $ 307,822     $ 245,924  

Number of Units (year-end)

     28,373       27,151       26,467       24,928       21,566  

Utilization (year-end)1

     81.0 %     82.8 %     81.4 %     83.5 %     86.1 %

Average Utilization1

     81.6 %     82.3 %     82.9 %     84.9 %     85.6 %

Average Rental Equipment, at cost2

   $ 461,848     $ 427,859     $ 385,630     $ 341,103     $ 303,294  

Annual Yield on Average Rental Equipment, at cost

     22.4 %     23.5 %     23.6 %     23.8 %     23.6 %

Gross Margin on Rental Revenues

     63.2 %     64.5 %     62.2 %     63.8 %     63.0 %

Gross Margin on Sales

     26.5 %     27.5 %     27.9 %     26.4 %     23.3 %

Electronic Test Equipment (operating under TRS-RenTelco)

          

Revenues

          

Rental

   $ 92,982     $ 84,776     $ 77,816     $ 71,136     $ 48,898  

Rental Related Services

     2,024       1,731       1,686       1,407       1,205  
                                        

Total Electronics Rental Operations

     95,006       86,507       79,502       72,543       50,103  

Sales

     24,948       17,831       17,483       31,154       20,291  

Other

     1,896       1,896       1,713       1,956       1,209  
                                        

Total Electronics Revenues3

   $ 121,850     $ 106,234     $ 98,698     $ 105,653     $ 71,603  
                                        

Percentage of Rental Revenues

     47.1 %     45.7 %     46.1 %     46.7 %     40.6 %

Percentage of Total Revenues

     40.1 %     37.9 %     37.0 %     38.8 %     35.4 %

Rental Equipment, at cost (year-end)

   $ 255,778     $ 232,349     $ 186,673     $ 154,708     $ 149,437  

Rental Equipment, net book value (year-end)

   $ 129,573     $ 127,997     $ 107,752     $ 98,611     $ 111,864  

Utilization (year-end)1

     64.0 %     69.3 %     66.3 %     68.9 %     61.6 %

Average Utilization1

     68.1 %     68.3 %     69.6 %     66.2 %     61.7 %

Average Rental Equipment, at cost4

   $ 250,173     $ 209,546     $ 170,705     $ 151,087     $ 93,387  

Annual Yield on Average Rental Equipment, at cost

     37.2 %     40.5 %     45.6 %     47.1 %     52.4 %

Gross Margin on Rental Revenues

     40.3 %     41.8 %     42.8 %     38.1 %     38.7 %

Gross Margin on Sales

     33.8 %     35.0 %     37.8 %     24.7 %     26.8 %

Total Revenues5

     $304,159       $280,409       $267,066       $272,180       $202,520  
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 cost of equipment for the year.
2   Average Rental Equipment, at cost for modulars excludes new equipment inventory and accessory equipment.
3   In 2004, certain electronics revenue amounts were reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.
4   Average Rental Equipment, at cost, for electronics excludes accessory equipment.
5   2008 Total Revenues include Adler Tanks revenues of $1,766 for the period from December 11, 2008 (acquisition date) through December 31, 2008. Due to Adler Tanks limited period of operation in 2008, full product line results are not presented.

 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors

You should carefully consider the following discussion of various risks and uncertainties. We believe these risk factors are the most relevant to our business and could cause our results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements made by us. Our business, financial condition, and results of operations could be seriously harmed if any of these risks or uncertainties actually occur or materialize. In that event, the market price for our common stock could decline, and you may lose all or part of your investment.

The effects of a recession in the United States and other countries and the continuing financial and credit crisis may adversely impact our business and financial condition and may negatively impact our ability to access financing.

The U.S. economy is currently in a recession which may deepen and continue for the foreseeable future. Demand for our rental products depends on continued industrial and business activity and state government funding. The continuation of the U.S. recession and general global economic downturn could adversely affect our customers, including local school districts, which could result in decreased demand for the products we rent. Reduced demand for our rental products and deflation could increase price competition. This lowered demand and price pressure could have a material adverse effect on our revenue and profitability.

The continued credit crisis and related instability in the global financial system may also have an impact on our business and our financial condition. General economic conditions and the tightening credit markets have significantly affected the ability of many companies to raise new capital or refinance existing indebtedness. While we intend to finance expansion with cash flow from operations and borrowing under our existing unsecured revolving line of credit facility, we may require additional financing to support our continued growth. Due to constriction in the capital markets, should we need to access the market for additional funds or to refinance our existing indebtedness, we may not be able to obtain such additional funds on terms acceptable to the Company or at all. All of these factors could impact our business, resulting in lower revenues and lower levels of earnings in future periods. At the current time we are uncertain as to the magnitude, if any, of such changes in our business.

Our stock price is subject to fluctuations and the value of your investment may decline.

The market price of our common stock fluctuates on the NASDAQ Global Select Market and is likely to be affected by a number of factors including but not limited to:

 

   

our operating performance and the performance of our competitors, and in particular any variations in our operating results or dividend rate from our stated guidance or from investors’ expectations;

 

   

changes in general conditions in the economy, the industries in which we operate or the financial markets;

 

   

investor’s reaction to our press releases, public announcements, or filings with the SEC;

 

   

the stock price performance of competitors or other comparable companies;

 

   

changes in research analysts’ coverage, recommendations or earnings estimates for us or for the stocks of other companies in our industry;

 

   

sales of common stock by our directors, executive officers and our other large shareholders, particularly in light of the limited trading volume of our stock;

 

   

any merger and acquisition activity that involves us or our competitors; and

 

   

other announcements or developments affecting us, our industry, customers, suppliers, or competitors.

In addition, in recent years the stock market has experienced significant price and volume fluctuations. These fluctuations are often unrelated to the operating performance of particular companies. More recently, the global credit crisis has adversely affected the prices of publicly traded stocks across the board as stockholders have become more willing to divest their stock holdings at lower values to increase their cash flow and reduce exposure. These broad market fluctuations and recent negative economic trends may cause declines in the market price of our common stock and are based upon factors that have little or nothing to do with our Company or its performance, and these fluctuations and trends could materially reduce our stock price.

 

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Our future operating results may fluctuate, fail to match past performance or fail to meet expectations.

Our operating results may fluctuate in the future, may fail to match our past performance or fail to meet the expectations of analysts and investors. Our results and related ratios, such as gross margin, operating income percentage and effective tax rate may fluctuate as a result of a number of factors, some of which are beyond our control including but not limited to:

 

   

general economic conditions in the states and countries where we rent and sell our products;

 

   

legislative and educational policies where we rent and sell our products;

 

   

seasonality of our rental businesses and our end-markets;

 

   

success of our strategic growth initiatives;

 

   

costs associated with the launching or integration of new or acquired businesses;

 

   

the timing and type of equipment purchases, rentals and sales;

 

   

the nature and duration of the equipment needs of our customers;

 

   

the timing of new product introductions by us, our suppliers and our competitors;

 

   

the volume, timing and mix of maintenance and repair work on our rental equipment;

 

   

our equipment mix, availability, utilization, and pricing;

 

   

the mix, by state and country, of our revenues, personnel and assets;

 

   

rental equipment impairment from excess, obsolete, or damaged equipment;

 

   

movements in interest rates or tax rates;

 

   

changes in, and application of, accounting rules;

 

   

changes in the regulations applicable to us; and

 

   

litigation matters.

As a result of these factors, our historical financial results are not necessarily indicative of our future results.

Our ability to retain our executive management and to recruit, retain and motivate key employees is critical to the success of our business.

If we cannot successfully recruit and retain qualified personnel, our operating results and stock price may suffer. We believe that our success is directly linked to the competent people in our organization, including our executive officers, senior managers and other key personnel, and in particular, Dennis Kakures our Chief Executive Officer. Personnel turnover can be costly and could materially and adversely impact our operating results and can potentially jeopardize the success of our current strategic initiatives. We need to attract and retain highly qualified personnel to replace personnel when turnover occurs, as well as add to our staff levels as growth occurs. Our business and stock price likely will suffer if we are unable to fill, or experience delays in filling open positions, or fail to retain key personnel when turnover occurs.

Failure by third parties to manufacture and deliver our products to our specifications or on a timely basis may harm our reputation and financial condition.

We depend on third parties to manufacture our products even though we are able to purchase products from a variety of third-party suppliers. In the future, we may be limited as to the number of third-party suppliers for some of our products. Although in general, we make advance purchases of some products to help ensure an adequate supply, currently, we do not have any long-term purchase contracts with any third-party supplier. We may experience supply problems as a result of financial or operating difficulties of our suppliers, shortages, and discontinuations resulting from product obsolescence or other shortages or allocations by suppliers. Current unfavorable economic conditions may also adversely affect our suppliers or the terms on which we purchase products. In the future, we may not be able to negotiate arrangements with third parties to secure products that we require in sufficient quantities or on reasonable terms. If we cannot negotiate arrangements with third parties to produce our products or if the third parties fail to produce our products to our specifications or in a timely manner, our reputation and financial condition could be harmed.

 

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Disruptions in our information technology systems could limit our ability to effectively monitor and control our operations and adversely affect our operations.

Our information technology systems facilitate our ability to monitor and control our operations and adjust to changing market conditions. Any disruption in any of our information technology systems or the failure of these systems to operate as expected could, depending on the magnitude of the problem, adversely affect our operating results by limiting our capacity to effectively monitor and control our operations and adjust to changing market conditions in a timely manner.

In June 2005, we entered into an agreement with Rental Result, a rental software application provider, to support the transition of our modular business, certain aspects of our electronic test equipment business and our accounting systems to their platform. These information system upgrades are important to serve and support our strategic growth. The first and largest phase of this multi-year project was implemented in October 2008. We expect the continuing upgrades to our IT infrastructure will result in higher ongoing selling and administrative costs in 2009.

The delay or failure to implement these new systems effectively could disrupt our business, distract management’s focus and attention from our business operations and growth initiatives, and increase our implementation and operating costs, any of which could negatively impact our operations and operating results.

We have engaged in acquisitions and may engage in future acquisitions that could negatively impact our results of operations, financial condition and business.

In 2004, we acquired TRS, an electronic test equipment rental business and in 2008 we acquired Adler Tank Rentals, a liquid and solid containment rental business. We anticipate that we will continue to consider acquisitions in the future that meet our strategic growth plans. We are unable to predict whether or when any prospective acquisition will be completed. Acquisitions involve numerous risks, including the following:

 

   

difficulties in integrating the operations, technologies, products and personnel of the acquired companies;

 

   

diversion of management’s attention from normal daily operations of the business;

 

   

difficulties in entering markets in which we have no or limited direct prior experience and where competitors in such markets have stronger market positions;

 

   

difficulties in complying with regulations, such as environmental regulations, and managing risks related to an acquired business;

 

   

timely completion of necessary financing and required amendments, if any, to existing agreements;

 

   

an inability to implement uniform standards, controls, procedures and policies;

 

   

undiscovered and unknown problems, defects, liabilities, or other issues related to any acquisition that become known to us only after the acquisition;

 

   

negative reactions from our customers to an acquisition;

 

   

disruptions among employees which may erode employee morale;

 

   

potential loss of key employees, including costly litigation resulting from the termination of those employees.

In connection with acquisitions we may:

 

   

assume liabilities or acquire damaged assets, some of which may be unknown at the time of such acquisitions;

 

   

record goodwill and non-amortizable intangible assets that will be subject to future impairment testing and potential periodic impairment charges;

 

   

incur amortization expenses related to certain intangible assets; or

 

   

become subject to litigation.

 

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Acquisitions are inherently risky, and no assurance can be given that our future acquisitions will be successful or will not adversely affect our business, operating results, or financial condition. Failure to manage and successfully integrate acquisitions we make could harm our business and operating results in a material way. In addition, if we consummate one or more significant future acquisitions in which the consideration consists of stock or other securities, our existing shareholders’ ownership could be diluted significantly. If we were to proceed with one or more significant future acquisitions in which the consideration included cash, we could be required to use a substantial portion of our available credit line. If we increase the amount borrowed against our available credit line, we would increase the risk of breaching the covenants under our credit facilities with our lenders. In addition, it would limit our ability to make other investments, or we may be required to seek additional debt or equity financing.

We could have difficulty integrating the operations of Adler Tank Rentals and other businesses that we may acquire, which could adversely affect our results of operations.

The success of our acquisition strategy depends upon our ability to successfully complete acquisitions and integrate any businesses that we acquire into our existing business. In December 2008, we acquired Adler Tank Rentals. The integration of the Adler Tank Rentals business is ongoing and could disrupt our business by diverting management’s attention from day-to-day operations and requiring significant financial resources that would otherwise be used for the ongoing development of our business. The difficulties of integration could be increased by the necessity of coordinating geographically dispersed organizations; maintaining acceptable standards, controls, procedures and policies; integrating personnel with disparate business backgrounds; combining different corporate cultures; and the impairment of relationships with employees and customers as a result of any integration of new management and other personnel. In addition, we could be unable to retain key employees or customers of the combined businesses. We could face integration issues pertaining to the internal controls and operational functions of the acquired companies and we also could fail to realize cost efficiencies or synergies that we anticipated when selecting our acquisition candidates. Any of these items could adversely affect our results of operations.

If we do not effectively manage our credit risk, collect on our accounts receivable, or recover our rental equipment from our customers’ sites, it could have a material adverse effect on our operating results.

We generally sell to customers on 30-day terms, individually perform credit evaluation procedures on our customers on each transaction and require security deposits or other forms of security from our customers when a significant credit risk is identified. Historically, accounts receivable write-offs and write-offs related to equipment not returned by customers have not been significant and, in each of the last five years have been less than 1% of total revenues. If economic conditions continue to worsen, we may see an increase in bad debt relative to historical levels, which may materially and adversely affect our operations. Failure to manage our credit risk and receive timely payments on our customer accounts receivable may result in the write-off of customer receivables and loss of equipment, particularly electronic test equipment. If we are not able to manage credit risk issues, or if a large number of customers should have financial difficulties at the same time, our credit and equipment losses would increase above historical levels. If this should occur, our results of operations may be materially and adversely affected.

Effective management of our rental assets is vital to our business.

Our modular, electronics and liquid and solid containment rental products have long useful lives and managing those assets is a critical element to each of our rental businesses. Modular asset management requires designing and building the product for a long life that anticipates the needs of our customers, including anticipating changes in legislation, regulations, building codes and local permitting in the various markets in which the Company operates. Electronic test equipment asset management requires understanding, selecting and investing in equipment technologies that support market demand, including anticipating technological advances and changes in manufacturers’ selling prices. Liquid and solid containment asset management requires designing and building the product for a long life, using quality components and repairing and maintaining the products to prevent leaks. For each of our modular, electronic test equipment and liquid and solid containment assets, we must successfully maintain and repair this equipment cost-effectively to maximize the useful life of the products and the level of proceeds from the sale of such products.

 

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The nature of our businesses, including the ownership of industrial property, exposes us to the risk of litigation and liability under environmental, health and safety and products liability laws.

We are subject to national, state, provincial and local environmental laws and regulations concerning, among other things, solid and liquid waste and hazardous substances handling, storage and disposal and employee health and safety. These laws and regulations are complex and frequently change. We could incur unexpected costs, penalties and other civil and criminal liability if we fail to comply with environmental or health and safety laws. We also could incur costs or liabilities related to waste disposal or remediating soil or groundwater contamination at our properties, at our customers’ properties or at third party landfill and disposal sites. These liabilities can be imposed on the parties generating, transporting or disposing of such substances or on the owner or operator of affected property, often without regard to whether the owner or operator knew of, or was responsible for, the presence of hazardous substances.

Several aspects of our businesses involve risks of environmental and health and safety liability. For example, our operations involve the use of petroleum products, solvents and other hazardous substances in the construction and maintaining of modular buildings and for fueling and maintaining our delivery trucks and vehicles. We also own, transport and rent tanks and boxes in which waste materials are placed by our customers. The historical operations at some of our previously owned or leased and newly acquired or leased properties may have resulted in undiscovered soil or groundwater contamination or historical non-compliance. Future events, such as changes in existing laws or policies or their enforcement, or the discovery of currently unknown contamination or non-compliance, may also give rise to liabilities or other claims based on these operations that may be material. In addition, future environmental or health and safety laws and regulations may require significant capital or operational expenditures or changes to our operations.

Accordingly, in addition to potential penalties for non-compliance, we may become liable, either contractually or by operation of law, for investigation, remediation and monitoring costs even if the contaminated property is not presently owned or operated by us, or if the contamination was caused by third parties during or prior to our ownership or operation of the property. In addition, certain parties may be held liable for more than their fair share of environmental investigation and cleanup costs. Contamination and exposure to hazardous substances or other contaminants such as mold can also result in claims for remediation or damages, including personal injury, property damage, and natural resources damage claims. Although expenses related to environmental compliance, health and safety issues, and related matters, have not been material to date, we cannot assure that we will not have to make significant expenditures in the future in order to remain in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Violations of environmental or health and safety related laws or associated liability could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

In general, litigation in the industries in which we operate, including class actions that seek substantial damages, arises with increasing frequency. Enforcement of environmental and health and safety requirements is also frequent. Such proceedings are invariably expensive, regardless of the merit of the plaintiffs’ or prosecutors’ claims. We may be named as a defendant in the future, and there can be no assurance, irrespective of the merit of such future actions, that we will not be required to make substantial settlement payments in the future. Further, a significant portion of our business is conducted in California which is one of the most highly regulated and litigious states in the country. Therefore, our potential exposure to losses and expenses due to new laws, regulations or litigation may be greater than companies with a less significant California presence.

The nature of our business also subjects us to property damage and product liability claims, especially in connection with our modular buildings and tank and box rental businesses. Although we maintain commercially reasonable liability coverage, an unusually large property damage or product liability claim or a series of claims could exceed our insurance coverage or result in damage to our reputation.

Conducting our routine businesses exposes us to risk of litigation from employees, vendors and other third parties.

We are subject to claims arising from disputes with employees, vendors and other third parties in the normal course of business; these risks may be difficult to assess or quantify and their existence and magnitude may remain unknown for substantial periods of time. If the plaintiffs in any suits against us were to successfully prosecute their claims, or if we were to settle such suits by making significant payments to the plaintiffs, our operating results and financial condition would be harmed. Even if the outcome of a claim

 

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proves favorable to us, litigation can be time consuming and costly and may divert management resources. In addition, our organizational documents require us to indemnify our senior executives to the maximum extent permitted by California law. If our senior executives were named in any lawsuit, our indemnification obligations could magnify the costs of these suits.

Our debt instruments contain covenants that restrict or prohibit our ability to enter into a variety of transactions and may limit our ability to finance future operations or capital needs.

The agreements governing our 5.08% senior notes due in 2011 and our unsecured revolving line of credit facility contain various covenants that may limit our discretion in operating our business. In particular, we are limited in our ability to merge, consolidate, reorganize or transfer substantially all of our assets, make investments, pay dividends or distributions, redeem or repurchase stock, change the nature of our business, enter into transactions with affiliates, incur indebtedness and create liens on our assets to secure debt. In addition, we are required to meet certain financial covenants. These restrictions could limit our ability to obtain future financing, make strategic acquisitions or needed capital expenditures, withstand economic downturns in our business or the economy in general, conduct operations or otherwise take advantage of business opportunities that may arise.

A failure to comply with the restrictions contained in the agreements could lead to an event of default, which could result in an acceleration of our indebtedness. In the event of an acceleration, we may not have or be able to obtain sufficient funds to refinance our indebtedness or make the required accelerated payments. If we default on our indebtedness, our business financial condition and results of operation could be materially and adversely affected.

The majority of our indebtedness is subject to variable interest rates, which makes us vulnerable to increases in interest rates.

Our indebtedness exposes us to interest rate increases because the majority of our indebtedness is subject to variable rates. At present, we do not have any derivative financial instruments such as interest rate swaps or hedges to mitigate interest rate variability. The interest rates under our credit facilities will be reset at varying periods. These interest rate adjustments could expose our operating results and cash flows to periodic fluctuations. Our annual debt service obligations will increase by approximately $2.7 million per year for each 1% increase in the average interest rate we pay, based on the $269.5 million balance of variable rate debt outstanding at December 31, 2008. If interest rates rise in the future, and particularly, if they rise significantly, our income will be negatively affected.

Our effective tax rate may change and become less predictable as our business expands.

We continue to consider expansion opportunities domestically and internationally for our rental businesses, such as our organic expansion of our modular business in Florida, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia, our expansion through acquisition of TRS, recent expansion into the portable storage and environmental test equipment businesses and in 2008 our expansion into the liquid and solid containment business through the acquisition of Adler Tank Rentals. Since the Company’s effective tax rate depends on business levels, personnel and assets located in various jurisdictions, further expansion into new markets or acquisitions may change the effective tax rate in the future and may make it and consequently our earnings less predictable going forward. In addition, the enactment of tax law changes by federal and state taxing authorities may impact the Company’s current period tax provision and its deferred tax liabilities.

Changes in financial accounting standards may cause lower than expected operating results and affect our reported results of operations.

Changes in accounting standards and their application may have a significant effect on our reported results on a going forward basis and may also affect the recording and disclosure of previously reported transactions. New accounting pronouncements and varying interpretations of accounting pronouncements have occurred and may occur in the future. Changes to existing rules or the questioning of current practices may adversely affect our reported financial results or the way we conduct our business.

 

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Failure to comply with internal control attestation requirements could lead to loss of public confidence in our financial statements and negatively impact our stock price.

As a public reporting company, we are required to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, including Section 404, and the related rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including expanded disclosures and accelerated reporting requirements. Compliance with Section 404 and other requirements has and will continue to increase our costs and require additional management resources. We may need to continue to implement additional finance and accounting systems, procedures and controls to satisfy new reporting requirements. While we completed a favorable assessment as to the adequacy of our internal controls over financial reporting for our fiscal year ended December 31, 2008, there is no assurance that future assessments of the adequacy of our internal controls over financial reporting will be favorable. If we are unable to obtain future unqualified reports as to the effectiveness of our internal controls over financial reporting, investors could lose confidence in the reliability of our internal controls over financial reporting, which could adversely affect our stock price.

If we suffer loss to our facilities, equipment or distribution system due to catastrophe, our operations could be seriously harmed.

Our facilities, rental equipment and distribution systems may be subject to catastrophic loss due to fire, flood, hurricane, earthquake, terrorism or other natural or man-made disasters. In particular, we have our headquarters, three operating facilities, and rental equipment in California, which are located in areas with above average seismic activity and could be subject to a catastrophic loss caused by an earthquake. Our rental equipment and facilities in Texas, Florida, North Carolina and Georgia are located in areas subject to hurricanes and other tropical storms. In addition to customers’ insurance on rented equipment, we carry property insurance on our rental equipment in inventory and operating facilities as well as business interruption insurance. We believe our insurance policies are adequate with the appropriate limits and deductibles to mitigate the potential loss exposure of our business. We do not have financial reserves for policy deductibles and we do have exclusions under our insurance policies that are customary for our industry, including earthquakes, flood and terrorism. If any of our facilities or a significant amount or our rental equipment were to experience a catastrophic loss, it could disrupt our operations, delay orders, shipments and revenue recognition and result in expenses to repair or replace the damaged rental equipment and facility not covered by insurance.

SPECIFIC RISKS RELATED TO OUR RELOCATABLE MODULAR BUILDINGS BUSINESS SEGMENT:

A significant reduction of, or delay in, funding to public schools could cause the demand for our modular classroom units to decline, which could result in a reduction in our revenues and profitability.

Rentals and sales of modular buildings to public school districts for use as classrooms, restroom buildings, and administrative offices for kindergarten through grade twelve represent a significant portion of Mobile Modular’s rental and sales revenues. Funding for public school facilities is derived from a variety of sources including the passage of both statewide and local facility bond measures, developer fees and various taxes levied to support school operating budgets. Many of these funding sources are subject to financial and political considerations, which vary from district to district and are not tied to demand. Historically, we have benefited from the passage of facility bond measures and believe these are essential to our business.

To the extent public school districts’ funding is reduced for the rental and purchase of modular buildings, our business could be harmed and our results of operations negatively impacted. We believe that interruptions or delays in the passage of facility bond measures or completion of state budgets, a lack or insufficient amount of state funding, a significant reduction of funding to public schools, or changes negatively impacting enrollment may reduce the rental and sale demand for our educational products. Any reductions in funding available to the school districts from the states in which we do business may cause school districts to experience budget shortfalls and to reduce their demand for our products despite growing student populations, class size reduction initiatives and modernization and reconstruction project needs, which could reduce our revenues and operating income and consequently have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition.

Public policies that create demand for our products and services may change.

In California a law was enacted in 1996 to provide funding for school districts for the reduction of class sizes for kindergarten through third grade. In Florida a state constitutional amendment was passed in 2002 to limit the number of students that may be grouped in a single classroom for pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. School districts with class sizes in excess of state limits have

 

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been and continue to be a significant source of our demand for modular classrooms. Further, in California, efforts to address aging infrastructure and deferred maintenance have resulted in a significant increase in modernization and reconstruction projects by public school districts including seismic retrofitting, asbestos abatement and various building repairs and upgrades. If educational priorities and policies shift away from class-size reduction or modernization and reconstruction projects, demand for our products and services may decline, not grow as quickly as or reach the levels that we anticipate. Significant equipment returns may result in lower utilization until equipment can be redeployed or sold, which may cause rental rates to decline and negatively affect our revenues and operating income.

Failure to comply with applicable regulations could harm our business and financial condition, resulting in lower operating results and cash flows.

Similar to conventionally constructed buildings, the modular building industry, including the manufacturers and lessors of portable classrooms, are subject to regulations by multiple governmental agencies at the federal, state and local level relating to environmental, zoning, health, safety and transportation matters, among other matters. Failure to comply with these laws or regulations could impact our business or harm our reputation and result in higher capital or operating expenditures or the imposition of penalties or restrictions on our operations.

As with conventional construction, typically new codes and regulations are not retroactively applied. Nonetheless, new governmental regulations in these or other areas may increase our acquisition cost of new rental equipment, limit the use of or make obsolete some of our existing equipment, or increase our general and administrative costs.

Building codes are generally reviewed every three years. All aspects of a given code are subject to change including but not limited to such items as structural specifications for earthquake safety, energy efficiency and environmental standards, fire and life safety, transportation, lighting and noise limits. On occasion, state agencies have undertaken studies of indoor air quality and noise levels with a focus on permanent and modular classrooms. These results could impact our existing modular equipment, and affect the future construction of our modular product.

Compliance with building codes and regulations entail a certain amount of risk as state and local government authorities do not necessarily interpret building codes and regulations in a consistent manner, particularly where applicable regulations may be unclear and subject to interpretation. These regulations often provide broad discretion to governmental authorities that oversee these matters, which can result in unanticipated delays or increases in the cost of compliance in particular markets. The construction and modular industries have developed many “best practices” which are constantly evolving. Some of our peers and competitors may adopt practices that are more or less stringent than the Company’s. When, and if, regulatory standards are clarified, the effect of the clarification may be to impose rules on our business and practices retroactively, at which time, we may not be in compliance with such regulations and we may be required to incur costly remediation. If we are unable to pass these increased costs on to our customers, our profitability, operating cash flows and financial condition could be negatively impacted.

Our planned expansions of our modular operations into new markets will affect our operating results.

We have established modular operations in California, Texas and Florida and launched operations in North Carolina and Georgia in late 2007 and in Maryland and Virginia during 2008. We have identified several U.S. markets that we believe will be attractive long-term opportunities for our educational and commercial modular business and continue to consider opportunities for growth of our modular business. There are risks inherent in the undertaking of such expansion, including the risk of revenue from the business in these markets not meeting our expectations, higher than expected costs in entering these new markets, risk associated with compliance with applicable state and local laws and regulations, response by competitors and unanticipated consequences of expansion. In addition, expansion in new markets may by affected by local economic and market conditions. Expansion of our operations into these new markets will require a significant amount of attention from our management, a commitment of financial resources and will require us to add qualified management in these markets.

 

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We are subject to laws and regulations governing government contracts. These laws and regulations make these government contracts more favorable to government entities than other third parties and any changes in these laws and regulations, or the failure to comply with these laws and regulations could harm our business.

We have agreements relating to the sale of our products to government entities and, as a result, we are subject to various statutes and regulations that apply to companies doing business with the government. The laws governing government contracts can differ from the laws governing private contracts. For example, many government contracts contain pricing terms and conditions that are not applicable to private contracts such as clauses that allow government entities not to perform on contractual obligations in the case of a lack of fiscal funding. Also, in the educational markets we serve, we are able to utilize “piggyback” contracts in marketing our products and services and ultimately to book business. The term “piggyback contract” refers to contracts for portable classrooms or other products entered into by public school districts following a formal bid process that allows for the use of the same contract terms and conditions with the successful vendor by other public school districts. As a result, “piggyback” contracts allow us to more readily book orders from our government customers, primarily public school districts, and to reduce the administrative expense associated with booking these orders. The governmental statutes and regulations that allow for use of “piggyback” contracts are subject to change or elimination in their entirety. A change in the manner of use or the elimination of piggyback contracts would likely negatively impact our ability to book new business from these government customers and could cause our administrative expenses related to processing these orders to increase significantly. In addition, any failure to comply with these laws and regulations might result in administrative penalties or even in the suspension of these contracts and as a result, the loss of the related revenues which would harm our business and results from operations.

Seasonality of our educational business may have adverse consequences for our business.

A significant portion of the modular sale and rental revenues are derived from the educational market. Typically, during each calendar year, our highest number of classrooms are shipped for rental and sale orders during the second and third quarters for delivery and installation prior to the start of the upcoming school year. The majority of classrooms shipped in the second and third quarters have rental start dates during the third quarter, thereby making the fourth quarter the first full quarter of rental revenues recognized for these transactions. These factors may impact the quarterly revenues and earnings of each year’s second, third and fourth quarters.

We face strong competition in our modular building markets.

The modular building leasing industry is highly competitive in our states of operation and we expect it to remain so. The competitive market in which we operate may prevent us from raising rental fees or sales prices to pass any increased costs on to our customers. We compete on the basis of a number of factors, including equipment availability, quality, price, service, reliability, appearance, functionality and delivery terms. We believe we may experience pricing pressures in our areas of operation in the future as some of our competitors seek to obtain market share by reducing prices.

Some of our larger national competitors in the modular building leasing industry, notably Williams Scotsman International, Inc. and Modspace, have a greater range of products and services, greater financial and marketing resources, larger customer bases, and greater name recognition than we have. These larger competitors may be better able to respond to changes in the relocatable modular building market, to finance acquisitions, to fund internal growth and to compete for market share, any of which could harm our business.

We may not be able to quickly redeploy modular buildings returning from leases.

As of December 31, 2008, 60% of our modular portfolio had equipment on rent for periods exceeding the original committed term. Generally, when a customer continues to rent the modular units beyond the contractual term, the equipment rents on a month-to-month basis. If a significant number of our rented modular units were returned during a short period of time, particularly those units that are rented on a month-to-month basis, a large supply of units would need to be remarketed. Our failure to effectively remarket a large influx of units returning from leases could negatively affect our financial performance and our ability to continue expanding our rental fleet.

 

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Significant increases in raw material and labor costs could increase our acquisition cost of new modular rental units and repair and maintenance costs of our fleet, which would increase our operating costs and harm our profitability.

We incur labor costs and purchase raw materials, including lumber, siding and roofing and other products to perform periodic repairs, modifications and refurbishments to maintain physical conditions of our modular units. The volume, timing and mix of maintenance and repair work on our rental equipment may vary quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. Generally, increases in labor and raw material costs will also increase the acquisition cost of new modular units and increase the repair and maintenance costs of our fleet. We also maintain a fleet of service trucks and use subcontractor companies for delivery, set-up, return delivery and dismantle of modulars for our customers. We rely on our subcontractor service companies to meet customer demands for timely shipment and return, and the loss or inadequate number of subcontractor service companies may cause prices to increase, while negatively impacting our reputation and operating performance. During periods of rising prices for labor, raw materials or fuel, and in particular, when the prices increase rapidly or to levels significantly higher than normal, we may incur significant increases in our acquisition costs for new modular units and incur higher operating costs that we may not be able to recoup from our customers, which would reduce our profitability.

Failure by third parties to manufacture our products timely or properly may harm our reputation and financial condition.

We are dependent on third parties to manufacture our products even though we are able to purchase products from a variety of third-party suppliers. Mobile Modular purchases new modulars from various manufacturers who build to Mobile Modular’s design specifications. With the exception of Enviroplex, none of the principal suppliers are affiliated with the Company. During 2008, Mobile Modular purchased 21% of its modular product from one manufacturer. The Company believes that the loss of its primary manufacturer of modulars could have an adverse effect on its operations since Mobile Modular could experience higher prices and longer delivery lead times for modular product until other manufacturers were able to increase their production capacity.

Failure to properly design, manufacture, repair and maintain the modular product may result in impairment charges, potential litigation and reduction of our operating results and cash flows.

We estimate the useful life of the modular product to be 18 years with a residual value of 50%. However, proper design, manufacture, repairs and maintenance of the modular product during our ownership is required for the product to reach the estimated useful life of 18 years with a residual value of 50%. If we do not appropriately manage the design, manufacture, repair and maintenance of our modular product, or otherwise, delay or defer such repair or maintenance, we may be required to incur impairment charges for equipment that is beyond economic repair or incur significant capital expenditures to acquire new modular product to serve demand. In addition, these failures may result in personal injury or property damage claims, including claims based on presence of mold, and termination of leases or contracts by customers. Costs of contract performance, potential litigation, and profits lost from termination could accordingly reduce our future operating results and cash flows.

Our warranty costs may increase.

Sales of new relocatable modular buildings not manufactured by us are typically covered by warranties provided by the manufacturer of the products sold. We provide ninety-day warranties on certain modular sales of used rental units and one-year warranties on equipment manufactured by our Enviroplex subsidiary. Historically, our warranty costs have not been significant, and we monitor the quality of our products closely. If a defect were to arise in the installation of our equipment at the customer’s facilities or in the equipment acquired from our suppliers or by our Enviroplex subsidiary, we may experience increased warranty claims. Such claims could disrupt our sales operations, damage our reputation and require costly repairs or other remedies, negatively impacting revenues and operating income.

SPECIFIC RISKS RELATED TO OUR ELECTRONIC TEST EQUIPMENT BUSINESS SEGMENT:

Market risk and cyclical downturns in the industries using test equipment may result in periods of low demand for our product resulting in excess inventory, impairment charges and reduction of our operating results and cash flows.

TRS-RenTelco’s revenues are derived from the rental and sale of general purpose, communications and environmental test equipment to a broad range of companies, from Fortune 500 to middle and smaller market companies, in the aerospace, defense, communications, manufacturing and semiconductor industries. Electronic test equipment rental and sales revenues are primarily

 

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affected by the business activity within these industries related to research and development, manufacturing, and communication infrastructure and maintenance. Historically, these industries have been cyclical and have experienced periodic downturns, which have a material adverse impact on the industry’s demand for equipment, including the electronic test equipment rented by us. We experienced this in 2002, as a result of a significant and prolonged downturn in the telecommunications industry, and recorded non-cash impairment charges of $24.1 million resulting from the depressed and low projected demand for the rental products coupled with high inventory levels, especially communications equipment. We expect the current U.S. recession and global economic downturn will have an adverse effect on these industries’ demand for equipment in 2009, including the electronic test equipment rented by us, resulting in a reduction of our operating results and cash flows. In addition, the severity and length of any downturn in an industry may also affect overall access to capital, which could adversely affect our customers. During periods of reduced and declining demand for test equipment, we are exposed to additional receivable risk from non-payment and may need to rapidly align our cost structure with prevailing market conditions.

Seasonality of our electronic test equipment business may impact quarterly results.

Generally, rental activity declines in the fourth quarter month of December and the first quarter months of January and February. These months may have lower rental activity due to holiday closures, particularly by larger companies, inclement weather and its impact on various field related communications equipment rentals, and companies’ operational recovery from holiday closures which may impact the start-up of new projects coming online in the first quarter. These seasonal factors may impact quarterly results in each year’s first and fourth quarter.

Our rental test equipment may become obsolete, which could result in an impairment charge or may no longer be supported by a manufacturer.

Electronic test equipment is characterized by changing technology and evolving industry standards that may render our existing equipment obsolete through new product introductions, or enhancements, before the end of its anticipated useful life, causing us to incur impairment charges. We must anticipate and keep pace with the introduction of new hardware, software and networking technologies and acquire equipment that will be marketable to our current and prospective customers.

Additionally, some manufacturers of our equipment may be acquired or cease to exist, resulting in a future lack of support for equipment purchased from those manufacturers. This could result in the remaining useful life to shorten, causing us to incur an impairment charge. We monitor our manufacturers’ capacity to support their products, the introduction of new technologies, and acquire equipment that will be marketable to our current and prospective customers, however, the economic downturn could result in unexpected bankruptcies or reduced support from our manufacturers. Failure to properly select, manage and respond to the technological needs of our customers and changes of our products through their technology life cycle may cause certain electronic test equipment to become obsolete, resulting in impairment charges and may negatively impact operating results and cash flows.

If we do not effectively compete in the rental equipment market, our operating results will be materially and adversely affected.

The electronic test equipment rental business is characterized by intense competition from several competitors, including Electro Rent Corporation, Telogy and Continental Resources, some of which may have access to greater financial and other resources than we do. Although no single competitor holds a dominant market share, we face intensifying competition from these established entities and new entrants in the market. We believe that we anticipate and keep pace with the introduction of new products and acquire equipment that will be marketable to our current and prospective customers. We compete on the basis of a number of factors, including product availability, price, service and reliability. Some of our competitors may offer similar equipment for lease, rental or sale at lower prices and may offer more extensive servicing, or financing options. Failure to adequately forecast the adoption of, and demand for, new or existing products may cause us not to meet our customers’ equipment requirements and may materially and adversely affect our operating results.

If we are not able to obtain equipment at favorable rates, there could be a material adverse effect on our operating results.

The majority of our rental equipment portfolio is comprised of general-purpose test and measurement instruments purchased from leading manufacturers such as Agilent Technologies and Tektronix, a division of Danaher Corporation. We depend on purchasing equipment from these manufacturers and suppliers for use as our rental equipment. If, in the future, we are not able to

 

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purchase necessary equipment from one or more of these suppliers on favorable terms, we may not be able to meet our customers’ demands in a timely manner or for a rental rate that generates a profit. If this should occur, we may not be able to secure necessary equipment from an alternative source on acceptable terms and our business may be materially and adversely affected.

If we are not able to anticipate and mitigate the risks associated with operating internationally, there could be a material adverse effect on our operating results.

Currently, total foreign country customers and operations account for less than 10% of the Company’s revenues and long-lived assets. In recent years some of our customers have expanded their international operations faster than domestic operations, and this trend may continue. Over time, we anticipate the amount of international business may increase if our focus on international market opportunities continues. Operating in foreign countries subjects the Company to additional risks, any of which may adversely impact our future operating results, including:

 

   

international political, economic and legal conditions including tariffs and trade barriers;

 

   

our ability to comply with customs, import/export and other trade compliance regulations of the countries in which we do business, together with any unexpected changes in such regulations;

 

   

greater difficulty in our ability to recover rental equipment and obtain payment of the related trade receivables;

 

   

difficulties in attracting and retaining staff and business partners to operate internationally;

 

   

language and cultural barriers;

 

   

seasonal reductions in business activities in the countries where our international customers are located;

 

   

difficulty with the integration of foreign operations;

 

   

longer payment cycles;

 

   

currency fluctuations; and

 

   

potential adverse tax consequences.

Unfavorable currency exchange rates may negatively impact our financial results in U.S. dollar terms.

We receive revenues in Canadian dollars from our business activities in Canada. Conducting business in currencies other than U.S. dollars subjects us to fluctuations in currency exchange rates. If the currency exchange rates change unfavorably, the value of net receivables we receive in foreign currencies and later convert to U.S. dollars after the unfavorable change would be diminished. This could have a negative impact on our reported operating results. We currently do not engage in hedging strategies to mitigate this risk.

SPECIFIC RISKS RELATED TO OUR LIQUID AND SOLID CONTAINMENT TANKS AND BOXES BUSINESS SEGMENT:

We may be brought into tort or environmental litigation or held responsible for cleanup of spills if an accident occurs in the use of our rental products or the customer fails to perform, which could materially adversely affect our business, future operating results or financial position.

Our rental tanks and boxes are used by our customers to store non hazardous and certain hazardous liquids on the customer’s site. Our customers are generally responsible for proper operation of our tank and box rental equipment while on rent and returning a cleaned and undamaged container upon completion of use, but exceptions may be granted and we cannot always assure that these responsibilities are fully met in all cases. Although, we require the customer to carry commercial general liability insurance in a minimum amount of $5,000,000, such policies often contain pollution exclusions and other exceptions and regardless we cannot be sure this amount will always be sufficient. In addition, if an accident were to occur involving our rental equipment or a spill of substances were to occur when the tank or box was in transport or on rent with our customer, a claim could be made against us as owner of the rental equipment.

 

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In the event of a spill or accident, we may be brought into a lawsuit or enforcement action by either our customer or a third party on numerous potential grounds, including that an inherent flaw in a tank or box contributed to the accident or that the tank had suffered some undiscovered harm from a previous customer’s prior use. In the event of a spill caused by our customers, we may be held responsible for cleanup under environmental laws and regulations concerning obligations of suppliers of rental products to effect remediation. In addition, applicable environmental laws and regulations may impose liability on us for conduct of third parties, or for actions that complied with applicable regulations when taken, regardless of negligence or fault. Substantial damage awards have also been made in certain jurisdictions against lessors of industrial equipment based claims of personal injury, property damage, and resource damage claims caused by the use of various products. While we try to take reasonable precautions that our rental equipment is in good and safe condition prior to rental and carry insurance to protect against certain risks of loss or accidents, liability could adversely impact our profitability.

The liquid and solid storage and containment rental industry is highly competitive, and competitive pressures could lead to a decrease in our market share or in rental rates and our ability to sell equipment at favorable prices.

The liquid and solid storage and containment rental industry is highly competitive. We compete against national, regional and local companies, including BakerCorp and Rain For Rent, both of which are significantly larger than we are and both of which have greater financial and marketing resources than we have. Some of our competitors also have longer operating histories, lower cost basis of rental equipment, lower cost structures and more established relationships with equipment manufacturers than we have. In addition, certain of our competitors are more geographically diverse than we are and have greater name recognition among customers than we do. As a result, our competitors that have these advantages may be better able to attract customers and provide their products and services at lower rental rates. We may in the future encounter increased competition in the markets that we serve from existing competitors or from new market entrants.

We believe that equipment quality, service levels, rental rates and fleet size are key competitive factors in the liquid and solid containment storage rental industry. From time to time, we or our competitors may attempt to compete aggressively by lowering rental rates or prices. Competitive pressures could adversely affect our revenues and operating results by decreasing our market share or depressing the rental rates. To the extent we lower rental rates or increase our fleet in order to retain or increase market share, our operating margins would be adversely impacted. In addition, we may not be able to match a larger competitor’s price reductions or fleet investment because of its greater financial resources, all of which could adversely impact our operating results through a combination of a decrease in our market share, revenues and decreased operating income.

Market risk and cyclical downturns in the industries using tanks and boxes may result in periods of low demand for our product resulting in excess inventory, impairment charges and reduction of our operating results and cash flows.

Adler Tanks’ revenues are derived from the rental of tanks and boxes to companies involved in oil & gas exploration and refinement, environmental remediation & wastewater/groundwater treatment, infrastructure construction and various industrial services, among others. We expect tank and box rental revenues will primarily be affected by the business activity within these industries. Historically, these industries have been cyclical and have experienced periodic downturns, which have a material adverse impact on the industry’s demand for equipment, including the tanks and boxes rented by us. Lower oil prices may have an adverse effect on our liquid and solid containment tank and boxes business. In addition, the recession in the U.S. may negatively impact infrastructure construction and industrial activity, which may also adversely affect our business.

Significant increases in raw material, the price of fuel, and labor costs could increase our acquisition and operating costs of rental equipment, which would increase operating costs and decrease profitability.

Increases in raw material costs such as steel and labor to manufacture liquid and solid storage containment tanks and boxes would increase the cost of acquiring new equipment. These price increases could materially adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations if we were not able to recoup these increases through higher rental revenues. In addition, a significant amount of revenues are generated from the transport of rental equipment to and from customers. We own delivery trucks, employ drivers and utilize subcontractors to provide these services. The price of fuel can be unpredictable and beyond our control. We have not been able to mitigate the expense impact of higher fuel costs through surcharges, and do not intend to do so in the future. During periods of rising fuel and labor costs, and in particular when prices increase rapidly, we may not be able recoup these costs from our customers, which would reduce our profitability.

 

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Failure by third parties to manufacture our products timely or properly may harm our ability to meet customer demand and harm our financial condition.

We are dependent on a variety of third party companies to manufacture equipment to be used in our rental fleet. With the exception of Sabre Manufacturing, LLC, which is owned by the President of our Adler Tanks division, none of the manufacturers are affiliated with the Company. In some cases, we may not be able to procure equipment on a timely basis to the extent that manufacturers for the quantities of equipment we need are not able to produce sufficient inventory on schedules that meet our delivery requirements. In particular, we have seen weather-related slowdowns of manufacturing activity in New England in past winters. If demand for new equipment increases significantly, especially during a seasonal slowdown, manufacturers may not be able to meet customer orders on a timely basis. As a result, we at times may experience long lead-times for certain types of new equipment and we cannot assure that we will be able to acquire the types or sufficient numbers of the equipment we need to grow our rental fleet as quickly as we would like.

We derive a significant amount of our revenue in our liquid and solid containment tank and boxes business from a limited number of customers, the loss of one or more of which could have an adverse effect on our business.

A significant portion of our revenue in our liquid and solid containment tank and boxes business is generated from a few major customers, including Republic Services, Inc. Although we have some long-term relationships with our major customers, we cannot be assured that our customers will continue to use our products or services or that they will continue to do so at historical levels. The loss of any significant customer, the failure to collect a significant receivable from a significant customer, any material reduction in orders by a significant customer or the cancellation of a significant customer order could significantly reduce our revenues and consequently harm our financial condition and our ability to fund our operations and service our debt.

We may not be able to quickly redeploy equipment returning from leases at equivalent prices.

Many of our rental transactions are short term in nature with pricing established on a daily basis. The length of time that a customer needs equipment can often be difficult to determine and can be impacted by a number of factors such as weather, customer funding and project delays. In addition, our equipment is primarily used in the industrial plant services, environmental remediation, infrastructure construction, and oil and gas industries. Changes in the economic conditions facing any of those industries could result in a significant number of units returning off rent, both for us and our competitors.

If the supply of rental equipment available on the market significantly increases due to units coming off rent, demand for and pricing of our rental products could be adversely impacted. We may experience delays in remarketing our off-rent units to new customers. Actions in these circumstances by our competitors may also depress the market price for rental units. These delays and price pressures would adversely affect equipment utilization levels and total revenues, which would reduce our profitability.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

None.

 

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ITEM 2. PROPERTIES.

The Company’s four business segments currently conduct operations from the following locations:

Relocatable Modular Buildings—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), Pasadena, Texas (Houston Area) and in Auburndale, Florida (Orlando Area). The four inventory centers conduct rental and sales operations from multi-modular buildings, serving as working models of the Company’s modular product. The Company also has a modular sales office in Charlotte, North Carolina from which the states of North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Maryland are served.

Electronics—Electronic test equipment rental and sales operations are conducted from a facility in Grapevine, Texas (Dallas Area) and a sales office in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec (Montreal, Canada Area).

Liquid and Solid Containment Tanks and Boxes—The Company’s liquid and solid containment tank and boxes rental business is headquartered in Newark, New Jersey and operates from branch offices serving the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest and Texas.

Enviroplex—The Company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Enviroplex, manufactures modular buildings used primarily as classrooms in California from its facility in Stockton, California (San Francisco Bay Area).

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, 2008.

 

            Square Footage
     Total Acres    Office    Warehouse    Total

Corporate Offices

           

Livermore, California1

   —      26,160    —      26,160

Plano, Texas3

   2.6    28,337    10,773    39,110

Relocatable Modular Buildings

           

Livermore, California1,2

   137.2    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

Auburndale, Florida4

   122.5    8,400    95,902    104,302

Lake County, Florida11

   15.0    —      —      —  

Electronic Test Equipment

           

Grapevine, Texas5

   —      45,000    71,895    116,895

Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec6

   —      12,500    —      12,500

Liquid and Solid Containment Tanks and Boxes

           

Newark, New Jersey8

   0.8    3,000    7,000    10,000

Hammonton, New Jersey9

   1.0    —      —      —  

Deerpark, Texas10

   8.0    3,000    7,000    10,000

Chicago, Illinois11

   4.0    —      —      —  

Auburn, Massachusetts11

   5.0    500    —      500

Randolph, Massachusetts11

   5.0    —      —      —  

Holland, Massachusetts11

   2.0    —      —      —  

Norfolk, Virginia11

   9.0    —      —      —  

Enviroplex

           

Stockton, California7

   14.9    4,551    124,015    128,566
                   
   455.5    150,916    439,465    590,301
                   
                     

 

1   The modular building complex in Livermore, California is 33,840 square feet and includes the corporate offices and modulars branch operations.
2   Of the 137.2 acres, 2.2 acres with an 8,000 square foot warehouse facility is leased to a third party on a month to month basis, 2.2 acres are leased to a third party through October 2010 and 33.3 acres are undeveloped.

 

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3   Of the 39,110 square feet, 19,181 square feet are leased to a third party through February 2011 and 19,929 square feet are leased to a third party through September 2012.
4   This modular building complex was completed in July 2008.
5   This facility is leased through December 2018.
6   This facility is leased through December 2010.
7   Within Enviroplex, 6 acres of the 14.9 acres are leased through June 2009 and includes 2,460 square feet of office space and 18,030 feet of warehouse space.
8   This facility is leased through December 2013.
9   This facility is leased through April 2009.
10   This facility is leased through December 2013.
11   This facility is leased on a month to month basis

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.

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.

 

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

Not applicable.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASE OF EQUITY SECURITIES.

The Company’s common stock is traded in the NASDAQ Global Select Market 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                                                        
     2008    2007
     4Q    3Q    2Q    1Q    4Q    3Q    2Q    1Q

High

   $ 28.67    $ 32.46    $ 28.55    $ 26.13    $ 35.96    $ 36.75    $ 33.80    $ 32.17

Low

   $ 14.40    $ 23.85    $ 22.85    $ 16.51    $ 23.40    $ 28.76    $ 29.68    $ 27.90

Close

   $ 21.36    $ 28.82    $ 24.59    $ 24.11    $ 25.75    $ 33.24    $ 33.69    $ 31.67

Dividends Declared

     $  0.20      $  0.20      $  0.20      $  0.20      $  0.18      $  0.18      $  0.18      $  0.18

As of February 25, 2009, the Company’s common stock was held by approximately 70 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 2008 and 2007 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 following table sets forth information with respect to repurchases of shares of the Company’s common stock made by us during the year ended December 31, 2008.

 

Period

   Total
Number
of Shares
Purchased
   Average
Price
Paid Per
Share
   Total
Number of
Shares
Purchased
as Part of
Publicly
Announced
Plans or
Programs
   Maximum
Number
of Shares
that may
yet be
Purchased
under the
Plans or
Programs

January 1 – January 31

   507,793    $ 23.74    507,793    671,831

February 1 – February 29

   235,453    $ 21.17    235,453    436,378

March 1– March 31

   225,500    $ 21.56    225,500    210,878
                     

Total

   968,746      $22.61    968,746    210,878

In a press release dated May 14, 2008, we announced that our Board of Directors authorized the Company to repurchase an aggregate of 2,000,000 shares of the Company’s outstanding common stock. In connection with this authorization, the board of directors terminated its previous share repurchase authorization announced on March 21, 2003. As of May 14, 2008 there were 210,878 shares that were available to repurchase under that previous authorization, which was replaced by the new 2,000,000 share repurchase authorization. These purchases are made in the over-the-counter market (NASDAQ) and/or through privately negotiated, large block transactions at such repurchase prices as the officers of the Company deem appropriate and desirable on behalf of the Company. All shares repurchased by the Company are canceled and returned to the status of authorized but unissued shares of common stock. The repurchases may be commenced or suspended at any time or from time to time without prior notice depending on prevailing market conditions and other factors. During the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company purchased $21.9 million of its common stock representing 968,746 shares at an average price of $22.61 per share. During the year ended December 31, 2007, the Company purchased $20.2 million of its common stock representing 797,643 shares at an average price of $25.31 per share. As of February 25, 2009, 2,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock remain authorized for repurchase.

 

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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.

The following table summarizes the Company’s selected financial data for the five years ended December 31, 2008 and should be read in conjunction with the detailed Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes reported in Item 8 below.

 

Selected Consolidated Financial Data                                         
(in thousands, except per share data)    Year Ended December 31,  
     2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  

Operations Data

          

Revenues

          

Rental

   $ 197,236     $ 185,317     $ 168,940     $ 152,316     $ 120,358  

Rental Related Services

     34,080       34,713       31,599       26,460       23,347  
                                        

Rental Operations

     231,316       220,030       200,539       178,776       143,705  

Sales

     70,404       57,829       64,085       90,823       57,162  

Other

     2,439       2,550       2,442       2,581       1,653  
                                        

Total Revenues

     304,159       280,409       267,066       272,180       202,520  
                                        

Costs and Expenses

          

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

          

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

     57,115       51,642       45,353       44,178       32,426  

Rental Related Services

     24,728       24,257       21,830       17,893       15,172  

Other

     36,661       33,363       33,576       29,292       24,007  
                                        

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     118,504       109,262       100,759       91,363       71,605  

Costs of Sales

     49,917       40,591       44,481       67,378       43,134  
                                        

Total Costs of Revenues

     168,421       149,853       145,240       158,741       114,739  
                                        

Gross Profit

     135,738       130,556       121,826       113,439       87,781  

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     58,059       50,026       45,499       39,819       33,705  
                                        

Income from Operations

     77,679       80,530       76,327       73,620       54,076  

Interest Expense

     9,977       10,719       10,760       7,890       5,188  
                                        

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

     67,702       69,811       65,567       65,730       48,888  

Provision for Income Taxes

     26,498       27,337       24,209       24,649       18,843  
                                        

Income before Minority Interest

     41,204       42,474       41,358       41,081       30,045  

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary

     —         64       280       262       48  
                                        

Net Income

   $ 41,204     $ 42,410     $ 41,078     $ 40,819     $ 29,997  
                                        

Earnings Per Share:

          

Basic

   $ 1.74     $ 1.68     $ 1.65     $ 1.65     $ 1.23  

Diluted

   $ 1.72     $ 1.67     $ 1.63     $ 1.61     $ 1.21  

Shares Used in Per Share Calculations:

          

Basic

     23,740       25,231       24,948       24,668       24,344  

Diluted

     23,944       25,443       25,231       25,331       24,804  

Balance Sheet Data (at period end)

          

Rental Equipment, at cost

   $ 805,744     $ 707,426     $ 638,501     $ 562,935     $ 488,974  

Rental Equipment, net

   $ 552,238     $ 486,014     $ 451,342     $ 406,433     $ 357,788  

Total Assets

   $ 784,497     $ 642,236     $ 585,542     $ 543,160     $ 474,280  

Notes Payable

   $ 305,500     $ 197,729     $ 165,557     $ 163,232     $ 151,888  

Shareholders’ Equity

   $ 249,880     $ 244,031     $ 230,792     $ 198,469     $ 166,888  

Shares Issued and Outstanding

     23,709       24,578       25,090       24,832       24,543  

Book Value Per Share

   $ 10.54     $ 9.93     $ 9.20     $ 7.99     $ 6.80  

Debt (Total Liabilities) to Equity

     2.14       1.63       1.54       1.73       1.84  

Debt (Notes Payable) to Equity

     1.22       0.81       0.72       0.82       0.91  

Return on Average Equity

     17.1 %     17.2 %     19.2 %     22.5 %     19.5 %

Cash Dividends Declared Per Common Share

   $ 0.80     $ 0.72     $ 0.64     $ 0.56     $ 0.44  

 

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To supplement the Company’s financial data presented on a basis consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company presents Adjusted EBITDA which is defined by the Company as net income before minority interest in income of subsidiary, interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, and non-cash stock-based compensation.

The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA as a financial measure as management believes it provides useful information to investors regarding the Company’s liquidity and financial condition and because management, as well as the Company’s lenders use this measure in evaluating the performance of the Company.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a supplement to GAAP measures to further evaluate the Company’s period-to-period operating performance and evaluate the Company’s ability to meet future capital expenditure and working capital requirements. Management believes the exclusion of non-cash charges, including stock-based compensation, is useful in measuring the Company’s cash available to operations and the performance of the Company. Because the Company finds Adjusted EBITDA useful, the Company believes its investors will also find Adjusted EBITDA useful in evaluating the Company’s performance.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, cash flows, or other consolidated income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States or as a measure of the Company’s profitability or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA is not in accordance with or an alternative for GAAP, and may be different from non—GAAP measures used by other companies. Unlike EBITDA which may be used by other companies or investors, Adjusted EBITDA does not include stock-based compensation charges and income from the minority interest in the Company’s Enviroplex subsidiary. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is of limited use in that it does not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and does not accurately reflect real cash flow. In addition, other companies may not use Adjusted EBITDA or may use other non-GAAP measures, limiting the usefulness of Adjusted EBITDA. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The Company compensates for the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of the Company’s performance. Since Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Company includes in the tables below reconciliations of Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States.

 

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA                                         
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended December 31,  
     2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  

Net Income

   $ 41,204     $ 42,410     $ 41,078     $ 40,819     $ 29,997  

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary1

     —         64       280       262       48  

Provision for Income Taxes

     26,498       27,337       24,209       24,649       18,843  

Interest Expense

     9,977       10,719       10,760       7,890       5,188  
                                        

Income from Operations

     77,679       80,530       76,327       73,620       54,076  

Depreciation and Amortization

     60,416       54,002       47,461       46,433       34,501  

Non-Cash Stock-Based Compensation

     3,766       3,457       3,125       44       57  
                                        

Adjusted EBITDA2

   $ 141,861     $ 137,989     $ 126,913     $ 120,097     $ 88,634  
                                        

Adjusted EBITDA Margin3

     47 %     49 %     48 %     44 %     44 %

 

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Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities                                  
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended December 31,  
     2008     2007     2006     2005     2004  

Adjusted EBITDA2

   $ 141,861     $ 137,989     $ 126,913     $ 120,097     $ 88,634  

Interest Paid

     (10,073 )     (10,718 )     (10,511 )     (7,799 )     (5,518 )

Income Taxes Paid

     (4,581 )     (14,424 )     (17,248 )     (22,871 )     (8,355 )

Gain on Sale of Rental Equipment

     (11,185 )     (10,027 )     (9,747 )     (9,662 )     (8,532 )

Change in certain assets and liabilities:

          

Accounts Receivable, net

     (13,341 )     (7,227 )     4,590       (9,134 )     (8,067 )

Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

     (2,475 )     (1,721 )     148       (1,312 )     (2,348 )

Accounts Payable and Other Liabilities

     (575 )     (2,076 )     7,254       10,223       5,697  

Deferred Income

     (893 )     3,096       (2,280 )     2,311       761  
                                        

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

   $ 98,738     $ 94,892     $ 99,119     $ 81,853     $ 62,272  
                                        
                                          
1   In November of 2007, the Company purchased the remaining minority interest in Enviroplex, a classroom manufacturing business selling modular classrooms in California.

 

2   Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before minority interest in income of subsidiary, interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock-based compensation and non-cash impairment charges.

 

3   Adjusted EBITDA Margin is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenues for the period.

Adjusted EBITDA is a component of two restrictive financial covenants for the Company’s unsecured line of credit and senior notes. These instruments contain financial covenants requiring the Company to not:

 

   

Permit the consolidated fixed charge coverage ratio of Adjusted EBITDA (as defined) to fixed charges as of the end of any fiscal quarter to be less than 2.00 to 1.00 under the line of credit and the senior notes. At December 31, 2008 the actual ratio for the line of credit and the senior notes was 3.39 and 4.28, respectively.

 

   

Permit the consolidated leverage ratio of funded debt to Adjusted EBITDA (as defined) at any time during any period of four consecutive quarters to be (1) greater than 2.50 to 1.00 under the line of credit and (2) greater than 2.25 to 1.00 under the senior notes. At December 31, 2008 the actual ratio was 2.15.

At December 31, 2008, the Company was in compliance with each of these aforementioned covenants. There are no anticipated trends that the Company is aware of that would indicate non-compliance with these covenants, though, significant deterioration in our financial performance could impact the Company’s ability to comply with these covenants.

 

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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 Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors”, 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, incorporated in 1979, is a leading rental provider of relocatable modular buildings for classroom and office space, electronic test equipment for general purpose and communications needs, and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes. The Company’s primary emphasis is on equipment rentals. The Company is comprised of four business segments: (1) Mobile Modular Management Corporation, its modular building rental division (“Mobile Modular”); (2) TRS-RenTelco, its electronic test equipment rental division; (3) Adler Tank Rentals, LLC, its wholly-owned subsidiary providing containment solutions for the storage of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids (“Adler Tanks”) and; (4) Enviroplex, Inc., its wholly-owned subsidiary classroom manufacturing business selling modular buildings used primarily as classrooms in California (“Enviroplex”). In 2008, Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco and Enviroplex contributed 67%, 28% and 4% of the Company’s income before provision for taxes (the equivalent of “pretax income”), respectively, compared to 71%, 28% and 1% for 2007. Adler Tanks was acquired on December 11, 2008 and its pretax income contribution was $0.5 million in 2008. Although managed as a separate business unit, Enviroplex’s revenues, pretax income contribution and total assets are not significant relative to the Company’s consolidated financial position.

The Company generates the majority of its revenue from the rental of relocatable modular buildings and electronic test equipment 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 sales 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. Sales revenues are less predictable and can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer demands and requirements. Generally, rental revenues recover the equipment’s capitalized cost in a short period of time relative to the equipment’s rental life and when sold, sale proceeds recover a high percentage of its capitalized cost.

The Company’s growth in rental assets has been primarily funded through internal cash flow and conventional bank financing. The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA as a financial measure as management believes it provides useful information to investors regarding the Company’s liquidity and financial condition and because management, as well as the Company’s lenders, use this measure in evaluating the performance of the Company.

Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a supplement to GAAP measures to further evaluate the Company’s period-to-period operating performance and evaluate the Company’s ability to meet future capital expenditure and working capital requirements. Management believes the exclusion of non-cash charges, including stock-based compensation, is useful in measuring the Company’s cash available to operations and the performance of the Company. Because the Company finds Adjusted EBITDA useful, the Company believes its investors will also find Adjusted EBITDA useful in evaluating the Company’s performance.

Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, cash flows, or other consolidated income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States or as a measure of the Company’s profitability or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA is not in accordance with or an alternative to GAAP, and may be different from non—GAAP measures used by other companies. Unlike EBITDA which may be used by other companies or investors, Adjusted EBITDA does not include stock-based compensation charges and income from the minority interest in the Company’s Enviroplex subsidiary. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is of limited use in that it does not reflect all of the amounts associated with the Company’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and does not accurately reflect real cash flow. In addition, other companies may not use Adjusted EBITDA or may use other non-GAAP measures, limiting the usefulness of Adjusted EBITDA. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the

 

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corresponding GAAP measures. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The Company compensates for the limitations of Adjusted EBITDA by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of the Company’s performance. (For more information, see “Item 6. Selected Financial Data” above.)

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 electronic test 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 electronic test equipment, and ongoing investment in repair and maintenance programs to insure all 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 reconstruction of older schools and changes in policies regarding class size. In particular, public schools in the State of California from time to time experience fluctuations in funding from the state. As a result of any 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, 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 fluctuations in funding of public schools by the State of California. Looking forward, the Company believes that any interruption in the passage of facility bonds or contraction of class size reduction programs by public schools may have a material adverse effect on both rental and sales revenues of the Company. (For more information, see “Item 1. Business—Relocatable Modular Buildings—Classroom Rentals and Sales to Public Schools (K-12)” and “Item 1A. Risk Factors—A significant reduction of funding to public schools could cause the demand for our modular classroom units to decline, which could result in a reduction in our revenues and profitability” above.)

Revenues of TRS-RenTelco are derived from the rental and sale of general purpose, communications and environmental test equipment to a broad range of companies, from Fortune 500 to middle and smaller market companies primarily in the electronics, communications, aerospace and defense industries. Electronic test equipment revenues are primarily affected by the business activity within these industries related to research and development, manufacturing, and communication infrastructure installation and maintenance.

Revenues of Adler Tanks are derived from the rental and sale of fixed axle tanks (“tanks”), vacuum containers, dewatering containers and roll off containers, collectively referred to as “boxes”. These tanks and boxes are rented to a broad range of industries including oil and gas exploration and field services, refinery, chemical and industrial plant maintenance, environmental remediation and field services, heavy and commercial building construction, marine services, pipeline construction and maintenance, tank terminals services, wastewater treatment, and waste management and landfill services for the containment of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids.

The Company’s rental operations include rental and rental related service revenues which comprised approximately 76% of consolidated revenues in 2008 and 77% for the three years ended December 31, 2008. Over the past three years, modulars comprised approximately 60% and electronic test equipment comprised approximately 40% 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 modular and electronic test equipment that is new, previously rented, or manufactured by its subsidiary, Enviroplex. The renting and selling of some modular equipment requires a dealer’s license, which the Company has obtained from the appropriate governmental agencies. Sales and other revenues of both modular and electronic test equipment have comprised approximately 23% of the Company’s consolidated revenues in 2008 and over the last three years. During these three years, modulars comprised approximately 67% and electronics represented approximately 33% of sales and other revenues. The Company’s cost of sales includes the carrying value of the equipment sold and the direct costs associated with the equipment sold such as delivery, installation, modifications and related site work.

 

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The rental and sale of modulars to public school districts comprised 30%, 30% and 33% of the Company’s consolidated rental and sales revenues for 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively. (For more information, see “Item 1. Business—Relocatable Modular Buildings—Classroom Rentals and Sales to 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 Company believes that sharing of common facilities, financing, senior management, and operating and accounting systems by all of the Company’s operations, results 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 ability to sustain its historical operating margins.

Recent Developments

In February 2009, the Company announced that the board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.22 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2009, an increase of 10% over the prior year’s comparable quarter.

In November 2008, the Company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement to purchase substantially all of the assets of the liquid and solid tanks and boxes rental business (“Adler Tanks”) of Adler Tank Rentals, LLC. Pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Asset Purchase Agreement, the total purchase price was $90.8 million, which consisted of approximately $87.5 million in cash, 40,000 shares of the Company’s common stock valued at $0.7 million, $1.8 million of certain liabilities relating to Adler Tanks and $0.8 million of transaction costs. The cash portion of the purchase price is subject to certain post-closing adjustments for net working capital. The transaction was completed on December 11, 2008. The Company financed the acquisition from its $350 million credit facility. Since December 11, 2008, Adler Tanks’ results have been included in the Consolidated Statements of Income, and since that date, Adler Tanks has operated under the name of Adler Tank Rentals.

In August 2008, the Company completed development of 122 acres of land in Polk County, Florida purchased in 2005. This facility is used as a sales office and inventory center to repair, refurbish and store modular rental equipment.

On June 26, 2008, the Company entered into an agreement, for a $5.0 million line of credit facility related to its cash management services (“Sweep Service Facility”). The Sweep Service Facility matures on the earlier of May 14, 2013, or the date the Company ceases to utilize Union Bank of California, N.A. for its cash management services.

On May 14, 2008, the Company announced that it entered into a new $350.0 million credit facility with a syndicate of banks. The five-year facility matures on May 14, 2013 and replaces the Company’s prior $190.0 million line of credit.

On May 14, 2008, the Company announced that the board of directors of the Company has authorized the repurchase of up to 2,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock. In connection with its authorization to repurchase 2,000,000 shares, the board of directors terminated its previous share repurchase authorization originally announced in a press release dated March 21, 2003. As of May 14, 2008 there were 210,878 shares that were available to repurchase under that previous authorization. As of February 25, 2009, 2,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock remain authorized for repurchases.

In 2008, the Company began operations in two new areas: (1) the portable storage business under the name Mobile Modular Portable Storage and (2) the environmental test equipment rental business under the name TRS-Environmental. Mobile Modular Portable Storage offers portable storage units and high security portable office units for rent, lease and purchase in Northern California. TRS-Environmental offers a wide variety of environmental monitoring, environmental sampling, and field and safety supplies for rent, lease or purchase. These new initiatives are not significant to the Company’s financial statements and results of operations.

In November of 2007, the Company purchased the remaining minority interest in Enviroplex, a classroom manufacturing business selling modular classrooms in California. The stock purchase was for $3.8 million in cash and increased the Company’s ownership of Enviroplex from 81.1% to 100%.

 

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The Company adopted the 2007 Stock Incentive Plan (the “2007 Plan”), effective June 6, 2007, under which 1,875,000 shares of common stock of the Company, plus the number of shares that remained available for grants of awards under the Company’s 1998 Stock Option Plan (the “1998 Plan”) and those shares that become available as a result of forfeiture, termination, or expiration of awards previously granted under the 1998 Plan, are reserved for the grant of awards to its employees, directors and consultants to acquire common stock of the Company. The awards have a maximum term of 10 years. Options under the 2007 Plan are granted at an exercise price of not less than 100% of the fair market value of the Company’s common stock on the date of grant. The 2007 Plan replaced the Company’s 1998 Plan and the 2000 Long-Term Bonus Plan (the “2000 Plan”).

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

 

      Percent of Revenues     Percent Change  
     Three Years
2008–2006
    Year Ended December 31,     2008 over
2007
    2007 over
2006
 
       2008     2007     2006      

Revenues

            

Rental

   65 %   65 %   66 %   63 %   6 %   10 %

Rental Related Services

   12     11     12     12     -2     10  
                            

Rental Operations

   77     76     78     75     5     10  

Sales

   23     23     21     24     22     -10  

Other

   —       1     1     1     -4     4  
                            

Total Revenues

   100 %   100 %   100 %   100 %   8 %   5 %
                            

Costs and Expenses

            

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

            

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   18     19     18     17     11     14  

Rental Related Services

   8     8     9     8     3     11  

Other

   13     12     12     13     10     -1  
                            

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

   39     39     39     38     9     8  

Cost of Sales

   15     16     14     16     23     -9  
                            

Total Costs

   54     55     53     54     13     3  
                            

Gross Profit

   46     45     47     46     4     7  

Selling and Administrative

   18     20     18     17     16     10  
                            

Income from Operations

   28     25     29     29     -4     5  

Interest Expense

   4     3     4     4     -7     —    
                            

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

   24     22     25     25     -3     6  

Provision for Income Taxes

   9     8     10     10     -3     12  
                            

Income before Minority Interest

   15     14     15     15     -3     3  

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary

   nm     —       nm     nm     nm     nm  
                            

Net Income

   15 %   14 %   15 %   15 %   -3 %   3 %
                                      

nm = not meaningful

 

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Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2008 Compared to

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2007

Overview

Consolidated revenues in 2008 increased $23.8 million, or 8%, to $304.2 million from $280.4 million in 2007. Consolidated net income in 2008 decreased $1.2 million, or 3%, to $41.2 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, from $42.4 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, in 2007. The Company’s year over year revenue increase was due to higher revenues from rental operations and higher sales revenues. Mobile Modular’s rental revenues increased 3% to $103.2 million, resulting from continued education market demand for classroom product in California and Florida with gross profit on rents increasing 1% to $65.3 million. TRS-RenTelco’s rental revenues increased 10% to $93.0 million, with gross profit on rents increasing 6% to $37.5 million. Adler Tanks was acquired on December 11, 2008 and contributed $1.8 million and $0.5 million to the consolidated revenues and pretax income, respectively.

For 2008, on a consolidated basis,

 

   

Gross profit increased $5.2 million, or 4%, to $135.7 million, with the increase primarily due to higher gross profit on rental and sales revenues by TRS-RenTelco and higher gross profit on sales revenues by Enviroplex, partly offset by lower total gross profit by Mobile Modular.

 

   

Selling and administrative expenses increased $8.0 million, or 16% to $58.1 million, with the increase primarily attributable to higher personnel and benefit costs associated with business growth, data processing, depreciation and bad debt expenses.

 

   

Interest expense decreased $0.7 million, to $10.0 million from $10.7 million in 2007 primarily due to lower net average interest rates partly offset by the Company’s 26% higher average debt levels in 2008.

 

   

Pretax income contributions were 67% and 28% by Mobile Modular and TRS-RenTelco, respectively, in 2008, compared to 71% and 28%, respectively, in 2007. These results are discussed on a segmental basis below.

 

   

Provision for income taxes was based on an effective tax rate of 39.1% as compared with 39.2% in 2007. Looking forward, the Company estimates that the effective tax rate will remain relatively consistent with the 2008 rate, based on the expected revenue distribution by state. However, there can be no assurance that such expected revenue distribution by state will be achieved, which could cause the Company’s effective tax rate to change.

 

   

Adjusted EBITDA increased $3.9 million, or 3%, to $141.9 million compared to $138.0 million in 2007 resulting primarily from improved income from operations of TRS-RenTelco and Enviroplex. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before minority interest in income of subsidiary, interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash stock-based compensation. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by operating activities and net income to Adjusted EBITDA can be found in “Item 6. Selected Financial Data.” on page 32.

 

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Mobile Modular

For 2008, Mobile Modular’s total revenues decreased $2.5 million, or 2%, to $161.1 million due to lower sales and rental related services revenues, partly offset by higher rental revenues during 2008. The revenue decrease and lower gross margin on rental and rental related services revenues resulted in a decrease in pre-tax income of $3.6 million, or 7%, to $45.5 million in 2008.

The following table summarizes year-to-year results for each revenue and gross profit category, pretax income, and other selected data.

 

Mobile Modular—2008 compared to 2007  
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2008     2007     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 103,236     $ 100,541     $ 2,695     3 %

Rental Related Services

     31,484       32,982       (1,498 )   -5 %
                          

Rental Operations

     134,720       133,523       1,197     1 %

Sales

     25,796       29,349       (3,553 )   -12 %

Other

     543       654       (111 )   -17 %
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 161,059     $ 163,526     $ (2,467 )   -2 %
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 65,278     $ 64,847       431     1 %

Rental Related Services

     8,992       10,422       (1,430)     -14 %
                          

Rental Operations

     74,270       75,269       (999 )   -1 %

Sales

     6,699       7,855       (1,156 )   -15 %

Other

     543       654       (111 )   -17 %
                          

Total Gross Profit

     $81,512       $83,778       $(2,266)     -3 %
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 45,537     $ 49,164     $ (3,627 )   -7 %
                          

Other Information

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 13,311     $ 12,383     $ 928     7 %

Interest Expense Allocation

     $6,694       $7,575       $(881)     -12 %

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 461,848     $ 427,859     $ 33,989     8 %

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

     $376,909       $352,230       $24,679     7 %

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     1.86 %     1.96 %     -5 %

Average Utilization3

     81.6%       82.3 %     -1 %

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     2.28 %     2.38 %     -4 %

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 476,368     $ 448,771     $ 27,597     6 %

Period End Utilization3

     81.0 %     82.8 %     -2 %

Period End Floors1

     27,506       26,315       1,191     5 %
  1   Average and Period End Rental Equipment represents the cost of rental equipment excluding new equipment inventory and accessory equipment. Period End Floors excludes new equipment inventory.

 

  2   Average Monthly Total Yield is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment, for the period.

 

  3   Period End Utilization is calculated 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 for the period is calculated using the average costs of the rental equipment.

 

  4   Average Monthly Rental Rate is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment on rent, for the period.

Mobile Modular’s gross profit for 2008 decreased $2.3 million, or 3%, to $81.5 million from $83.8 million in 2007. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 compared to the same period in 2007:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Rental revenues increased $2.7 million, or 3%, compared to 2007, primarily due to the continued education market demand for classrooms, partly offset by decreased demand for commercial buildings. The rental

 

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revenue increase was due to an 8% increase in average rental equipment, partly offset by a 5% lower average total yield due to 1% lower utilization and 4% lower rental rate. As a percentage of rental revenues, depreciation was 13% in 2008 and 12% in 2007, with other direct costs increasing from 23% in 2007 to 24% in 2008, resulting in a gross margin percentage of 63% in 2008 compared to 65% in 2007. The higher other direct costs was primarily due to higher inventory center material costs incurred to prepare used equipment in 2008 compared to 2007. The higher rental revenues, partly offset by lower gross margin percentage resulted in rental gross profit increasing 1%, to $65.3 million from $64.8 million in 2007.

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Related Services—Rental related services revenues decreased $1.5 million, or 5%, compared to 2007. Most of these service revenues are negotiated with the initial lease and are recognized on a straight-line basis with the associated costs over the initial term of the lease. The decrease in rental related services revenues was primarily attributable to the mix of leases and the associated amortization of associated service revenues and lower revenues from services rendered during the lease during 2008 as compared to 2007. The lower revenues combined with lower gross margin percentage of 29% in 2008 compared with 32% in 2007 resulted in rental related services gross profit decreasing $1.4 million, or 14%, to $9.0 million from $10.4 million in 2007.

 

   

Gross Profit on Sales—Sales revenues decreased $3.6 million, or 12%, compared to 2007. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of Mobile Modular’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding. Lower sales volume combined with lower gross margin percentage of 26% in 2008 compared with 27% in 2007, resulted in sales gross profit decreasing $1.2 million, or 15%, to $6.7 million from $7.9 million in 2007.

For 2008, Mobile Modular’s selling and administrative expenses increased $2.2 million, or 8%, to $29.3 million from $27.1 million in 2007, primarily attributable to higher personnel and benefit costs to support revenue growth and increased depreciation expense, and represented 28% of rental revenues in 2008 compared with 27% in 2007.

 

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TRS-RenTelco

For 2008, TRS-RenTelco’s total revenues increased $15.6 million, or 15%, to $121.9 million, primarily due to higher rental and sales revenues. The increase in revenues was offset by higher selling and administrative expenses and lower gross margin on rental and sales revenues, which resulted in a pretax income decrease of 3%, to $19.1 million from $19.7 million in 2007.

The following table summarizes year over year results for each revenue and gross profit category, pretax income, and other selected data.

 

TRS-RenTelco—2008 compared to 2007                               
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2008     2007     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 92,982     $ 84,776     $ 8,206     10 %

Rental Related Services

     2,024       1,731       293     17 %
                          

Rental Operations

     95,006       86,507       8,499     10 %

Sales

     24,948       17,831       7,117     40 %

Other

     1,896       1,896       —       0 %
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 121,850     $ 106,234     $ 15,616     15 %
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 37,507     $ 35,465     $ 2,042     6 %

Rental Related Services

     117       34       83     244 %
                          

Rental Operations

     37,624       35,499       2,125     6 %

Sales

     8,442       6,247       2,195     35 %

Other

     1,896       1,896       —       0 %
                          

Total Gross Profit

   $ 47,962     $ 43,642     $ 4,320     10 %
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 19,062     $ 19,730     $ (668 )   -3 %
                          

Other Information

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 43,599     $ 39,259     $ 4,340     11 %

Interest Expense Allocation

   $ 3,663     $ 3,705     $ (42 )   -1 %

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 250,173     $ 209,546     $ 40,627     19 %

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 170,388     $ 143,032     $ 27,356     19 %

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     3.10 %     3.37 %     -8 %

Average Utilization3

     68.1 %     68.3 %     0 %

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     4.55 %     4.94 %     -8 %

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 255,420     $ 230,851     $ 24,569     11 %

Period End Utilization3

     64.0 %     69.3 %           -8 %
  1   Average and Period End Rental Equipment represents the cost of rental equipment excluding accessory equipment.

 

  2   Average Monthly Total Yield is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment, for the period.

 

  3   Period End Utilization is calculated by dividing the cost of rental equipment on rent by the total cost of rental equipment excluding accessory equipment. Average Utilization for the period is calculated using the average costs of the rental equipment.

 

  4   Average Monthly Rental Rate is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment on rent, for the period.

TRS-RenTelco’s gross profit for 2008 increased 10%, to $48.0 million from $43.6 million in 2007. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008 compared to the same period in 2007:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Rental revenues increased $8.2 million, or 10%, compared to 2007, with depreciation expense increasing $4.3 million, or 11%, resulting in increased gross profit on rental revenues of $2.0 million, or 6%, to $37.5 million as compared to the same period in 2007. The increase in gross profit on rental revenues is due to 19% higher average rental equipment as compared to 2007, partly offset by lower average monthly yield as average monthly rental rate decreased 8% in 2008 compared to 2007. The rental rate decrease was due to account penetration and other competitive

 

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pressures, the phasing out of TRS acquired equipment having a lower original cost compared to new equipment purchases and a greater mix of general purpose test equipment that typically has lower rental rates, but longer depreciable lives, compared to communications test equipment. As a percentage of rental revenues, depreciation increased to 47% in 2008 from 46% in 2007, with other direct costs increasing from 12% in 2007 to 13% in 2008, resulting in a gross margin percentage of 40% in 2008 compared to 42% in 2007.

 

   

Gross Profit on Sales—Sales revenues increased $7.1 million, or 40%, compared to 2007. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of TRS-RenTelco’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding. Higher sales volume was partly offset by a lower gross margin percentage, 34% in 2008 compared to 35% in 2007, due to lower gross margin on new equipment sales, resulting in sales gross profit increasing $2.2 million, or 35%, to $8.4 million from $6.2 million in 2007.

For 2008, TRS-RenTelco’s selling and administrative expenses increased $5.0 million, or 25%, to $25.2 million from $20.2 million in 2007, primarily attributable to higher personnel and benefit costs to support increased revenue levels. Selling and administrative expenses as a percentage of rental revenues were 27% in 2008 and 24% in 2007.

 

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Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2007 Compared to

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2006

Overview

Consolidated revenues in 2007 increased $13.3 million, or 5%, to $280.4 million from $267.1 million in 2006. Consolidated net income in 2007 increased $1.3 million, or 3%, to $42.4 million, or $1.67 per diluted share, from $41.1 million, or $1.63 per diluted share, in 2006. The Company’s year over year revenue increase was due to higher revenues from rental operations, partly offset by lower sales revenue. Mobile Modular’s rental revenues increased 10% to $100.5 million, resulting from continued education market demand for classroom product in California and Florida with gross profit on rents increasing 14% to $64.8 million. TRS-RenTelco’s rental revenues increased 9% to $84.8 million, with gross profit on rents increasing 6% to $35.5 million.

For 2007, on a consolidated basis,

 

   

Gross profit increased $8.7 million, or 7%, to $130.6 million, with the increase attributable to improvements in rental operations of both businesses partly offset by lower gross profit on sales.

 

   

Selling and administrative expenses increased $4.5 million, or 10% to $50.0 million from $45.5 million in 2006, with the increase primarily attributable to higher personnel and benefit costs, professional fees and bad debt expense.

 

   

Interest expense decreased $0.1 million, to $10.7 million from $10.8 million in 2006 primarily due to lower net average interest rates partly offset by the Company’s 2% higher average debt levels in 2007.

 

   

Pretax income contributions were 71% and 28% by Mobile Modular and TRS-RenTelco, respectively, in 2007, compared to 66% and 30%, respectively, in 2006. These results are discussed on a segmental basis below.

 

   

Provision for income taxes was based on an effective tax rate of 39.2% as compared with 36.9% in 2006 due primarily to the fiscal 2006 reduction in the Company’s deferred tax liability as a result of a franchise tax law change enacted by the state of Texas in May 2006. Looking forward, the Company estimates that the effective tax rate will remain relatively consistent with the 2007 rate, based on the expected revenue distribution by state. However, there can be no assurance that such expected revenue distribution by state will be achieved, which could cause the Company’s effective tax rate to change.

 

   

Adjusted EBITDA increased $11.1 million, or 9%, to $138.0 million compared to $126.9 million in 2006 resulting primarily from improved income from rental operations of TRS-RenTelco and Mobile Modular. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income before minority interest in income of subsidiary, interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, amortization and non-cash stock-based compensation. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by operating activities and net income to Adjusted EBITDA can be found in “Item 6. Selected Financial Data.” on page 32.

 

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Mobile Modular

For 2007, Mobile Modular’s total revenues increased $7.6 million, or 5%, to $163.5 million from $156.0 million in 2006 due to the higher rental and rental related services revenues from the continued educational market demand for classrooms, partly offset by lower sales revenues.

The following table summarizes year-to-year results for each revenue and gross profit category, pretax income, and other selected data.

 

Mobile Modular—2007 compared to 2006                               
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2007     2006     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 100,541     $ 91,124     $ 9,417     10 %

Rental Related Services

     32,982       29,913       3,069     10 %
                          

Rental Operations

     133,523       121,037       12,486     10 %

Sales

     29,349       34,209       (4,860 )   -14 %

Other

     654       729       (75 )   -10 %
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 163,526     $ 155,975     $ 7,551     5 %
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 64,847     $ 56,672     $ 8,175     14 %

Rental Related Services

     10,422       9,782       640     7 %
                          

Rental Operations

     75,269       66,454       8,815     13 %

Sales

     7,855       9,069       (1,214 )   -13 %

Other

     654       729       (75 )   -10 %
                          

Total Gross Profit

   $ 83,778     $ 76,252     $ 7,526     10 %
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 49,164     $ 43,439     $ 5,725     13 %
                          

Other Information

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 12,383     $ 10,898     $ 1,485     14 %

Interest Expense Allocation

   $ 7,575     $ 7,907     $ (332 )   -4 %

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 427,859     $ 385,630     $ 42,229     11 %

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 352,230     $ 319,716     $ 32,514     10 %

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     1.96 %     1.97 %     -1 %

Average Utilization3

     82.3 %     82.9 %     -1 %

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     2.38 %     2.38 %     0 %

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 448,771     $ 410,205     $ 38,566     9 %

Period End Utilization3

     82.8 %     81.4 %     2 %

Period End Floors1

     26,315       24,854       1,461     6 %
  1   Average and Period End Rental Equipment represents the cost of rental equipment excluding new equipment inventory and accessory equipment. Period End Floors excludes new equipment inventory.

 

  2   Average Monthly Total Yield is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment, for the period.

 

  3   Period End Utilization is calculated 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 for the period is calculated using the average costs of the rental equipment.

 

  4   Average Monthly Rental Rate is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment on rent, for the period.

Mobile Modular’s gross profit for 2007 increased $7.5 million, or 10%, to $83.8 million from $76.3 million in 2006. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2007 compared to the same period in 2006:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Rental revenues increased $9.4 million, or 10%, compared to 2006 due to the continued education market demand for classrooms. The rental revenue increase resulted from an 11% increase in average rental

 

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equipment primarily to support the classroom demand, partly offset by a 1% lower average total yield due to 1% lower utilization. As a percentage of rental revenues, depreciation was 12% in 2007 and 2006, with other direct costs decreasing from 26% in 2006 to 23% in 2007, resulting in a gross margin percentage of 65% in 2007 compared to 62% in 2006. The lower other direct costs was primarily due to lower inventory center material costs incurred to prepare used equipment in 2007 compared to 2006. The higher rental revenues and higher gross margin percentage resulted in rental gross profit increasing 14%, to $64.8 million from $56.7 million in 2006.

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Related Services—Rental related services revenues increased $3.1 million, or 10%, compared to 2006, primarily due to the continued demand for classroom buildings. Most of these service revenues are negotiated with the initial lease and are recognized on a straight-line basis with the associated costs over the initial term of the lease. The increase in rental related services revenues was primarily attributable to the mix of leases and associated service revenues within the initial lease term during 2007 as compared to 2006. The higher revenues, partly offset by lower gross margin percentage of 32% in 2007 compared with 33% in 2006 resulted in rental related services gross profit increasing $0.6 million, or 7%, to $10.4 million from $9.8 million in 2006.

 

   

Gross Profit on Sales—Sales revenues decreased $4.9 million, or 14%, compared to 2006. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of Mobile Modular’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding. Lower sales volume, together with comparable gross margin percentage of 27% in 2007 and 2006, resulted in sales gross profit decreasing $1.2 million, or 13%, to $7.9 million from $9.1 million in 2006.

For 2007, Mobile Modular’s selling and administrative expenses increased $2.2 million, or 9%, to $27.1 million from $24.9 million in 2006, primarily attributable to higher personnel and benefit costs to support revenue growth, and represented 27% of rental revenues in 2007 and 2006.

 

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TRS-RenTelco

For 2007, TRS-RenTelco’s total revenues increased $7.5 million, or 8%, to $106.2 million, primarily due to higher rental revenues. The increase in revenues was offset by higher selling and administrative expenses and lower gross margin on rental revenues and sales, which resulted in a pretax income decrease of $0.1 million, or 1%, to $19.7 million from $19.8 million in 2006.

The following table summarizes year over year results for each revenue and gross profit category, pretax income, and other selected data.

 

TRS-RenTelco—2007 compared to 2006  
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2007     2006     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 84,776     $ 77,816     $ 6,960     9 %

Rental Related Services

     1,731       1,686       45     3 %
                          

Rental Operations

     86,507       79,502       7,005     9 %

Sales

     17,831       17,483       348     2 %

Other

     1,896       1,713       183     11 %
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 106,234     $ 98,698     $ 7,536     8 %
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 35,465     $ 33,339     $ 2,126     6 %

Rental Related Services

     34       (13 )     47     362 %
                          

Rental Operations

     35,499       33,326       2,173     7 %

Sales

     6,247       6,603       (356 )   -5 %

Other

     1,896       1,713       183     11 %
                          

Total Gross Profit

   $ 43,642     $ 41,642     $ 2,000     5 %
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 19,730     $ 19,827     $ (97 )   0 %
                          

Other Information

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 39,259     $ 34,455     $ 4,804     14 %

Interest Expense Allocation

   $ 3,705     $ 3,385     $ 320     9 %

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 209,546     $ 170,705     $ 38,841     23 %

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 143,032     $ 118,798     $ 24,234     20 %

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     3.37 %     3.80 %     -11 %

Average Utilization3

     68.3 %     69.6 %     -2 %

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     4.94 %     5.46 %     -10 %

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 230,851     $ 186,085     $ 44,766     24 %

Period End Utilization3

     69.3 %     66.3 %           5 %
  1   Average and Period End Rental Equipment represents the cost of rental equipment excluding accessory equipment.

 

  2   Average Monthly Total Yield is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment, for the period.

 

  3   Period End Utilization is calculated by dividing the cost of rental equipment on rent by the total cost of rental equipment excluding accessory equipment. Average Utilization for the period is calculated using the average costs of the rental equipment.

 

  4   Average Monthly Rental Rate is calculated by dividing the averages of monthly rental revenues by the cost of rental equipment on rent, for the period.

TRS-RenTelco’s gross profit for 2007 increased $2.0 million, or 5%, to $43.6 million from $41.6 million in 2006. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2007 compared to the same period in 2006:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Rental revenues increased $7.0 million, or 9%, compared to 2006, resulting in increased gross profit on rental revenues of $2.1 million, or 6%, to $35.5 million as compared to the same period in 2006 due to favorable market demand across a broad range of electronic test equipment product and market segments. The increase in

 

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gross profit on rental revenues is due to 23% higher average rental equipment as compared to 2006, partly offset by lower average monthly yield as utilization of rental equipment decreased 2% from 69.6% in 2006 to 68.3% in 2007 and average monthly rental rate decreased 10% in 2007 compared to 2006. The rental rate decrease was due to account penetration and other competitive pressures, the phasing out of TRS acquired equipment having a lower original cost compared to new equipment purchases and a greater mix of general purpose test equipment that typically has lower rental rates, but longer depreciable lives, compared to communications test equipment. As a percentage of rental revenues, depreciation increased to 46% in 2007 from 44% in 2006, with other direct costs decreasing from 13% in 2006 to 12% in 2007, resulting in a gross margin percentage of 42% in 2007 compared to 43% in 2006.

 

   

Gross Profit on Sales—Sales revenues increased $0.3 million, or 2%, compared to 2006. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of TRS-RenTelco’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from quarter to quarter and year to year depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding. Higher sales volume was partly offset by a lower gross margin percentage, 35% in 2007 compared to 38% in 2006 resulting in sales gross profit decreasing $0.4 million, or 5%, to $6.2 million from $6.6 million in 2006.

For 2007, TRS-RenTelco’s selling and administrative expenses increased $1.8 million, or 10%, to $20.2 million from $18.4 million in 2006, primarily attributable to higher personnel and benefit costs to support increased revenue levels. Selling and administrative expenses as a percentage of rental revenues was 24% in 2007 and 2006.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

This section contains statements that constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. See the statements at the beginning of this Item for cautionary information with respect to such forward-looking statements

The Company’s rental businesses are capital intensive and generate significant cash flows. Cash flows for the Company in 2008 as compared to 2007 are summarized as follows:

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:    The Company’s operations provided net cash flow of $98.7 million for 2008, an increase of 4%, as compared to $94.9 million in 2007. The $3.8 million increase in net cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to improved results of operations and lower tax payments in 2008 due to the impact of the 2008 federal stimulus package, compared to 2007, partly offset by increased accounts receivable in 2008 primarily due to higher sales revenues not yet collected in the fourth quarter 2008 compared to 2007 and other balance sheet changes.

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:    Net cash used in investing activities was $168.3 million for 2008 as compared to $92.6 million in 2007. The $75.7 million increase in net cash used in investing activities was primarily due to the $88.3 million cash consideration related to the acquisition of Adler Tanks in 2008. These increases were partly offset by $8.2 million lower purchases of rental equipment in 2008 compared to 2007.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:    Net cash provided by financing activities was $65.8 million in 2008, compared to $2.4 million in 2007. The $63.4 million increase in net cash provided by financing activities included increased borrowing of $75.6 million on bank lines of credit in 2008 compared to 2007, primarily to finance the acquisition of Adler Tanks and $6.7 million increased payments for repurchase of common stock of $24.4 million in 2008.

Significant capital expenditures are required to maintain and grow the Company’s 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. 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 conserve its cash in the future by reducing the amount of cash it uses to purchase rental equipment, pay dividends, or repurchase the Company’s common stock.

 

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As the following table indicates, cash flow provided by operating activities and proceeds from sales of rental equipment have been greater than rental equipment purchases over the past three years.

 

Funding of Rental Asset Growth                                 
(amounts in thousands)    Year Ended December 31,     Three Year
Totals
 
     2008     2007     2006    

Cash Provided by Operating Activities

   $ 98,738     $ 94,861     $ 99,119     $ 292,718  

Proceeds from the Sale of Rental Equipment

     29,346       25,694       24,144       79,184  
                                

Cash Available for Purchase of Rental Equipment

     128,084       120,555       123,263       371,902  

Purchases of Rental Equipment

     (95,823 )     (104,010 )     (109,920 )     (309,753 )
                                

Cash Available for Other Uses

     $32,261       $16,545       $13,343       $62,149  

In addition to increasing its rental assets, the Company had other capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment of $13.6 million in 2008, $10.5 million in 2007, and $4.3 million in 2006, and has used cash to provide returns to its shareholders, both in the form of cash dividends and stock repurchases. The Company has in the past made purchases of shares of its common stock from time to time in the over-the-counter market (NASDAQ) and/or through privately negotiated, large block transactions under an authorization from the Board of Directors. Shares repurchased by the Company are canceled and returned to the status of authorized but unissued stock. During the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company purchased $21.9 million of its common stock representing 968,746 shares at an average price of $22.61 per share. During the year ended December 31, 2007, the Company purchased $20.2 million of its common stock representing 797,643 shares at an average price of $25.31 per share. As of February 25, 2009, 2,000,000 shares of the Company’s common stock remain authorized for repurchase. 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
     2008    2007    2006   

Cash Dividends Paid

   $ 18,568    $ 17,673    $ 15,460    $ 51,701

Shares Repurchased

     969      798      23      1,790

Average Price Per Share

   $ 22.61    $ 25.31    $ 23.19    $ 23.81

Aggregate Purchase Price

   $ 21,900    $ 20,188    $ 527    $ 42,615

Total Cash Returned to Shareholders

     $40,468      $37,861      $15,987      $94,316

Revolving Lines of Credit

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. In May 2008, the Company entered into a credit facility with a syndicate of banks (the “Credit Facility). The Credit Facility provides for a $350.0 million unsecured revolving credit facility and requires the Company to pay interest determined by reference to the Consolidated Leverage ratio (as defined). In addition, the Company pays a commitment fee on the daily unused portion of the available facility. The Credit Facility matures on May 14, 2013.

In June, 2008, the Company entered into a Credit Facility Letter Agreement with Union Bank of California, N.A. and a Credit Line Note in favor of Union Bank of California, N.A., extending its $5.0 million line of credit facility related to its cash management services (“Sweep Service Facility”). The Sweep Service Facility matures on the earlier of May 14, 2013, or the date the Company ceases to utilize Union Bank of California, N.A. for its cash management services.

At December 31, 2008, under the Credit Facility and the Sweep Service Facility, the Company had unsecured lines of credit that permit it to borrow up to $355.0 million of which $269.5 million was outstanding and had capacity to borrow up to an additional $85.5 million. The Credit Facility contains financial covenants requiring the Company to not:

 

   

Permit the Consolidated Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio (as defined) as of the end of any fiscal quarter to be less than 2.00 to 1.00 under the Company’s credit facilities. At December 31, 2008 the actual ratio was 3.39.

 

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Permit the Consolidated Asset Coverage Ratio (as defined) as of the end of any fiscal quarter to be less than 1.50 to 1.00 under the Company’s credit facilities. At December 31, 2008 the actual ratio was 2.34.

 

   

Permit the Consolidated Leverage Ratio (as defined) at any time during any period of four consecutive quarters to be greater than 2.50 to 1.00 under the Company’s credit facilities. At December 31, 2008 the actual ratio was 2.15.

At December 31, 2008, the Company was in compliance with each of the aforementioned covenants. There are no anticipated trends that the Company is aware of that would indicate non-compliance with these covenants, though, significant deterioration in our financial performance could impact the Company’s ability to comply with these covenants.

5.08% Senior Notes Due in 2011

In June 2004, the Company completed a private placement of $60 million of 5.08% senior notes due in 2011. Interest on these notes is due semi-annually in arrears and the principal is due in five equal annual installments, with the second payment made on June 2, 2008 which reduced the principal balance to $36.0 million. Among other restrictions, the Note Agreement, under which the senior notes were sold, contains financial covenants requiring the Company to not:

 

   

Permit the consolidated fixed charge coverage ratio of EBITDA (as defined) to fixed charges as of the end of any fiscal quarter to be less than 2.00 to 1.00. At December 31, 2008 the actual ratio was 4.28.

 

   

Permit the consolidated leverage ratio of funded debt to EBITDA (as defined) at any time during any period of four consecutive quarters to be greater than 2.25 to 1.00. At December 31, 2008 the actual ratio was 2.15.

 

   

Permit tangible net worth (as defined, which includes the intangible assets of Adler Tanks) calculated as of the last day of each fiscal quarter to be less than the sum of $127.5 million, plus 50% of net income for such fiscal quarter, plus 90% of the net cash proceeds from the issuance of the Company’s capital stock after December 31, 2003, excluding the first $2.0 million of such proceeds from the exercise of stock options after December 31, 2003. December 31, 2008, such sum was $236.8 million and the actual tangible net worth (as defined) of the Company was $248.1 million.

At December 31, 2008, the Company was in compliance with each of the aforementioned covenants. There are no anticipated trends that the Company is aware of that would indicate non-compliance with these covenants, though, significant deterioration in our financial performance could impact the Company’s ability to comply with these covenants.

Contractual Obligations and Commitments

The Company’s material contractual obligations and commitments consist of $355.0 million Credit Facility expiring in 2013, $36.0 million of 5.08% senior notes due in 2011, and operating leases for facilities. The operating lease amounts exclude property taxes and insurance. The table below provides a summary of the Company’s contractual obligations and reflects expected payments due as of December 31, 2008 and does not reflect changes that could arise after that date.

 

Payments Due by Period

(dollar amounts in thousands)    Total    Less than 1
Year
   1–3 Years    3-5 Years    More than
5 Years

Revolving Lines of Credit

   $ 269,500    $ 269,500    $ —      $ —      $ —  

5.08% Senior Notes due in 2011

     38,743      13,524      25,219      —        —  

Operating Leases for Facilities

     7,492      967      1,856      1,623      3,046
                                  

Total Contractual Obligations

     $315,735      $283,991      $27,075      $1,623      $3,046

The Company believes that its needs for working capital and capital expenditures through 2008 and beyond will be adequately met by operating cash flow, proceeds from the sale of rental equipment, and bank borrowings.

Please see the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows on page 60 for a more detailed presentation of the sources and uses of the Company’s cash.

 

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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 as 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 electronic test 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 electronic test equipment may include, but are not limited to, change in equipment specifications, condition of equipment or maintenance policies. For liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes, external factors to consider may include, but are not limited to changes in Federal and State legislation, the types of materials stored and the frequency of moves and uses. Internal factors for liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes may include, but are not limited to, change in equipment specifications and 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.

Maintenance, Repair 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. Judgment 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 upgrades. 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.

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 a majority 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.

Off Balance Sheet Transactions

As of December 31, 2008, the Company did not have any “off-balance-sheet arrangements,” as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of Regulation S-K.

 

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ITEM 7A.     QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT 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, 2008. 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, 2008.

 

Expected Annual Maturities of Notes Payable as of December 31, 2008

(dollar amounts in thousands)    2009     2010     2011     2012     2013    Thereafter    Total     Estimated
Fair Value

5.08% Senior Notes due in 2011

   $ 12,000     $ 12,000     $ 12,000     $ —       $ —      $ —      $ 36,000     $ 37,675

Average Interest Rate

     5.08 %     5.08 %     5.08 %     5.08 %     —        —        5.08 %  

Revolving Lines of Credit

   $ 269,500     $ —       $ —       $ —       $ —      $ —      $ 269,500     $ 269,500

Average Interest Rate

     2.78 %     —         —         —         —        —        2.78 %      

The Company formed a wholly owned Canadian subsidiary, TRS-RenTelco Inc. in conjunction with the TRS acquisition (see Item 1—Business—History, Strategic Expansion and Acquisitions and Note 2 to the Consolidated Financial Statements). The Canadian operations of the Company subject it to foreign currency risks (i.e. the possibility that the financial results could be better or worse than planned because of changes in foreign currency exchange rates). Currently, the Company does not use derivative instruments to hedge its economic exposure with respect to assets, liabilities and firm commitments denominated in foreign currencies. In 2008, the Company has experienced minimal impact on net income due to foreign exchange rate fluctuations. Although there can be no assurances, given the size of the Canadian operations, the Company does not expect future foreign exchange gains and losses to be significant.

The Company has no derivative financial instruments that expose the Company to significant market risk.

 

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.

 

Index

   Page

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

   54

Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

   55

Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

   55

Report on Consolidated Financial Statements

   56

Consolidated Financial Statements

  

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of December 31, 2008 and 2007

   57

Consolidated Statements of Income for the Years Ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006

   58

Consolidated Statements of Shareholders’ Equity for the Years Ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006

   59

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the Years Ended December 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006

   60

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

   61

 

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Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

The Company’s management is responsible for the preparation and integrity of the consolidated financial statements appearing in our Annual Report filed on Form 10-K. The consolidated financial statements were prepared in conformity with United States generally accepted accounting principles and include amounts based on management’s estimates and judgments. All other financial information in this report has been presented on a basis consistent with the information included in the financial statements.

Management’s assessment of the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2008 excluded the business of Adler Tank Rentals, LLC, which business was acquired pursuant to an asset purchase transaction which was closed in December 2008. Adler Tank Rentals is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company whose total assets and total net revenues represented less than 12% of consolidated total assets and less than 1% of consolidated net revenues, respectively, of the Company as of and for the year ended December 31, 2008. Companies are allowed to exclude acquisitions from their assessment of internal control over financial reporting during the first year of an acquisition while integrating the acquired company under guidelines established by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The Company’s management is also responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company maintains a system of internal control that is designed to provide reasonable assurance as to the reliable preparation and presentation of the consolidated financial statements, as well as to safeguard assets from unauthorized use or disposition.

The Company’s system of internal control over financial reporting is embodied in the Company’s Code of Business Conduct and Ethics. It sets the tone of our organization and includes factors such as integrity and ethical values. Our internal control over financial reporting is supported by formal policies and procedures, which are reviewed, modified and improved as changes occur in business conditions and operations.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies and procedures may deteriorate.

The Audit Committee of the Board of Directors, which is composed solely of outside directors, meets periodically with members of management and the independent auditors to review and discuss internal controls over financial reporting, as well as accounting and financial reporting matters. The independent auditors report to the Audit Committee and accordingly have full and free access to the Audit Committee at any time.

The Company’s management conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2008 based on the criteria set forth in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on its evaluation, management believes that, as of December 31, 2008, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (excluding the business of Adler Tank Rentals, LLC) was effective based on those criteria.

 

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Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Board of Directors and Shareholders of McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries:

We have audited McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries’ Internal Control over Financial Reporting as of December 31, 2008, based on the criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries’ management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting based on our audit. Our audit of, and opinion on, McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting does not include internal control over financial reporting of Adler Tank Rentals, a wholly owned subsidiary, whose financial statements reflect total assets and revenues constituting 12 and 1 percent, respectively, of the related consolidated financial statement amounts as of and for the year ended December 31, 2008. As indicated in Management’s Report, Adler Tank Rentals was acquired during 2008 and therefore, management’s assertion on the effectiveness of Adler Tank Rentals’ internal control over financial reporting excluded internal control over financial reporting of Adler Tank Rentals.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2008, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by COSO.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2008 and 2007 and the related statements of income, shareholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2008, and our report dated February 25, 2009 expressed an unqualified opinion on these statements.

/S/    GRANT THORNTON LLP

San Francisco, California

February 25, 2009

 

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Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (Continued)

 

Report on Consolidated Financial Statements

Board of Directors and Shareholders of McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries:

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries as of December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the related consolidated statements of income, shareholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2008. 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 audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. 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 audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries at December 31, 2008 and 2007, and the consolidated results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2008, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), McGrath RentCorp and Subsidiaries’ internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2008, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and our report dated February 25, 2009 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

/S/    GRANT THORNTON LLP

San Francisco, California

February 25, 2009

 

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MCGRATH RENTCORP

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

      December 31,  

(in thousands)

     2008       2007  

Assets

    

Cash

   $ 1,325     $ 5,090  

Accounts Receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,400 in 2008 and 2007

     86,011       67,061  

Income Taxes Receivable

     7,927       —    

Rental Equipment, at cost:

    

Relocatable Modular Buildings

     503,678       475,077  

Electronic Test Equipment

     255,778       232,349  

Liquid and Solid Containment Tanks and Boxes

     46,288       —    
                
     805,744       707,426  

Less Accumulated Depreciation

     (253,506 )     (221,412 )
                

Rental Equipment, net

     552,238       486,014  
                

Property, Plant and Equipment, net

     76,763       66,480  

Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

     18,633       15,793  

Intangible Assets, net

     14,136       —    

Goodwill

     27,464       1,798  
                

Total Assets

   $ 784,497     $ 642,236  
                

Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

    

Liabilities:

    

Notes Payable

   $ 305,500     $ 197,729  

Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

     55,471       55,642  

Deferred Income

     28,055       28,948  

Deferred Income Taxes, net

     145,590       115,886  
                

Total Liabilities

     534,616       398,205  
                

Commitments and Contingencies (Note 8)

    

Shareholders Equity:

    

Common Stock, no par value—

    

Authorized—40,000 shares

    

Issued and Outstanding—23,709 shares in 2008 and 24,578 shares in 2007

     45,754       41,917  

Retained Earnings

     204,127       202,114  
                

Total ShareholdersEquity

     249,881       244,031  
                

Total Liabilities and Shareholders Equity

   $ 784,497     $ 642,236  
                
                 

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 

      Year Ended December 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

     2008      2007      2006

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 197,236    $ 185,317    $ 168,940

Rental Related Services

     34,080      34,713      31,599
                    

Rental Operations

     231,316      220,030      200,539

Sales

     70,404      57,829      64,085

Other

     2,439      2,550      2,442
                    

Total Revenues

     304,159      280,409      267,066
                    

Costs and Expenses

        

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

     57,115      51,642      45,353

Rental Related Services

     24,728      24,257      21,830

Other

     36,661      33,363      33,576
                    

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     118,504      109,262      100,759

Cost of Sales

     49,917      40,591      44,481
                    

Total Costs of Revenues

     168,421      149,853      145,240
                    

Gross Profit

     135,738      130,556      121,826

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     58,059      50,026      45,499
                    

Income from Operations

     77,679      80,530      76,327

Interest Expense

     9,977      10,719      10,760
                    

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

     67,702      69,811      65,567

Provision for Income Taxes

     26,498      27,337      24,209
                    

Income before Minority Interest

     41,204      42,474      41,358

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary

     —        64      280
                    

Net Income

   $ 41,204    $ 42,410    $ 41,078
                    

Earnings Per Share:

        

Basic

   $ 1.74    $ 1.68    $ 1.65

Diluted

   $ 1.72    $ 1.67    $ 1.63

Shares Used in Per Share Calculations:

        

Basic

     23,740      25,231      24,948

Diluted

     23,944      25,443      25,231

Cash Dividends Declared Per Share

   $ 0.80    $ 0.72    $ 0.64
                      

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

      Common Stock    

Retained

Earnings

   

Total

Shareholders’

Equity

 

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

   Shares       Amount      

Balance at December 31, 2005

   24,832     $ 26,224     $ 172,245     $ 198,469  

Net Income

   —         —         41,078       41,078  

Repurchase of Common Stock

   (23 )     (24 )     (502 )     (526 )

Non-Cash Stock-Based Compensation

   —         3,125       —         3,125  

Exercise of Stock Options

   281       3,591       —         3,591  

Excess Tax Benefit from the Exercise of Stock Options

   —         1,047       —         1,047  

Dividends Declared of $0.64 Per Share

   —         —         (15,992 )     (15,992 )

Balance at December 31, 2006

   25,090     $ 33,963     $ 196,829     $ 230,792  

Net Income

   —         —         42,410       42,410  

Repurchase of Common Stock

   (798 )     (1,077 )     (19,112 )     (20,189 )

Non-Cash Stock-Based Compensation

   —         3,457       —         3,457  

Exercise of Stock Options

   286       4,194       —         4,194  

Excess Tax Benefit from the Exercise of Stock Options

   —         1,380       —         1,380  

Dividends Declared of $0.72 Per Share

   —         —         (18,013 )     (18,013 )

Balance at December 31, 2007

   24,578     $ 41,917     $ 202,114     $ 244,031  

Net Income

   —         —         41,204       41,204  

Repurchase of Common Stock

   (969 )     (1,663 )     (20,237 )     (21,900 )

Non-Cash Stock-Based Compensation

   —         3,766       —         3,766  

Issuance of Common Stock

   40       696       —         696  

Exercise of Stock Options

   60       898       —         898  

Excess Tax Benefit from the Exercise of Stock Options

   —         140       —         140  

Dividends Declared of $0.80 Per Share

   —         —         (18,954 )     (18,954 )

Balance at December 31, 2008

   23,709     $ 45,754     $ 204,127     $ 249,881  

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

      Year Ended December 31,  

(in thousands)

     2008       2007       2006  

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

      

Net Income

   $ 41,204     $ 42,410     $ 41,078  

Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income to Net Cash

      

Provided by Operating Activities:

      

Depreciation

     60,416       54,002       47,461  

Provision for Doubtful Accounts

     1,761       1,195       863  

Non-Cash Stock-Based Compensation

     3,766       3,457       3,125  

Gain on Sale of Rental Equipment

     (11,185 )     (10,027 )     (9,747 )

Change In:

      

Accounts Receivable

     (15,102 )     (8,422 )     3,727  

Income Taxes Receivable

     (7,927 )     —         —    

Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

     (2,475 )     (1,721 )     148  

Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities

     (531 )     (631 )     8,829  

Deferred Income

     (893 )     3,096       (2,280 )

Deferred Income Taxes

     29,704       11,533       5,915  
                        

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

     98,738       94,892       99,119  
                        

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

      

Acquisition of Adler Tanks

     (88,297 )     —         —    

Purchase of Rental Equipment

     (95,823 )     (104,010 )     (109,920 )

Purchase of Property, Plant and Equipment

     (13,552 )     (10,482 )     (4,247 )

Purchase of Minority Interest in Subsidiary

     —         (3,756 )     —    

Proceeds from Sale of Rental Equipment

     29,346       25,694       24,144  
                        

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

     (168,326 )     (92,554 )     (90,023 )
                        

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

      

Net Borrowings Under Bank Lines of Credit

     119,771       44,172       2,325  

Principal Payments on Senior Notes

     (12,000 )     (12,000 )     —    

Proceeds from the Exercise of Stock Options

     898       4,194       3,591  

Excess Tax Benefit from Exercise and Disqualifying Disposition of Stock Options

     140       1,380       1,047  

Repurchase of Common Stock

     (24,418 )     (17,670 )     (526 )

Payment of Dividends

     (18,568 )     (17,673 )     (15,460 )
                        

Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities

     65,823       2,403       (9,023 )
                        

Net (Decrease) Increase in Cash

     (3,765 )     4,741       73  

Cash Balance, beginning of period

     5,090       349       276  
                        

Cash Balance, end of period

   $ 1,325     $ 5,090     $ 349  
                        

Interest Paid, during the period

   $ 10,073     $ 10,718     $ 10,511  
                        

Income Taxes Paid, during the period

   $ 4,581     $ 14,424     $ 17,248  
                        

Dividends Declared, not yet paid

   $ 4,742     $ 4,536     $ 4,016  
                        

Rental Equipment Acquisitions, not yet paid

   $ 8,329     $ 7,403     $ 9,432  
                        

Common Stock Issued for the Acquisition of Adler Tanks, during the period

   $ 696     $ —       $ —    
                        
                          

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

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

NOTE 1. ORGANIZATION AND BUSINESS

McGrath RentCorp (the Company) is a California corporation organized in 1979. The Company is a diversified business to business rental company with three rental products; relocatable modular buildings, electronic test equipment and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes. Although the Company’s primary emphasis is on equipment rentals, sales of equipment occur in the normal course of business. The Company is comprised of four business segments: its modular building division (“Mobile Modular”), its electronic test equipment division (“TRS-RenTelco”), Adler Tank Rentals, LLC, its wholly–owned subsidiary providing containment solutions for storage of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids (“Adler Tanks”) and its classroom manufacturing business (“Enviroplex”, a wholly owned subsidiary) selling modular classrooms in California.

Mobile Modular rents and sells modular buildings and accessories to fulfill customers’ temporary and permanent space needs in California, Texas, Florida, North Carolina, Georgia and beginning in 2008 in Maryland and Virginia. These modular buildings are used as classrooms, temporary offices adjacent to existing facilities, sales offices, construction field offices, health care clinics, child care facilities and for a variety of other purposes. Significant portions of Mobile Modular’s rental and sales 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 class size reduction programs, a lack of fiscal funding by the state for existing contracts, or a significant reduction of future funding to public schools may have a material adverse effect on both rental and sales revenues of the Company.

TRS-RenTelco rents and sells electronic test equipment nationally and internationally from its Grapevine, Texas (Dallas Area) and Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada (Montreal Area) facilities. TRS-RenTelco revenues are derived from the rental and sale of general purpose and communications test equipment to a broad range of companies, from Fortune 500 to middle and smaller market companies, in the aerospace, defense, electronics, industrial, research and semiconductor industries. Electronic test equipment revenues are primarily affected by the business activity within these industries related to research and development, manufacturing, and communication infrastructure installation and maintenance.

Adler Tanks is a provider of containment solutions for the storage of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids. Adler Tanks rents temporary storage tanks and containers used in energy, environmental, industrial and construction applications.

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 and other educational institutions.

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 electronic test equipment, changes in Federal and State laws regulating liquid and solid containment storage, environmental litigation 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 products, staying abreast of technology trends in order to make good buy-sell decisions of electronic test equipment, and ongoing investment in repair and maintenance programs to insure all types of rental equipment are maintained in good operating condition.

 

NOTE 2. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Principles of Consolidation

The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of McGrath RentCorp and it’s 100% owned subsidiaries: Mobile Modular Management Corporation, Enviroplex Inc., TRS-RenTelco Inc. and Adler Tank Rentals, LLC. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

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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 Accounting 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 modifications, delivery, installation, building, 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, rental income on facility rentals and certain logistics services.

Sales taxes charged to customers are reported on a net basis and are excluded from revenues and expenses.

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 to, or extends the life of the equipment. Maintenance and repairs are expensed as incurred.

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 equipment and accessories

  1 to 8 years, no residual value

Portable storage containers

  25 years, 62.5% residual value

Liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes and accessories

  10 to 20 years, no residual value

Costs of Rental Related Services

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