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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

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

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010

 

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

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 if 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 whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§ 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).

 

Yes  ¨   No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§ 229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.

 

Yes  x   No  ¨

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

 

Large accelerated filer  ¨   Accelerated filer  x   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 the registrant’s common stock held by nonaffiliates of the registrant as of June 30, 2010 (based upon the closing sale price of the registrant’s common stock as reported on the NASDAQ Global Select Market on June 30, 2010): $504,958,770.

As of February 25, 2011, 24,250,275 shares of Registrant’s Common Stock were outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

McGrath RentCorp’s definitive proxy statement with respect to its 2011Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on June 8, 2011 which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the end of its fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, is incorporated by reference into Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, and 13).

Exhibit index appears on page 85

 

 

 


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FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (this “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 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 not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. 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 as set forth under “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report on 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 Annual Report on 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. Except as otherwise required by law, we are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements after the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K to conform such statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.

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 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 divisions: 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, the Company began operations in three new areas: (1) the portable storage business under the name Mobile Modular Portable Storage offers portable storage units and high security portable office units for rent, lease and purchase in Northern California, and in 2009 expanded to Southern California, Texas and Florida; (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. The Mobile Modular segment includes the results of operations of Mobile Modular Portable Storage, which represented less than 2% of the Company’s 2010 total revenues. The TRS-RenTelco segment includes the results of operations of TRS-Environmental, which represented less than 2% of the Company’s 2010 total revenues.

 

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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.

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 generate 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 some cases a customer’s initial short-term rental becomes part of the customer’s ongoing infrastructure and turns into a long-term rental.

 

   

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 one to eight 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 based on the respective product’s annual yield, or annual rental revenues divided by the average cost of rental inventory. For modulars the original investment is recovered in approximately five years and in approximately three years for electronic test equipment and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes.

 

   

When a 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 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 to maximize 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, 2010, the Company had 655 employees, of whom 61 were primarily administrative and executive personnel, with 321, 141, 68 and 64 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.

 

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Available Information

We make the Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filings available, free of charge, at our website www.mgrc.com. 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K. 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, construction field offices, restroom buildings, health care clinics, child care facilities, office space, and for a variety of other purposes 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 2010, Mobile Modular purchased 38% of its modular units from one manufacturer. The Company believes that the loss of any of its primary modular manufacturers 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 North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC. 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, 12 years old with sale proceeds above its net book 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 during which 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.

Market

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. 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, Virginia and Washington, DC. 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, 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 and request in-field service.

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 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.

 

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The customer is responsible for obtaining the necessary use permits and the costs of insuring the unit, transporting the unit to the site, preparation of the site, installation of the unit, dismantle and return delivery of the unit to 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, 2010, Mobile Modular owned 32,644 new or previously rented modulars and portable storage containers with an aggregate cost of $514.5 million including accessories, or an average cost per unit of $15,800. 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, 2010, fleet utilization was 67.2% and average fleet utilization during 2010 was 67.7%.

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 2010, Mobile Modular’s largest sale was for modular classrooms to a Florida school district for approximately $2.3 million. This sale represented approximately 11% of Mobile Modular’s sales, 4% 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.

Enviroplex manufactures portable classrooms built to the requirements of the California Division of the State Architect (“DSA”) and sells direct to California public school districts and other educational institutions.

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.

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 may 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, and beginning late in 2007 in North Carolina and Georgia and beginning in 2008 in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, DC. 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 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 the market for modulars.

 

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

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 portable classrooms, restroom buildings and administrative offices for kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12) are a significant portion of the Company’s revenues. Mobile Modular rents and sells classrooms in California, Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Enviroplex sells classrooms in the California market. California is Mobile Modular’s largest educational market. Historically, demand in this market has been fueled by shifting and fluctuating student population, insufficient funding for new school construction, class size reduction programs, modernization of aging school facilities and the phasing out of portable classrooms no longer compliant with current building codes. 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:

   2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  

Modular Rental Revenues (Mobile Modular)

     48     51     51     50     50

Modular Sales Revenues (Mobile Modular & Enviroplex)

     54     64     60     59     65

Modular Rental and Sales Revenues (Mobile Modular & Enviroplex)

     49     54     54     53     55

Consolidated Rental and Sales Revenues1

     22     28     30     30     33
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, 2010, 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 45.3%.

 

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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 2010, school districts were required to meet the class size requirements at the individual classroom level. Due to the shortfall of state funds in 2010, school districts received a reprieve from meeting the individual classroom level requirements, and the proposal to remove the requirements was submitted to voters as a proposed amendment to the Florida state Constitution in November 2010 but was defeated. While school districts continue to be required to meet the individual classroom level requirements, their ability to comply is partly dependent on state funding and the health of the state economy.

 

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ELECTRONIC TEST EQUIPMENT

Description

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’s 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, communications, manufacturing 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. 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, 2010, the original cost of electronic test equipment inventory was comprised of 66% general-purpose electronic test equipment, 32% communications electronic test equipment and 2% 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, completing 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.

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 remainder acquired from over 50 other manufacturers.

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 occasionally 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 a broad and deep 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 9001-2008 registered and compliant calibration laboratory that repairs and calibrates equipment ensuring that off rent equipment is ready to ship immediately to meet

 

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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 provides 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 we estimate 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.

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, telemarketing program, trade show participation and electronic 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 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, 2010, TRS-RenTelco had an electronic test equipment rental inventory including accessories with an aggregate cost of $250.1 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 64.3% as of December 31, 2010 and averaged 66.0% 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. In 2010, approximately 20% of the electronic test equipment revenues were derived from sales. The largest electronic test equipment sale during 2010 represented approximately 3.0% of electronic test equipment sales, 1.2% of the Company’s consolidated sales and 0.2% of consolidated revenues.

 

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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 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, which are available in a variety of sizes including 21,000 gallon, 16,000 gallon and 8,000 gallon sizes;

 

   

vacuum containers (“boxes”), which provide secure containment of sludge and solid materials and may be used for additional on-site storage or for transporting materials off-site 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 one of the largest participants in the liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes rental business in North America. Adler Tanks has national reach from branches serving the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Southeast, Southwest and West.

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.

 

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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. 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 84.9% at December 31, 2010.

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 may 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 encounter increased competition in the markets that we serve from existing competitors or from new market entrants in the future.

Operating Segments

For segment information regarding the Company’s four operating segments: Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco, Adler Tanks and Enviroplex, see “Note 13. 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,  
     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  

Relocatable Modular Buildings (operating under Mobile Modular and Enviroplex)

  

Revenues

          

Rental

   $ 82,648      $ 92,331      $ 103,236      $ 100,541      $ 91,124   

Rental Related Services

     22,947        25,174        31,484        32,982        29,913   
                                        

Total Modular Rental Operations

     105,595        117,505        134,720        133,523        121,037   
                                        

Sales—Mobile Modular

     20,685        25,201        25,796        29,349        34,209   

Sales—Enviroplex

     11,695        7,419        19,484        10,649        12,393   
                                        

Total Modular Sales

     32,380        32,621        45,280        39,998        46,602   
                                        

Other

     432        581        543        654        729   
                                        

Total Modular Revenues

   $ 138,407      $ 150,706      $ 180,543      $ 174,175      $ 168,368   
                                        

Percentage of Rental Revenues

     41.2     49.5     52.3     54.3     53.9

Percentage of Total Revenues

     47.5     54.7     59.3     62.1     63.0

Rental Equipment, at cost (year-end)

   $ 514,548      $ 504,018      $ 503,678      $ 475,077      $ 451,828   

Rental Equipment, net book value (year-end)

   $ 369,195      $ 367,939      $ 376,606      $ 358,017      $ 343,590   

Number of Units (year-end)

     32,644        29,074        28,373        27,151        26,467   

Utilization (year-end)1

     67.2     69.0     81.0     82.8     81.4

Average Utilization1

     67.7     73.4     81.6     82.3     82.9

Average Rental Equipment, at cost2

   $ 491,364      $ 478,764      $ 461,848      $ 427,859      $ 385,630   

Annual Yield on Average Rental Equipment, at cost

     16.8     19.3     22.4     23.5     23.6

Gross Margin on Rental Revenues

     55.4     64.8     63.2     64.5     62.2

Gross Margin on Sales

     23.5     24.2     26.5     27.5     27.9

Electronic Test Equipment (operating under TRS-RenTelco)

          

Revenues

          

Rental

   $ 82,540      $ 75,500      $ 92,982      $ 84,776      $ 77,816   

Rental Related Services

     2,240        1,970        2,024        1,731        1,686   
                                        

Total Electronics Rental Operations

     84,780        77,470        95,006        86,507        79,502   

Sales

     21,443        20,586        24,948        17,831        17,483   

Other

     1,513        1,858        1,896        1,896        1,713   
                                        

Total Electronics Revenues

   $ 107,736      $ 99,914      $ 121,850      $ 106,234      $ 98,698   
                                        

Percentage of Rental Revenues

     41.1     40.5     47.1     45.7     46.1

Percentage of Total Revenues

     37.0     36.2     40.1     37.9     37.0

Rental Equipment, at cost (year-end)

   $ 250,125      $ 239,152      $ 255,778      $ 232,349      $ 186,673   

Rental Equipment, net book value (year-end)

   $ 98,444      $ 101,902      $ 129,573      $ 127,997      $ 107,752   

Utilization (year-end)1

     64.3     63.1     64.0     69.3     66.3

Average Utilization1

     66.0     61.5     68.1     68.3     69.6

Average Rental Equipment, at cost3

   $ 244,425      $ 247,743      $ 250,173      $ 209,546      $ 170,705   

Annual Yield on Average Rental Equipment, at cost

     33.8     30.5     37.2     40.5     45.6

Gross Margin on Rental Revenues

     39.9     31.6     40.3     41.8     42.8

Gross Margin on Sales

     40.9     33.0     33.8     35.0     37.8

 

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Product Highlights (Continued)                                          
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended December 31,  
     2010     2009     2008     2007      2006  

Liquid and Solid Containment Tanks and Boxes (operating under Adler Tanks)4

           

Revenues

           

Rental

   $ 35,427      $ 18,611      $ 1,018        n/a         n/a   

Rental Related Services

     9,515        6,208        572        n/a         n/a   
                       

Total Tanks and Boxes Rental Operations

     44,942        24,819        1,590        n/a         n/a   

Sales

     232        170        176        n/a         n/a   

Other

     57        34        —          n/a         n/a   
                       

Total Tanks and Boxes Revenues

   $ 45,231      $ 25,023      $ 1,766        n/a         n/a   
                       

Percentage of Rental Revenues

     17.7     10.0     0.5     n/a         n/a   

Percentage of Total Revenues

     15.5     9.1     0.6     n/a         n/a   

Rental Equipment, at cost (year-end)

   $ 133,095      $ 80,916      $ 46,288        n/a         n/a   

Rental Equipment, net book value (year-end)

   $ 123,941      $ 77,397      $ 46,059        n/a         n/a   

Utilization (year-end)1

     84.9     67.6     70.3     n/a         n/a   

Average Utilization1

     76.0     62.9     n/a        n/a         n/a   

Average Rental Equipment, at cost2

   $ 101,263      $ 59,276        n/a        n/a         n/a   

Annual Yield on Average Rental Equipment, at cost

     35.0     31.4     n/a        n/a         n/a   

Gross Margin on Rental Revenues

     71.8     66.4     66.3     n/a         n/a   

Gross Margin on Sales

     22.2     2.9     4.5     n/a         n/a   

Total Revenues

   $ 291,374      $ 275,643      $ 304,159      $ 280,409       $ 267,066   
1   Utilization is calculated each month by dividing the cost of rental equipment on rent by the total cost of rental equipment. Average Utilization is calculated using the average cost of equipment for the year.
2   Average Rental Equipment, at cost for modulars and tanks and boxes excludes new equipment inventory and accessory equipment.
3   Average Rental Equipment, at cost, for electronics excludes accessory equipment.
4   Represents Adler Tanks’ results since its acquisition on December 11, 2008.

 

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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 and tightened credit markets in the United States and other countries may adversely impact our business and financial condition and may negatively impact our ability to access financing.

The U.S. economy has been impacted by a severe recession. Demand for our rental products depends on continued industrial and business activity and state government funding. The effects of the U.S. recession and general global economic downturn have adversely affected our customers, including local school districts that are subject to budgetary constraints, 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 recent 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, or duration, of such changes in our business.

Our stock price has fluctuated and may continue to fluctuate in the future, which may result in a decline in the value of your investment in our common stock.

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;

 

   

any 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;

 

   

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

 

   

any 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 adversely affected the prices of publicly traded stocks across the board as many 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 any negative economic trends may cause declines in the market price of our common stock and may be 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 geographies and industries where we rent and sell our products;

 

   

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

 

   

the budgetary constraints of our customers;

 

   

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 or failure of our suppliers. We may also experience supply problems as a result of shortages, and discontinuations resulting from

 

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product obsolescence or other shortages or allocations by suppliers. 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.

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 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.

The delay or failure to implement information system upgrades and 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 Tanks, 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; and

 

   

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, to the extent available, a substantial portion of our 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 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. 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 determine that our goodwill and intangible assets have become impaired, we may incur impairment charges, which would negatively impact our operating results.

At December 31, 2010, we had $40.6 million of goodwill and intangible assets, net on our consolidated balance sheets. Goodwill represents the excess of cost over the fair value of net assets acquired in business combinations. We assess potential impairment of our goodwill and intangible assets at least annually. Impairment may result from significant changes in the manner of use of the acquired asset, negative industry or economic trends and significant underperformance relative to historic or projected operating results.

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 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.

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.

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 $2.5 million per year for each 1% increase in the average interest rate we pay, based on the $253.6 million balance of variable rate debt outstanding at December 31, 2010. 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 North Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC, 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 Tanks. 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.

 

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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.

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 our management concluded that our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2010 was effective, 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 control over financial reporting, investors could lose confidence in the reliability of our internal control over financial reporting, which could adversely affect our stock price.

SPECIFIC RISKS RELATED TO OUR RELOCATABLE MODULAR BUILDINGS BUSINESS SEGMENT:

Significant reductions of, or delays in, funding to public schools have caused the demand for our modular classroom units to decline, which has resulted 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.

The state of California is our largest market for classroom rentals. The strength of this market depends heavily on public funding from voter passage of both state and local facility bond measures, and the ability of the state to sell such bonds in the public market. A lack of passage of state and local facility bond measures, or the inability to sell bonds in the public markets could reduce our revenues and operating income, and consequently have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition. Furthermore, even if voters have approved facility bond measures and the state has raised bond funds, there is no guarantee that individual school projects will be funded in a timely manner.

As a consequence of the recent economic recession, many states and local governments have experienced large budget deficits resulting in severe budgetary constraints among public school districts. 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.

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grouped in a single classroom for pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. School districts with class sizes in excess of state limits have 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 modernization and reconstruction projects by public school districts including seismic retrofitting, asbestos abatement and various building repairs and upgrades. The recent economic recession has caused state and local budget shortfalls, which have placed pressure on school districts’ funding and their ability to comply with state class size reduction requirements in California and Florida. 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. We launched operations in North Carolina and Georgia in late 2007 and in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC during 2008. 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 be 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 is derived from the educational market. 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.

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 units returning from leases.

As of December 31, 2010, 61% 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 the 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 2010, Mobile Modular purchased 38% of its modular product from one manufacturer. The Company believes that the loss of any of its primary manufacturers 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.

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communications, manufacturing and semiconductor industries. Electronic test equipment rental and sales revenues are primarily 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. 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 and the introduction of new technologies, and we acquire equipment that will be marketable to our current and prospective customers. However, an 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 to 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, Continental Resources, Microlease and TestEquity, 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 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.

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purchasing equipment from these manufacturers and suppliers for use as our rental equipment. If, in the future, we are not able to 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;

 

   

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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 the customer fails to perform, or an accident occurs in the use of our rental products, 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. Furthermore, we cannot be sure our liability insurance 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 upon claims of personal injury, property damage, and resource damage 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 rent, or 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, commodity price volatility, regulatory changes or interruptions and cyclical downturns in the industries using tanks and boxes may result in periods of low demand for our products 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 and gas exploration and refinement, environmental remediation and 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 or gas prices may have an adverse effect on our liquid and solid containment tank and boxes business if the price reduction causes customers to limit or stop exploration, extraction or refinement activities, resulting in lower demand for renting Adler Tank’s products. In addition, oil and gas exploration and extraction are subject to numerous local, state and federal regulations. Changes, or interruptions, in these regulations could limit, or stop exploration and extraction activities, which would negatively impact the demand for our rental products. Also, a weak U.S. economy may negatively impact infrastructure construction and industrial activity, which may also adversely affect our business.

Seasonality of the liquid and solid storage and containment rental industry may impact quarterly results.

Rental activity may decline in the fourth quarter month of December and the first quarter months of January and February. These months may have lower rental activity in parts of the country where inclement weather may delay, or suspend, a company’s project. The impact of these delays may be to decrease the number of tanks, or boxes, on rent until companies are able to resume their projects when weather improves. These seasonal factors may impact quarterly results in each year’s first and fourth quarter.

 

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Significant increases in raw material, 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.

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 the Northeast region of the U.S. 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. 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 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, Southeast, Southwest and West. All of our branch offices, except for the Deer Park, Texas office, are leased and have remaining lease terms of one to three years, or are leased on a month to month basis. We believe satisfactory alternative properties can be found in all of our markets if we do not renew our existing leased properties.

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 the total acres, square footage of office space, square footage of warehouse space and total square footage of our significant properties at December 31, 2010.

 

              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, 6

     137.2         7,680         53,440         61,120   

Tracy, California4

     10.0         —           —           —     

Mira Loma, California6

     78.5         7,920         45,440         53,360   

Riverside, California5

     16.6         —           —           —     

Pasadena, Texas

     50.0         3,868         24,000         27,868   

Auburndale, Florida6

     122.5         8,400         95,902         104,302   

Charlotte, North Carolina7

     —           2,640         —           2,640   

Lexington, North Carolina8

     5.0         —           —           —     

Perris, California4

     6.0         —           —           —     

Electronic Test Equipment

           

Grapevine, Texas9

     —           45,000         71,895         116,895   

Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec10

     —           12,500         —           12,500   

Liquid and Solid Containment Tanks and Boxes

           

Newark, New Jersey11

     0.8         3,000         7,000         10,000   

Deer Park, Texas

     10.2         3,448         5,353         8,801   

Enviroplex

           

Stockton, California

     8.9         2,091         105,985         108,076   
                                   
     448.3         151,044         419,788         570,832   
                                   
                                     
1   The modular building complex in Livermore, California is 33,840 square feet and includes the corporate offices and modulars branch operations.

 

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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 and 33.3 acres currently under development.
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 facility is leased on a month to month basis
5   Multiple parcels of land leased through March – July of 2011.
6   Adler Tanks also operates out of this facility.
7   This facility is leased through November 2011.
8   This facility is leased through December 2012.
9   This facility is leased through November 2018.
10   This facility is leased through August 2011.
11   This facility is leased through December 2013.

 

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. (REMOVED AND RESERVED).

 

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PART II

 

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

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

The market prices (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                                                                        
     2010      2009  
     4Q      3Q      2Q      1Q      4Q      3Q      2Q      1Q  

High

   $ 29.21       $ 24.95       $ 27.41       $ 25.33       $ 23.20       $ 22.78       $ 24.76       $ 24.05   

Low

   $ 23.29       $ 19.93       $ 20.89       $ 20.38       $ 19.27       $ 17.01       $ 15.08       $ 12.01   

Close

   $ 26.22       $ 23.96       $ 22.78       $ 24.23       $ 22.36       $ 21.27       $ 19.06       $ 15.76   

Dividends Declared

     $0.225         $0.225         $0.225         $0.225         $0.220         $0.220         $0.220         $0.220   

As of February 25, 2011, the Company’s common stock was held by approximately 60 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 2010 and 2009 is discussed under “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Liquidity and Capital Resources.” Subject to its continued profitability and favorable cash flow, the Company intends to continue the payment of quarterly dividends.

The Company 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, block transactions under an authorization of the Company’s board of directors. Shares repurchased by the Company are cancelled and returned to the status of authorized but unissued stock. There were no repurchases of common stock in 2010 and 2009. During 2008, the Company repurchased 968,746 shares of its common stock, for an aggregate repurchase price of $21.9 million or an average price of $22.61 per share. On May 14, 2008, the Company’s 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 February 25, 2011, 2,000,000 shares remain authorized for repurchase under this authorization.

 

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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, 2010 and should be read in conjunction with the detailed audited consolidated financial statements and related notes included in “Item 8 Financial Statements and Supplementary Data” and “Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Result of Operation”.

 

Selected Consolidated Financial Data                                         
(in thousands, except per share data)    Year Ended December 31,  
     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  

Operations Data

          

Revenues

          

Rental

   $ 200,615      $ 186,442      $ 197,236      $ 185,317      $ 168,940   

Rental Related Services

     34,702        33,352        34,080        34,713        31,599   
                                        

Rental Operations

     235,317        219,794        231,316        220,030        200,539   

Sales

     54,055        53,376        70,404        57,829        64,085   

Other

     2,002        2,473        2,439        2,550        2,442   
                                        

Total Revenues

     291,374        275,643        304,159        280,409        267,066   
                                        

Costs and Expenses

          

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

          

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

     56,399        57,215        57,115        51,642        45,353   

Rental Related Services

     26,542        25,271        24,728        24,257        21,830   

Other

     40,007        33,147        36,661        33,363        33,576   
                                        

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     122,948        115,633        118,504        109,262        100,759   

Costs of Sales

     37,637        38,695        49,917        40,591        44,481   
                                        

Total Costs of Revenues

     160,585        154,328        168,421        149,853        145,240   
                                        

Gross Profit

     130,789        121,315        135,738        130,556        121,826   

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     65,553        60,236        58,059        50,026        45,499   
                                        

Income from Operations

     65,236        61,079        77,679        80,530        76,327   

Interest Expense

     6,186        7,105        9,977        10,719        10,760   
                                        

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

     59,050        53,974        67,702        69,811        65,567   

Provision for Income Taxes

     22,571        20,649        26,498        27,337        24,209   
                                        

Income before Minority Interest

     36,479        33,325        41,204        42,474        41,358   

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary

     —          —          —          64        280   
                                        

Net Income

   $ 36,479      $ 33,325      $ 41,204      $ 42,410      $ 41,078   
                                        

Earnings Per Share:

          

Basic

   $ 1.52      $ 1.40      $ 1.74      $ 1.68      $ 1.65   

Diluted

   $ 1.50      $ 1.40      $ 1.72      $ 1.67      $ 1.63   

Shares Used in Per Share Calculations:

          

Basic

     23,944        23,745        23,740        25,231        24,948   

Diluted

     24,289        23,869        23,944        25,443        25,231   

Balance Sheet Data (at period end)

          

Rental Equipment, at cost

   $ 897,768      $ 827,458      $ 805,744      $ 707,426      $ 638,501   

Rental Equipment, net

   $ 591,580      $ 550,220      $ 552,238      $ 486,014      $ 451,342   

Total Assets

   $ 813,562      $ 757,936      $ 784,497      $ 642,236      $ 585,542   

Notes Payable

   $ 265,640      $ 247,334      $ 305,500      $ 197,729      $ 165,557   

Shareholders’ Equity

   $ 294,977      $ 267,413      $ 249,880      $ 244,031      $ 230,792   

Shares Issued and Outstanding

     24,235        23,795        23,709        24,578        25,090   

Book Value Per Share

   $ 12.17      $ 11.24      $ 10.54      $ 9.93      $ 9.20   

Debt (Total Liabilities) to Equity

     1.76        1.83        2.11        1.63        1.54   

Debt (Notes Payable) to Equity

     0.90        0.92        1.22        0.81        0.72   

Return on Average Equity

     13.0     12.7     17.1     17.2     19.2

Cash Dividends Declared Per Common Share

   $ 0.90      $ 0.88      $ 0.80      $ 0.72      $ 0.64   

 

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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, compliance with financial covenants in the Company’s revolving lines of credit and senior notes, and to 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 management 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 GAAP 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. 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 for purposes of comparison. The Company’s presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that the Company will not incur expenses that are the same as or similar to the adjustments in this presentation. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should only be used to evaluate the Company’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding 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. Because 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,  
     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  

Net Income

   $ 36,479      $ 33,325      $ 41,204      $ 42,410      $ 41,078   

Minority Interest in Income of Subsidiary1

     —          —          —          64        280   

Provision for Income Taxes

     22,571        20,649        26,498        27,337        24,209   

Interest Expense

     6,186        7,105        9,977        10,719        10,760   
                                        

Income from Operations

     65,236        61,079        77,679        80,530        76,327   

Depreciation and Amortization

     62,577        63,130        60,416        54,002        47,461   

Non-Cash Stock-Based Compensation

     4,227        3,598        3,766        3,457        3,125   
                                        

Adjusted EBITDA2

   $ 132,040      $ 127,807      $ 141,861      $ 137,989      $ 126,913   
                                        

Adjusted EBITDA Margin3

     45%        46%        47%        49%        48%   

 

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Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities                           
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended December 31,  
     2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  

Adjusted EBITDA2

   $ 132,040      $ 127,807      $ 141,861      $ 137,989      $ 126,913   

Interest Paid

     (6,306     (7,412     (10,073     (10,718     (10,511

Net Income Taxes (Paid) Refunds Received

     (9,342     3,321        (4,581     (14,424     (17,248

Gain on Sale of Rental Equipment

     (11,728     (10,892     (11,185     (10,027     (9,747

Change in certain assets and liabilities:

          

Accounts Receivable, net

     (5,891     15,510        (13,341     (7,227     4,590   

Income Taxes Receivable

     120        1,676        —          —          —     

Prepaid Expenses and Other Assets

     296        4,079        (2,475     (1,721     148   

Accounts Payable and Other Liabilities

     2,363        (8,378     (575     (2,076     7,254   

Deferred Income

     (954     (3,311     (893     3,096        (2,280
                                        

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

   $ 100,598      $ 122,400      $ 98,738      $ 94,892      $ 99,119   
                                        
                                          
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. At December 31, 2010 the actual ratio for the line of credit and the senior notes was 3.10 and 2.70, 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 greater than 2.50 to 1. At December 31, 2010 the actual ratio was 2.01.

At December 31, 2010, 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) its modular building rental division (“Mobile Modular”); (2) its electronic test equipment rental division (“TRS-RenTelco”); (3) its containment solutions for the storage of hazardous and non-hazardous liquids and solids division (“Adler Tanks”); and (4) its classroom manufacturing business selling modular buildings used primarily as classrooms in California (“Enviroplex”). In 2010, Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco, Adler Tanks and Enviroplex contributed 43%, 33%, 24% and 0%, respectively, of the Company’s income before provision for taxes (the equivalent of “pretax income”), compared to 78%, 16%, 8% and negative 2%, respectively, for 2009. 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, electronic test equipment and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes 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 period to period 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 are above its net book value. The Company’s growth in rental assets has been primarily funded through internal cash flow and conventional bank financing.

The Company’s rental operations include rental and rental related service revenues which comprised approximately 81% of the Company’s total revenues in 2010 and 79% of the Company’s total revenues for the three years ended December 31, 2010. Over the past three years modulars comprised approximately 52%, electronic test equipment comprised approximately 38% and tanks and boxes comprised approximately 10% 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 sells modular, electronic test equipment and liquid and solid containment tanks and boxes that are new, or previously rented. The Company’s Enviroplex subsidiary manufactures and sells modular classrooms. 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 modular, electronic test equipment and tanks and boxes have comprised approximately 19% and 21% of the Company’s consolidated revenues in 2010 and over the last three years, respectively. During these three years, modulars comprised approximately 61% and electronics represented approximately 39% 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.

The rental and sale of modulars to public school districts comprised 22%, 28% and 30% of the Company’s consolidated rental and sales revenues for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (For more information, see “Item 1. Business—Relocatable Modular Buildings—Classroom Rentals and Sales to Public Schools (K-12)” above.)

 

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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.

Related Party Transactions

During the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company purchased liquid and solid containment tanks totaling $16.8 million and $14.1 million, respectively from Sabre Manufacturing, LLC, which is controlled by the President of Adler Tanks. In addition, the Company leases two operating facilities and receives certain support services from companies controlled by the President of Adler Tanks. Payments for these leases and services totaled $0.6 million and $0.7 million in 2010 and 2009, respectively. Amounts due to related parties at December 31, 2010 and 2009 were $0.5 million and $1.0 million, respectively.

In December 2010, the Company purchased real property located in Deer Park, Texas used as an operating facility for Adler Tanks from a company controlled by the President of Adler Tanks. The purchase price was $2.7 million which was paid in cash.

Recent Developments

In February 2011, the Company announced that its board of directors declared a cash dividend of $0.23 per common share for the quarter ended March 31, 2011, an increase of 2% over the prior year’s comparable quarter.

Percentage of Revenue Table

The following table sets forth for the periods indicated the results of operations as a percentage of the Company’s total 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 Total Revenues     Percent Change  
     Three  Years
2010–2008
    Year Ended December 31,     2010 over
2009
    2009 over
2008
 
       2010     2009     2008      

Revenues

            

Rental

     67     69     68     65     8     -5

Rental Related Services

     12        12        12        11        4        -2   
                                    

Rental Operations

     79        81        80        76        7        -5   

Sales

     20        19        19        23        1        -24   

Other

     1        —          1        1        -19        1   
                                    

Total Revenues

     100     100     100     100     6     -9
                                    

Costs and Expenses

            

Direct Costs of Rental Operations

            

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

     20        19        21        19        -1        0   

Rental Related Services

     9        9        9        8        5        2   

Other

     12        14        12        12        21        -10   
                                    

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     41        42        42        39        6        -2   

Cost of Sales

     14        13        14        16        -3        -22   
                                    

Total Costs

     55        55        56        55        4        -8   
                                    

Gross Profit

     45        45        44        45        8        -11   

Selling and Administrative

     22        23        22        20        9        4   
                                    

Income from Operations

     23        22        22        25        7        -21   

Interest Expense

     2        2        2        3        -13        -29   
                                    

Income before Provision for Income Taxes

     21        20        20        22        9        -20   

Provision for Income Taxes

     8        7        8        8        9        -22   
                                    

Net Income

     13     13     12     14     9     -19
                                                  

 

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Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2010 Compared to

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2009

Overview

The Company’s total revenues in 2010 increased 6%, to $291.4 million from $275.6 million in 2009. The Company’s total net income in 2010 increased 9%, to $36.5 million, or $1.50 per diluted share, from $33.3 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, in 2009. The Company’s year over year total revenue increase was due to higher rental, rental related services and sales revenues as more fully described below.

For 2010 compared to 2009, on a consolidated basis,

 

   

Gross profit increased $9.5 million, or 8%, to $130.8 million, which was comprised of an increase in Adler Tanks’ gross profit of $13.8 million or 99% due to higher gross profit on rents, an increase in TRS-RenTelco’s gross profit of $10.9 million or 33% due to higher gross profit on rental and sales revenues and an increase in Enviroplex’s gross profit of $1.5 million primarily due to $4.3 million higher sales revenues, offset by a decrease in Mobile Modular’s gross profit of $16.7 million or 23% due to lower gross profit on rental, rental related services and sales revenues.

 

   

Selling and administrative expenses increased $5.3 million, or 9% to $65.6 million, with the increase primarily due to increased personnel and employee benefit costs and higher facility rental expenses.

 

   

Interest expense decreased $0.9 million, to $6.2 million from $7.1 million in 2009 primarily due to lower net average interest rates (2.4% in 2010 compared to 2.5% in 2009) and lower average debt levels of the Company.

 

   

Pretax income contributions were 43%, 33% and 24% by Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco and Adler Tanks, respectively, in 2010, compared to 78%, 16% and 8%, respectively, in 2009. These results are discussed on a segment basis below. Pre-tax income contribution by Enviroplex improved to zero from negative 2% in 2009.

 

   

Provision for income taxes resulted in an effective tax rate of 38.2%, down from 38.3% in 2009. Looking forward, the Company estimates an effective tax rate of 39.2% in 2011, 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 $4.2 million, or 3%, to $132.0 million compared to $127.8 million in 2009 resulting primarily from higher income from operations of TRS-RenTelco, Adler Tanks and Enviroplex, partly offset by lower income from operations of Mobile Modular. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined as net income before 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 33.

 

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Mobile Modular

For 2010, Mobile Modular’s total revenues decreased $16.6 million, or 12%, to $126.7 million compared to 2009, primarily due to lower rental, rental related services and sales revenues. The revenue decrease, together with lower gross margin on rental revenues and higher selling and administrative expenses, partly offset by lower interest expense, resulted in a decrease in pre-tax income of $17.0 million, or 40%, to $25.1 million in 2010.

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

 

Mobile Modular—2010 compared to 2009                                 
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2010     2009     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 82,648      $ 92,331      $ (9,683     -10

Rental Related Services

     22,947        25,174        (2,227     -9
                          

Rental Operations

     105,595        117,505        (11,910     -10

Sales

     20,685        25,201        (4,516     -18

Other

     432        581        (149     -26
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 126,712      $ 143,287      $ (16,575     -12
                          

Costs and Expenses

        

Direct Costs of Rental Operations:

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 13,734      $ 13,718      $ 16        0

Rental Related Services

     17,156        18,676        (1,520     -8

Other

     23,087        18,748        4,339        23
                          

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     53,977        51,142        2,835        5

Costs of Sales

     15,833        18,548        (2,715     -15
                          

Total Costs of Revenues

   $ 69,810      $ 69,690      $ 120        0
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 45,827      $ 59,865      $ (14,038     -23

Rental Related Services

     5,791        6,498        (707     -11
                          

Rental Operations

     51,618        66,363        (14,745     -22

Sales

     4,852        6,653        (1,801     -27

Other

     432        581        (149     -26
                          

Total Gross Profit

     56,902        73,597        (16,695     -23

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     28,309        27,308        1,001        4
                          

Income from Operations

     28,593        46,289        (17,696     -38

Interest Expense Allocation

     3,513        4,199        (686     -16
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 25,080      $ 42,090      $ (17,010     -40
                          

Other Information

        

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 491,364      $ 478,764      $ 12,600        3

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 332,807      $ 351,515      $ (18,708     -5

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     1.40     1.61       -13

Average Utilization3

     67.7     73.4       -8

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     2.07     2.19       -5

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 496,653      $ 485,943      $ 10,710        2

Period End Utilization3

     67.2     69.0             -3
  1   Average and Period End Rental Equipment represents the cost of rental equipment excluding new equipment inventory and 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 new equipment inventory and accessory equipment. Average Utilization for the period is calculated using the average cost 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.

 

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Mobile Modular’s gross profit for 2010 decreased $16.7 million to $56.9 million from $73.6 million in 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to the year ended December 31, 2009:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Mobile Modular’s rental revenues decreased $9.7 million, or 10%, compared to 2009, primarily due to the decline in demand for commercial buildings and higher returns of classroom buildings in our education markets. The rental revenues decrease was due to 5% lower average monthly rental rates and 5% lower average rental equipment on rent. As a percentage of rental revenues, depreciation was 17% in 2010 and 15% in 2009 and other direct costs were 28% in 2010 compared to 20% in 2009, which resulted in gross margin percentage of 55% in 2010 and 65% in 2009. The lower rental revenues, together with lower rental margins, resulted in gross profit on rental revenues decreasing $14.0 million, or 23%, to $45.8 million from $59.9 million in 2009.

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Related Services—Mobile Modular’s rental related services revenues decreased $2.2 million, or 9%, compared to 2009. 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 changes in the mix of leases and the amortization of associated service revenues in 2010 as compared to 2009. The lower revenues combined with lower gross margin percentage of 25% in 2010 compared to 26% in 2009 resulted in rental related services gross profit decreasing $0.7 million, or 11%, to $5.8 million from $6.5 million in 2009.

 

   

Gross Profit on Sales—Mobile Modular’s sales revenues decreased $4.5 million, or 18%, compared to 2009 resulting in lower sales gross profit of $4.9 million in 2010 compared to $6.7 million in 2009. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of Mobile Modular’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from period to period depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding.

For 2010, Mobile Modular’s selling and administrative expenses increased $1.0 million, or 4%, to $28.3 million from $27.3 million in 2009, primarily due to higher personnel and employee benefit costs related to the expansion of our portable storage initiative and higher facility rental expenses, and represented 34% of Mobile Modular’s rental revenues in 2010 compared to 30% in 2009.

 

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TRS-RenTelco

For 2010, TRS-RenTelco’s total revenues increased $7.8 million, or 8%, to $107.7 million compared to 2009, primarily due to higher rental and sales revenues. Pre-tax income increased $10.8 million to $19.3 million for 2010 from $8.5 million for 2009, primarily due to higher gross profit on rental and sales revenues and lower interest expense, partly offset by higher selling and administrative expenses.

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

 

TRS-RenTelco—2010 compared to 2009                                 
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2010     2009     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 82,540      $ 75,500      $ 7,040        9

Rental Related Services

     2,240        1,970        270        14
                          

Rental Operations

     84,780        77,470        7,310        9

Sales

     21,443        20,586        857        4

Other

     1,513        1,858        (345     -19
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 107,736      $ 99,914      $ 7,822        8
                          

Costs and Expenses

        

Direct Costs of Rental Operations:

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 37,017      $ 40,175      $ (3,158     -8

Rental Related Services

     2,001        1,898        103        5

Other

     12,587        11,470        1,117        10
                          

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     51,605        53,543        (1,938     -4

Costs of Sales

     12,682        13,798        (1,116     -8
                          

Total Costs of Revenues

   $ 64,287      $ 67,341      $ (3,054     -4
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 32,936      $ 23,855      $ 9,081        38

Rental Related Services

     239        72        167        232
                          

Rental Operations

     33,175        23,927        9,248        39

Sales

     8,761        6,788        1,973        29

Other

     1,513        1,858        (345     -19
                          

Total Gross Profit

     43,449        32,573        10,876        33

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     22,395        21,878        517        2
                          

Income from Operations

     21,054        10,695        10,359        97

Interest Expense Allocation

     1,791        2,213        (422     -19
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 19,263      $ 8,482      $ 10,781        127
                          

Other Information

        

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 244,425      $ 247,743      $ (3,318     -1

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 161,419      $ 152,234      $ 9,185        6

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     2.81     2.54       11

Average Utilization3

     66.0     61.4       8

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     4.26     4.13       3

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 249,814      $ 238,934      $ 10,880        5

Period End Utilization3

     64.3     63.1             2
  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.

 

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TRS-RenTelco’s gross profit for 2010 increased 33%, to $43.4 million from $32.6 million in 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to the year ended December 31, 2009:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—TRS-RenTelco’s rental revenues increased $7.0 million, or 9%, while depreciation expense decreased $3.2 million, or 8%, resulting in an increase of $9.1 million, or 38%, in gross profit on rental revenues to $32.9 million in 2010. The rental revenues increase was due to 3% higher average monthly rental rates and 6% higher average rental equipment on rent.

 

   

Gross Profit on Sales—TRS-RenTelco’s sales revenues increased $0.9 million, or 4%, compared to 2009. Gross margin percentage was 41% in 2010, compared to 33% in 2009, primarily due to higher gross margin on new and used equipment sales resulting in gross profit on sales increasing $2.0 million, or 29%, to $8.8 million from $6.8 million in 2009. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of TRS-RenTelco’s rental business; however, these sales and related gross margins can fluctuate from period to period depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding.

For 2010, TRS-RenTelco’s selling and administrative expenses increased $0.5 million, or 2%, to $22.4 million from $21.9 million in 2009, primarily due to investment in the TRS-Environmental growth initiative and higher bad debt expense. TRS-RenTelco’s selling and administrative expenses as a percentage of TRS-RenTelco’s rental revenues were 27% in 2010 and 29% in 2009.

 

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Adler Tanks

For 2010, Adler Tanks’ total revenues increased $20.2 million, or 81%, to $45.2 million compared to 2009, primarily due to higher rental and rental related services revenues during 2010. The revenue increase and higher gross margin on rental revenues resulted in pre-tax income increase of $10.0 million to $14.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2010, an increase of 225% compared to the pre-tax income for the year ended December 31, 2009.

The following table summarizes year-to-year results for each revenue and gross profit category, income from operations, pre-tax income and other selected information.

 

Adler Tanks—2010 compared to 2009                                  
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2010     2009     $      %  

Revenues

         

Rental

   $ 35,427      $ 18,611      $ 16,816         90

Rental Related Services

     9,515        6,208        3,307         53
                           

Rental Operations

     44,942        24,819        20,123         81

Sales

     232        170        62         37

Other

     57        34        23         68
                           

Total Revenues

   $ 45,231      $ 25,023      $ 20,208         81
                           

Costs and Expenses

         

Direct Costs of Rental Operations:

         

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 5,648      $ 3,322      $ 2,326         70

Rental Related Services

     7,385        4,697        2,688         57

Other

     4,333        2,929        1,404         48
                           

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     17,366        10,948        6,418         59

Costs of Sales

     180        165        15         9
                           

Total Costs of Revenues

   $ 17,546      $ 11,113      $ 6,433         58
                           

Gross Profit

         

Rental

   $ 25,446      $ 12,360      $ 13,086         106

Rental Related Services

     2,130        1,511        619         41
                           

Rental Operations

     27,576        13,871        13,705         99

Sales

     52        5        47         nm   

Other

     57        34        23         68
                           

Total Gross Profit

     27,685        13,910        13,775         99

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     12,161        8,566        3,595         42
                           

Income from Operations

     15,524        5,344        10,180         190

Interest Expense Allocation

     1,080        893        187         21
                           

Pre-tax Income

   $ 14,444      $ 4,451      $ 9,993         225
                           

Other Information

         

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 101,263      $ 59,276      $ 41,987         71

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 76,949      $ 39,333      $ 37,616         96

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     2.92     2.62        11

Average Utilization3

     76.0     66.4        15

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     3.84     3.94        -3

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 129,114      $ 74,867      $ 54,247         73

Period End Utilization3

     84.9     71.2              19
  1   Average and Period End Rental Equipment represents the cost of rental equipment excluding new equipment inventory and 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 new equipment inventory and accessory equipment. Average Utilization for the period is calculated using the average cost 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.

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Adler Tanks’ gross profit for the 2010 increased $13.8 million, or 99%, to $27.7 million from $13.9 million for the same period in 2009. For the year ended December 31, 2010 compared to year ended December 31, 2009:

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Adler Tanks’ rental revenues increased $16.8 million, or 90%, primarily due to increased market demand and the expansion into new market areas. As a percentage of rental revenues, depreciation was 16% and 18% in 2010 and 2009, respectively, and other direct costs were 13% in 2010 compared to 15% in 2009, which resulted in gross margin percentages of 71% in 2010 and 67% in 2009. The higher rental revenues, combined with higher rental margins resulted in gross profit on rental revenues increasing $13.1 million, or 106%, to $25.4 million in 2010.

Gross Profit on Rental Related Services—Adler Tanks’ rental related services revenues increased $3.3 million, or 53%, compared to 2009. The higher revenues, partly offset by a lower gross margin percentage of 22% in 2010 compared to 24% in 2009 resulted in rental related services gross profit increasing $0.6 million or 41%, to $2.1 million from $1.5 million in 2009.

For 2010, Adler Tanks’ selling and administrative expenses increased 42%, to $12.2 million from $8.6 million in the same period in 2009 primarily due to higher personnel and benefit costs.

 

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Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2009 Compared to

Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2008

Overview

The Company’s total revenues in 2009 decreased 9%, to $275.6 million from $304.2 million in 2008. The Company’s net income in 2009 decreased 20%, to $33.3 million, or $1.40 per diluted share, from $41.2 million, or $1.72 per diluted share, in 2008. The Company’s year over year total revenue decrease was due to lower rental and sales revenues from rental operations and lower sales revenues.

For 2009 compared to 2008, on a consolidated basis,

 

   

Gross profit decreased $14.4 million, or 11%, to $121.3 million, with gross profit of TRS-RenTelco decreasing $15.4 million or 32% due to lower gross profit on rental and sales revenues. Mobile Modular’s gross profit decreased $7.9 million or 10% due to lower gross profit on rental, rental related service and sales revenues. Enviroplex’s gross profit decreased $4.1 million primarily due to $12.1 million lower sales revenues. Adler Tanks’ gross profit was $13.9 million in 2009.

 

   

Selling and administrative expenses increased $2.2 million, or 4% to $60.2 million, with the increase primarily due to increased selling and administrative expenses of Adler Tanks not present in 2008 and higher depreciation expenses, partly offset by lower personnel costs at Mobile Modular and TRS-RenTelco.

 

   

Interest expense decreased $2.9 million, to $7.1 million from $10.0 million in 2008 primarily due to lower net average interest rates (2.5% in 2009 compared to 4.4% in 2008) partly offset by higher average debt levels of the Company.

 

   

Pretax income contributions were 78% and 16% by Mobile Modular and TRS-RenTelco, respectively, in 2009, compared to 67% and 28%, respectively, in 2008. Pretax contribution by Adler Tanks was 8% in 2009. These results are discussed on a segment basis below. Pre-tax income contribution by Enviroplex decreased to negative 2% from 4% in 2008.

 

   

Provision for income taxes resulted in an effective tax rate of 38.3%, down from 39.1% in 2008 due to higher business levels outside of California in states with lower tax rates, primarily resulting from the first full year of the acquired Adler Tanks’ operations.

 

   

Adjusted EBITDA decreased $14.1 million, or 10%, to $127.8 million compared to $141.9 million in 2008 resulting primarily from lower income from operations of Mobile Modular, TRS-RenTelco and Enviroplex. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined as net income before 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 33.

 

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Mobile Modular

For 2009, Mobile Modular’s total revenues decreased $17.8 million, or 11%, to $143.3 million compared to 2008, primarily due to lower rental and rental related services revenues. The revenue decrease, partly offset by higher gross margin on rental revenues, lower selling and administrative expenses and lower interest expense, resulted in a decrease in pre-tax income of $3.4 million, or 8%, to $42.1 million in 2009.

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

 

Mobile Modular—2009 compared to 2008                                 
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2009     2008     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 92,331      $ 103,236      $ (10,905     -11

Rental Related Services

     25,174        31,484        (6,310     -20
                          

Rental Operations

     117,505        134,720        (17,215     -13

Sales

     25,201        25,796        (595     -2

Other

     581        543        38        7
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 143,287      $ 161,059      $ (17,772     -11
                          

Costs and Expenses

        

Direct Costs of Rental Operations:

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 13,718      $ 13,311      $ 407        3

Rental Related Services

     18,676        22,492        (3,816     -17

Other

     18,748        24,647        (5,899     -24
                          

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     51,142        60,450        (9,308     -15

Costs of Sales

     18,548        19,097        (549     -3
                          

Total Costs of Revenues

   $ 69,690      $ 79,547      $ (9,857     -12
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 59,865      $ 65,278      $ (5,413     -8

Rental Related Services

     6,498        8,992        (2,494     -28
                          

Rental Operations

     66,363        74,270        (7,907     -11

Sales

     6,653        6,699        (46     -1

Other

     581        543        38        -7
                          

Total Gross Profit

     73,597        81,512        (7,915     -10

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     27,308        29,281        (1,973     -7
                          

Income from Operations

     46,289        52,231        (5,942     -11

Interest Expense Allocation

     4,199        6,694        (2,495     -37
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 42,090      $ 45,537      $ (3,447     -8
                          

Other Information

        

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 478,764      $ 461,848      $ 16,916        4

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 351,515      $ 376,909      $ (25,394     -7

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     1.61     1.86       -14

Average Utilization3

     73.4     81.6       -10

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     2.19     2.28       -4

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 485,943      $ 476,368      $ 9,575        2

Period End Utilization3

     69.0     81.0             -15
  1   Average and Period End Rental Equipment represents the cost of rental equipment excluding new equipment inventory and 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 new equipment inventory and accessory equipment. Average Utilization for the period is calculated using the average cost 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.

 

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Mobile Modular’s gross profit for 2009 decreased $7.9 million to $73.6 million from $81.5 million in 2008. For the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to the year ended December 31, 2008:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Mobile Modular’s rental revenues decreased $10.9 million, or 11%, compared to 2008, primarily due to the decline in demand for commercial buildings and higher returns of classroom buildings in our education markets. The rental revenues decrease was due to 4% lower average monthly rental rates and 7% lower average rental equipment on rent. As a percentage of rental revenues, depreciation was 15% in 2009 and 13% in 2008 and other direct costs were 20% in 2009 compared to 24% in 2008, which resulted in gross margin percentage of 65% in 2009 and 63% in 2008. The lower rental revenues, partly offset by higher rental margins, resulted in gross profit on rental revenues decreasing $5.4 million, or 8%, to $59.9 million from $65.3 million in 2008.

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Related ServicesMobile Modular’s rental related services revenues decreased $6.3 million, or 20%, compared to 2008. 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 changes in the mix of leases and the amortization of associated service revenues in 2009 as compared to 2008. The lower revenues combined with lower gross margin percentage of 26% in 2009 compared to 29% in 2008 resulted in rental related services gross profit decreasing $2.5 million, or 28%, to $6.5 million from $9.0 million in 2008.

 

   

Gross Profit on SalesMobile Modular’s sales revenues decreased $0.6 million, or 2%, compared to 2008 resulting in comparable sales gross profit of $6.7 million in each of 2009 and 2008. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of Mobile Modular’s rental business; however, these sales can fluctuate from period to period depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding.

For 2009, Mobile Modular’s selling and administrative expenses decreased $2.0 million, or 7%, to $27.3 million from $29.3 million in 2008, primarily due to lower personnel costs, partly offset by increased depreciation expense, and represented 30% of Mobile Modular’s rental revenues in 2009 compared to 28% in 2008.

 

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TRS-RenTelco

For 2009, TRS-RenTelco’s total revenues decreased $21.9 million, or 18%, to $99.9 million compared to 2008, primarily due to lower rental and sales revenues. Pre-tax income decreased $10.6 million to $8.5 million for 2009 from $19.1 million for 2008, primarily due to lower gross profit on rental and sales revenues, partly offset by lower selling and administrative expenses and lower interest expense.

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

 

TRS-RenTelco—2009 compared to 2008                                 
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2009     2008     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 75,500      $ 92,982      $ (17,482     -19

Rental Related Services

     1,970        2,024        (54     -3
                          

Rental Operations

     77,470        95,006        (17,536     -18

Sales

     20,586        24,948        (4,362     -17

Other

     1,858        1,896        (38     -2
                          

Total Revenues

   $ 99,914      $ 121,850      $ (21,936     -18
                          

Costs and Expenses

        

Direct Costs of Rental Operations:

        

Depreciation of Rental Equipment

   $ 40,175      $ 43,599      $ (3,424     -8

Rental Related Services

     1,898        1,907        (9     0

Other

     11,470        11,876        (406     -3
                          

Total Direct Costs of Rental Operations

     53,543        57,382        (3,839     -7

Costs of Sales

     13,798        16,506        (2,708     -16
                          

Total Costs of Revenues

   $ 67,341      $ 73,888      $ (6,547     -9
                          

Gross Profit

        

Rental

   $ 23,855      $ 37,507      $ (13,652     -36

Rental Related Services

     72        117        (45     -38
                          

Rental Operations

     23,927        37,624        (13,697     -36

Sales

     6,788        8,442        (1,654     -20

Other

     1,858        1,896        (38     -2
                          

Total Gross Profit

     32,573        47,962        (15,389     -32

Selling and Administrative Expenses

     21,878        25,237        (3,359     -13
                          

Income from Operations

     10,695        22,725        (12,030     -53

Interest Expense Allocation

     2,213        3,663        (1,450     -40
                          

Pre-tax Income

   $ 8,482      $ 19,062      $ (10,580     -56
                          

Other Information

        

Average Rental Equipment1

   $ 247,743      $ 250,173      $ (2,430     -1

Average Rental Equipment on Rent1

   $ 152,234      $ 170,388      $ (18,154     -11

Average Monthly Total Yield2

     2.54     3.10       -18

Average Utilization3

     61.4     68.1       -10

Average Monthly Rental Rate4

     4.13     4.55       -9

Period End Rental Equipment1

   $ 238,934      $ 255,420      $ (16,486     -6

Period End Utilization3

     63.1     64.0             -1
  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.

 

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TRS-RenTelco’s gross profit for 2009 decreased 32%, to $32.6 million from $48.0 million in 2008. For the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to year ended December 31, 2008:

 

   

Gross Profit on Rental Revenues—Compared to 2008, TRS-RenTelco’s rental revenues decreased $17.5 million, or 19%, while depreciation expense decreased $3.4 million, or 8%, resulting in a decrease of $13.7 million, or 36%, in gross profit on rental revenues of to $23.9 million in 2009. The rental revenues decrease was due to 9% lower average monthly rental rates and 11% lower average rental equipment on rent as compared to 2008. The rental rate decrease was due to account penetration and other competitive pressures, and to a lesser extent the phasing out of TRS acquired equipment having 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.

 

   

Gross Profit on SalesTRS-RenTelco’s sales revenues decreased $4.4 million, or 17%, compared to 2008. Gross margin percentage was 33% in 2009, compared to 34% in 2008, primarily due to lower gross margin on new and used equipment sales resulting in gross profit on sales decreasing 20%, to $6.8 million from $8.4 million in 2008. Sales occur routinely as a normal part of TRS-RenTelco’s rental business; however, these sales and related gross margins can fluctuate from period to period depending on customer requirements, equipment availability and funding.

For 2009, TRS-RenTelco’s selling and administrative expenses decreased $3.3 million, or 13% to $21.9 million from $25.2 million in 2008, primarily attributable to lower personnel costs. TRS-RenTelco’s selling and administrative expenses as a percentage of TRS-RenTelco’s rental revenues were 29% in 2009 and 27% in 2008.

 

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Adler Tanks

For 2009, Adler Tanks reported pre-tax income of $4.5 million, which resulted from rental revenues of $18.6 million, with gross profit on rental revenues of $12.4 million. Adler Tanks’ sales revenues in the year ended December 31, 2009 were $0.2 million. Adler Tanks’ selling and administrative expenses were $8.6 million in 2009.

The following table summarizes year-to-year results for each revenue and gross profit category, income from operations, pre-tax income, and other selected information.

 

Adler Tanks—2009 compared to 2008                                 
(dollar amounts in thousands)    Year Ended
December 31,
    Increase
(Decrease)
 
     2009     20085     $     %  

Revenues

        

Rental

   $ 18,611      $ 1,018      $ 17,593        nm   

Rental Related Services

     6,208        572        5,636        nm   
                          

Rental Operations

     24,819        1,590        23,229        nm   

Sales

     170        176        (6     nm   

Other

     34        —          34        nm