UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

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

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2006.

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

Commission File Number 333-131536


MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware

 

20-3547095

(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)

 

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

4211 W. Boy Scout Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607

(Address of principal executive offices)

 

(813) 871-4811

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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 o

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

Large Accelerated Filer o  Accelerated Filer o  Non-accelerated Filer x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act). o Yes  x No

None of the Registrant’s voting stock was held by non-affiliates as of May 9, 2006. As of May 9, 2006, Mueller Water Products, Inc. had one unit outstanding.

 




PART I.   FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1.                FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.
 CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(UNAUDITED)

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

$

41.1

 

 

 

$

 

 

Receivables, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $6.5 million and $0.9 million at March 31, 2006 and September 30, 2005, respectively

 

 

272.7

 

 

 

118.5

 

 

Inventories

 

 

460.3

 

 

 

147.2

 

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

58.1

 

 

 

11.1

 

 

Prepaid expenses

 

 

31.1

 

 

 

1.5

 

 

Total current assets

 

 

863.3

 

 

 

278.3

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

340.7

 

 

 

149.2

 

 

Deferred financing fees

 

 

30.7

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

 

 

 

9.5

 

 

Due from parent, Walter Industries

 

 

20.0

 

 

 

 

 

Identifiable intangibles, net

 

 

849.0

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

855.5

 

 

 

58.4

 

 

Other long-term assets

 

 

5.6

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

 

 

$

2,964.8

 

 

 

$

495.4

 

 

Liabilities and Shareholder’s Equity (Deficit)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

$

11.5

 

 

 

$

 

 

Accounts payable

 

 

110.3

 

 

 

52.5

 

 

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

 

 

109.3

 

 

 

34.7

 

 

Payable to affiliate, Sloss Industries

 

 

4.4

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

235.5

 

 

 

89.7

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

1,537.8

 

 

 

 

 

Payable to parent, Walter Industries

 

 

2.9

 

 

 

443.6

 

 

Accrued pension liability, net

 

 

105.4

 

 

 

53.6

 

 

Accumulated postretirement benefits obligation

 

 

48.3

 

 

 

51.1

 

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

294.6

 

 

 

 

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

23.6

 

 

 

12.6

 

 

Total liabilities

 

 

2,248.1

 

 

 

650.6

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shareholder’s equity (deficit):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Membership unit:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1 unit outstanding at March 31, 2006 and September 30, 2005)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Capital in excess of par value

 

 

988.3

 

 

 

68.3

 

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(228.7

)

 

 

(178.1

)

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(42.9

)

 

 

(45.4

)

 

Total shareholder’s equity (deficit)

 

 

716.7

 

 

 

(155.2

)

 

Total liabilities and shareholder’s equity (deficit)

 

 

$

2,964.8

 

 

 

$

495.4

 

 

 

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

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MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2006

 

March 31, 2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Net sales

 

 

$

434.9

 

 

 

$

124.7

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

340.3

 

 

 

114.1

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

94.6

 

 

 

10.6

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

60.8

 

 

 

5.1

 

 

Related party corporate charges

 

 

2.0

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

Facility rationalization, restructuring and related costs

 

 

4.3

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

67.1

 

 

 

6.9

 

 

Income from operations

 

 

27.5

 

 

 

3.7

 

 

Interest expense arising from related party payable to Walter Industries

 

 

 

 

 

(5.1

)

 

Interest expense, net of interest income

 

 

(30.1

)

 

 

(0.2

)

 

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(2.6

)

 

 

(1.6

)

 

Income tax benefit

 

 

(0.8

)

 

 

(0.4

)

 

Net loss

 

 

$

(1.8

)

 

 

$

(1.2

)

 

 

 

 

Six months ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2006

 

March 31, 2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Net sales

 

 

$

915.3

 

 

 

$

265.9

 

 

Cost of sales

 

 

777.2

 

 

 

242.6

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

138.1

 

 

 

23.3

 

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

 

117.9

 

 

 

18.3

 

 

Related party corporate charges

 

 

3.8

 

 

 

3.7

 

 

Facility rationalization, restructuring and related costs

 

 

28.4

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

150.1

 

 

 

22.0

 

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

 

(12.0

)

 

 

1.3

 

 

Interest expense arising from related party payable to Walter Industries

 

 

 

 

 

(11.0

)

 

Interest expense, net of interest income

 

 

(62.3

)

 

 

(0.3

)

 

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(74.3

)

 

 

(10.0

)

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

 

(23.7

)

 

 

0.7

 

 

Net loss

 

 

$

(50.6

)

 

 

$

(10.7

)

 

 

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

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MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY (DEFICIT) AND

COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

FOR THE SIX MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2006
(UNAUDITED)

 

 

Capital in
Excess of 
Par Value

 

Accumulated
Deficit

 

Comprehensive
Income
(Loss)

 

Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Loss

 

Total

 

Balance at September 30, 2005

 

 

$

68.3

 

 

 

$

(178.1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

(45.4

)

 

$

(155.2

)

Walter’s investment in subsidiary

 

 

932.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

932.9

 

Dividend to Walter

 

 

(444.5

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(444.5

)

Dividend to Walter for acquisition costs

 

 

(12.0

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(12.0

)

Forgiveness of U.S. Pipe payable to Walter 

 

 

443.6

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

443.6

 

Comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

 

 

 

(50.6

)

 

 

(50.6

)

 

 

 

 

(50.6

)

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.6

 

 

 

2.6

 

 

2.6

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.1

)

 

 

(0.1

)

 

(0.1

)

Comprehensive loss

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

(48.1

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at March 31, 2006

 

 

$

988.3

 

 

 

$

(228.7

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

(42.9

)

 

$

716.7

 

 

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

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MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(UNAUDITED)

 

 

Six months ended

 

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

March 31,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

 

$

(50.6

)

 

 

$

(10.7

)

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation

 

 

34.4

 

 

 

13.1

 

 

Amortization of intangibles

 

 

13.6

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of deferred financing fees

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

 

 

Accretion on debt

 

 

6.6

 

 

 

 

 

Gain on disposal of property, plant and equipment

 

 

(0.3

)

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

 

 

Impairments of property, plant and equipment

 

 

21.3

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for deferred income taxes

 

 

(26.1

)

 

 

8.5

 

 

Gain on interest rate swaps

 

 

(0.5

)

 

 

 

 

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of the effects of acquisitions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Receivables

 

 

23.4

 

 

 

20.9

 

 

Inventories

 

 

62.1

 

 

 

(42.4

)

 

Income taxes payable

 

 

 

 

 

2.0

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

(0.1

)

 

Pension and other long-term liabilities

 

 

3.5

 

 

 

2.7

 

 

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

(28.9

)

 

 

(1.0

)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

63.1

 

 

 

(7.0

)

 

INVESTING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additions to property, plant and equipment

 

 

(30.9

)

 

 

(11.2

)

 

Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired

 

 

(15.5

)

 

 

 

 

 

Increase in amounts due to (from) Walter

 

 

(15.6

)

 

 

18.2

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

 

(62.0

)

 

 

7.0

 

 

FINANCING ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase (decrease) in dollar value of bank checks outstanding

 

 

9.7

 

 

 

(0.1

)

 

Proceeds from short-term borrowings

 

 

55.9

 

 

 

 

 

Retirement of short-term debt

 

 

(55.9

)

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from long-term debt

 

 

1,050.0

 

 

 

 

 

Retirement of long-term debt, including capital lease obligations

 

 

(617.9

)

 

 

 

 

Payment of deferred financing fees

 

 

(21.6

)

 

 

 

 

Dividend to Walter

 

 

(444.5

)

 

 

 

 

Dividend to Walter for acquisition costs

 

 

(12.0

)

 

 

 

 

Walter contribution of Predecessor Mueller’s cash

 

 

76.3

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

 

 

40.0

 

 

 

(0.1

)

 

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

41.1

 

 

 

(0.1

)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

 

$

41.1

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

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MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Continued)
(UNAUDITED)

Schedule of non-cash investing and financing activities:

On October 3, 2005, the Company’s parent Walter Industries, purchased all the outstanding common stock of Predecessor Mueller.

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Contribution of Predecessor Mueller by Walter

 

 

$

932.9

 

 

Less: Cash of Predecessor Mueller received

 

 

(76.3

)

 

Total net assets received excluding cash

 

 

$

856.6

 

 

 

Subsequent to the Acquisition, the Company’s parent, Walter Industries, forgave an intercompany receivable with U.S. Pipe of $443.6 million.

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

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MUELLER WATER PRODUCTS, INC.
NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

AS OF AND FOR THE THREE AND SIX MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2006 AND MARCH 31, 2005

(UNAUDITED)

Note 1.   Organization

The registrant is Mueller Water Products, Inc., a Delaware corporation (“Mueller Water” or the “Company”). The Company is the surviving corporation of the merger on February 2, 2006 of Mueller Water Products, LLC (Commission File Number: 333-116590) and Mueller Water Products Co-Issuer, Inc. with and into Mueller Holding Company, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

On October 3, 2005, through a series of transactions (the “Acquisition”), Walter Industries, Inc. (“Walter”), through a wholly-owned subsidiary, acquired all outstanding shares of capital stock of Mueller Water Products, Inc. (“Predecessor Mueller”), which immediately was converted into Mueller Water Products, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and contributed United States Pipe and Foundry Company, LLC, (“U.S. Pipe”), owned by Walter since 1969, to the acquired company. In accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, for accounting purposes U.S. Pipe is treated as the acquirer of Predecessor Mueller. Accordingly, effective October 3, 2005, U.S. Pipe’s basis of accounting is used for the Company and all financial data for periods prior to October 3, 2005 of the Company included in this report on Form 10-Q, is that of U.S. Pipe. The results of operations of Predecessor Mueller are included in the Consolidated Statements of Operations beginning October 3, 2005.

The Company was originally organized as United States Pipe and Foundry Company, Inc. (“Inc.”) and was a wholly-owned subsidiary of Walter Industries, Inc., a diversified New York Stock Exchange traded company (NYSE: WLT). On September 23, 2005, Inc. was dissolved and United States Pipe and Foundry Company, LLC was organized in the state of Alabama, and the operations of Inc. were conducted under the form of a limited liability company.

In December 2005, U.S. Pipe changed its fiscal year-end to September 30, which coincides with the fiscal year end of Predecessor Mueller. Beginning with the quarter ended December 31, 2005, the Company has three operating segments which are named after its leading brands in each segment: Mueller, U.S. Pipe, and Anvil.

The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements of the Company have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring accruals) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three-month and six-month periods ended March 31, 2006 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending September 30, 2006.

The balance sheet at September 30, 2005, has been derived from the audited financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.

Certain amounts in the prior period’s consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current-period presentation. On the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2005, prepaid pension cost of $19.3 million has been netted against accrued pension liability of $72.9 million and is presented as accrued pension liability, net of $53.6 million.

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Note 2.   Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Revenue Recognition—The Company recognizes revenue based on the recognition criteria set forth in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Staff Accounting Bulletin 104 “Revenue Recognition in Financial Statements”, which is when delivery of product has occurred or services have been rendered and there is persuasive evidence of a sales arrangement, selling prices are fixed or determinable, and collectibility from the customer is reasonably assured. Revenue from the sale of products via rail or truck is recognized when title passes upon delivery to the customer. Revenue earned for shipments via ocean vessel is recognized under international shipping standards as defined by Incoterms 2000 when title and risk of loss transfer to the customer. Sales are recorded net of estimated cash discounts and rebates.

Shipping and Handling—Costs to ship products to customers are included in cost of sales in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. Amounts billed to customers, if any, to cover shipping and handling costs are included in net sales.

Customer Rebates—Customer rebates are applied against net sales at the time the sales are recorded based on estimates with respect to the deductions to be taken.

Cash and Cash Equivalents—The Company considers all highly liquid investments with original maturities of ninety days or less when purchased to be cash equivalents. Outstanding checks are netted against cash when there is a sufficient balance of cash available in the Company’s accounts at the bank to cover the outstanding amount and the right of offset exists. Where there is no right of offset against cash balances, outstanding checks are classified along with accounts payable. At March 31, 2006 and September 30, 2005 checks issued but not yet presented to the banks for payment (i.e. the dollar value of bank checks outstanding) were $9.7 million and zero, respectively, and were recorded in accounts payable.

Receivables—Receivables relate primarily to amounts due from customers located in North America. To reduce credit risk, credit investigations are performed prior to accepting an order and, when necessary, letters of credit are required to ensure payment.

The estimated allowance for doubtful accounts receivable is based, in large part, upon judgments and estimates of expected losses and specific identification of problem trade accounts. Significantly weaker than anticipated industry or economic conditions could impact customers’ ability to pay such that actual losses may be greater than the amounts provided for in these allowances. The periodic evaluation of the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts is based on an analysis of prior collection experience, specific customer creditworthiness and current economic trends within the industries served. In circumstances where a specific customer’s inability to meet its financial obligation is known to the Company (e.g., bankruptcy filings or substantial downgrading of credit ratings), the Company records a specific allowance to reduce the receivable to the amount the Company reasonably believes will be collected.

Inventories—Inventories are recorded at the lower of cost (first-in, first-out) or market value. Additionally, the Company evaluates its inventory in terms of excess and obsolete exposures. This evaluation includes such factors as anticipated usage, inventory turnover, inventory levels and ultimate product sales value. Inventory cost includes an overhead component that can be affected by levels of production and actual costs incurred. Management periodically evaluates the effects of production levels and actual costs incurred on the costs capitalized as part of inventory.

Property, plant and equipment—Property, plant and equipment is recorded at cost, less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Depreciation is recorded on the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets. Leasehold improvements are amortized on the straight-line method over the lesser of the useful life of the improvement or the remaining lease term. Estimated useful lives used in computing depreciation expense are 2 to 20 years for machinery and equipment and 3 to 50 years for land

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improvements and buildings. Gains and losses upon disposition are reflected in the Consolidated Statements of Operations in the period of disposition.

Direct internal and external costs to implement computer systems and software are capitalized as incurred. Capitalized costs are amortized over the estimated useful life of the system or software, beginning when site installations or module development is complete and ready for its intended use, which generally is 3 to 5 years.

The Company accounts for its asset retirement obligations related to plant and landfill closures in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 143 (“SFAS 143”). Under SFAS 143, liabilities are recognized at fair value for an asset retirement obligation in the period in which it is incurred and the carrying amount of the related long-lived asset is correspondingly increased. Over time, the liability is accreted to its future value. The corresponding asset capitalized at inception is depreciated over the useful life of the asset.

Tooling—Prepaid expenses include maintenance and tooling inventory costs. Perishable tools and maintenance items are expensed when put into service. More durable items are depreciated over their estimated useful lives, ranging from 4 to 10 years.

Environmental Expenditures—The Company capitalizes environmental expenditures that increase the life or efficiency of property or that reduce or prevent environmental contamination. The Company accrues for environmental expenses resulting from existing conditions that relate to past operations when the costs are probable and reasonably estimable. The Company is indemnified by Tyco for all environmental liabilities associated with Predecessor Mueller as it existed as of August 16, 1999, whether known or not.

Accounting for the Impairment of Long-Lived Assets—Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the book value of the asset may not be recoverable. Goodwill and intangible assets that have an indefinite life are not amortized, but instead are tested for impairment annually (or more frequently if events or circumstances indicate possible impairments) using both a discounted cash flow method and a market comparable method.

Workers’ Compensation—The Company is self-insured for workers’ compensation benefits for work-related injuries. Liabilities, including those related to claims incurred but not reported, are recorded principally using annual valuations based on discounted future expected payments and using historical data or combined insurance industry data when historical data is limited. Pursuant to the terms of the Tyco Purchase Agreement, Predecessor Mueller is indemnified by Tyco for all liabilities that occurred prior to August 16, 1999. Workers’ compensation liabilities were as follows:

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Workers’ compensation liability recorded on a discounted basis

 

 

$

24.4

 

 

 

$

11.9

 

 

 

A one-percentage-point increase in the discount rate on the discounted claims liability would decrease the liability by $0.1 million, while a one-percentage-point decrease in the discount rate would increase the liability by $0.1 million.

Warranty Costs—The Company accrues for U.S. Pipe segment warranty expenses that include customer costs of repair and/or replacement, including labor, materials, equipment, freight and reasonable overhead costs, determined on a case-by-case basis, whenever the Company’s products and/or services fail to comply with published industry standards or mutually agreed upon customer requirements.

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The Company accrues for the estimated cost of product warranties of the Mueller and Anvil segments at the time of sale based on historical experience. Adjustments to obligations for warranties are made as changes in the obligations become reasonably estimable.

Activity in accrued warranty, included in the caption accrued expenses in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets, was as follows (in millions):

 

 

Three months ended

 

Six months ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2006

 

March 31, 2005

 

March 31, 2006

 

March 31, 2005

 

Accrued balance at beginning of period

 

 

$

5.0

 

 

 

$

1.7

 

 

 

$

4.7

 

 

 

$

1.8

 

 

Accrued warranty of Predecessor Mueller

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

 

 

Warranty expense

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

0.9

 

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

1.7

 

 

Settlement of warranty claims

 

 

(2.0

)

 

 

(0.8

)

 

 

(3.7

)

 

 

(1.7

)

 

Balance at end of period

 

 

$

4.4

 

 

 

$

1.8

 

 

 

$

4.4

 

 

 

$

1.8

 

 

 

Deferred Financing Fees—Costs of debt financing included in other non-current assets are amortized over the life of the related loan agreements, which range from five to ten years. Such costs are reassessed when amendments occur, in accordance with Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) 96-19, “Debtors Accounting for a Modification or Exchange of Debt Instruments.”

Income Taxes—Deferred tax liabilities and assets are recognized for the expected future tax consequences of events that have been included in the financial statements or tax returns. Deferred tax liabilities and assets are determined based on the differences between the financial statements and the tax basis of assets and liabilities, using tax rates in effect for the years in which the differences are expected to reverse. A valuation allowance is provided to offset any net deferred tax assets if, based upon the available evidence, it is more likely than not that some or all of the deferred tax assets will not be realized.

Research and Development—Research and development expenditures are expensed when incurred.

Advertising—Advertising costs are expensed when incurred.

Translation of Foreign Currency—Assets and liabilities of the Company’s businesses operating outside of the United States of America which maintains accounts in a functional currency other than U.S. dollars are translated into U.S. dollars using year-end exchange rates. Revenues and expenses are translated at the average exchange rates effective during the year. Foreign currency translation gains and losses are included as a separate component of stockholders’ equity. Gains and losses resulting from foreign currency transactions are included in either cost of sales or selling, general and administrative expense, as appropriate.

Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities—The Company currently uses interest rate swaps as required in the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement to reduce the risk of interest rate volatility. The amount to be paid or received from interest rate swaps is charged or credited to interest expense over the lives of the interest rate swap agreements. Changes in the fair value of derivatives are recorded each period in earnings or Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss), depending on whether or not a derivative is designated and effective as part of a hedge transaction and meets the applicable requirements associated with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 133 (“SFAS 133”) (see Note 6).

Additionally, the Company utilizes forward contracts to mitigate its exposure to changes in foreign currency exchange rates from third party and intercompany transactions. The primary currency to which the Company is exposed and to which it hedges the exposure is the Canadian Dollar. The effective portion of unrealized gains and losses associated with forward contracts are deferred as a component of

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Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) until the underlying hedged transactions are reported in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Related Party TransactionsThe Company purchases foundry coke from an affiliate, Sloss Industries, Inc. for an amount that approximates the market value of comparable transactions. Costs included in cost of sales related to purchases from Sloss Industries, Inc. were $5.4 million and $6.6 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and $10.8 million and $10.3 million for the six months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

Other services that Sloss Industries, Inc. provides to the Company include the delivery of electrical power to one of the Company’s facilities, rail car switching and the leasing of a distribution facility. The total of these other services included in the Company’s operating expenses were $0.4 million and $0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and $0.8 million and $0.7 million for the six months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

Related Party AllocationsCertain costs incurred by Walter such as insurance, executive salaries, professional service fees, human resources, transportation, healthcare and other centralized business functions are allocated to its subsidiaries. Certain costs that were considered directly related to the U.S. Pipe segment were charged to the Company and included in selling, general and administrative expenses. These costs were approximately $0.6 million and $0.4 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and approximately $1.0 million and $0.8 million for the six months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively. Costs incurred by Walter that cannot be directly attributed to its subsidiaries are allocated to them based on estimated annual revenues. Such costs were allocated to the Company and are recorded in the caption, related party corporate charges, in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations and were approximately $2.0 million and $1.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and approximately $3.8 million and $3.7 million for the six months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

While the Company considers the allocation of such costs to be reasonable, in the event the Company was not affiliated with Walter, these costs may increase or decrease.

Certain of the Company’s employees have been granted Walter restricted stock units and stock options under Walter’s stock-based compensation plans. The Company has expensed $0.2 million and $0.2 million related to the stock-based compensation costs allocated from Walter for the three and six months ended March 31, 2006, respectively.

Note 3.   Acquisitions

Hunt Industries, Inc.

On January 4, 2006, the Company acquired Hunt Industries, Inc. (“Hunt”) for $6.8 million in cash. Hunt, based in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is a manufacturer of meter pits and meter yokes which are sold by the Company’s Mueller segment.

The estimated fair values of the assets and liabilities acquired are as follows (dollars in millions):

Current assets

 

$

0.2

 

Goodwill

 

6.8

 

Current liabilities

 

(0.2

)

Net assets acquired

 

$

6.8

 

 

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CCNE, L.L.C.

On January 27, 2006, the Company acquired the operating assets of CCNE, L.L.C., a Connecticut-based manufacturer of check valves for sale to the water and wastewater treatment markets, for $8.8 million in cash.

The estimated fair values of the assets and liabilities acquired are as follows (dollars in millions):

Inventory

 

$

2.1

 

Intangible assets

 

6.7

 

Net assets acquired

 

$

8.8

 

 

The intangible assets acquired represent purchased technology and are being amortized over an estimated useful life of 55 months.

Acquisition of Predecessor Mueller by Walter Industries

On October 3, 2005, pursuant to the agreement dated June 17, 2005, Walter acquired all of the outstanding common stock of Predecessor Mueller for $943.4 million and assumed $1.05 billion of indebtedness. Predecessor Mueller was converted into a limited liability company on October 3, 2005 and was merged with and into the Company on February 2, 2006. Transaction costs included in the acquisition price were $14.8 million. In conjunction with the acquisition, U.S. Pipe was contributed in a series of transactions to Mueller Group, LLC (“Mueller Group” or “Group”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, on October 3, 2005. On February 23, 2006, Walter received $10.5 million based on the final closing cash and working capital, adjusting the purchase price to $932.9 million.

Walter’s acquisition of Predecessor Mueller has been accounted for as a business combination with U.S. Pipe considered the acquirer for accounting purposes. Assets acquired and liabilities assumed were recorded at their fair values as of October 3, 2005. The total purchase price of $932.9 million is comprised of (dollars in millions):

Acquisition of the outstanding common stock of Predecessor Mueller

 

$

918.1

 

Acquisition-related transaction costs

 

14.8

 

Total purchase price

 

$

932.9

 

 

Acquisition-related transaction costs include investment banking, legal and accounting fees and other external costs directly related to the Acquisition.

Under business combination accounting, the purchase price was allocated to Predecessor Mueller’s net tangible and identifiable intangible assets based on their fair values as of October 3, 2005. The excess of the purchase price over the net tangible and identifiable intangible assets was recorded as goodwill. Based on estimated fair values, the purchase price was allocated as follows (dollars in millions):

Receivables, net

 

$

177.4

 

Inventory

 

373.2

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

215.7

 

Identifiable intangible assets

 

855.9

 

Goodwill

 

790.4

 

Net other assets

 

376.1

 

Net deferred tax liabilities

 

(283.1

)

Debt

 

(1,572.7

)

Total purchase price allocation

 

$

932.9

 

 

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The purchase price allocation is preliminary and is subject to future adjustments to goodwill for the execution of certain restructuring plans identified by Walter prior to the acquisition date primarily related to Predecessor Mueller facility rationalization actions. Costs related to these facility rationalization actions will be recorded to goodwill through October 3, 2006.

Receivables are short-term trade receivables and their net book value approximates current fair value.

Finished goods inventory is valued at estimated selling price less cost of disposal and reasonable profit allowance for the selling effort. Work in process inventory is valued at estimated selling price of finished goods less costs to complete, cost of disposal and a reasonable profit allowance for the completing and selling effort. Raw materials are valued at book value, which approximates current replacement cost. The carrying value of inventories include $70.2 million in excess of Predecessor Mueller’s carrying value, of which $11.8 million was charged to cost of sales during the three months ended March 31, 2006 and $70.2 million was charged to cost of sales during the six months ended March 31, 2006.

Property, plant and equipment are valued at the current replacement cost as follows (in millions):

 

 

 

 

Depreciation
Period

 

Land

 

$

14.1

 

Indefinite

 

Buildings

 

51.8

 

5 to 14 years

 

Machinery and equipment

 

136.6

 

3 to 5 years

 

Other

 

13.2

 

3 years

 

Total property, plant and equipment

 

$

215.7

 

 

 

 

Identifiable intangible assets acquired consist of trade name, trademark, technology and customer relationships and were valued at their current fair value. Trade name and trademark relate to Mueller®, Anvil®, Hersey™, Henry Pratt™ and James Jones™. Technology represents processes related to the design and development of products. Customer relationships represent the recurring nature of sales to current distributors, municipalities, contractors and other end customers regardless of their contractual nature.

Identifiable intangible assets were as follows (dollars in millions):

 

 

 

 

Amortization
Period

 

Trade name and trademark

 

$

403.0

 

 

Indefinite

 

 

Technology

 

56.3

 

 

10 years

 

 

Customer relationships

 

396.6

 

 

19 years

 

 

Total identifiable intangible assets

 

$

855.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodwill represents the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of tangible and identifiable intangible assets acquired. Goodwill is not amortized, but rather is tested for impairment at least annually. In the event that the Company determines the book value of goodwill has become impaired, the Company will incur an accounting charge for the amount of impairment during the fiscal quarter in which such determination is made. The Company’s goodwill is not tax deductible.

Net other assets include cash, prepaid expenses, deferred financing fees, accounts payable, accrued expenses and accrued pension liability and were valued at their approximate current fair value. After the purchase price allocation Predecessor Mueller paid a $444.5 million dividend to Walter.

Net deferred tax liabilities include the tax effects of fair value adjustments related to identifiable intangible assets and net tangible assets.

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Debt is valued at fair market value as of October 3, 2005, which resulted in a $36.0 million and an $18.9 million fair value increase to the senior discount notes and the senior subordinated notes, respectively.

The following table of unaudited pro forma results of operations of Predecessor Mueller and U.S. Pipe for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005 is presented as if the Acquisition and borrowings under the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement had taken place on October 1, 2004 and were carried forward through March 31, 2005.

The unaudited pro forma amounts are not intended to represent or be indicative of the consolidated results of operations that would have been reported had the Acquisition and borrowings under the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement been completed as of the dates presented, and should not be taken as representative of the future consolidated results of operations of the Company.

 

 

Three months
ended

 

Six months
ended

 

 

 

March 31, 2005

 

March 31, 2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

Net Sales

 

 

$

409.9

 

 

 

$

807.2

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

 

$

1.3

 

 

 

$

(10.1

)

 

 

The pro forma amounts are based on the historical results of operations and are adjusted for amortization of definite-lived intangibles of $5.9 million and $11.8 million for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005, respectively; depreciation of property, plant and equipment of ($0.2) million and ($0.4) million for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005, respectively; interest expense of $5.1 million and $10.6 million for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005, respectively; and amortization of financing fees related to the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement of ($0.1) million and $2.4 million for the three and six months ended March 31, 2005, respectively.

Note 4.   Facility Rationalization, Restructuring and Related Costs

On January 26, 2005, the Company announced the closure of the Henry Pratt (“Pratt”) valve manufacturing facility in Dixon, Illinois, which is included in the Company’s Mueller segment. The eventual closure of the facility is expected to occur by the end of the fiscal year 2006, resulting in the termination of approximately 100 employees. Total estimated costs related to this closure are $2.2 million, of which $1.4 million, consisting of termination benefits, is expected to be recorded as an adjustment to goodwill. The remaining other costs include costs to transfer and install equipment and temporary outsourcing of manufacturing and will be expensed when incurred. During the quarter ended March 31, 2006, $0.3 million of termination benefits was recorded as an adjustment to goodwill. The restructuring costs are recorded to goodwill as the overall plan to close the facility was approved prior to the Acquisition.

On October 26, 2005, Walter announced plans to close U.S. Pipe’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant and transfer the valve and hydrant production of that plant to Mueller’s Chattanooga, Tennessee and Albertville, Alabama plants. The eventual closure of the U.S. Pipe Chattanooga plant is expected to occur in calendar 2006, resulting in the termination of approximately 340 employees. Total exit costs are expected to approximate $47.6 million of which approximately $29.3 million qualify as restructuring and impairment charges. The remaining exit costs of $18.3 million were comprised of an inventory write-down totaling $10.7 million and a $7.6 million write-off of unabsorbed overhead costs, of which $2.4 million and $18.3 million were recognized in cost of sales during the three months and six months ended March 31, 2006, respectively.

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Total estimated restructuring and impairment charges and the amounts recorded to restructuring expenses are as follows (in millions):

 

 

 

 

Restructuring & impairment
charges expensed

 

 

 

Total estimated
restructuring costs

 

For the three months 
ended March 31, 2006

 

For the six months
ended March 31, 2006

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

 

 

Termination benefits

 

 

$

3.6

 

 

 

$

0.4

 

 

 

$

3.4

 

 

Other employee-related costs

 

 

3.3

 

 

 

3.9

 

 

 

3.9

 

 

Other associated costs

 

 

3.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.1

 

 

Impairment of property, plant and equipment

 

 

19.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

19.0

 

 

Total

 

 

$

29.3

 

 

 

$

4.3

 

 

 

$

28.4

 

 

 

Termination benefits relating to the U.S. Pipe Chattanooga plant closure of $3.4 million consist primarily of severance related to staff reductions of hourly and salaried personnel. The Company expects to recognize an additional $0.2 million for severance expense during the remainder of fiscal 2006. In addition, the Company recognized other employee-related costs of approximately $3.9 million related to pension and other postretirement benefit obligations during the three months ended March 31, 2006. The Company expects to record reductions to these costs of $0.6 million related to pension and other postretirement benefit obligations during the remainder of 2006.

Other associated costs of $2.1 million principally include an increase to the estimated asset retirement obligation. The Company expects to recognize an additional $1.3 million of environmental-related costs, as those costs are incurred during fiscal 2006.

Property impairment charges of $19.0 million were recorded during the three months ended December 31, 2005. These assets have a remaining net book value of $3.9 million as of March 31, 2006.

Activity in accrued restructuring was as follows (dollars in millions):

 

 

For the three 
months ended
March 31, 2006

 

For the six
months ended
March 31, 2006

 

Beginning balance

 

 

$

3.8

 

 

 

$

 

 

Restructuring expenses accrued

 

 

4.3

 

 

 

9.4

 

 

Restructuring payments and charges

 

 

(4.5

)

 

 

(5.8

)

 

Ending balance

 

 

$

3.6

 

 

 

$

3.6

 

 

 

Note 5.   Borrowing Arrangements

Long-Term Debt—Long-term debt consists of the following obligations:

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

2005 Mueller Credit Agreement

 

 

$

1,044.8

 

 

 

$

 

 

10% senior subordinated notes(1)

 

 

332.4

 

 

 

 

 

143¤4% senior discount notes(2)

 

 

169.8

 

 

 

 

 

Capital lease obligations

 

 

2.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1,549.3

 

 

 

 

 

Less current portion

 

 

(11.5

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

1,537.8

 

 

 

$

 

 


1)               The value of the 10% senior subordinated notes were recorded at fair value at October 3, 2005 which was an increase of $18.9 million over Predecessor Mueller’s carrying amount. This amount is

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amortized over the life of the notes as a reduction to interest expense. As of March 31, 2006, the unamortized fair value adjustment was $17.4 million.

2)               The value of the 143¤4 % senior discount notes were recorded at fair value at October 3, 2005 which was an increase of $36.0 million over Predecessor Mueller’s carrying amount. This amount is amortized over the remaining life of the notes as a reduction to interest expense. As of March 31, 2006 the unamortized fair value adjustment was $33.6 million.

2005 Mueller Credit Agreement:   On October 3, 2005, Group entered into a credit agreement (the “2005 Mueller Credit Agreement”) consisting of a $145 million senior secured revolving credit facility maturing in October 2010 (the “2005 Mueller Revolving Credit Facility”) and a $1,050 million senior secured term loan maturing in October 2012 (the “2005 Mueller Term Loan”). The 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement is a secured obligation of Group and substantially all of its wholly-owned domestic subsidiaries, including U.S. Pipe. The 2005 Mueller Term Loan requires quarterly principal payments of $2.6 million through October 3, 2012, at which point in time the remaining principal outstanding is due. The commitment fee on the unused portion of the 2005 Mueller Revolving Credit Facility is 0.50% and the interest rate is a floating interest rate of 2.5% over LIBOR. The 2005 Mueller Term Loan carries a floating interest rate of 2.25% over LIBOR. As of March 31, 2006, the average interest rate was 7.0%.

Proceeds from the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement were $1,053.4 million, net of $21.6 million of underwriting fees and expenses which will be amortized over the life of the loans. The proceeds were used to finance the acquisition of Predecessor Mueller by Walter and to refinance existing indebtedness.

The 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement contains customary events of default and covenants, including covenants that restrict the ability of Group and certain of its subsidiaries to incur certain additional indebtedness, pay dividends, create or permit liens on assets, engage in mergers or consolidations, and certain restrictive financial covenants.

An amendment to the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement made in January 2006 provides that in the event of an initial public offering, Group may pay annual dividends of up to $8.5 million to the Company to pay its common shareholders.

10% Senior Subordinated Notes:   In 2004, Mueller Group, Inc. (now, Mueller Group, LLC) issued $315 million principal face amount of 10% senior subordinated notes due 2012. The senior subordinated notes are guaranteed by each of Group’s existing domestic restricted subsidiaries. The subordinated notes contain customary covenants and events of default, including covenants that limit Group’s ability to incur debt, pay dividends and make investments. The effective interest rate was 7.3% as of March 31, 2006.

143¤4% Senior Discount Notes:   In 2004, Predecessor Mueller issued 223,000 units, consisting of $223 million principal face amount of 143¤4% senior discount notes due 2014 and warrants to purchase 24,487,383 shares of Predecessor Mueller’s common stock. In connection with the Acquisition, these warrants were cancelled and converted into the right to receive cash equal to the number of shares of common stock into which the warrants would have been exercisable multiplied by the per-share merger consideration (less the exercise price per warrant). The senior discount notes remain senior unsecured obligations of the Company and are effectively subordinated to all of its existing and future secured debt and to all indebtedness and other liabilities of the Company’s subsidiaries, including Group. The senior discount notes do not require cash interest payments until April 2009. The effective interest rate was 10.4% as of March 31, 2006.

Capital Leases—The Company leases automobiles under capital lease arrangements that expire over the next four years.

Interest Rate Swaps—These hedges are described in Note 6 and comply with covenants contained in the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement.

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Distributions from Group—The Company has no material assets other than its ownership of Group’s capital stock and accordingly depends upon distributions from Group to satisfy its cash needs. The Company’s principal cash needs will be debt service on its senior discount notes due 2014. These senior discount notes do not require cash interest payments until 2009 and contain restrictive covenants that will, among other things, limit the ability of the Company and its subsidiaries (including Group) to incur debt, pay dividends and make investments. Neither Group nor any of its subsidiaries guarantee these notes. The Company, however, is a holding company and its ability to pay interest on the notes will be dependent upon the receipt of dividends from its subsidiaries. Group is the Company’s only direct subsidiary. However, the terms of Group’s borrowing arrangements significantly restrict its ability to pay dividends to the Company.

Note 6.   Derivative Financial Instruments

Interest Rate Swaps—On October 27, 2005, Group entered into six interest rate hedge transactions with a cumulative notional amount of $350 million. The swap terms are between one and seven years with five separate counter-parties. The objective of the hedges is to protect the Company against rising LIBOR interest rates that would have a negative effect on the Company’s cash flows due to changes in interest payments on its 2005 Mueller Term Loan. The structure of the hedges are a one-year 4.617% LIBOR swap of $25 million, a three-year 4.740% LIBOR swap of $50 million, a four-year 4.800% LIBOR swap of $50 million, a five-year 4.814% LIBOR swap of $100 million, a six-year 4.915% LIBOR swap of $50 million, and a seven year 4.960% LIBOR swap of $75 million. These swap agreements call for the Company to make fixed rate payments over the term at each swap’s stated fixed rate and to receive payments based on three month LIBOR from the counter-parties. These swaps will be settled quarterly over their lives and will be accounted for as cash flow hedges. As such, changes in the fair value of these swaps that take place through the date of maturity will be recorded in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss). These hedges comply with covenants contained in the 2005 Mueller Credit Agreement.

Group also has two interest rate hedge agreements that existed as of October 3, 2005: a two-year 3.928% LIBOR swap that matures in May 2007 and a two-year 4.249% LIBOR swap that matures in April 2007. The changes in fair value of these two swaps were recorded as interest expense in the Statements of Operations until achieving hedge effectiveness in October 2005 and November 2005, respectively, at which times such changes in fair value were recorded in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss).

The Company recorded an unrealized gain from its interest rate swap contracts, net of tax, of $2.6 million at March 31, 2006 in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income (Loss).

Forward Foreign Currency Exchange Contracts—The Company entered into forward exchange contracts primarily to hedge currency fluctuations from transactions (primarily an intercompany loan and anticipated inventory purchases) denominated in foreign currencies, thereby limiting the risk that would otherwise result from changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The majority of the Company’s exposure to currency fluctuations is in Canada. Gains and losses on the forward foreign currency exchange contracts are expected to be offset by losses / gains on identified underlying foreign currency exchange transactions. As of March 31, 2006, the Company had entered into forward foreign currency exchange contracts at a notional amount of $7.4 million to protect anticipated inventory purchases over the next six months by its Canadian operations. With these hedges, the Company purchases U.S. dollars and sells Canadian dollars at an average exchange rate of $0.870.

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The Company has also entered into hedges protecting the Company from currency fluctuations from its Canadian-denominated intercompany loan. The hedges have a notional value of $37.3 million and mature over the next three years. With these hedges, the Company sells Canadian dollars for U.S. dollars at an exchange rate of $0.8681. Gains or losses on these hedges will be recorded in earnings. The loss on the hedges at March 31, 2006 was not material.

Note 7.   Interest Expense Arising from Related Party Payable to Walter Industries

Interest expense associated with the outstanding debt payable to Walter was allocated to the Company up to the date of the Acquisition based upon the outstanding balance of the intercompany note. On October 3, 2005, the intercompany note to Walter of $443.6 million was forgiven and contributed to capital. Intercompany interest expense was zero and $5.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and was zero and $11.0 million for the six months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

Note 8.   Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits

The components of net periodic benefit cost for pension and postretirement benefits for the three months and six months ended March 31, 2006 and 2005 are as follows:

 

 

Pension Benefits

 

Other Benefits

 

 

 

For the three months
ended March 31,

 

For the three months
ended March 31,

 

 

 

    2006    

 

    2005    

 

    2006    

 

    2005    

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Components of net periodic benefit cost:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service cost

 

 

$

1.9

 

 

 

$

1.3

 

 

 

$

0.2

 

 

 

$

0.1

 

 

Interest cost

 

 

4.7

 

 

 

3.1

 

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

0.3

 

 

Expected return on plan assets

 

 

(4.9

)

 

 

(3.5

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of prior service cost

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

(0.6

)

 

 

(0.6

)

 

Amortization of net loss (gain)

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

0.8

 

 

 

(0.2

)

 

 

(0.2

)

 

Curtailment and termination benefits loss (gain)

 

 

4.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1.1

)

 

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

 

 

$

8.6

 

 

 

$

1.8

 

 

 

$

(1.4

)

 

 

$

(0.4

)

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 

 

Pension Benefits

 

Other Benefits

 

 

 

For the six months
ended March 31,

 

For the six months
ended March 31,

 

 

 

    2006    

 

    2005    

 

    2006    

 

    2005    

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Components of net periodic benefit cost:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service cost

 

 

$

3.9

 

 

 

$

2.4

 

 

 

$

0.4

 

 

 

$

0.2

 

 

Interest cost

 

 

9.4

 

 

 

6.3

 

 

 

0.6

 

 

 

0.7

 

 

Expected return on plan assets

 

 

(9.8

)

 

 

(6.6

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization of prior service cost

 

 

0.3

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

(1.2

)

 

 

(1.3

)

 

Amortization of net loss (gain)

 

 

3.7

 

 

 

1.6

 

 

 

(0.4

)

 

 

(0.4

)

 

Curtailment and termination benefits loss (gain)

 

 

4.9

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1.1

)

 

 

0.3

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

 

 

$

12.4

 

 

 

$

3.9

 

 

 

$

(1.7

)

 

 

$

(0.5

)

 

 

The curtailment and termination benefits loss (gain) shown in the schedule above are related to the closure of the U.S. Pipe Chattanooga, Tennessee plant as described in Note 4. These components of net periodic benefit cost for pension and postretirement plans were charged to restructuring expense in the statement of operations.

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For the three months and six months ended March 31, 2006, the Company had no contributions to its pension plans. The Company anticipates contributing approximately $5.3 million to fund its pension plans in fiscal 2006 and may make further discretionary payments.

Note 9.   Goodwill and Identifiable Intangibles

Goodwill and intangible assets that have an indefinite life are not amortized, but instead are tested for impairment annually (or more frequently if events or circumstances indicate possible impairments) using both a discounted cash flow method and a market comparable method. Definite-lived intangible assets are amortized over their respective estimated useful lives and reviewed for impairment if events or circumstances indicate possible impairment. The Company uses an estimate of future undiscounted net cash flows of the related asset or asset grouping over the remaining life in measuring whether the assets are recoverable.

Identifiable intangible assets consist of the following:

 

 

March 31, 2006

 

 

 

Cost

 

Accumulated
Amortization

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Definite-lived intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Technology

 

$

63.0

 

 

$

3.2

 

 

Customer relationships

 

396.6

 

 

10.4

 

 

 

 

459.6

 

 

13.6

 

 

Indefinite lived intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trade name and trademarks

 

403.0

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

862.6

 

 

$

13.6

 

 

 

Identifiable intangible assets, net, were $849.0 million at March 31, 2006, compared to zero at September 30, 2005. The increase primarily represents the allocation of purchase price of the Acquisition of $855.9 million as of October 3, 2005. During the three months ended March 31, 2006, there was an addition of $6.7 million of technology intangibles related to the acquisition of CCNE, L.L.C. in January 2006. Amortization expense was $7.0 million and $13.6 million for the three and six months ended March 31, 2006, respectively.

Goodwill was $855.5 million at March 31, 2006, compared to $58.4 million at September 30, 2005. The increase of $797.1 million primarily represents $798.3 million of goodwill identified during the allocation of the purchase price of the Acquisition, as well as the following adjustments recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2006: a $6.8 million increase related to the January 2006 acquisition of Hunt Industries; a $0.6 million increase related to the execution of certain restructuring plans identified by Walter prior to the Acquisition date; a $2.4 million increase related to deferred taxes on the foreign currency transaction gain on partial repayment of the foreign-denominated intercompany loan that existed at the Acquisition date; a $0.5 million decrease related to adjustments to the property valuations recorded as part of the purchase price allocation; and a $10.5 million decrease due to the settlement of the final working capital and cash adjustments to the purchase price. Goodwill is expected to increase as the Company implements facility rationalizations that were formally identified prior to the Acquisition up to, and no later than, October 3, 2006. Certain facility rationalization costs, primarily related to severance, will be recorded as a liability at the time identified as permitted under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, with a corresponding increase in goodwill. All closure costs related to the shut-down of the U.S. Pipe Chattanooga facility (as described in Note 4) have been charged to operating expenses and are not reflected as a component of goodwill.

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Note 10.   Supplementary Balance Sheet Information

Selected supplementary balance sheet information is presented below:

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Inventories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchased materials and manufactured parts

 

 

$

77.6

 

 

 

$

30.6

 

 

Work in process

 

 

114.2

 

 

 

15.5

 

 

Finished goods

 

 

268.5

 

 

 

101.1

 

 

 

 

 

$

460.3

 

 

 

$

147.2

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Land

 

 

$

25.6

 

 

 

$

11.3

 

 

Buildings

 

 

88.4

 

 

 

33.8

 

 

Machinery and equipment

 

 

529.5

 

 

 

401.7

 

 

Other

 

 

31.0

 

 

 

16.2

 

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

 

(333.8

)

 

 

(313.8

)

 

 

 

 

$

340.7

 

 

 

$

149.2

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vacations and holidays

 

 

$

14.3

 

 

 

$

4.5

 

 

Workers’ compensation and comprehensive liability

 

 

6.1

 

 

 

2.9

 

 

Accrued payroll and bonus

 

 

13.3

 

 

 

3.9

 

 

Accrued sales commissions

 

 

3.7

 

 

 

1.0

 

 

Accrued other taxes

 

 

7.3

 

 

 

2.1

 

 

Accrued warranty claims

 

 

4.4

 

 

 

4.7

 

 

Accrued environmental claims

 

 

4.2

 

 

 

4.0

 

 

Accrued income taxes

 

 

0.7

 

 

 

5.5

 

 

Accrued cash discounts and rebates

 

 

11.8

 

 

 

4.8

 

 

Accrued interest

 

 

21.0

 

 

 

 

 

Unclaimed payments to Predecessor Mueller warrant holders

 

 

1.9

 

 

 

 

 

Other

 

 

20.6

 

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

 

 

$

109.3

 

 

 

$

34.7

 

 

 

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Note 11.   Supplementary Income Statement Information

The components of interest expense, net of interest income are presented below:

 

 

Three months ended

 

Six months ended

 

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

March 31,
2005

 

March 31,
2006

 

March 31,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Interest expense, net of interest income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

 

$

29.4

 

 

 

$

0.2

 

 

 

$

58.6

 

 

 

$

0.3

 

 

Deferred financing fee amortization

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

 

 

Write off of bridge loan commitment fees

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

 

 

Interest rate swap gains

 

 

(0.1

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.5

)

 

 

 

 

Total interest expense

 

 

30.6

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

 

63.1

 

 

 

0.3

 

 

Interest income

 

 

(0.5

)

 

 

 

 

 

(0.8

)

 

 

 

 

Total interest expense, net of interest income

 

 

$

30.1

 

 

 

$

0.2

 

 

 

$

62.3

 

 

 

$

0.3

 

 

 

The bridge loan commitment fees represent fees paid to lenders to make available to the Company a bridge loan commitment to repurchase the 143¤4% senior discount notes and 10% senior subordinated notes from the holders of such notes under the terms of the change of control provisions of the indentures. No notes were tendered under the offer and the bridge loan was not used. The related commitment fees were charged to interest expense during the three months ended December 31, 2005.

Note 12.   Segment Information

Prior to the Acquisition on October 3, 2005, the Company had one segment—U.S. Pipe. As of March 31, 2006, the Company’s operations consisted of three operating segments: Mueller, U.S. Pipe and Anvil. These segments are organized based on products and are consistent with how the operating segments are managed, how resources are allocated, and how information is used by the chief operating decision maker. The Mueller segment is a manufacturer of valves, fire hydrants and other related products utilized in the distribution of water and gas and in water and wastewater treatment facilities. The U.S. Pipe segment is a manufacturer of ductile iron pressure pipe, fittings and other cast iron products used primarily for major water and wastewater transmission and collection systems. The Anvil segment is a manufacturer of cast iron and malleable iron pipe fittings, ductile iron couplings and fittings, pipe hangers and other related products for the fire protection, plumbing, heating, mechanical, construction, retail hardware and other related industries. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies.

Intersegment sales and transfers are made at established intersegment selling prices generally intended to cover costs. The determination of segment earnings does not reflect allocations of certain corporate expenses not directly attributable to segment operations and intersegment eliminations, which is designated as Corporate in the segment presentation, and is before interest expense, net of interest income, and income taxes. Corporate expenses include those costs incurred by Mueller’s corporate function and do not include any allocated costs from Walter. Costs allocated by Walter to the Company are recorded in the determination of U.S. Pipe’s operating income. Corporate costs include those costs related to financial and administrative matters, treasury, risk management, human resources, legal counsel, and tax functions. Corporate assets include cash, deferred tax assets and deferred financing fees. These assets have not been pushed down to the Company’s segments and are maintained as Corporate items. Therefore, segment earnings are not reflective of results on a stand-alone basis. See also Note 2 regarding Related Party Allocations from Walter which are recorded solely by U.S. Pipe and are reflected in the Company’s consolidated SG&A expenses.

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Segment assets consist primarily of accounts receivable, inventories, property, plant and equipment, goodwill, and identifiable intangibles. Summarized financial information for the Company’s segments follows:

 

 

Three months ended
March 31,

 

Six months ended
March 31,

 

 

 

   2006   

 

2005

 

2006

 

2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

193.3

 

 

$

 

$

373.5

 

$

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

119.7

 

 

124.7

 

290.8

 

265.9

 

Anvil

 

 

127.4

 

 

 

260.2

 

 

Consolidating eliminations

 

 

(5.5

)

 

 

(9.2

)

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

434.9

 

 

$

124.7

 

$

915.3

 

$

265.9

 

Income (loss) from operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

39.2

 

 

$

 

$

35.4

 

$

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

(7.2

)

 

3.7

 

(35.0

)

1.3

 

Anvil

 

 

5.0

 

 

 

3.5

 

 

Corporate expense(1)

 

 

(8.9

)

 

 

(15.3

)

 

Consolidating eliminations

 

 

(0.6

)

 

 

(0.6

)

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

27.5

 

 

$

3.7

 

$

(12.0

)

$

1.3

 

Depreciation and amortization:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

12.9

 

 

$

 

$

24.9

 

$

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

5.3

 

 

6.6

 

11.6

 

13.1

 

Anvil

 

 

5.9

 

 

 

11.3

 

 

Corporate

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

0.2

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

24.2

 

 

$

6.6

 

$

48.0

 

$

13.1

 

Facility rationalization, restructuring and related costs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

4.3

 

 

 

28.4

 

 

Anvil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

4.3

 

 

$

 

$

28.4

 

$

 

Capital expenditures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

8.4

 

 

$

 

$

14.4

 

$

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

3.1

 

 

3.3

 

10.5

 

11.2

 

Anvil

 

 

3.4

 

 

 

5.9

 

 

Corporate

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

14.9

 

 

$

3.3

 

$

30.9

 

$

11.2

 


(1)          Includes certain expenses not allocated to segments.

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March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Total assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

1,896.8

 

 

 

$

 

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

401.2

 

 

 

495.4

 

 

Anvil

 

 

490.5

 

 

 

 

 

Corporate

 

 

176.3

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

2,964.8

 

 

 

$

495.4

 

 

Goodwill:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

712.5

 

 

 

$

 

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

58.4

 

 

 

58.4

 

 

Anvil

 

 

84.6

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

855.5

 

 

 

$

58.4

 

 

Identifiable intangibles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mueller

 

 

$

760.0

 

 

 

$

 

 

U.S. Pipe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anvil

 

 

89.0

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated

 

 

$

849.0

 

 

 

$

 

 

 

Geographical area information with respect to net sales, as determined by the location of the customer invoiced, and property, plant and equipment—net, as determined by the physical location of the assets, were as follows:

 

 

Three months
ended
March 31, 2006

 

Three months
ended
March 31, 2005

 

Six months
ended
March 31, 2006

 

Six months
ended
March 31, 2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Net sales:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

 

 

$

388.2

 

 

 

$

121.1

 

 

 

$

818.3

 

 

 

$

258.8

 

 

Canada

 

 

45.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

93.9

 

 

 

 

 

Other Countries

 

 

0.9

 

 

 

3.6

 

 

 

3.1

 

 

 

7.1

 

 

 

 

 

$

434.9

 

 

 

$

124.7

 

 

 

$

915.3

 

 

 

$

265.9

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,
2006

 

September 30,
2005

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

Property, plant and equipment, net:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

United States

 

 

$

319.3

 

 

 

$

149.2

 

 

Canada

 

 

19.9

 

 

 

 

 

Other Countries

 

 

1.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

340.7

 

 

 

$

149.2

 

 

 

Note 13.   Commitments and Contingencies

Income Tax Litigation

A controversy exists with regard to federal income taxes for fiscal years 1980 through 1994 allegedly owed by the Walter consolidated group, which included the U.S. Pipe segment during these periods. It is estimated that the amount of tax presently claimed by the IRS is approximately $34.0 million for issues currently in dispute in bankruptcy court for matters unrelated to the Company. This a