Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Subsequent Events

Subsequent Events
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2014
Subsequent Events [Abstract]  
Subsequent Events

Note 19. Subsequent Events

Sugarcane Disposition

On May 19, 2014, we entered into a triple net agricultural lease (the “USSC Lease”) with our sole sugarcane customer, United States Sugar Corporation (“USSC”), of approximately 30,600 gross acres of land in Hendry County, Florida historically used for sugarcane farming.  As a result of this lease we were no longer directly engaged in sugarcane farming as of May 19, 2014.

On November 21, 2014, we sold approximately 36,000 acres of sugarcane land to Global Ag Properties USA LLC (“Global”), including the land leased to USSC above, for approximately $97,900,000 in cash and assigned the USSC Lease to the purchaser. As result of this disposition, we are no longer involved in sugarcane, and the Improved Farmland segment is no longer material to our business.  The proceeds from the sale were reinvested on December 2, 2014 (see Orange-Co Acquisition) via a tax deferred like-kind exchange pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section §1031.

Orange-Co Acquisition

On December 2, 2014, we completed the acquisition of certain citrus and related assets of Orange-Co, LP (“Orange-Co”) pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement (the “Orange-Co Purchase Agreement”), dated as of December 1, 2014. The assets we purchased include approximately 20,263 acres of citrus groves in DeSoto and Charlotte counties, Florida, which comprises one of the largest contiguous citrus grove properties in the state of Florida. The purchase price was approximately $274,000,000 including: (1) $147,500,000 in initial cash consideration, subject to adjustment as set forth in the Orange-Co Purchase Agreement; (2) up to $7,500,000 in additional cash consideration to be released from escrow in equal parts, subject to certain limitations, on the 12- and 18-month anniversaries of the Closing Date; (3) the assumption and refinancing of Orange-Co's outstanding debt including approximately $91,200,000 in term debt and a working capital facility of approximately $27,800,000; and (4) the assumption of certain other liabilities.  On the Closing Date, the Company deposited an irrevocable standby letter of credit issued by Rabo Agrifinance, Inc. (“Rabo”) in the aggregate amount of $7,500,000 into an escrow account to fund the additional cash consideration.

We concurrently entered into arrangements to finance the Orange-Co acquisition as follows:

Metlife Credit Agreement

We entered into a First Amended and Restated Credit Agreement with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and New England Life Insurance Company under which they provided term loans in the aggregate principal amount of $182,500,000 and $25,000,000 in revolving credit commitments.

The Metlife Agreement amends and restates existing credit facilities, dated as of September 8, 2010 (as amended from time to time, the “Prior Credit Agreement”) between the Company and Rabo.  Under the Prior Credit Agreement, we had a term loan in the initial principal amount of $40,000,000, of which $33,500,000 was outstanding at the date of refinancing and $60,000,000 in undrawn revolving credit commitments.

Rabo Credit Agreement

We entered into a Credit Agreement with Rabo under which they have provided a $70,000,000 revolving working capital line of credit for the Company.

Silver Nip Merger Agreement

On December 2, 2014, we entered into an Agreement and Plan of Merger (the “Merger Agreement”) with 734 Sub, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company (“Merger Sub”), 734 Citrus Holdings, LLC (“Silver Nip Citrus”) and, solely with respect to certain sections thereof, the equity holders of Silver Nip Citrus. The Merger Agreement provides that, upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth therein, Merger Sub will merge with and into Silver Nip Citrus (the “Merger”), with Silver Nip Citrus surviving the Merger as a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company.  Subject to the terms and conditions set forth in the Merger Agreement, the Company will issue shares of the Company's common stock to the equity holders of Silver Nip Citrus as follows:

  • at the effective time of the Merger, up to 1,463,544 shares of Common Stock, subject to certain adjustments set forth in the Merger Agreement for Silver Nip Citrus's net indebtedness at the closing of the Merger, amounts related to certain groves specified in the Merger Agreement, certain Silver Nip Citrus transaction expenses and the trading price of the Common Stock; and
  • thirty (30) days after the end of Silver Nip Citrus's 2014-2015 citrus harvest season, an additional amount of shares of Common Stock, with the number of shares issued to be based on the net proceeds received by the Company from the sale of citrus fruit harvested on certain Silver Nip Citrus groves after the closing of the Merger, subject to certain adjustments set forth in the Merger Agreement for the cost to harvest the citrus fruit and the trading price of the Common Stock.

Completion of the Merger is conditioned, among other things, on: (1) approval of the Stock Issuance by a majority of the holders of the Company's common stock voting at a special meeting or acting by written consent to approve the Stock Issuance and, if such approval is obtained through action by written consent, the expiration of a twenty (20)-day waiting period after the date an information statement of the Company prepared in accordance with Regulation 14C of the Exchange Act and such information statement, is delivered to the Company's shareholders; (2) receipt of a final appraisal of the Silver Nip Citrus groves; (3) receipt of certain third-party consents; (4) completion of an audit of Silver Nip Citrus's 2014 consolidated financials and receipt of an unqualified audit opinion; (5) material compliance by the other party with all of its obligations under the Merger Agreement; and (6) subject to certain exceptions, the accuracy of the representations and warranties of the other party subject to a material adverse effect standard (as defined in the Merger Agreement).


734 Investors, LLC (“734 Investors”), the Company's majority shareholder, will seek the consent of a majority of its disinterested members to direct 734 Investors to approve the Stock Issuance by a written consent of its shares of Common Stock.

Water Storage Contract Approval

In December 2012, the South Florida Water Management District (“SFWMD”) issued a solicitation request for projects to be considered for the Northern Everglades Payment for Environmental Services Program. In March 2013, the Company submitted its response proposing a dispersed water management project on its ranch land.

On December 11, 2014, the SFWMD approved a contract, based on the submitted response, with the Company. The contract term is eleven years and allows up to one year for implementation (design, permitting, construction and construction completion certification) and ten years of operation whereby the Company will provide water retention services. Payment for these services includes an amount not to exceed $4,000,000 of reimbursement for implementation. In addition it provides for an annual fixed payment of $12,000,000 for operations and maintenance costs as long as the project is in compliance with the contract and subject to annual SFWMD Governing Board (“Board”) approval of funding. The contract specifies that the Board has to approve the payments annually and there can be no assurance that it will approve the annual fixed payments.