Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Assets Held for Sale

Assets Held for Sale
6 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
Assets Held for Sale [Abstract]  
Assets Held for Sale

Note 5. Assets Held for Sale


Sugarcane land

On November 21, 2014, the Company completed the sale of approximately 36,000 acres of land used for sugarcane production and land leasing in Hendry County, Florida to Global Ag Properties, LLC (“Global Ag Properties”) for $97,913,921 in cash. We had previously leased approximately 30,600 of these acres to United States Sugar Corporation (the “USSC Lease”). The USSC Lease was assigned to Global Ag Properties in conjunction with the land sale.

Net proceeds from the sugarcane land sale of $97,126,000 were deposited with a Qualified Intermediary in anticipation of the Orange-Co asset acquisition in a tax deferred like kind exchange pursuant to Internal Revenue Code Section §1031 (see “Note 4. Orange-Co Acquisition” in the Notes to the Condensed Combined Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)).

The sales price is subject to post-closing adjustments over a ten (10)-year period. The Company realized a gain of $42,753,000 on the sale. However, $29,140,000 of the gain has been deferred due to the Company's continuing involvement in the property pursuant to a post-closing agreement and the potential price adjustments. The deferral represents the Company's estimate of the maximum exposure to loss as a result of the continuing involvement. A net gain of $13,613,000 was recognized in the financial statements as of and for the six months ended March 31, 2015.

As a result of the disposition of our sugarcane land, we are no longer involved in sugarcane operations, and, as of November 21, 2014, the Improved Farmland segment was no longer material to our business, however, the sugarcane operation has not been classified as a discontinued operation due to the post-closing adjustments, amongst other involvement, as described above.


Our sugarcane land was classified as assets held for sale as of September 30, 2014.

Asset held for sale    
(in thousands)   March 31,
Land and land improvements   $ 2,050  
Impairment     (541 )
Assets held for sale   $ 1,509