Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Deferred Gain on Sale

Deferred Gain on Sale
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2019
Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities Disclosure [Abstract]  
Deferred Gain on Sale Deferred Gain on Sale

Deferred gain on sale consists of the following at September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018:

(in thousands)
September 30,
Deferred gain on sale


Annual guarantee payment, net

Total deferred gain on sale


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”) for approximately $97,900,000 in cash.

The sales price was subject to post-closing adjustments over a ten year period. The Company realized a gain of approximately $42,753,000 on the sale. Initially, $29,140,000 of the gain was deferred due to the Company’s continuing involvement in the property pursuant to a post-closing agreement and the potential price adjustments. The deferral represented the Company’s estimate of the maximum exposure to loss as a result of the continuing involvement. A net gain of approximately $13,613,000 was recognized at the time of the sale.

On October 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASC 610-20 and reevaluated the original post closing agreement under the guidance of ASC 610-20. As such, the Company recorded a derivative asset and derivative liabilities, which resulted in an increase to retained earnings of $10,897,000, net of taxes. This adjustment consisted of recording a derivative asset in the amount of $3,553,000 relating to potential payments due Alico from Global Ag Properties USA, LLC (“Global Ag”) and a derivative liability of $13,864,000 relating to potential payments due Global Ag from Alico. In the first quarter ended December 31, 2018, the Company recorded a loss of $956,000, which reflects the change in fair value of the derivative asset and derivative liabilities. In the three months ended March 31, 2019, the Company recorded an additional loss of $33,000.

On December 7, 2018, the Company and Global Ag entered into a Termination of Post Closing Agreement (the “2018 Post Closing Agreement”), pursuant to which the parties thereto agreed to certain terms and conditions under which a Post Closing Agreement, dated as of November 21, 2014 (the “2014 Post Closing Agreement”), may be terminated prior to the expiration of its stated term and with the payment of certain termination payments. The 2014 Post Closing Agreement was entered into in connection with the November 21, 2014 closing (the “Land Disposition”) of the sale by Alico to Global Ag of certain land used for sugarcane production and land leasing in Hendry County, Florida (the “Land”).

The 2014 Post Closing Agreement contained obligations, including possible payments by Alico and by Global Ag to each other over a ten year period following the closing of the Land Disposition, with the payments each year being based on the difference,
if any, between certain computed amounts. Since the time of the closing of the Land Disposition and up through March 11, 2019, the computations have resulted in payments being made each year by Alico to Global Ag., which have aggregated approximately $6,518,000.

The 2018 Post Closing Agreement provided for (i) the termination of the 2014 Post Closing Agreement following the satisfaction of certain terms and conditions set forth in the termination agreement and (ii) the deposit by wire transfer into escrow of an aggregate of $11,300,000 following notification by Global Ag to Alico of the closing date of a sale of the Land by Global Ag to a third party. The conditions to the termination of the 2014 Post Closing Agreement and the payment of funds to Global Ag included (a) Global Ag’s assignment to the third party buyer, and such third party buyer’s assumption, of certain specified water management obligations, irrigation and drainage easement obligations, access easements obligations and obligations under a certain option to purchase certain railroad property owned by Alico, (b) delivery to the escrow agent of all instruments and consideration required to consummate the closing by Global Ag of the sale of the Land to the third party buyer, and (c) delivery to the escrow agent of copies of a water management project cooperation agreement running in favor of Alico and signed by Global Ag and the third party buyer.

On March 11, 2019, the 2018 Post Closing Agreement was completed. As such, all the conditions of the termination of the 2014 Post Closing Agreement, mentioned above, were met with the sale of the sugarcane land to a third party. As a result, the Company does not have any future liabilities or commitments to Global Ag in connection with the 2014 Post Closing Agreement.