During the year ended Nov. 30, 2012, the Board of Directors declared total annual distributions of $0.44 per share ($0.11 per quarter). For the year ended Nov. 30, 2012, the Company’s distributions for tax purposes were comprised of 100 percent return of capital.
2012 Private Company Update
The fair value of Lightfoot as of Nov. 30, 2012 decreased approximately $867,000, or approximately 9 percent, as compared to the valuation at Nov. 30, 2011, with the decrease driven primarily by leases for new storage capacity in Alabama being secured at a slower than expected pace. Lightfoot’s assets consist of an 83.5 percent interest in Arc Terminals (“Arc”) and a minority position in a Liquefied Natural Gas facility located in Mississippi.
For its third quarter of 2012, Arc had sufficient distributable cash flow to pay a distribution, but instead retained cash for capital expenditures and potential future acquisitions. Arc continues to concentrate a majority of its capital expenditures on projects that increase revenue and reduce operating expenses. On Feb. 8, 2013 Arc announced the acquisition of marine terminals and rail car unloading facilities from Gulf Coast Asphalt Company.
The fair value of VantaCore as of Nov. 30, 2012 increased $4.4 million, or approximately 66 percent, as compared to the fair value at Nov. 30, 2011. The increase is attributable to VantaCore’s continued improved performance, mostly driven by the incremental results of Laurel Aggregates, as well as the success of its cost cutting initiatives and the price increases that have gone into effect. VantaCore was again unable to meet its minimum quarterly distribution in cash for its quarter ended September 30, 2012. Therefore, the common and preferred unit holders elected to receive their distributions as a combination of $0.26 per unit in cash and the remainder in preferred units. The Company received approximately $316,000 in cash and 14,000 additional preferred units during the three month period ended Nov. 30, 2012.