United States Securities and exchange commission

Washington , D.C. 20549

Form 10-K

(Mark One)

[X]Annual Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15( d ) of the securities exchange act of 1934.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014

or

[ ]Transition report pursuant to section 13 or 15( d ) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934.

For the transition period from __________________ to _________________          

 

 

 

Commission
File Number

Registrant , State of  Incorporation Address and Telephone Number

I.R.S. Employer Identification No.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-11255

AMERCO

88-0106815

 

(A Nevada Corporation)

 

 

1325 Airmotive Way, Ste. 100

 

 

Reno, Nevada 89502-3239

 

 

Telephone (775) 688-6300

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  Yes [X]   No [ ]

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Act.  Yes   [ ]     No     [X]

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 [ ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files . ) Yes [X]   No [ ]

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405 of this chapter) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. [ ]   


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

Large accelerated filer [X]    Accelerated filer [ ]   

Non-accelerated filer [ ] (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company [ ]

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

The aggregate market value of AMERCO common stock held by non-affiliates on September 30, 20 13 was $ 902,836,527 . The aggregate market value was computed using the closing price for the common stock trading on NASDAQ on such date. Shares held by executive officers, directors and persons owning directly or indirectly more than 5% of the outstanding common stock have been excluded from the preceding number because such persons may be deemed to be affiliates of the registrant. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination for other purposes.

19,607,788 shares of AMERCO Common Stock, $0.25 par value, were outstanding at May 23 , 2014.

Documents incorporated by reference: portions of AMERCO’s definitive proxy statement for the 201 4 annual meeting of stockholders, to be filed within 120 days after AMERCO’s fiscal year ended March 31, 2014 , are incorporated by reference into Part III of this report.


 


TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

Page  

 

PART I

 

Item 1.

Business

1

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

7

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

1 2

Item 2.

Properties

1 2

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

12

Item 4. 

Mine Safety Disclosure

1 2

 

 

 

 

PART II

 

Item 5.

Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Repurchases of Equity Securities

1 2

Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

1 5

Item 7. 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

1 6

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

37

Item 8.

F inancial Statements and Supplementary Data

38

Item 9. 

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

39

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

39

Item 9B.

Other Information

4 2

 

 

 

 

PART III

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

4 2

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

4 2

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters


4 2

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transaction, and Director Independence

4 2

Item 14.

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

4 2

 

 

 

 

PART IV

 

Item 15.

Exhib i ts and Financial Statement Schedules

4 3


 

 


Part i

Item 1. Business

Company Overview

We are North America’s largest “do-it-yourself” moving and storage operator through our subsidiary    U-Haul International, Inc. (“U-Haul”). U-Haul is synonymous with “do-it-yourself” moving and storage and is a leader in supplying products and services to help people move and store their household and commercial goods. Our primary service objective is to provide a better and better product or service to more and more people at a lower and lower cost. Unless the context otherwise requires, the term “AMERCO,” “Company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” refers to AMERCO , a Nevada corporation, and all of its legal subsidiaries , on a consolidated basis .

We were founded in 1945 as a sole proprietorship under the name "U-Haul Trailer Rental Company" and have rented trailers ever since. Starting in 1959, we rented trucks on a one-way and in-town basis exclusively through independent U-Haul dealers. In 1974, we began developing our network of U-Haul managed retail stores , through which we rent our trucks and trailers, self-storage rooms and portable moving and storage pods and sell moving and self-storage products and services to complement our independent dealer network.

We rent our distinctive orange and white U-Haul trucks and trailers as well as offer self-storage rooms through a network of approximately 1, 54 0 Company operated retail moving stores and approximately 17,400 independent U-Haul dealers . We also sell U-Haul brand boxes, tape and other moving and self-storage products and services to “do-it-yourself” moving and storage customers at all of our distribution outlets and through our eMove ® web site.

We believe U-Haul is the most convenient supplier of products and services addressing the needs of North America’s “do-it-yourself” moving and storage market. Our broad geographic coverage throughout the United States and Canada and our extensive selection of U-Haul brand moving equipment rentals, self-storage rooms and related moving and storage products and services provide our customers with convenient “one-stop” shopping.

Since 1945 U-Haul has incorporated sustainable practices into its everyday operations. We believe that our basic business premise of equipment sharing helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the need for total large capacity vehicles. We continue to look for ways to reduce waste within our business and are dedicated to manufacturing reusable components and recyclable products. We believe that our commitment to sustainability, through our products and services and everyday operations has helped us to reduce our impact on the environment.

Through Repwest Insurance Company (“ Repwest ”) and ARCOA risk retention group ("ARCOA") , our property and casualty insurance subsidiary, we manage the property, liability and related insurance claims processing for U-Haul. Oxford Life Insurance Company (“Oxford”), our life insurance subsidiary, sells life insurance, Medicare supplement insurance, annuities and other related products to the senior market.

Available Information

AMERCO and U-Haul are each incorporated in Nevada. U-Haul’s internet address is uhaul.com. On AMERCO’s investor relations web site, amerco.com, we post the following filings as soon as practicable after they are electronically filed with or furnished to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”): our Annual Report on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, our Current Reports on Form 8-K, our proxy statement related to our annual meeting of stockholders, and any amendments to those reports or statements filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). We also use our investor relations web site as a means of disclosing material non-public information and for complying with our disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. All such filings on our web site are available free of charge. Additionally, you will find these materials on the SEC’s website at sec.gov.

 

 


Products and Rental Equipment

Our customers are primarily “do-it-yourself” household movers. U-Haul moving equipment is specifically designed, engineered and manufactured for the “do-it-yourself” household mover. These “do-it-yourself” movers include individuals and families moving their belongings from one home to another, college students moving their belongings, vacationers and sports enthusiasts needing extra space or having special towing needs, people trying to save on home furniture and home appliance delivery costs, and “do-it-yourself” home remodeling and gardening enthusiasts who need to transport materials.

As of March 31, 201 4 , our rental fleet consisted of approximately 1 27 ,000 trucks, 9 8 ,000 trailers and 3 7 ,000 towing devices. This equipment and our U-Haul brand of self-moving products and services are available through our network of managed retail moving stores and independent U-Haul dealers. Independent U-Haul dealers receive rental equipment from the Company, act as rental agent s and are paid a commission based on gross revenues generated from their U-Haul rentals.

Our rental truck chassis are manufactured by domestic truck manufacturers. These chassis are joined with the U-Haul designed and manufactured van boxes primarily at U-Haul operated manufacturing and assembly facilities strategically located throughout the United States. U-Haul rental trucks feature our proprietary Lowest Deck SM , which provides our customers with extra ease of loading. The loading ramps on our trucks are the widest in the industry, which reduce the effort needed to move belongings. Our trucks are fitted with convenient, padded rub rails with tie downs on every interior wall. Our Gentle Ride Suspension SM helps our customers safely move delicate and prized possessions. Also, the engineers at our U-Haul Technical Center determined that the softest ride in our trucks was at the front of the van box. Consequently, we designed the part of the van box that hangs over the front cab of the truck to be the location for our customers to place their most fragile items during their move. We call this area Mom’s Attic SM .

Our distinctive trailers are also manufactured at these same U-Haul operated manufacturing and assembly facilities. These trailers are well suited to the low profile of many of today’s newly manufactured automobiles. Our engineering staff is committed to making our trailers easy to tow, safe, aerodynamic and fuel efficient.

To provide our self-move customers with added value, our rental trucks and trailers are designed with fuel efficiency in mind. Many of our newer trucks are fitted with fuel economy gauges, another tool that assists our customers in conserving fuel. To help make our rental equipment more reliable , we routinely perform extensive preventive maintenance and repairs.

We also provide customers with equipment to transport their vehicle. We provide two towing options; auto transport, in which all four wheels are off the ground and a tow dolly, in which the front wheels of the towed vehicle are off the ground.

To help our customers load their boxes and larger household appliances and furniture, we offer several accessory rental items. Our utility dolly has a lightweight design and is easy to maneuver. Another rental accessory is our four wheel dolly, which provides a large, flat surface for moving dressers, wall units, pianos and other large household items. U-Haul appliance dollies provide the leverage needed to move refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers easily and safely. These utility, furniture and appliance dollies, along with the low decks and the wide loading ramps on U-Haul trucks and trailers, are designed for easy loading and unloading of our customers’ belongings.

The total package U-Haul offers the “do-it-yourself” household mover doesn’t end with trucks, trailers and accessory rental items. Our moving supplies include a wide array of affordably priced U-Haul brand boxes, tape and packing materials. We also provide specialty boxes for dishes, computers and sensitive electronic equipment, as well as tape, security locks, and packing supplies. U-Haul brand boxes are specifically sized to make loading easier.

 

 


We estimate that U-Haul is North America’s largest seller and installer of hitches and towing systems. In addition to towing U-Haul equipment, these hitching and towing systems can tow jet skis, motorcycles, boats, campers and horse trailers. Our hitches, ball mounts, and hitch balls undergo stringent testing requirements. Each year, more than one million customers visit our locations for expertise on complete towing systems, trailer rentals and the latest in towing accessories.

U-Haul has one of North America’s largest propane refilling networks, with over 1,08 5 locations providing this convenient service. We employ trained, certified personnel to refill all propane cylinders and alternative fuel vehicles. Our network of propane dispensing locations is one of the largest automobile alternative refueling networks in North America.

Our self-storage business was a natural outgrowth of our self-moving operations. Conveniently located U-Haul self-storage rental facilities provide clean, dry and secure space for storage of household and commercial goods. Storage units range in size from 6 square feet to over 1,000 square feet. We operate over 1, 22 0 self-storage locations in North America, with nearly 4 67 ,000 rentable rooms comprising 4 2 . 1 million square feet of rentable storage space. Our self-storage centers feature a wide array of securit y measures , ranging from electronic property access control gates to individually alarmed storage units. At many centers, we offer climate controlled storage rooms to protect temperature sensitive goods such as video tapes, albums, photographs and precious wood furniture.

Another extension of our strategy to make “do-it-yourself” moving and storage easier is our U-Box ® program.  A U-Box moving and storage pod is delivered to a location of our customer’s choosing either by the customers themselves through the use of a U-Box trailer or by Company personnel. Once the U-Box moving and storage pod is filled , it can be stored at the customer’s location, or taken to any of our Company operated locations, a participating independent dealer, or moved to a location of the customer’s choice.

Additionally, we offer moving and storage protection packages such as Safemove and Safetow. These programs provide moving and towing customers with a damage waiver, cargo protection and medical and life insurance coverage. Safestor provides protection for storage customers from loss on their goods in storage. For our customers who desire additional coverage over and above the standard Safemove protection, we also offer our Safemove Plus product. This package provides the rental customer with a layer of primary liability protection.

We believe that o ur eMove ® web site, eMove.com, is the largest network of customers and independent businesses in the self-moving and self-storage industry. The eMove network consists of channels where customers, businesses and service providers transact business. The e Move Moving Help marketplace connects “do-it-yourself” movers with independent service providers to assist movers in packing, loading, unloading, cleaning, driving and performing other services. Thousands of independent service providers participate in the eMove network.

Through the eMove Storage Affiliate Program, independent storage businesses can join the world’s largest self-storage reservation system. Self-storage customers making a reservation through eMove can access all of the U-Haul self-storage centers and all of our independent storage affiliate partners for even greater convenience to meet their self-storage needs. For the independent storage operator, our network gives them access to products and services allowing them to compete with larger operators more cost effectively.

Description of Operating Segments

AMERCO’s three reportable segments are:

            Moving and Storage, comprised of AMERCO, U-Haul, and Real Estate and the subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate,

            Property and Casualty Insurance, comprised of Repwest and its subsidiaries and ARCOA, and

            Life Insurance, comprised of Oxford and its subsidiaries.

 

 


Financial information for each of our operating segments is included in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements as part of Item 8: Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report on Form 10-K .

Moving and Storage Operating Segment

Our Moving and Storage operating segment consists of the rental of trucks, trailers, portable moving and storage pods, specialty rental items and self-storage spaces primarily to the household mover as well as sales of moving supplies, towing accessories and propane. Operations are conducted under the registered trade name U-Haul ® throughout the United States and Canada.

Net revenue from our Moving and Storage operating segment was approximately 90.6 % , 89.1 % and 85.8 % of consolidated net revenue in fiscal 201 4 , 20 13 and 20 12, respectively.

During fiscal 201 4 , the Company placed approximately 37 , 5 00 new trucks in service. These additions and replacements to the fleet were a combination of U-Haul manufactured vehicles and purchases. Typically as new trucks are added to the fleet the Company removes older trucks from the fleet . The total number of rental trucks in the fleet increased during fiscal 2014 as the pace of new additions was greater than those trucks removed for r etirement and sale .

Within our truck and trailer rental operation we are focused on expanding our independent dealer network to provide added convenience for our customers. U-Haul maximizes vehicle utilization by effective distribution of the truck and trailer fleets among the approximately 1, 54 0 Company operated stores and approximately 17,400 independent dealers. Utilizing its proprietary reservations management system, the Company’s centers and dealers electronically report their inventory in real-time, which facilitates matching equipment to customer demand. Approximately 54% of all U-Move rental revenue originates from the Company operated centers.

At our owned and operated retail stores we are implementing new initiatives to improve customer service. These initiatives include improving management of our rental equipment to provide our retail centers with the right type of rental equipment, at the right time and at the most convenient location for our customers, effective marketing of our broad line of self-moving related products and services, maintaining longer hours of operation to provide more convenience to our customers, and enhancing our ability to properly staff locations during our peak hours of operations by attracting and retaining “moonlighters” (part-time U-Haul employees with full-time jobs elsewhere) during our peak hours of operation.

Our self-moving related products and services, such as boxes, pads and insurance, help our customers have a better moving experience and help them to protect their belongings from potential damage during the moving process. We are committed to providing a complete line of products selected with the “do-it-yourself” moving and storage customer in mind.

Our self-storage business operations consist of the rental of self-storage rooms, portable storage pods, sales of self-storage related products, the facilitation of sales of services, and the management of self-storage facilities owned by others.

U-Haul is one of the largest North American operators of self-storage and has been a leader in the self-storage industry since 1974. U-Haul operates nearly 4 67 ,000 storage rooms, comprising 4 2 . 1 million square feet of storage space with locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. U-Haul’s owned and managed self-storage facility locations range in size up to 204 , 0 00 square feet of storage space, with individual storage units in sizes ranging from 6 square feet to over 1,000 square feet.

The primary market for storage rooms is the storage of household goods. We believe that our self-storage services provide a competitive advantage through such things as Max Security, an electronic system that monitors the storage facility 24 hours a day, climate control, individually alarmed rooms, extended hour s access, and an internet-based customer reservation and account management system.

 

 


eMove is an online marketplace that connects consumers to independent Moving Help™ service providers and thousands of independent Self-Storage Affiliates. Our network of customer-rated affiliates provide s pack and load help, cleaning help, self-storage and similar services all over North America . Our goal is to further utilize our web-based technology platform to increase service to consumers and businesses in the moving and storage market.

Our Moving and Storage operating segment business is seasonal and our results of operations and cash flows fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter. Historically, revenues have been stronger in the first and second fiscal quarters due to the overall increase in moving activity during the spring and summer months. The fourth fiscal quarter is generally our weakest, due to a greater potential for adverse weather conditions.

Property and Casualty Insurance Operating Segment

Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment provides loss adjusting and claims handling for U-Haul through regional offices across North America. Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment also underwrites components of the Safemove, Safetow, Safemove Plus and Safestor protection packages to U-Haul customers. We continue to focus on increasing the penetration of these products into the moving and storage market. The business plan for the Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment includes offering property and casualty products in other U-Haul related programs.

Net revenue from our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment was approximately 1.8 %, 1.9% and 1.6% of consolidated net revenue in fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Life Insurance Operating Segment

Our Life Insurance operating segment provides life and health insurance products primarily to the senior market through the direct writing and reinsuring of life insurance, Medicare supplement and annuity policies.

Net revenue from our Life Insurance operating segment was approximately 7.6 %, 9.0% and 12.6% of consolidated net revenue in fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Employees

As of March 31, 201 4 , we employed over 24,300 people throughout North America with approximately 98% of these employees working within our Moving and Storage operating segment and approximately 55% of these employees work ing on a part-time basis.

Sales and Marketing

We promote U-Haul brand awareness through direct and co-marketing arrangements. Our direct marketing activities consist of web based advertising, print and yellow pages as well as trade events, movie cameos of our rental fleet and boxes, and industry and consumer communications. We believe that o ur rental equipment is our best form of advertisement. We support our independent U-Haul dealers through advertising of U-Haul moving and self-storage rentals, products and services.

Our marketing plan focuses on maintaining our leadership position in the “do-it-yourself” moving and storage industry by continually improving the ease of use and efficiency of our rental equipment, by providing added convenience to our retail centers through independent U-Haul dealers, and by expanding the capabilities of our eMove web sites.

A significant driver of U-Haul’s rental transaction volume is our utilization of an online reservation and sales system, through uhaul.com , eMove.com and our 24-hour 1-800-GO-U-HAUL telephone reservations system. These points of contact are prominently featured and are a major driver of customer lead sources.

 

 


Competition

Moving and Storage Operating Segment

The truck rental industry is highly competitive and includes a number of significant national, regional and local competitors. Generally speaking, we consider there to be two distinct users of rental trucks: commercial and “do-it-yourself” residential users. We primarily focus on the “do-it-yourself” residential user. Within this segment, we believe the principal competitive factors are convenience of rental locations, availability of quality rental moving equipment, breadth of essential products and services, and total cost to the user . Our major national competitors in both the In-Town and one-way moving equipment rental market are Avis Budget Group, Inc. and Penske Truck Leasing. Additionally, we have numerous local competitors throughout North America who compete with us in the In-Town market.

The self-storage market is large and very fragmented. We believe the principal competitive factors in this industry are convenience of storage rental locations, cleanliness, security and price. Our largest competitors in the self-storage market are Public Storage Inc., Extra Space Storage, Inc., and Sovran Self-Storage Inc.

Insurance Operating Segments

The insurance industry is highly competitive. In addition, the marketplace includes financial services firms offering both insurance and financial products. Some of the insurance companies are owned by stockholders and others are owned by policyholders. Many competitors have been in business for a longer period of time or possess substantially greater financial resources and broader product portfolios than our insurance companies. We compete in the insurance business based upon price, product design, and services rendered to agents and policyholders.

Recent Developments

Financial Strength Ratings

In May 2014, A.M. Best upgraded the financial strength rating for Oxford to A- ( Excellent ) with a stable outlook .

Repwest maintains a B (Fair) financial strength rating with a stable outlook.

Financial Data of Segment and Geographic Areas

For f inancial data of our segments and geographic areas please see Note 2 2, Financial Information by Geographic Area and Note 22A, Consolidating Financial Information by Industry Segment to our Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This Annual Report on Form 10-K (“Annual Report”) , contains “forward-looking statements” regarding future events and our future results of operations. We may make additional written or oral forward-looking statements from time to time in filings with the SEC or otherwise. We believe such forward-looking statements are within the meaning of the safe-harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, projections of revenues, earnings or loss, estimates of capital expenditures, plans for future operations, products or services, financing needs and plans , our perceptions of our legal positions and anticipated outcomes of government investigations and pending litigation against us, liquidity, goals and strategies, plans for new business, storage occupancy, growth rate assumptions, pricing, costs, and access to capital and leasing markets the impact of our compliance with environmental laws and cleanup costs, our used vehicle disposition strategy, the sufficiency of our capital resources and the sufficiency of capital of our insurance subsidiaries as well as assumptions relating to the foregoing. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “project” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made.

 

 


Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Factors that could significantly affect results include, without limitation, the risk factors enumerated below under the heading “Risk Factors” and other factors described in this Annual R eport or the other documents we file with the SEC. The se factors, the following disclosures, as well as other statements in this Annual R eport and in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, could contribute to or cause such risks or uncertainties, or could cause our stock price to fluctuate dramatically. Consequently, the forward-looking statements should not be regarded as representations or warranties by us that such matters will be realized. We assume no obligation to update or revise any of the forward-looking statements, whether in response to new information, unforeseen events, changed circumstances or otherwise.

Item 1A. Risk Factors

The following discussion of risk factors should be read in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) and the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes.  These risk factors may be important in understanding this Annual Report or elsewhere.

We operate in a highly competitive industry.

The truck rental industry is highly competitive and includes a number of significant national, regional and local competitors. We believe the principal competitive factors in this industry are convenience of rental locations, availability of quality rental moving equipment, breadth of essential services and products and total cost. Financial results for the Company can be adversely impacted by aggressive pricing from our competitors. Some of our competitors may have greater financial resources than we have. We cannot assure you that we will be able to maintain existing rental prices or implement price increases. Moreover, if our competitors reduce prices and we are not able or willing to do so as well, we may lose rental volume, which would likely have a materially adverse affect on our results of operations.

The self-storage industry is large and highly fragmented. We believe the principal competitive factors in this industry are convenience of storage rental locations, cleanliness, security and price. Competition in the market areas in which we operate is significant and affects the occupancy levels, rental rates and operating expenses of our facilities. Competition might cause us to experience a decrease in occupancy levels, limit our ability to raise rental rates or require us to offer discounted rates that would have a material affect on results of operations and financial condition. Entry into the self-storage business may be accomplished through the acquisition of existing facilities by persons or institutions with the required initial capital. Development of new self-storage facilities is more difficult however, due to land use , zoning, environmental and other regulatory requirements. The self-storage industry has in the past experienced overbuilding in response to perceived increases in demand. We cannot assure you that we will be able to successfully compete in existing markets or expand into new markets.

We are highly leveraged.

As of March 31, 201 4 , we had total debt outstanding of $1, 942.4 million and total undiscounted operating lease commitments of $ 145.5 million. Although we believe, based on existing information, that additional leverage can be supported by our operations and revenues , our existing debt could impact us in the following ways among other considerations:

            require us to allocate a considerable portion of cash flows from operations to debt service payments;

            limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and the industry in which we operate;

            limit our ability to obtain additional financing; and

            place us at a disadvantage compared to our competitors who may have less debt.

 


Our ability to make payments on our debt depends upon our ability to maintain and improve our operating performance and generate cash flow. To some extent, this is subject to prevailing economic and competitive conditions and to certain financial, business and other factors, some of which are beyond our control. If we are unable to generate sufficient cash flow from operations to service our debt and meet our other cash needs, we may be forced to reduce or delay capital expenditures, sell assets, seek additional capital or restructure or refinance our indebtedness. If we must sell our assets, it may negatively affect our ability to generate revenue. In addition, we may incur additional debt that would exacerbate the risks associated with our indebtedness.

Economic conditions, including those related to the credit markets, may adversely affect our industry, business and results of operations.

The United States economy has undergone a period of slowdown and unprecedented volatility, which resulted in a recession.  It is difficult to gauge the pace of the economic recovery or if such recovery may stall or reverse course in the future.  Consumer and commercial spending is generally affected by the health of the economy , which places some of the factors affecting the success of our business beyond our control . Our industries, although not as traditionally cyclical as some, could experience significant downturns in connection with or in anticipation of, declines , or sustained lack of recovery, in general economic conditions. In times of declining consumer spending we may be driven, along with our competitors, to reduce pricing which would have a negative impact on gross profit.  We cannot predict if another downturn , or sustained lack of recovery, in the economy may occur which could result in reduced revenues and working capital.

Should credit markets in the United States tighten or if interest rates increase significantly we may not be able to refinance existing debt or find additional financing on favorable terms, if at all.  If one or more of the financial institutions that support our existing credit facilities fails, we may not be able to find a replacement, which would negatively impact our ability to borrow under credit facilities.  I f our operating results were to worsen significantly and our cash flows or capital resources prove inadequate, or if interest rates increase significantly, we could face liquidity problems that could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

Our fleet rotation program can be adversely affected by financial market conditions.

To meet the needs of our customers, U-Haul maintains a large fleet of rental equipment. Our rental truck fleet rotation program is funded internally through operations and externally from debt and lease financing. Our ability to fund our routine fleet rotation program could be adversely affected if financial market conditions limit the general availability of external financing. This could lead us to operate trucks longer than initially planned and /or reducing the size of the fleet, either of which could materially and negatively affect our results of operations.

Another important aspect of our fleet rotation program is the sale of used rental equipment. The sale of used equipment provides us with funds that can be used to purchase new equipment. Conditions may arise that could lead to the decrease in resale values for our used equipment . T his could have a material adverse effect on our financial results, which c ould result in substantial losses on the sale of equipment and decreases in cash flows from the sales of equipment.

We obtain our rental trucks from a limited number of manufacturers.

Over the last t wenty years, we purchased the majority of our rental trucks from Ford Motor Company and General Motors Corporation. Our fleet can be negatively affected by issues our manufacturers may face within their own supply chain. Also, it is possible that our suppliers may face financial difficulties or organizational changes which could negatively impact their ability to accept future orders or fulfill existing orders. The cost of acquiring new rental trucks could increase materially and negatively affect our ability to rotate new equipment into the fleet. Although we believe that we could contract with alternative manufacturers for our rental trucks, we cannot guarantee or predict how long that would take. In addition, termination of our existing relationship with these suppliers could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations for an indefinite period of time.

 


We may not be able to effectively hedge against interest rate changes in our variable debt.

In certain instances, the Company seeks to manage its exposure to interest rate risk through the use of hedging instruments including interest rate swap agreements and forward swaps. We enter into these arrangements with counterparties that are significant financial institutions with whom we generally have other financial arrangements. We are exposed to credit risk should these counterparties not be able to perform on their obligations. Additionally, a failure on our part to effectively hedge against interest rate changes may adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations. We are required to record these financial instruments at their fair value. Changes in interest rates can significantly impact the valuation of the instruments resulting in non-cash changes to our financial position.

We are controlled by a small contingent of stockholders.

As of March 31, 201 4 , Edward J. Shoen, President and Chairman of the Board of AMERCO, James P. Shoen, a direct or of AMERCO, and Mark V. Shoen collectively are the owners of 9,139,0 75 shares (approximately 46.6%) of the outstanding common stock of AMERCO. In addition, Edward J. Shoen, James P. Shoen, Mark V. Shoen, Rosmarie T. Donovan (Trustee of the Shoen Irrevocable Trusts) and David L. Holmes ( Successor Trustee of the Irrevocable “C” Trusts) (collectively, the “Reporting Persons”) are parties to a stockholder agreement dated June 30, 2006 in which the Reporting Persons agreed to vote as one as provided in th e agreement (the “Stockholder Agreement”).  Pursuan t to the Stockholder Agreement, a collective 10,897,7 98 shares (approximately 55.6%) of the Company’s common stock are voted at the direction of a majority in interest of the Reporting Persons.  For additional informa tion, refer to the Schedule 13D s filed on July 13, 2006, March 9, 2007 , June 26, 2009 and on May 1, 2013 with the SEC. In addition, 1, 3 5 2 , 226 shares (approximately 6.9 %) of the outstanding common stock of AMERCO are held by our Employee Savings and Employee Stock Ownership Trust.

As a result of their stock ownership and the Stockholder Agreement, Edward J. Shoen, Mark V. Shoen and James P. Shoen are in a position to significantly influence our business affairs and policies of the Company, including the approval of significant transactions, the election of the members of our Board of Directors (the “Board”) and other matters submitted to our stockholders. There can be no assurance that the interests of the Reporting Persons will not conflict with the interest s of our other stockholders. Furthermore, as a result of the Reporting Persons’ voting power, the Company is a “controlled company” as defined in the N asdaq L isting R ules and, therefore, may avail itself of certain exemptions under N asdaq rules , including exemptions from the rules that require us to have (i) a majority of independent directors on the Board; (ii) independent director oversight of executive officer compensation; and (iii) independent director oversight of director nominations.  Of the above available exemptions, we currently avail ourself of the exemption from independent director oversight of executive officer compensation, other than with respect to the compensation of the President of AMERCO.

We bear certain risks related to our notes receivable from SAC Holding and Private Mini.

At March 31, 201 4 , we held $ 137.0   million of notes receivable from SAC Holding and Private Mini Storage Realty, L.P. (“Private Mini”) , which consist of junior unsecured notes. These entities are highly leveraged with significant indebtedness to others. If SAC Holding or Private Mini are unable to meet their obligations to their senior lenders, it could trigger a default of their obligations to us. In such an event of default, we could suffer a loss to the extent the value of the underlying collateral of SAC Holding and Private Mini is inadequate to repay their senior lenders and our junior unsecured notes. We cannot assure you that SAC Holding or Private Mini will not default on their loans to their senior lenders or that the value of their assets upon liquidation would be sufficient to repay us in full.

Our quarterly results of operations fluctuate due to seasonality and other factors associated with our industry.

Our business is seasonal and our results of operations and cash flows fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter. Historically, revenues have been stronger in the first and second fiscal quarters due to the overall increase in moving activity during the spring and summer months. The fourth fiscal quarter is generally weakest, due to a greater potential for adverse weather conditions and other factors that are not necessarily seasonal. As a result, our operating results for a ny given quarterly period are not necessarily indicative of operating results for an entire year.

 


Our operations subject us to numerous environmental regulations and the possibility that environmental liability in the future could adversely affect our operations.

Compliance with environmental requirements of federal, state and local governments significantly affects our business. Among other things, these requirements regulate the discharge of materials into the air, land and water and govern the use and disposal of hazardous substances. Under environmental laws or common law principles, we can be held liable for hazardous substances that are found on real property we have owned or operated. We are aware of issues regarding hazardous substances on some of our real estate and we have put in place a remedia tion plan at each site where we believe such a plan is necessary. See Note 19 , Contingencies of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. We regularly make capital and operating expenditures to stay in compliance with environmental laws. In particular, we have managed a testing and removal program since 1988 for our underground storage tanks.  Despite these compliance efforts, we believe that risk of environmental liability is part of the nature of our business.

Environmental laws and regulations are complex, change frequently and could become more stringent in the future. We cannot assure you that future compliance with these regulations, future environmental liabilities, the cost of defending environmental claims, conducting any environmental remediation or generally resolving liabilities caused by us or related third parties will not have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition or results of operations.

We operate in a highly regulated industry and changes in existing regulations or violations of existing or future regulations could have a material adverse effect on our operations and profitability.

Our truck and trailer rental business is subject to regulation by various federal, state and foreign governmental entities. Specifically, the U.S. Department of Transportation and various state and federal agencies exercise broad powers over our motor carrier operations, safety, and the generation, handling, storage, treatment and disposal of waste materials. In addition, our storage business is also subject to federal, state and local laws and regulations relating to environmental protection and human health and safety. The failure to adhere to these laws and regulations may adversely affect our ability to sell or rent such property or to use the property as collateral for future borrowings. Compliance with changing regulations could substantially impair real property and equipment productivity and increase our costs. In addition, the Federal government may institute some regulation that limits carbon emissions by setting a maximum amount of carbon entities can emit without penalty. This would likely affect everyone who uses fossil fuels and would disproportionately affect users in the highway transportation industries. While there are too many variables at this time to assess the impact of the various proposed federal and state regulations that could affect carbon emissions, many experts believe these proposed rules could significantly affect the way companies operate in their industries.

Our operations can be limited by land-use regulations.  Zoning choices enacted by individual municipalities across North America may limit our ability to serve certain markets with our products and services.

A significant portion of our revenues are generated through third-parties

Our business plan relies upon a network of independent dealers strategically placed throughout North America.  As of March 31, 2014 we had approximately 17,400 independent equipment rental dealers.  In fiscal 2014 approximately 45% of our equipment rental revenues were generated through this network.

Our inability to maintain this network or its current cost structure could inhibit our ability to adequately serve our customers and may negatively affect our results of operations and financial position.

 


We face liability risks associated with the operation of our rental fleet 

The business of renting moving and storage equipment to customers exposes us to liability claims including property damage, personal injury and even death.  We seek to limit the occurrence of such events through the design of our equipment, communication of its proper use and exhaustive repair and maintenance schedules.  Regardless, accidents still occur and we manage the financial risk of these events through third party insurance carriers.   While these excess loss insurance policies are available today at reasonable costs, this could change and could negatively affect our results of operations and financial position.

Our ability to attract and retain qualified employees, and changes in laws or other labor issues could adversely affect our business and our results of operations.

The success of our business is predicated upon our workforce providing excellent customer service. Our ability to attract and retain this employee base may be inhibited due to prevailing wage rates, benefit costs and the adoption of new or revised employment and labor laws and regulations. Should this occur we may be unable to provide service in certain areas or we may experience significantly increased costs of labor that could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

We are highly dependent upon our automated systems and the I nternet for managing our business.

Our information systems are largely Internet-based, including our point-of-sale reservation system, payment processing and telephone systems.  While our reliance on this technology lowers our cost of providing service and expands our abilities to better serve customers, it exposes us to various risks including natural and man-made disasters and cyber-attacks.  We have put into place extensive security protocols, backup systems and alternative procedures to mitigate these risks.  However, disruptions or breaches, detected or undetected by us, for any period of time in any portion of these systems could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition, inflict reputational damage and result in litigation with third parties.

A.M. Best financial strength ratings are crucial to our life insurance business.

In May 201 4 , A.M. Best upgraded the financial strength rating for Oxford and Christian Fidelity Life Insurance Company (“CFLIC”) to A- with a stable outlook and affirmed the financial strength rating for North American Insurance Company (“NAI”) of B++ with a stable outlook. Financial strength ratings are important external factors that can affect the success of Oxford’s business plans. Accordingly, if Oxford’s ratings, relative to its competitors, are not maintained or do not continue to improve, Oxford may not be able to retain and attract business as currently planned, which could adversely affect our results of operations and financial condition.

We may incur losses due to our reinsurers’ or counterparties’ failure to perform under existing contracts or we may be unable to secure sufficient reinsurance or hedging protection in the future.

We use reinsurance and derivative contracts to mitigate our risk of loss in various circumstances; primarily at Repwest and for our Moving and Storage operating segment. These agreements do not release us from our primary obligations and therefore we remain ultimately responsible for these potential costs. We cannot provide assurance that these reinsurers or counterparties will fulfill their obligations. Their inability or unwillingness to make payments to us under the terms of the contracts may have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operation.

At December 31, 2013, Repwest reported $ 3.3 million of reinsurance recoverables, net of allowances and $1 3 6. 5 million of reserves and liabilities ceded to reinsurers. Of this, Repwest’s largest exposure to a single reinsurer was $7 1 .1 million.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

To our knowledge, w e have no unresolved staff comments a s of March 31, 201 4 .

 


Item 2. Properties

The Company, through its legal subsidiaries, owns property, plant and equipment that are utilized in the manufacturing, repair and rental of U-Haul equipment and storage space, as well as providing office space for us . Such facilities exist throughout the United States and Canada. We also manage storage facilities owned by others. We operate approximately 1, 54 0 U-Haul retail centers of which 481 are managed for other owners, and operates 11 manufacturing and assembly facilities. We also operate 1 33 fixed-site repair facilities located throughout the United States and Canada. These facilities are used primarily for the benefit of our Moving and Storage operating segment.

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

Environmental

Compliance with environmental requirements of federal, state and local governments may significantly affect Real Estate’s business operations . Among other things, these requirements regulate the discharge of materials into the air, land and water and govern the use and disposal of hazardous substances. Real Estate is aware of issues regarding hazardous substances on some of its properties. Real Estate regularly makes capital and operating expenditures to stay in compliance with environmental laws and has put in place a remedial plan at each site where it believes such a plan is necessary. Since 1988, Real Estate has managed a testing and removal program for underground storage tanks.

Based upon the information currently available to Real Estate, compliance with the environmental laws and its share of the costs of investigation and cleanup of known hazardous waste sites are not expected to result in a material adverse effect on AMERCO’s financial position or results of operations.

Other

We are named as a defendant in various other litigation and claims arising out of the normal course of business. In management’s opinion, none of these other matters will individualy have a material effect on our financial position and results of operations.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosure

Not applicable.

Part ii

Item 5.Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

As of May 1, 2014, there were approximately 3,400 holders of record of our common stock. We derived the number of our stockholders using internal stock ledgers and utilizing Mellon Investor Services Stockholder listings. AMERCO’s common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the trading symbol “UHAL”.

The following table sets forth the high and the low sales price of the common stock of AMERCO for the periods indicated:

 

 

Years Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

High

 

Low

 

High

 

Low

First quarter

$

182.77

$

150.24

$

106.71

$

75.41

Second quarter

 

192.17

 

158.23

 

109.83

 

87.26

Third quarter

 

240.40

 

184.01

 

126.89

 

98.74

Fourth quarter

 

244.69

 

210.00

 

178.70

 

128.42

 


Dividends

AMERCO does not have a formal dividend policy. The Board periodically considers the advisability of declaring and paying dividends to common stockholders in light of existing circumstances.

On December 4, 2013, the Company declared a cash dividend on its Common Stock of $1.00 per share to holders of record on January 10, 2014.  The dividend was paid on February 14, 2014.

On November 7, 2012, the Company declared a cash dividend on its Common Stock of $5.00 per share to holders of record on November 19, 2012. The dividend was paid on November 30, 2012.

On December 7, 2011, the Company declared a cash dividend on its Common Stock of $1.00 per share to holders of record on December 23, 2011. The dividend was paid on January 3, 2012.

See Note 21 , Statutory Financial Information of Insurance Subsidiaries of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for a discussion of certain statutory restrictions on the ability of the insurance subsidiaries to pay dividends to AMERCO.

 


Performance Graph

The following graph compares the cumulative total stockholder return on the Company’s common stock for the period March 31, 200 9 through March 31, 201 4 with the cumulative total return on the Dow Jones US Total Market and the Dow Jones US Transportation Average. The comparison assumes that $100 was invested on March 31, 200 9 in the Company’s common stock and in each of the comparison indices. The graph reflects the value of the investment based on the closing price of the common stock tr ading on NASDAQ on March 31, 2010 , 20 11 , 20 12, 20 13 and 201 4 .

 

Fiscal years ended March 31:

 

2009

 

2010

 

2011

 

2012

 

2013

 

2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AMERCO

$

100

$

162

$

289

$

318

$

547

$

735

Dow Jones US Total Market

 

100

 

149

 

172

 

181

 

203

 

243

Dow Jones US Transportation Average

 

100

 

163

 

197

 

196

 

233

 

282

 


 


Item 6. Selected Financial Data

The following selected financial data should be read in conjunction with the MD&A, and the Consolidated Financial Statements and related notes in this Annual Report.

Listed below is selected financial data for AMERCO and consolidated subsidiaries for each of the last five years:

 

 

 

Years Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

2011

 

2010

 

 

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

Summary of Operations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self-moving equipment rentals

$

1,955,423

$

1,767,520

$

1,678,256

$

1,547,015

$

1,419,726

Self-storage revenues

 

181,794

 

152,660

 

134,376

 

120,698

 

110,369

Self-moving and self-storage products and service sales

 

234,187

 

221,117

 

213,854

 

205,570

 

198,785

Property management fees

 

24,493

 

24,378

 

23,266

 

22,132

 

21,632

Life insurance premiums

 

157,919

 

178,115

 

277,562

 

206,992

 

134,345

Property and casualty insurance premiums

 

41,052

 

34,342

 

32,631

 

30,704

 

27,625

Net investment and interest income

 

79,591

 

82,903

 

73,552

 

62,745

 

60,989

Other revenue

 

160,793

 

97,552

 

78,530

 

55,503

 

39,534

Total revenues

 

2,835,252

 

2,558,587

 

2,512,027

 

2,251,359

 

2,013,005

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating expenses

 

1,288,481

 

1,170,568

 

1,093,190

 

1,026,577

 

1,022,061

Commission expenses

 

252,525

 

228,124

 

212,190

 

190,981

 

169,104

Cost of sales

 

127,270

 

107,216

 

116,542

 

106,024

 

104,049

Benefits and losses

 

156,702

 

180,676

 

320,191

 

200,513

 

132,105

Amortization of deferred policy acquisition costs

 

19,982

 

17,376

 

13,791

 

9,494

 

7,569

Lease expense

 

100,466

 

117,448

 

131,215

 

150,809

 

156,951

Depreciation, net of (gains) losses on disposals (b)

 

259,612

 

237,996

 

208,901

 

189,266

 

227,629

Total costs and expenses

 

2,205,038

 

2,059,404

 

2,096,020

 

1,873,664

 

1,819,468

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings from operations

 

630,214

 

499,183

 

416,007

 

377,695

 

193,537

Interest expense

 

(92,692)

 

(90,696)

 

(90,371)

 

(88,381)

 

(93,347)

Pretax earnings

 

537,522

 

408,487

 

325,636

 

289,314

 

100,190

Income tax expense

 

(195,131)

 

(143,779)

 

(120,269)

 

(105,739)

 

(34,567)

Net earnings

 

342,391

 

264,708

 

205,367

 

183,575

 

65,623

Less: Excess of redemption value over carrying value of preferred shares redeemed

 

 

 

(5,908)

 

(178)

 

388

Less:  Preferred stock dividends (a)

 

 

 

(2,913)

 

(12,412)

 

(12,856)

Earnings available to common shareholders

$

342,391

$

264,708

$

196,546

$

170,985

$

53,155

Basic and diluted earnings per common share

$

17.51

$

13.56

$

10.09

$

8.80

$

2.74

Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic and diluted

 

19,558,758

 

19,518,779

 

19,476,187

 

19,432,781

 

19,386,791

Cash dividends declared and accrued Preferred stock (a)

$

$

$

2,913

$

12,412

$

12,856

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Balance Sheet Data:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

$

3,409,211

$

2,755,054

$

2,372,365

$

2,094,573

$

1,948,388

Total assets

 

5,998,978

 

5,306,601

 

4,654,051

 

4,191,433

 

3,762,454

Notes, loans and leases payable

 

1,942,359

 

1,661,845

 

1,486,211

 

1,397,842

 

1,347,635

Stockholders' equity

 

1,527,368

 

1,229,259

 

1,035,820

 

993,020

 

812,911

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) Fiscal 2012, 2011 and 2010 reflect eliminations of $0.3 million, $0.6 million and $0.1 million, respectivley paid to affiliates.

(b) (Gains) losses were ($33.6) million, ($22.5) million, ($20.9) million, ($23.1) million and ($2.0) million for fiscal 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.


 


Item 7.Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

We begin this MD&A with the overall strategy of AMERCO, followed by a description of and strategy related to, our operating segments to give the reader an overview of the goals of our businesses and the direction in which our businesses and products are moving. We then discuss our critical accounting policies and estimates that we believe are important to understanding the assumptions and judgments incorporated in our reported financial results. Next, w e discuss our results of operations for fiscal 201 4 compared with fiscal 20 13 , and for fiscal 20 13 compared with fiscal 20 12 which are followed by an analysis of changes in our balance sheets and cash flows, and a discussion of our financial commitments in the sections entitled Liquidity and Capital Resources and Disclosures about Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments. We conclude this MD&A by discussing our outlook for fiscal 201 5 .

This MD&A should be read in conjunction with the other sections of this Annual Report, including Item 1: Business, Item 6: Selected Financial Data and Item 8: Financial Statements and Supplementary Data. The various sections of this MD&A contain a number of forward-looking statements, as discussed under the caption, Cautionary Statements Regarding Forward-Looking Statements, all of which are based on our current expectations and could be affected by the uncertainties and risk factors described throughout this Annual Report and particularly under the section Item 1A: Risk Factors. Our actual results may differ materially from these forward-looking statements.

AMERCO has a fiscal year that ends on the 31 st of March for each year that is referenced. Our insurance company subsidiaries have fiscal years that end on the 31 st of December for each year that is referenced. They have been consolidated on that basis. Our insurance companies’ financial reporting processes conform to calendar year reporting as required by state insurance departments. Management believes that consolidating their calendar year into our fiscal year financial statements does not materially affect the presentation of financial position or results of operations. We disclose a ll material events , if any, occurring during the intervening period. Consequently, all references to our insurance subsidiaries’ years 20 13 , 20 12 and 20 11 correspond to fiscal 201 4 , 20 13 and 20 12 for AMERCO.

Overall Strategy

Our overall strategy is to maintain our leadership position in the North American “do-it-yourself” moving and storage industry. We accomplish this by providing a seamless and integrated supply chain to the “do-it-yourself” moving and storage market. As part of executing this strategy, we leverage the brand recognition of U-Haul with our full line of moving and self-storage related products and services and the convenience of our broad geographic presence.

Our primary focus is to provide our customers with a wide selection of moving rental equipment, convenient self-storage rental facilities and related moving and self-storage products and services. We are able to expand our distribution and improve customer service by increasing the amount of moving equipment and storage rooms and portable moving and storage pods available for rent, expanding the number of independent dealers in our network and expanding and taking advantage of our eMove capabilities.

Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment is focused on providing and administering property and casualty insurance to U-Haul and its customers, its independent dealers and affiliates. 

Our Life Insurance operating segment is focused on long-term capital growth through direct writing and reinsuring of life, Medicare supplement and annuity products in the senior marketplace.

Description of Operating Segments

AMERCO’s three reportable segments are:

            Moving and Storage, comprised of AMERCO, U-Haul, and Real Estate and the subsidiaries of U-Haul and Real Estate,

            Property and Casualty Insurance, comprised of Repwest and its subsidiaries and ARCOA,

            Life Insurance, comprised of Oxford and its subsidiaries.

 


See Note 1, Basis of Presentation, Note 22 , Financial Information by Geographic Area and Note 22 A, Consolidating Financial Information by Industry Segment of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in Item 8: Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of this Annual Report .

Moving and Storage Operating Segment

Our Moving and Storage operating segment consists of the rental of trucks, trailers, portable moving and storage pods, specialty rental items and self-storage spaces primarily to the household mover as well as sales of moving supplies, towing accessories and propane. Operations are conducted under the registered trade name U-Haul ® throughout the United States and Canada.

With respect to our truck, trailer, specialty rental items and self-storage rental business, we are focused on expanding our dealer network, which provides added convenience for our customers and expanding the selection and availability of rental equipment to satisfy the needs of our customers.

U-Haul brand self-moving related products and services, such as boxes, pads and tape allow our customers to, among other things; protect their belongings from potential damage during the moving process. We are committed to providing a complete line of products selected with the “do-it-yourself” moving and storage customer in mind.

eMove is an online marketplace that connects consumers to independent Moving Help ® service providers and thousands of independent Self-Storage Affiliates. Our network of customer rated affiliates and service provide rs furnish pack and load help, cleaning help, self-storage and similar services, all over North America. Our goal is to further utilize our web-based technology platform to increase service to consumers and businesses in the moving and storage market.

Since 1945 U-Haul has incorporated sustainable practices into its everyday operations. We believe that our basic business premise of equipment sharing helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduces the need for total large capacity vehicles. We continue to look for ways to reduce waste within our business and are dedicated to manufacturing reusable components and recyclable products. We believe that our commitment to sustainability, through our products and services and everyday operations has helped us to reduce our impact on the environment.

Property and Casualty Insurance Operating Segment

Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment provides loss adjusting and claims handling for U-Haul through regional offices across North America. Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment also underwrites components of the Safemove, Safetow, Safemove Plus and Safestor protection packages to U-Haul customers. We continue to focus on increasing the penetration of these products into the moving and storage market. The business plan for our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment includes offering property and casualty products in other U-Haul related programs.

Life Insurance Operating Segment

Our Life Insurance operating segment provides life and health insurance products primarily to the senior market through the direct writing and reinsuring of life insurance, Medicare supplement and annuity policies.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our financial statements have been prepared in accordance with the generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States. The methods, estimates and judgments we use in applying our accounting policies can have a significant impact on the results we report in our financial statements. Note 3, Accounting Policies of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 8: Financial Statements and Supplementary Data in this Annual Report summarizes the significant accounting policies and methods used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures. Certain accounting policies require us to make difficult and subjective judgments and assumptions, often as a result of the need to estimate matters that are inherently uncertain.

 


In the following pages we have set forth, with a detailed description, the accounting policies that we deem most critical to us and that require management’s most difficult and subjective judgments. These estimates are based on historical experience, observance of trends in particular areas, information and valuations available from outside sources and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances and which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual amounts may differ from these estimates under different assumptions and conditions; such differences may be material.

We also have other policies that we consider key accounting policies, such as revenue recognition; however, these policies do not meet the definition of critical accounting estimates, because they do not generally require us to make estimates or judgments that are difficult or subjective. The accounting policies that we deem most critical to us, and involve the most difficult, subjective or complex judgments include the following:

Principles of Consolidation

We appl y ASC 810 - Consolidation (“ASC 810”) in our principles of consolidation. ASC 810 addresses arrangements where a company does not hold a majority of the voting or similar interests of a variable interest entity (“VIE”). A company is required to consolidate a VIE if it has determined it is the primary beneficiary. ASC 810 also addresses the policy when a company owns a majority of the voting or similar rights and exercises effective control.

As promulgated by ASC 810, a VIE is not self-supportive due to having one or both of the following conditions: (i ) it has an insufficient amount of equity for it to finance its activities without receiving additional subordinated financial support or (ii ) its owners do not hold the typical risks and rights of equity owners. This determination is made upon the creation of a variable interest and is re-assessed on an on-going basis should certain changes in the operations of a VIE, or its relationship with the primary beneficiary trigger a reconsideration under the provisions of ASC 810. After a triggering event occurs the facts and circumstances are utilized in determining whether or not a company is a VIE, which other company(s) have a variable interest in the entity, and whether or not the company’s interest is such that it is the primary beneficiary.

We will continue to monitor our relationships with the other entities regarding who is the primary beneficiary, which could change based on facts and circumstances of any reconsideration events.

Recoverability of Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost. Interest expense incurred during the initial construction of buildings and rental equipment is considered part of cost. Depreciation is computed for financial reporting purposes using the straight-line or an accelerated method based on a declining balance formula over the following estimated useful lives: rental equipment 2-20 years and buildings and non-rental equipment 3-55 years. We follow the deferral method of accounting based on ASC 908 - Airlines for major overhauls in which engine and transmission overhauls are currently capitalized and amortized over three years. Routine maintenance costs are charged to operating expense as they are incurred. Gains and losses on dispositions of property, plant and equipment are netted against depreciation expense when realized. Equipment depreciation is recognized in amounts expected to result in the recovery of estimated residual values upon disposal, i.e., minimize gains or losses. In determining the depreciation rate, historical disposal experience, holding periods and trends in the market for vehicles are reviewed.

 


We regularly perform reviews to determine whether facts and circumstances exist which indicate that the carrying amount of assets, including estimates of residual value, may not be recoverable or that the useful life of assets are shorter or longer than originally estimated. Reductions in residual values (i.e., the price at which we ultimately expect to dispose of revenue earning equipment) or useful lives will result in an increase in depreciation expense over the life of the equipment. Reviews are performed based on vehicle class, generally subcategories of trucks and trailers. We assess the recoverability of our assets by comparing the projected undiscounted net cash flows associated with the related asset or group of assets over their estimated remaining lives against their respective carrying amounts. We consider factors such as current and expected future market price trends on used vehicles and the expected life of vehicles included in the fleet. Impairment, if any, is based on the excess of the carrying amount over the fair value of those assets . If asset residual values are determined to be recoverable, but the useful lives are shorter or longer than originally estimated, the net book value of the assets is depreciated over the newly determined remaining useful lives.

M anagement determined that additions to the fleet resulting from purchase s should be depreciated on an accelerated method based upon a declining formula. Under the declining balances method (2.4 times declining balance), the book value of a rental truck is reduced approximately 16%, 13%, 11%, 9%, 8%, 7%, and 6% during years one through seven, respectively , and then reduced on a straight line basis to a salvage value of 20 % by the end of year fifteen. Beginning in October 2012, rental equipment subject to this depreciation schedule will be depreciated to a salvage value of 15%. This change had an immaterial effect on our current financial statements. Comparatively, a standard straight line approach would reduce the book value by approximately 5. 7 % per year over the life of the truck.

Although we intend to sell our used vehicles for prices approximating book value, the extent to which we realize a gain or loss on the sale of used vehicles is dependent upon various factors including but not limited to, the general state of the used vehicle market, the age and condition of the vehicle at the time of its disposal and the depreciation rates with respect to the vehicle . We typically sell our used vehicles at our sales centers throughout North America, on our web site at uhaul.com/trucksales or by phone at 1-866-404-0355. Additionally, we sell a large portion of our pickup and cargo van fleet at automobile dealer auctions.

Insurance Reserves

Liabilities for life insurance and certain annuity and health policies are established to meet the estimated future obligations of policies in force, and are based on mortality, morbidity and withdrawal assumptions from recognized actuarial tables which contain margins for adverse deviation. In addition, liabilities for health, disability and other policies include estimates of payments to be made on insurance claims for reported losses and estimates of losses incurred, but not yet reported. Liabilities for annuity contracts consist of contract account balances that accrue to the benefit of the policyholders.

Insurance reserves for our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment and U-Haul take into account losses incurred based upon actuarial estimates and are management’s best approximation of future payments.  These estimates are based upon past claims experience and current claim trends as well as social and economic conditions such as changes in legal theories and inflation.  These reserves consist of case reserves for reported losses and a provision for losses incurred but not reported (“IBNR”), both reduced by applicable reinsurance recoverables, resulting in a net liability .

Due to the nature of the underlying risks and high degree of uncertainty associated with the determination of the liability for future policy benefits and claims, the amounts to be ultimately paid to settle these liabilities cannot be precisely determined and may vary significantly from the estimated liability, especially for long-tailed casualty lines of business such as excess workers’ compensation.  As a result of the long-tailed nature of the excess workers compensation policies written by Repwest during 1983 through 200 1 , and similar policies assumed by Repwest during 2001 through 2003, it may take a number of years for claims to be fully reported and finally settled.

On a regular basis insurance reserve adequacy is reviewed by management to determine if existing assumptions need to be updated . In determining the assumptions for calculating workers compensation reserves, management considers multiple factors including the following:

            Claimant longevity

 


            Cost trends associated with claimant treatments

            Changes in ceding entity and third party administrator reporting practices

            Changes in environmental factors including legal and regulatory

            Current conditions affecting claim settlements

            Future economic conditions including inflation

We have reserved each claim based upon the accumulation of current claim costs projected through the claimants’ life expectancy, and then adjusted for applicable reinsurance arrangements.  Management reviews each claim bi-annually to determine if the estimated life-time claim costs have increased and then adjusts the reserve estimate accordingly at that time.  We have factored in an estimate of what the potential cost increases could be in our IBNR liability.  We have not assumed settlement of the existing claims in calculating the reserve amount, unless it is in the final stages of completion.

Continued increases in claim costs, including medical inflation and new treatments and medications could lead to future adverse development resulting in additional reserve strengthening.  Conversely, settlement of existing claims or if injured workers return to work or expire prematurely, could lead to future positive development.

Impairment of Investments

Investments are evaluated pursuant to guidance contained in ASC 320 - Investments - Debt and Equity Securities to determine if and when a decline in market value below amortized cost is other-than-temporary. Management makes certain assumptions or judgments in its assessment including but not limited to: ability and intent to hold the security, quoted market prices, dealer quotes or discounted cash flows, industry factors, financial factors, and issuer specific information such as credit strength. Other-than-temporary impairment in value is recognized in the current period operating results. We recognized other-than-temporary impairments of $0.1 million for fiscal 2012. There were no write downs in fiscal 2013 and 2014, respectively.

Income Taxes

AMERCO files a consolidated tax return with all of its legal subsidiaries.

Our tax returns are periodically reviewed by various taxing authorities. The final outcome of these audits may cause changes that could materially impact our financial results.

Fair Values

Fair values of cash equivalents approximate carrying value due to the short period of time to maturity. Fair values of short term investments, investments available-for-sale, long term investments, mortgage loans and notes on real estate, and interest rate swap contracts are based on quoted market prices, dealer quotes or discounted cash flows. Fair values of trade receivables approximate their recorded value.

Our financial instruments that are exposed to concentrations of credit risk consist primarily of temporary cash investments, trade receivables, reinsurance recoverables and notes receivable. Limited credit risk exists on trade receivables due to the diversity of our customer base and their dispersion across broad geographic markets. We place our temporary cash investments with f inancial institutions and limit the amount of credit exposure to any one financial institution.

We have mortgage receivables, which potentially expose us to credit risk. The portfolio of notes is principally collateralized by self- storage facilities and commercial properties. We have not experienced any material losses related to the notes from individual or groups of notes in any particular industry or geographic area. The estimated fair values were determined using the discounted cash flow method and using interest rates currently offered for similar loans to borrowers with similar credit ratings.

The carrying amount of long term debt and short term borrowings are estimated to approximate fair value as the actual interest rate is consistent with the rate estimated to be currently available for debt of similar term and remaining maturity.

 


Other investments including short term investments are substantially current or bear reasonable interest rates. As a result, the carrying values of these financial instruments approximate fair value.

Financial Strength Ratings

In May 2014, A.M. Best upgraded the financial strength rating for Oxford to A- ( Excellent ) with a stable outlook .

Adoption of New Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2013, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2013-02, Reporting of Amounts Reclassified Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income ("ASU 2013-02") , an amendment to FASB ASC Topic 220. The update requires disclosure of amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income by component. In addition, an entity is required to present either on the face of the statement of operations or in the notes, significant amounts reclassified out of accumulated other comprehensive income by the respective line items of net income but only if the amount reclassified is required to be reclassified to net income in its entirety in the same reporting period. For amounts not reclassified in their entirety to net income, an entity is required to cross-reference to other disclosures that provide additional detail about those amounts. We adopted ASU 2013-02 in the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and it did not have a material impact on our financial statements.

From time to time, new accounting pronouncements are issued by the FASB or the SEC that are adopted by the Company as of the specified effective date. Unless otherwise discussed, these ASU’s entail technical corrections to existing guidance or affect guidance related to specialized industries or entities and therefore will have minimal, if any, impact on our financial position or results of operations upon adoption.

AMERCO and Consolidated Subsidiaries

Fiscal 201 4 Compared with Fiscal 201 3

Listed below, on a consolidated basis, are revenues for our major product lines for fiscal 201 4 and fiscal 20 13 :

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

(In thousands)

Self-moving equipment rentals

$

1,955,423

$

1,767,520

Self-storage revenues

 

181,794

 

152,660

Self-moving and self-storage products and service sales

 

234,187

 

221,117

Property management fees

 

24,493

 

24,378

Life insurance premiums

 

157,919

 

178,115

Property and casualty insurance premiums

 

41,052

 

34,342

Net investment and interest income

 

79,591

 

82,903

Other revenue

 

160,793

 

97,552

Consolidated revenue

$

2,835,252

$

2,558,587

 

 

 

 

 

Self-moving equipment rental revenues increased $ 187.9 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013. The convenience provided to our customers through additional company operated locations and our growing independent dealer network, combined with the expansion of the equipment rental contributed to the increase in rental transactions.  An increase in both In-Town and one-way transactions across our truck, trailer and towing device fleets resulted in the growth in revenues. Our focus continues to be on improving the rental experience for our customers through the availability of equipment, convenient access to rental locations and ease of the rental process.  

 


Self-storage revenues increased $ 29.1 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013.  Average monthly occupancy for fiscal 2014 increased by 2.1 million square feet compared with fiscal 2013 .  These occupancy gains came from a combination of improvements at existing locations as well as the acquisition of new facilities.  During fiscal 2014 we added approximately 2.1 million net rentable square feet.

Sales of self-moving and self-storage products and services increased $ 13.1 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013.  We earned increases from the sale of moving supplies , towing accessories and installation as well as propane .

Life insurance premiums decreased $ 20.2 million for fiscal 20 14, compared with fiscal 2013, primarily attributable to decreases in life insurance premiums and Medicare supplement premiums .

Property and casualty insurance premiums increased $ 6.7 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013 primarily from policies sold in conjunction with U-Haul rental transactions. As moving transactions increased this year so did the sales of insurance products related to these transactions.

Net investment and interest income de creased $ 3.3 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013.  Increases at the Life Insurance operating segment from a larger invested asset base were more than offset by a decrease in gains related to the Company’s mortgage loan portfolio .  

Other revenue increased $ 63.2 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013 primarily from the expansion of new business initiatives including our U-Box program.

As a result of the items mentioned above, revenues for AMERCO and its consolidated entities were $ 2 , 835 . 3 million for fiscal 2014 as compared with $ 2,558.6 million for fiscal 2013 .

Listed below are revenues and earnings from operations at each of our operating segments for fiscal 201 4 and 201 3 . The insurance companies’ years ended December 31, 201 3 and 201 2 .

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

(In thousands)

Moving and storage

 

 

 

 

Revenues

$

2,571,950

$

2,282,342

Earnings from operations before equity in earnings of subsidiaries

 

584,681

 

462,328

Property and casualty insurance 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

51,644

 

48,200

Earnings from operations

 

19,332

 

14,194

Life insurance  

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

215,528

 

231,490

Earnings from operations

 

26,671

 

22,955

Eliminations

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

(3,870)

 

(3,445)

Earnings from operations before equity in earnings of subsidiaries

 

(470)

 

(294)

Consolidated Results

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

2,835,252

 

2,558,587

Earnings from operations

 

630,214

 

499,183

 

 

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses in creased $ 145.6 million for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013. Our Life Insurance operating segment decreased $ 19.7 million primarily due to reduced reserves and decline s in Medicare supplement benefits .

 


Total costs and expenses at the Moving and Storage operating segment increased $ 167.3 million for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013. Operating expenses increased $ 118.2 million primarily from spending on personnel, rental equipment maintenance and operating costs associated with the U-Box program. Commission expenses increased in relation to the associated revenues. Depreciation expense, net, increased $ 21.6 million while lease expense decreased $ 17.0 million as a result of the Company’s continued focus in financing new equipment on the balance sheet versus through operating leases.

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, earnings from operations increased to $ 630.2 million for fiscal 201 4 , compared with $ 499.2 million for fiscal 201 3 .

Interest expense for fiscal 201 4 was $ 92.7 million, compared with $90. 7 million for fiscal 201 3 due to an increase in average borrowings partially offset by a decrease in average borrowing costs.

Income tax expense was $ 195.1 million for fiscal 201 4 , compared with $ 143.8 million for fiscal 201 3 . The increase was due to higher pretax earnings for fiscal 201 4 .

As a result of the above mentioned items, earnings available to common shareholders were $ 342.4 million for fiscal 201 4 , compared with $ 264.7 million for fiscal 201 3 .

Basic and diluted earnings per common share for fiscal 201 4 were $ 17.51 , compared with $ 13.56 for fiscal 201 3 .

The weighted average common shares outstanding basic and diluted were 19,558,758 for fiscal 201 4 , compared with 19, 518,779 for fiscal 201 3 .

Fiscal 2013 Compared with Fiscal 2012

Listed below, on a consolidated basis, are revenues for our major product lines for fiscal 201 3 and fiscal 20 12 :

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(In thousands)

Self-moving equipment rentals

$

1,767,520

$

1,678,256

Self-storage revenues

 

152,660

 

134,376

Self-moving and self-storage products and service sales

 

221,117

 

213,854

Property management fees

 

24,378

 

23,266

Life insurance premiums

 

178,115

 

277,562

Property and casualty insurance premiums

 

34,342

 

32,631

Net investment and interest income

 

82,903

 

73,552

Other revenue

 

97,552

 

78,530

        Consolidated revenue

$

2,558,587

$

2,512,027

 

 

 

 

 

 

Self- moving equipment rental revenues increased $ 89.3 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2 . Growth in In-Town and one-way transactions was the most significant factor influencing the growth in revenues during fiscal 2013.  Truck, trailers and towing devices all experienced transaction and revenue growth as compared to fiscal 2012.  The improvement in revenue occurred in conjunction with growth in our independent d ealer network, expansion of company operated locations and an increase in the number of trucks and trailers in the fleet. 

Self- storage revenues increased $ 18.3 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2.  Average monthly occupancy for fiscal 2013 increased by 1.6 million square feet compared with fiscal 2012 .  These occupancy gains came from a combination of improvements at existing locations as well as the acquisition of new facilities.  During fiscal 2013 we added approximately 2.1 million net rentable square feet .

Sales of self-moving and self-storage products and services increased $ 7.3 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2 Increases were recognized from the sale of moving supplies as well as towing accessories and installation.

 


Property management fees increased $1.1 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2. The calculation of these fees is largely based upon revenues collected at the facilities managed by the Company.  As these underlying revenues increase, the fees we collect for management services increase as well.

Life insurance premiums de creased $ 99.4 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2.  During fiscal 2012 we purchased a block of life insurance policies which resulted in the recording of $83.4 million of premium upon acquisition; fiscal 2013 did not include a similar acquisition.

Property and casualty insurance premiums increased $ 1.7 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2 primarily from policies sold in conjunction with U-Haul rental transactions. As moving transactions increased in fiscal 2013 so did the related premiums.

Net investment and interest income increased $9.4 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2.  Realized gains from mortgage loans held for investment were approximately $13.2 million.  The Life Insurance operating segment reported additional increases resulting from a larger invested asset portfolio.  Partially offsetting this was a decrease resulting from the first quarter of fiscal 2013 SAC Holdings repayment to AMERCO of $127.3 million for notes and interest outstanding. These notes carried interest rates of 9% and the loss of this yield caused a n $ 11.0 million decline in interest income for fiscal 2013 .  

Other revenue increased $ 19.0 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2 primarily from the expansion of new business initiatives including our U-Box program.

As a result of the items mentioned above, revenues for AMERCO and its consolidated entities were $ 2,558.6 million for fiscal 2013 as compared with $ 2,512.0 million for fiscal 2012 .

Listed below are revenues and earnings (loss) from operations at each of our operating segments for fiscal 201 3 and 201 2 . The insurance companies’ years ended December 31, 201 2 and 201 1 .

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(In thousands)

Moving and storage

 

 

 

 

Revenues

$

2,282,342

$

2,156,923

Earnings from operations before equity in earnings of subsidiaries

 

462,328

 

432,766

Property and casualty insurance 

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

48,200

 

42,586

Earnings (loss) from operations

 

14,194

 

(36,426)

Life insurance  

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

231,490

 

317,274

Earnings from operations

 

22,955

 

20,149

Eliminations

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

(3,445)

 

(4,756)

Earnings from operations before equity in earnings of subsidiaries

 

(294)

 

(482)

Consolidated Results

 

 

 

 

Revenues

 

2,558,587

 

2,512,027

Earnings from operations

 

499,183

 

416,007

 

 

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses de creased $ 36.6 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012. Our Life Insurance operating segment reported a $88.6 million decrease primarily due to the decline in business acquisitions. Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment reported $ 45.0 million of the decrease. Also, in t he third quarter of fiscal 2012 we recorded a $ 48. 3 million of charges related to excess workers’ compensation reserves and reinsurance contracts; these charges did not recur in fiscal 2013 .

 


Offsetting the decreases discussed above, t otal costs and expenses at the Moving and Storage operating segment increased $ 95.9 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012 . Operating expenses increased $ 74.9 million primarily from spending on personnel, accruals for liability costs, legal expense , property taxes and operating costs associated with the U-Box program. Commission expenses increased in relation to the associated revenues. Cost of sales declined due to a reduction in the price of propane combined with a reduction in the volume purchased. Depreciation expense, net, increased $ 29.1 million while lease expense decreased $ 14.8 million as a result of the Company’s shift in financing new equipment on the balance sheet versus through operating leases .

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, earnings from operations increased to $ 499.2 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with $ 416.0 million for fiscal 201 2 .

Interest expense for fiscal 201 3 was $ 90.7 million, compared with $90.4 million for fiscal 201 2 due to an increase in average borrowings partially offset by a decrease in average borrowing costs.

Income tax expense was $ 143.8 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with $120.3 million for fiscal 201 2 . The increase was due to higher pretax earnings for fiscal 201 3 .

Dividends accrued or paid on our Series A Preferred were $2.9 million for fiscal 2012. There were no payments made or accrued in fiscal 2013. All of the Series A Preferred stock was redeemed on June 1, 2011; therefore, no dividends were accrued in fiscal 2013 . Fiscal 2012 included a $5.9 million non-recurring charge related to the redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock.

As a result of the above mentioned items, earnings available to common shareholders were $ 264.7 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with $196.5 million for fiscal 201 2 .

Basic and diluted earnings per common share for fiscal 201 3 were $ 13.56 , compared with $ 10 . 09 for fiscal 201 2 .

The weighted average common shares outstanding basic and diluted were 19, 518 , 779 for fiscal 201 3 , compared with 19,476,187 for fiscal 201 2 .

Moving and Storage

Fiscal 20 14 Compared with Fiscal 2013

Listed below are revenues for the major product lines at our Moving and Storage operating segment for fiscal 201 4 and fiscal 201 3 :

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

(In thousands)

Self-moving equipment rentals

$

1,958,209

$

1,769,058

Self-storage revenues

 

181,794

 

152,660

Self-moving and self-storage products and service sales

 

234,187

 

221,117

Property management fees

 

24,493

 

24,378

Net investment and interest income

 

15,212

 

18,622

Other revenue

 

158,055

 

96,507

Moving and Storage revenue

$

2,571,950

$

2,282,342

 

 

 

 

 

Self-moving equipment rental revenues increased $ 189.2 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013 . The convenience provided to our customers through additional company operated locations and our expanding independent dealer network, combined with the expansion of the equipment rental fleet contributed to the increase in rental transactions.  An increase in both In-Town and one-way transactions across our truck, trailer and towing device fleets resulted in the growth in revenues. Our focus continues to be on improving the rental experience for our customers through the availability of equipment, convenient access to rental locations and ease of the rental process.

 


Self-storage revenues increased $ 29.1 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013.  Average monthly occupancy for fiscal 2014 increased by 2.1 million square feet compared with fiscal 2013 .  These occupancy gains came from a combination of improvements at existing locations as well as the acquisition of new facilities.  During fiscal 2014 we added approximately 2.1 million net rentable square feet.

Sales of self-moving and self-storage products and services increased $ 13.1 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013.  We earned increases from the sale of moving supplies , towing accessories and installation as well as propane .

Net investment and interest income de creased $ 3.4 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013.  Gains from mortgage loan holdings and interest income related to the SAC Holdings notes declined compared with the same period last year. In June 2013, SAC Holdings made a $10.4 million payment to AMERCO reducing its total outstanding obligations to the Company .  

Other revenue increased $ 61.5 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013 primarily from the expansion of new business initiatives including our U-Box program.

The Company owns and manages self-storage facilities. Self -storage revenues reported in the consolidated financial statements represent Company-owned locations only. Self -storage data for our owned storage locations follows:

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

(In thousands, except occupancy rate)

Room count as of March 31

 

207

 

186

Square footage as of March 31

 

18,164

 

16,034

Average monthly number of rooms occupied

 

160

 

139

Average monthly occupancy rate based on room count

 

80.5%

 

78.7%

Average monthly square footage occupied

 

14,148

 

11,999

 

 

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses increased $ 167.3 million for fiscal 2014 as compared to fiscal 2013. Operating expenses increased $ 118.2 million primarily from spending on personnel, rental equipment maintenance and operating costs associated with the U-Box program. Commission expenses increased in relation to the associated revenues. Depreciation expense increased $ 32.7 million and gains from the disposal of property, plant and equipment increased by $11.1 million. L ease expense decreased $ 17.0 million as a result of the Company’s continued focus towards financing new equipment on the balance sheet versus through operating leases.

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, earnings from operations for the Moving and Storage operating segment before consolidation of the equity in the earnings of the insurance subsidiaries increased to $ 584.7 million for fiscal 2014 as compared with $462.3 million for fiscal 2013.

Equity in the earnings of AMERCO’s insurance subsidiaries increased $ 5.8 million for fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013 .

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, earnings from operations increased to $614.7 million for fiscal 2014 , compared with $ 486.6 million for fiscal 2013.

 


Fiscal 20 13 Compared with Fiscal 2012

Listed below are revenues for the major product lines at our Moving and Storage operating segment for fiscal 201 3 and fiscal 201 2 :

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(In thousands)

Self-moving equipment rentals

$

1,769,058

$

1,679,963

Self-storage revenues

 

152,660

 

134,376

Self-moving and self-storage products and service sales

 

221,117

 

213,854

Property management fees

 

24,378

 

23,266

Net investment and interest income

 

18,622

 

27,132

Other revenue

 

96,507

 

78,332

Moving and Storage revenue

$

2,282,342

$

2,156,923

 

 

 

 

 

Self-moving equipment rental revenues increased $ 89.1 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012. Growth in In-Town and one-way transactions was the single largest driver of growth in revenues during fiscal 2013.  Truck, trailers and towing devices all experienced transaction and revenue growth as compared to fiscal 2012.  The improvement in revenue occurred in conjunction with growth in our independent d ealer network, expansion of C ompany operated locations and an increase in the number of trucks and trailers in the fleet. 

Self- storage revenues increased $ 18.3 million for fiscal 201 3 , compared with fiscal 201 2.  Average monthly occupancy for fiscal 2013 increased by 1.6 million square feet compared with fiscal 2012 .  These occupancy gains came from a combination of improvements at existing locations as well as the acquisition of new facilities.  During fiscal 2013 we added approximately 2.1 million net rentable square feet .

Sales of self-moving and self-storage products and services increased $ 7.3 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012 We earned increases from the sale of moving supplies as well as towing accessories and installation .

Property management fees increased $1.1 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012.  The calculation of these fees is largely based upon revenues collected at the facilities managed by the Company.  As these underlying revenues increase, the fees we collect for management services increase as well.

Net investment and interest income decreased $8.5 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012 . During the first quarter of fiscal 2013 , SAC Holdings repaid AMERCO $127.3 million for notes and interest outstanding. These notes carried interest rates of 9% and the loss of this yield caused a $ 11.0 million decline in interest income for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012.  This decline was partially offset by gains from mortgage loans held for investment at the Moving and Storage operating segment.

Other revenue increased $ 18.2 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012 primarily from the expansion of new business initiatives including our U-Box program.

 


The Company owns and manages self-storage facilities. Self -storage revenues reported in the consolidated financial statements represent Company-owned locations only. Self -storage data for our owned storage locations follows:

 

 

Year Ended March 31,

 

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(In thousands, except occupancy rate)

Room count as of March 31

 

186

 

165

Square footage as of March 31

 

16,034

 

13,889

Average monthly number of rooms occupied

 

139

 

123

Average monthly occupancy rate based on room count

 

78.7%

 

76.9%

Average monthly square footage occupied

 

11,999

 

10,401

 

 

 

 

 

Total costs and expenses increased $ 95.9 million for fiscal 2013 as compared to fiscal 2012 . Operating expenses increased $ 74.9 million primarily from spending on personnel, accruals for liability costs, legal expense , property taxes and operating costs associated with the U-Box program. Commission expenses increased in relation to the associated revenues. Cost of sales declined due to a reduction in the price of propane combined with a reduction in the volume purchased. Depreciation expense, net, increased $ 29.1 million while lease expense decreased $ 14.8 million as a result of the Company’s shift in financing new equipment on the balance sheet versus through operating leases .

During the third quarter of fiscal 2013 H urricane Sandy struck the Northeastern portion of the United States interrupting business at approximately 100 stores. All of these stores were operational within a few days , but for the most part, required some additional time to reach full operational strength . We estimated losses related to destroyed rental equipment of approximately $ 0.8 million and this was recorded as an expense in the third quarter . We maintain property and business interruption insurance coverage with independent third parties to mitigate the financial impact of these types of catastrophic events. Our insurance deductible is $ 0.3 million and was recorded as an expense in the third quarter .

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, earnings from operations for the Moving and Storage operating segment before consolidation of the equity in the earnings of the insurance subsidiaries increased to $462.3 million for fiscal 2013 as compared with $432.8 million for fiscal 2012.

Equity in the earnings of AMERCO’s insurance subsidiaries inc reased $ 34.6 million for fiscal 2013 , compared with fiscal 2012 as a result of the reserve strengthening at the Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment in fiscal 2012 .

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, earnings from operations increased to $486.6 million for fiscal 2013 , compared with $ 422.4 million for fiscal 2012.

Property and Casualty Insurance

201 3 Compared with 201 2

Net premiums were $ 41.1 million and $34.3 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. A significant portion of Repwest’s premiums are from policies sold in conjunction with U- Haul rental transactions. The premium growth corresponded with the increased moving and storage transactions at U-Haul.

Net investment income was $ 10.6 million and $13.9 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The de crease was primarily due to a gain from our mortgage loan portfolio in 2012.

Net operating expenses were $ 20.8 million and $18.0 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012. The increase was a result of an increase in commission expense offset by a charge related to a reinsurance contract in 2012 and an increase in loss adjusting fee income .

 


Benefits and losses incurred were $ 11.5 million and $16.0 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The decrease was primarily due to favorable loss development in the additional liability line of business .

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, pretax earnings from operations were $ 19.3 million and $ 14.2 million for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Property and Casualty Insurance

2012 Compared with 2011

Net premiums were $ 34.3 million and $ 32.6 million for the years ended December 31, 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively. A significant portion of Repwest’s premiums are from policies sold in conjunction with U-Haul rental transactions. The increase corresponded with the increased moving and storage transactions at U-Haul.

Net investment income was $ 13.9 million and $ 10 .0 million for the years ended December 31, 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively. The increase was due to $ 4.6 million of gains on mortgage loans offset by a $0.8 million decrease in real estate income .

Net operating expenses were $ 18.0 million and $1 3 . 3 million for the years ended December 31, 201 2 and 201 1 . The increase was primarily due to a $4.1 million write-off for reinsurance deemed uncollectible combined with $0.7 million in legal fees related to this transaction .

Benefits and losses incurred were $ 16.0 million and $ 65.7 million for the years ended December 31, 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively . The de crease was primarily due to reserve strengthening in 2011 on terminated workers’ compensation programs originally written or reinsured between 1983 and 2003. Losses in this line of business increased $5 3 . 8 million of which $48. 3 million was recognized in the third quarter of fiscal 2012.

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, pretax earnings (loss) from operations were $ 14.2 million and ( $ 36.4) million for the years ended December 31, 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively.

Life Insurance

201 3 Compared with 201 2

Net premiums were $ 157.9 million and $ 178.1 million for the year ended December 31 , 201 3 and 201 2 , respectively .  The most significant factors contributing to the decline included a decrease in sales of new single premium whole life polies and immediate annuities combined with a reduction in Medicare supplement policies in force. 

Net investment income was $54.4 million and $50. 9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. There was an increase of investment income due to a larger invested asset base.

Net operating expenses were $ 23.7 million and $ 26.5 million for the year ended December 31 , 201 3 and 201 2 , respectively. The variance is primarily due to a reduced Medicare supplement and single premium immediate annuity commissions resulting from policy decrements in Medicare supplement and discontinued sales of immediate annuity product.

Benefits and losses incurred were $ 145.2 million and $ 164.7 million for the year ended December 3 1 , 201 3 and 201 2 , respectively . Declining sales of single premium whole policies and a reduction of in-force Medicare supplement policies, combined with improving loss ratios were the largest contributors to the decline in benefits.  Partially offsetting these decreases was additional interest credited to policyholder annuity accounts as a result of the accumulation of annuity deposits. 

Amortization of deferred acquisition costs (“DAC”) , sales inducement asset (“SIA”) and the value of business acquired (“VOBA”) was $ 20.0 million and $ 17.4 million for the year ended December 31 , 201 3 and 201 2 , respectively. The increase over the prior year was primarily a result of increased amortization of annuity DAC and SIA from increased in force business along with amortization from legacy reinsured annuity blocks.  

 


As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, pretax earnings from operations were $ 26.7 million and $ 23.0 million for the year ended December 3 1 , 201 3 and 201 2, respectively.

Life Insurance

2012 Compared with 2011

Net premiums were $178.1 million and $277.6 million for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. During the third quarter of 2011 Oxford entered into a coinsurance arrangement for a block of whole life insurance policies resulting in a one-time increase in premiums of $83.5 million due to the transfer of liabilities.  Medicare supplement premiums decreased by $9.5 million compared to the prior year while premiums from other products including life insurance decreased $6.5 million.  New business activity in 2012 shifted more towards annuity policies with sales of these products accounted for as deposits on the balance sheet instead of premium income.  Annuity deposits increased by $258.5 million compared to 2011.

Net investment income was $ 50.9 million and $ 38.1 million for the years ended December 31 , 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively. There was an increase of $13.8 million of investment income due to a larger invested asset base and gains on matured mortgage loans purchased at discounts. This was offset by a decrease in realized gains recognized on investments of $0.9 million .

Net operating expenses were $ 26.5 million and $ 28.9 million for the years ended December 31 , 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively. The variance was due to a reduced Medicare supplement and single premium whole life commissions resulting from a decline in the Medicare supplement policy base along with lower new sales of the life product.

Benefits and losses incurred were $ 164.7 million and $ 254.4 million for the years ended December 31 , 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively. During the third quarter of 2011 Oxford entered into the coinsurance arrangement for the block of whole life insurance policies resulting in a one-time increase in benefits of $83.5 million due to the transfer of liabilities. Medicare supplement benefits decreased by $9.9 million from a reduction of policies in-force and improved benefit ratios.  As a result of the growth in annuity deposits, interest credited to policyholders increased $3.2 million.

Amortization of deferred acquisition costs (“ DAC ”) and the value of business acquired (“ VOBA ”) was $ 17.4 million and $ 13.8 million for the years ended December 31 , 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively .  This was primarily due to amortization related to increased annuity sales and in-force life insurance policies. 

As a result of the above mentioned changes in revenues and expenses, pretax earnings from operations were $ 23.0 million and $ 20.1 million for the years ended December 31 , 201 2 and 201 1 , respectively.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We believe our current capital structure is a positive factor that will enable us to pursue our operational plans and goals and provide us with sufficient liquidity for the foreseeable future. The majority of our obligations currently in place mature between fiscal years 2016 and 2019 . However, since there are many factors which could affect our liquidity, including some which are beyond our control, there is no assurance that future cash flows and liquidity resources will be sufficient to meet our outstanding debt obligations and our other future capital needs.

 


At March 31, 201 4 , cash and cash equivalents totaled $ 495.1 million , compared with $ 463.7 million on March 31, 20 13 . The assets of our insurance subsidiaries are generally unavailable to fulfill the obligations of non-insurance operations (AMERCO, U-Haul and Real Estate). As of March 31, 201 4 (or as otherwise indicated), cash and cash equivalents, other financial assets (receivables, short-term investments, other investments, fixed maturities, and related party assets) and debt obligations of each operating segment were:

 

 

Moving & Storage

 

Property and Casualty Insurance (a)

 

Life Insurance (a)

 

 

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

464,710

$

12,758

$

17,644

Other financial assets

 

234,318

 

402,193

 

1,135,969

Debt obligations

 

1,942,359

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) As of December 31, 2013

 

 

 

 

 

 

At March 31, 2014, o ur Moving and Storage operating segment had cash available under existing credit facilities of $ 160.4 million .

A summary of our consolidated cash flows for fiscal 201 4 , 20 13 and 20 12 is shown in the table below:

 

 

Years Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(In thousands)

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

709,504

$

661,530

$

669,842

Net cash used by investing activities

 

(845,753)

 

(712,213)

 

(582,137)

Net cash provided (used) by financing activities

 

167,794

 

157,783

 

(112,745)

Effects of exchange rate on cash

 

(177)

 

(536)

 

(294)

Net cash flow

 

31,368

 

106,564

 

(25,334)

Cash at the beginning of the period

 

463,744

 

357,180

 

382,514

Cash at the end of the period

$

495,112

$

463,744

$

357,180

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities increased $ 48.0 million in fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013 primarily due to increased revenue at the Moving and Storage operating segment combined with improved earnings at the Life Insurance operating segment and a reinsurance transaction at the Property Casualty operating segment. Somewhat offsetting these gains, was the prior year repayment of $127.3 million from SAC Holdings in fiscal 2013 .   

Net cash used in investing activities increased $ 133.5 million in fiscal 2014, compared with fiscal 2013. P urchases of property, plant and equipment , which are reported net of cash from leases, increased $320.3 million. Cash provided from the sales of property, plant and equipment increased $ 49.4 million largely due to an increase in truck sales. The Life Insurance operating segment had a decrease in net cash used for investing of $132.9 million due to a decline in new annuity deposits .

Net cash provided by financing activities increased $ 10.0 million in fiscal 2014, as compared with fiscal 2013. Net annuity deposits at the Life Insurance operating segment de creased $ 163.9 million and principal and capital lease payments increased $61.3 million in fiscal 2014 compared with fiscal 2013 . Conversely, cash from new borrowings increased $160.5 million in fiscal 2014 compared with fiscal 2013 . Fiscal 2014 included a dividend payment of $19.6 million compared with $97.4 million in fiscal 2013.

 


Liquidity and Capital Resources and Requirements of Our Operating Segments

Moving and Storage

To meet the needs of our customers, U-Haul maintains a large fleet of rental equipment. Capital expenditures have primarily reflected new rental equipment acquisitions and the buyouts of existing fleet from leases. The capital to fund these expenditures has historically been obtained internally from operations and the sale of used equipment and externally from debt and lease financing. In the future, we anticipate that our internally generated funds will be used to service the existing debt and fund operations. U-Haul estimates that during fiscal 201 5 the Company will reinvest in its truck and trailer rental fleet approximately $ 350 million , net of equipment sales and excluding any lease buyouts. For fiscal 201 4 , the Company invested, net of sales, approximately $ 518 million before any lease buyouts in its truck and trailer fleet. Fleet investments in fiscal 201 5 and beyond will be dependent upon several factors including availability of capital, the truck rental environment and the used-truck sales market. We anticipate that the fiscal 201 5 investments will be funded largely through debt financing, external lease financing and cash from operations. Management considers several factors including cost and tax consequences when selecting a method to fund capital expenditures. Our allocation between debt and lease financing can change from year to year based upon financial market conditions which may alter the cost or availability of financing options.

Real Estate has traditionally financed the acquisition of self-storage properties to support U-Haul's growth through debt financing and funds from operations and sales. The Company’s plan for the expansion of owned storage properties includes the acquisition of existing self-storage locations from third parties, the acquisition and development of bare land, and the acquisition and redevelopment of existing buildings not currently used for self-storage. The Company expects to fund these development projects through construction loans and internally generated funds. For fiscal 201 4 , the Company invested $ 321 million in real estate acquisitions, new construction and renovation and repair. For fiscal 201 5 , the timing of new projects will be dependent upon several factors including the entitlement process, availability of capital, weather, and the identification and successful acquisition of target properties. U-Haul's growth plan in self-storage also includes the expansion of the U-Haul Storage Affilate program, which does not require significant capital.

Net capital expenditures (purchases of property, plant and equipment less proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment and lease proceeds) were $ 729.3 million , $ 435.3 million and $ 420.9 million for fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012 , respectively. The components of our net capital expenditures are provided in the following table:

 

 

Years Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

2012

 

 

(In thousands)

Purchases of rental equipment

$

775,808

$

599,044

$

503,863

Equipment lease buyouts

 

36,552

 

60,041

 

52,340

Purchases of real estate, construction and renovations

 

321,344

 

169,535

 

101,644

Other capital expenditures

 

62,569

 

47,330

 

52,253

Gross capital expenditures

 

1,196,273

 

875,950

 

710,100

Less: Lease proceeds

 

(196,908)

 

(219,966)

 

(120,301)

Less: Sales of property, plant and equipment

 

(270,053)

 

(220,699)

 

(168,912)

Net capital expenditures

 

729,312

 

435,285

 

420,887

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Moving and Storage operating segment continues to hold significant cash and we believe has access to additional liquidity. Management may invest these funds in our existing operations, expand our product lines or pursue external opportunities in the self-moving and storage market place, or reduce existing indebtedness where possible.

 


Property and Casualty Insurance

State insurance regulations restrict the amount of dividends that can be paid to stockholders of insurance companies. As a result, our Prop erty and Casualty Insurance operating segment's assets are generally not available to satisfy the claims of AMERCO or its legal subsidiaries.

We believe that stockholders equity at the Property and Casualty operating segment remains sufficient and we do not believe that its ability to pay ordinary dividends to AMERCO will be restricted per state regulations.

Our Property and Casualty operating segment s tockholder’s equity was $ 146.8 million , $ 136.9 million, and $ 123.8 million at December 31, 20 13 , 20 12 , and 20 11 , respectively. The in crease in 2013 compared with 2012 resulted from net earnings of $ 12.7 million and a de crease in accumulated other comprehensive income of $ 2. 8 million . Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment does not use debt or equity issues to increase capital and therefore has no direct exposure to capital market conditions other than through its investment portfolio.

Life Insurance

Our Life Insurance operating segment manages its financial assets to meet policyholder and other obligations including investment contract withdrawals and deposits . Our Life Insurance operating segment's net deposits for the year ended December 31, 20 13 were $ 105. 9 million . State insurance regulations restrict the amount of dividends that can be paid to stockholders of insurance companies. As a result, our Life Insurance operating segment's funds are generally not available to satisfy the claims of AMERCO or its legal subsidiaries.

Our Life Insurance’s stockholder operating segment's equity was $226.7 million, $ 242.7 million, and $ 215.8 million at December 31, 20 13 , 20 12 and 20 11 , respectively. The de crease i n 2013 compared with 2012 resulted from earnings of $17.3 million, a de crease in accumulated other comprehensive income of $ 33.3 million. Our Life Insurance operating segment has not historically use d debt or equity issues to increase capital and therefore has no direct exposure to capital market conditions other than through its investment portfolio. Oxford is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank system and has the ability to borrow funds through this facility. As of March 31, 2014, Oxford has not drawn on this facility.

Cash Provided (Used) from Operating Activities by Operating Segments

Moving and Storage

Net cash provided by operating activities was $ 660.4 million , $ 665.6 million and $ 536.9 million in fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012 , respectively . Excluding a $127.3 million repayment from SAC Holdings in fiscal 2013 for notes and interest receivables due, cash from operating activities increased in fiscal 2014 largely due to improved operating earnings

Property and Casualty Insurance

Net c ash provided by operating activities was $ 23.6 million, $ 0.3 million, and $ 4.7 million for the years ended December 31, 20 13 , 20 12 , and 20 11 , respectively. The increase was primarily due to the commutation of excess workers’ compensation reinsurance .

Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment’s cash and cash equivalents and short-term investment portfolios amounted to $ 35.5 million, $ 45.2 million, and $ 44.1 million at December 31, 20 13 , 20 12 , and 20 11 , respectively. This balance reflects funds in transition from maturity proceeds to long term investments. Management believes this level of liquid assets, combined with budgeted cash flow, is adequate to meet foreseeable cash needs. Capital and operating budgets allow our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment to schedule cash needs in accordance with investment and underwriting proceeds.

 


Life Insurance

Net c ash provided (used) by operating activities w as $ 25.5 million , ($4.4) million and $ 128.6 million for the years ended December 31, 20 13 , 20 12 and 20 11 , respectively. The increase in cash provided was primarily attributable to the decrease in commission expense from the reduction in annuity sales, increase in net investment income from the increased investment asset base and a reduction in federal income taxes paid.

In addition to cash flows from operating activities and financing activities, a substantial amount of liquid funds are available through our Life Insurance operating segment's short-term portfolio. At December 31, 20 13 , 20 12 and 20 11 , cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments amounted to $ 39. 6 million , $ 34.6 million and $ 54.1 million, respectively. Management believes that the overall sources of liquidity are adequate to meet foreseeable cash needs.

Liquidity and Capital Resources - Summary

We believe we have the financial resources needed to meet our business plans including our working capital needs. We continue to hold significant cash and have access to existing credit facilities and additional liquidity to meet our anticipated capital expenditure requirements for investment in our rental fleet, rental equipment and storage acquisitions and build outs.

Our borrowing strategy is primarily focused on asset-backed financing and rental equipment operating leases. As part of this strategy, we seek to ladder maturities and hedge floating rate loans through the use of interest rate swaps. While each of these loans typically contains provisions governing the amount that can be borrowed in relation to specific assets, the overall structure is flexible with no limits on overall Company borrowings. Management feels it has adequate liquidity between cash and cash equivalents and unused borrowing capacity in existing credit facilities to meet the current and expected needs of the Company over the next several years. At March 31, 201 4 , we had cash availability under existing credit facilities of $ 160.4 million . It is possible that circumstances beyond our control could alter the ability of the financial institutions to lend us the unused lines of credit. W e believe that there are additional opportunities for leverage in our existing capital structure. For a more detailed discussion of our long-term debt and borrowing capacity, please see Note 9 , Borrowings of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Certain a ssets and liabilities are recorded at fair value on the consolidated balance sheets and are measured and classified based upon a three tiered approach to valuation. ASC 820 requires that financial assets and liabilities recorded at fair value be classified and disclosed in a Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 category. For more information, please see Note 16 , Fair Value Measurements of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K

The available-for-sale securities held by the Company are recorded at fair value. These values are determined primarily from actively traded markets where prices are based either on direct market quotes or observed transactions. Liquidity is a factor considered during the determination of the fair value of these securities. Market price quotes may not be readily available for certain securities or the market for them has slowed or ceased. In situations where the market is determined to be illiquid, fair value is determined based upon limited available information and other factors including expected cash flows. At March 31, 201 4 , we had $ 1.1 million of available-for-sale assets classified in Level 3.

The interest rate swaps held by us as hedges against interest rate risk for our variable rate debt are recorded at fair value. These values are determined using pricing valuation models which include broker quotes for which significant inputs are observable. They include adjustments for counterparty credit quality and other deal-specific factors, where appropriate and are classified as Level 2.

 


Disclosures about Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitments

The following table provides contractual commitments and contingencies as of March 31, 201 4 :

 

 

 

 

Payment due by Period (as of March 31, 2014)

Contractual Obligations

 

Total

 

04/01/14 - 03/31/15

 

04/01/15 - 03/31/17

 

04/01/17 - 03/31/19

 

Thereafter

 

 

(In thousands)

Notes, loans and leases payable - Principal

$

1,852,727

$

163,562

$

940,381

$

318,218

$

430,566

Notes, loans and leases payable - Interest

 

309,550

 

80,809

 

97,851

 

46,970

 

83,920

Revolving credit agreements - Principal

 

89,632

 

 

44,000

 

45,632

 

Revolving credit agreements - Interest

 

5,496

 

1,596

 

3,131

 

769

 

Operating leases

 

240,466

 

87,512

 

106,959

 

33,926

 

12,069

Property and casualty obligations (a)

 

158,591

 

13,633

 

19,062

 

16,192

 

109,704

Life, health and annuity obligations (b)

 

2,826,065

 

185,536

 

321,762

 

294,404

 

2,024,363

Self insurance accruals (c)

 

370,668

 

101,350

 

150,437

 

63,341

 

55,540

Post retirement benefit liability

 

9,287

 

397

 

1,037

 

1,452

 

6,401

       Total contractual obligations

$

5,862,482

$

634,395

$

1,684,620

$

820,904

$

2,722,563

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) These estimated obligations for unpaid losses and loss adjustment expenses include case reserves for reported claims and IBNR claims estimates and are net of expected reinsurance recoveries. The ultimate amount to settle both the case reserves and IBNR is an estimate based upon historical experience and current trends and such estimates could materially differ from actual results. The assumptions do not include future premiums. Due to the significant assumptions employed in this model, the amounts shown could materially differ from actual results.

(b) These estimated obligations are based on mortality, morbidity, withdrawal and lapse assumptions drawn from our historical experience and adjusted for any known trends. These obligations include expected interest crediting but no amounts for future annuity deposits or premiums for life and Medicare supplement policies.  The cash flows shown are undiscounted for interest and as a result total outflows for all years shown significantly exceed the corresponding liabilities of $ 1,033.4 million included in our consolidated ba lance sheet as of March 31, 2014 . Life Insurance expects to fully fund these obligations from their invested asset portfolio. Due to the significant assumptions employed in this model, the amounts shown could materially differ from actual results. 

(c) These estimated obligations are primarily the Company’s self insurance accruals for portions of the liability coverage for our rental equipment. The estimates for future settlement are based upon historical experience and current trends. Due to the significant assumptions employed in this model, the amounts shown could materially differ from actual results.

As presented above, contractual obligations on debt and guarantees represent principal payments while contractual obligations for operating leases represent the notional payments under the lease arrangements.

ASC 740 - Income Taxes liabilities and interest of $ 21.6 million is not included above due to uncertainty surrounding ultimate settlements, if any.

Off Balance Sheet Arrangements

The Company uses off-balance sheet arrangements in situations where management believes that the economics and sound business principles warrant their use.

AMERCO utilizes operating leases for certain rental equipment and facilities with terms expiring substantially through 2020 . In the event of a shortfall in proceeds from the sales of the underlying rental equipment assets, AMERCO has guaranteed $ 95.0 million of residual values at March 31, 201 4 for these assets at the end of their respective lease terms. AMERCO has been leasing rental equipment since 1987. To date, we have not experienced residual value shortfalls related to these leasing arrangements. Using the average cost of fleet related debt as the discount rate, the present value of AMERCO’s minimum lease payments and residual value guarantees were $ 223.4 million at March 31, 201 4 .

 


Historically, we have used off-balance sheet arrangements in connection with the expansion of our self-storage business. For more information please see Note 20 , Related Party Transactions of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements. These arrange ments were primarily used when our overall borrowing structure was more limited. We do not face similar limitations currently and off-balance sheet arrangements have not been utilized in our self-storage expansion in recent years. In the future, we will continue to identify and consider off-balance sheet opportunities to the extent such arrangements would be economically advantageous to us and our stockholders.

We currently manage the self-storage properties owned or leased by SAC Holdings, Mercury Partners, L.P. (“Mercury”), Four SAC Self-Storage Corporation (“4 SAC”), Five SAC Self-Storage Corporation (“5 SAC”), Galaxy Investments, L.P. (“Galaxy”) and Private Mini pursuant to a standard form of management agreement, under which we receive a management fee of between 4% and 10% of the gross receipts plus reimbursement for certain expenses. We received management fees, exclusive of reimbursed expenses, of $ 25.8 million, $ 23.7 million and $ 22.5 million from the above mentioned entities during fiscal 201 4 , 20 13 and 20 12 , respectively. This management fee is consistent with the fee received for other properties we previously managed for third parties. SAC Holdings, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, Galaxy and Private Mini are substantially controlled by Blackwater Investments, Inc. (“Blackwater”). Blackwater is wholly-owned by Mark V. Shoen, a significant shareholder of AMERCO. Mercury is substantially controlled by Mark V. Shoen. James P. Shoen, a significant shareholder and director of AMERCO and an estate planning trust benefitting Shoen children also have an interest in Mercury.

We lease space for marketing company offices, vehicle repair shops and hitch installation centers from subsidiaries of SAC Holdings, 5 SAC and Galaxy. Total lease payments pursuant to such leases were $ 2.6 million , $2. 6 million and $2. 4 million in fiscal 201 4 , 20 13 and 20 12 , respectively. The terms of the leases are similar to the terms of leases for other properties owned by unrelated parties that are leased by us .

At March 31, 201 4 , subsidiaries of SAC Holdings, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, Galaxy and Private Mini acted as U-Haul independent dealers. The financial and other terms of the dealership contracts with the aforementioned companies and their subsidiaries are substantially identical to the terms of those with our other independent dealers whereby commissions are paid by us based on equipment rental revenues. We paid the above mentioned entities $ 49.9 million, $ 43.8 million and $ 41.7 million in commissions pursuant to such dealership contracts during fiscal 201 4 , 20 13 and 20 12 , respectively.

During fiscal 201 4 , subsidiaries of ours held various junior unsecured notes of SAC Holdings. Substantially all of the equity interest of SAC Holdings is controlled by Blackwater. We do not have an equity ownership interest in SAC Holdings. We recorded interest income of $ 7.1 million, $8.4 million and $19.4 million and received cash interest payments of $ 17.2 million, $12.6 million and $17.8 million from SAC Holdings during fiscal 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. The largest aggregate amount of notes receivable outstanding during fiscal 2014 was $72.4 million and the aggregate notes receivable balance at March 31, 2014 was $ 71.5 million. In accordance with the terms of these notes, SAC Holdings may prepay the notes without penalty or premium at any time. The scheduled maturities of these notes are between 201 7 and 20 19.

These agreements along with notes with subsidiaries of SAC Holdings, 4 SAC, 5 SAC, Galaxy and Private Mini, excluding Dealer Agreements, provided revenues of $ 32.9 million, expenses of $ 2.6 million and cash flows of $ 43.7 million during fiscal 2014. Revenues and commission expenses related to the Dealer Agreements were $ 228.6 million and $ 49.9 million, respectively during fiscal 201 4 .

Fiscal 201 5 Outlook

We will continue to focus our attention on increasing transaction volume and improving pricing, product and utilization for self-moving equipment rentals.  Maintaining an adequate level of new investment in our truck fleet is an important component of our plan to meet our operational goals. Revenue in the U-Move program could be adversely impacted should we fail to execute in any of these areas. Even if we execute our plans , we could see declines in revenues primarily due to unforeseen events including the continuation of adverse economic conditions or heightened competition that is beyond our control.

 


With respect to our storage business, w e have added new locations and expanded at existing locations. In fiscal 201 5, we are actively looking to acquire new locations, complete current projects and increase occupancy in our existing portfolio of locations. New projects and acquisitions will be considered and pursued if they fit our long-term plans and meet our financial objectives. We will continue to invest capital and resources in the U-Box program throughout fiscal 201 5 .

Our Property and Casualty Insurance operating segment will continue to provide loss adjusting and claims handling for U-Haul and underwrite components of the Safemove, Safetow, Safemove Plus, Safestor , and Safestor Mobile protection packages to U-Haul customers.

The Life Insurance operating segment is pursuing its goal of expanding its presence in the senior market through the sales of its Medicare supplement, life and annuity policies. This strategy includes growing its agency force, expanding its new product offerings, and pursuing business acquisition opportunities.

Quarterly Results (unaudited)

The quarterly results shown below are derived from unaudited financial statements for the eight quarters beginning April 1, 20 12 and ending March 31, 20 14 . We believe that all necessary adjustments have been included in the amounts stated below to present fairly, and in accordance with GAAP, such results. Moving and Storage operations are seasonal and proportionally more of the Company’s revenues and net earnings from its Moving and Storage operations are generated in the first and second quarters of each fiscal year (April through September). The operating results for the periods presented are not necessarily indicative of results for any future period.

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

March 31, 2014

 

December 31, 2013

 

September 30, 2013

 

June 30, 2013

 

 

(In thousands, except for share and per share data)

Total revenues

$

610,584

$

641,346

$

836,491

$

746,831

Earnings from operations

 

81,899

 

105,973

 

239,966

 

202,376

Earnings available to common

      shareholders

 

39,211

 

52,221

 

137,991

 

112,968

Basic and diluted earings

      per common share

$

2.00

$

2.67

$

7.06

$

5.78

Weighted average common shares

      outstanding: basic and diluted

 

19,571,417

 

19,563,663

 

19,554,633

 

19,545,618

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quarter Ended

 

 

March 31, 2013

 

December 31, 2012

 

September 30, 2012

 

June 30, 2012

 

 

(In thousands, except for share and per share data)

Total revenues

$

564,307

$

582,487

$

744,117

$

667,676

Earnings from operations

 

72,036

 

81,946

 

194,322

 

150,879

Earnings available to common

      shareholders

 

37,873

 

36,846

 

109,420

 

80,569

Basic and diluted earings

      per common share

$

1.93

$

1.89

$

5.61

$

4.13

Weighted average common shares

      outstanding: basic and diluted

 

19,536,630

 

19,523,794

 

19,512,550

 

19,502,369

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

We are exposed to financial market risks, including changes in interest rates and currency exchange rates. To mitigate these risks, we may utilize derivative financial instruments, among other strategies. We do not use derivative financial instruments for speculative purposes. 

 


Interest Rate Risk

The exposure to market risk for changes in interest rates relates primarily to our variable rate debt obligations and one variable rate operating lease . We have used interest rate swap agreements and forward swaps to reduce our exposure to changes in interest rates. We enter into these arrangements with counterparties that are significant financial institutions with whom we generally have other financial arrangements. We are exposed to credit risk should these counterparties not be able to perform on their obligations. Following is a summary of our interest rate swaps agreements at March 31, 2014:

 

Notional Amount

 

 

Fair Value

 

Effective Date

 

Expiration Date

 

Fixed Rate

 

Floating Rate

 

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

224,165

 

$

(30,779)

 

8/18/2006

 

8/10/2018

 

5.43%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

7,200

(a)

 

(271)

 

8/15/2008

 

6/15/2015

 

3.62%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

7,047

 

 

(309)

 

8/29/2008

 

7/10/2015

 

4.04%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

10,943

 

 

(564)

 

9/30/2008

 

9/10/2015

 

4.16%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

5,913

(a)

 

(190)

 

3/30/2009

 

3/30/2016

 

2.24%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

6,900

(a)

 

(222)

 

8/15/2010

 

7/15/2017

 

2.15%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

14,688

(a)

 

(494)

 

6/1/2011

 

6/1/2018

 

2.38%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

28,125

(a)

 

(468)

 

8/15/2011

 

8/15/2018

 

1.86%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

11,500

(a)

 

(152)

 

9/12/2011

 

9/10/2018

 

1.75%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

12,307

(b)

 

(5)

 

3/28/2012

 

3/28/2019

 

1.42%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

17,813

 

 

88

 

4/16/2012

 

4/1/2019

 

1.28%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

34,313

 

 

650

 

1/15/2013

 

12/15/2019

 

1.07%

 

1 Month LIBOR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(a) forward swap

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(b) operating lease

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As of March 31, 201 4 , we had $ 581.3 million of variable rate debt obligations and $12.3 million of a variable rate operating lease . If the London Inter-Bank Offer Rate were to increase 100 basis points, the increase in interest expense on the variable rate debt and a variable rate operating lease would decrease future earnings and cash flows by $ 2.1 million annually (after consideration of the effect of the above derivative contracts).

Additionally, our insurance subsidiaries’ fixed income investment portfolios expose us to interest rate risk. This interest rate risk is the price sensitivity of a fixed income security to changes in interest rates. As part of our insurance companies’ asset and liability management, actuaries estimate the cash flow patterns of our existing liabilities to determine their duration. These outcomes are compared to the characteristics of the assets that are currently supporting these liabilities assisting management in determining an asset allocation strategy for future investments that management believes will mitigate the overall effect of interest rates.

Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk

The exposure to market risk for changes in foreign currency exchange rates relates primarily to our Canadian business. Approximately 5.4 %, 5. 8 % and 5. 9 % of our revenue was generated in Canada in fiscal 201 4 , 20 13 and 20 12 , respectively. The result of a 10 % change in the value of the U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar would not be material to net income. We typically do not hedge any foreign currency risk since the exposure is not considered material.

Item 8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

The Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm and Consolidated Financial Statements of AMERCO and its consolidated subsidiaries including the notes to such statements and the related schedules are set forth on the “F” pages hereto and are incorporated by reference herein.

 


Item 9.   Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

Not applicable.

Item 9A.    Controls and Procedures

Attached as exhibits to this Annual Report are certifications of our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chief Accounting Officer (“CAO”), which are required in accordance with Rule 13a-14 of the Exchange Act. This "Controls and Procedures" section includes information concerning the controls and procedures evaluation referred to in the certifications and it should be read in conjunction with the certifications for a more complete understanding of the topics presented in the section Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures.

Following this discussion is the report of BDO USA , LLP, our independent registered public accounting firm, regarding its audit of AMERCO’s internal control over financial reporting as set forth below in this section. This section should be read in conjunction with the certifications of our CEO and CAO and the BDO USA , LLP report for a more complete understanding of the topics presented.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

The Company’s management, with the participation of the CEO and CAO, conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Company’s "disclosure controls and procedures" (as such term is defined in the Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) (“Disclosure Controls”) as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report . Our Disclosure Controls are designed to reasonably assure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed under the Exchange Act, such as this Annual Report , is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC's rules and forms. Our Disclosure Controls are also designed to reasonably assure that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including the CEO and CAO, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Based upon the controls evaluation, our CEO and CAO have concluded that as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report , our Disclosure Controls were effective related to the above stated design purposes.

Inherent Limitations on Effectiveness of Controls

The Company's management, including the CEO and CAO, does not expect that our Disclosure Controls or our internal control over financial reporting will prevent or detect all error and all fraud. A control system, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the control system's objectives will be met. The design of a control system must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of controls must be considered relative to their costs. Further, because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that misstatements due to error or fraud will not occur or that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, within the Company have been detected. These inherent limitations include the realities that judgments in decision-making can be faulty and that breakdowns can occur because of simple error or mistake. Controls can also be circumvented by the individual acts of some persons, by collusion of two or more people, or by management override of the controls. The design of any system of controls is based in part on certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions. Projections of any evaluation of controls effectiveness to future periods are subject to risks. Over time, controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions or deterioration in the degree of compliance with policies or procedures.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

There have not been any changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) during the most recent fiscal quarter that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.

 


Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of our financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with GAAP. Internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with GAAP, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the Company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the Company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Management assessed our internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 201 4 , the end of our fiscal year. Management based its assessment on criteria established in Internal Control-Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Management's assessment included evaluation of such elements as the design and operating effectiveness of key financial reporting controls, process documentation, accounting policies, and our overall control environment. This assessment is supported by testing and monitoring performed both by our Internal Audit organization and our Finance organization.

Based on our assessment, management has concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of the end of the fiscal year 201 4 . We reviewed the results of management's assessment with the Audit Committee of our Board.

Our independent registered public accounting firm, BDO USA , LLP, has audited the Company's internal control over financial reporting and has issued their report, which is included on the following page .


 


Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Board of Directors and Stockholders

AMERCO

Reno, Nevada

We have audited AMERCO and consolidated subsidiaries’ (the “Company”) internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 201 4 , based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (the COSO criteria).  The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Item 9A, Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audit also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 201 4 , based on the COSO criteria.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheets of the Company as of March 31, 201 4 and 201 3 , and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity, comprehensive income (loss), and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 201 4 and our report dated May 28 , 201 4 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

 

/s/ BDO USA, LLP

Phoenix, Arizona

May 28, 2014


 


Item 9B.   Other Information

Not applicable.

PART III

Item   10.    Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance  

The information required to be disclosed under this Item 10 is incorporated herein by reference to AMERCO’s definitive proxy statement , in connection with its annual meeting of stockholders (the “Proxy Statement”) , which will be filed with the SEC within 120 days after the close of the 201 4 fiscal year.

The Company has adopted a C ode of E thics that applies to all directors, officers and employees of the Company, including the Company’s principal executive officer and principal accounting officer. A copy of our Code of Ethics is posted on AMERCO’s web site at amerco.com/governance.aspx.  We intend to satisfy the disclosure requirements of Current Report on Form 8-K regarding any amendment to, or waiver from, a provision of our Code of Ethics by posting such information on the Company’s website, at the web address and location specified above, unless otherwise required to file a Current Report on Form 8-K by NASDAQ rules and regulations.

Item   11.    Executive Compensation

The information required to be disclosed under this Item 11 is incorporated herein by reference to the P roxy S tatement, which will be filed with the SEC within 120 days after the close of the 201 4 fiscal year.

Item   12.    Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

The information required to be disclosed under this Item 12 is incorporated herein by reference to the P roxy S tatement, which will be filed with the SEC within 120 days after the close of the 201 4 fiscal year.

Item 13.    Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

The information required to be disclosed under this Item 13 is incorporated herein by reference to the P roxy S tatement, which will be filed with the SEC within 120 days after the close of the 201 4 fiscal year.

Item 14.    Principal Accounting Fees and Services

The information required to be disclosed under this Item 14 is incorporated herein by reference to the P roxy S tatement, which will be filed with the SEC within 120 days after the close of the 201 4 fiscal year.

 


PART IV

Item 15.    Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

The following documents are filed as part of this Report:

 

 

 

Page

1.

Financial Statements:

 

 

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

F-1

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets - March 31, 2014 and 2013

F-2

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations - Years Ended March 31, 2014, 2013, and 2012

F-3

 

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss) - Years Ended March 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012

F-4

 

Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders' Equity - Years Ended March 31, 2014, 2013, and 2012

F-5

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - Years Ended March 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012

F-6

 

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

F-7

2.

Financial Statement Schedules required to be filed by Item 8:

 

 

Schedule I - Condensed Financial Information of AMERCO

F-52

 

Schedule II - AMERCO and Consolidated Subsidiaries Valuation and Qualifying Accounts

F-57

 

Schedule V - AMERCO and Consolidated Subsidiaries Supplemental Information (Concerning Property-Casualty Insurance Operations)

F-58

 

All other schedules are omitted because they are not required, inapplicable, or the information is otherwise shown in the financial statements or notes thereto.

Exhibits:

 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

3.1

Restated Articles of Incorporation of AMERCO

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 5, 2013, file no. 1-11255

3.2

Restated Bylaws of AMERCO

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 5, 2013, file no. 1-11255

4.1

Termination of Rights Agreement, dated as of March 5, 2008

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 11, 2008, file no. 1-11255

4.2

U-Haul Investors Club Base Indenture, dated February 12, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on February 22, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.3

First Supplemental Indenture, dated February 17, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on February 22, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.4

Second Supplemental Indenture, dated February 17, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on February 22, 2011, file no. 1-11255

 

 

 


Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

4.5

Third Supplemental Indenture, dated March 1, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 4, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.6

Fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated March 15, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 22, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.7

Fifth Supplemental Indenture, dated March 15, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 22, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.8

Sixth Supplemental Indenture, dated March 29, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on April 1, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.9

Seventh Supplemental Indenture, dated March 29, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on April 1, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.10

Ninth Supplemental Indenture, dated April 19, 2011, by and among AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on April 22, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.11

Tenth Supplemental Indenture, dated June 7, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on June 23, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.12

Eleventh Supplemental Indenture dated June 7, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on October 31, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.13

Twelfth Supplemental Indenture dated June 14, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on June 23, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.14

Thirteenth Supplemental Indenture dated June 28, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on July 20, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.15

Fourteenth Supplemental Indenture dated July 20, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on August 17, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.16

Fifteenth Supplemental Indenture dated July 27, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on August 17, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.17

Sixteenth Supplemental Indenture dated August 31, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on September 28, 2011, file no. 1-11255

4.18

Seventeenth Supplemental Indenture dated November 8, 2011 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on January 18, 2012, file no. 1-11255

4.19

Eighteenth Supplemental Indenture dated January 7, 2012 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on March 26, 2012, file no. 1-11255

 

 


Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

4.20

Nineteenth Supplemental Indenture dated May 14, 2012 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on May 15, 2012, file no. 1-11255

4.21

Eighth Supplemental Indenture, dated April 12, 2011, by and between AMERCO and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year end March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

4.22

Twentieth Supplemental Indenture dated September 4, 2012 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on September 4, 2012, file no. 1-11255

4.23

Twenty-first Supplemental Indenture dated January 15, 2013 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on January 15, 2013, file no. 1-11255

4.24

Twenty-second Supplemental Indenture, dated May 28, 2013 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank national Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO's Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on May 30, 2013, file no. 1-11255

4.25

Twenty-third Supplemental Indenture, dated November 26, 2013 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank national Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO's Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on November 26, 2013, file no. 1-11255

4.26

Twenty-fourth Supplemental Indenture, dated April 22, 2014 by and between AMERCO and U. S. Bank national Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO's Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on April 22, 2014, file no. 1-11255

10.1

U-Haul Dealership Contract

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year end March 31, 1993, file no. 1-11255

10.2

Share Repurchase and Registration Rights Agreement with Paul F. Shoen

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1993, file no. 1-11255

10.3

ESOP Loan Credit Agreement

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1990, file no. 1-11255

10.4

ESOP Loan Agreement

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1990, file no. 1-11255

10.5

Trust Agreement for the AMERCO Employee Savings, Profit Sharing and Employee Stock Ownership Plan

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1990, file no. 1-11255

10.6

Amended Indemnification Agreement

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1990, file no. 1-11255

10.7

Indemnification Trust Agreement

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1990, file no. 1-11255

10.8

Management Agreement between Four SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of AMERCO

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1997, file no. 1-11255

 


 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

10.9

Management Agreement between Five SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of AMERCO

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 1999, file no. 1-11255

10.10

Management Agreement between Nineteen SAC Self-Storage Limited Partnership and U-Haul

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2002, file no. 1-11255

10.11

Property Management Agreement

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2004, file no. 1-11255

10.12

U-Haul Dealership Contract between U-Haul Leasing & Sales Co., and U-Haul Moving Partners, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004, file no. 1-11255

10.13

Property Management Agreement between Mercury Partners, LP, Mercury 99, LLC and U-Haul Self-Storage Management (WPC), Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004, file no. 1-11255

10.14

Property Management Agreement between Three-SAC Self-Storage Corporation and U-Haul Co. (Canada), Ltd.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2004, file no. 1-11255

10.15

Property Management Agreement among subsidiaries of U-Haul International and Galaxy Storage Two, L.P.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2004, file no. 1-11255

10.16

Merrill Lynch Commitment Letter (re first mortgage loan)

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on May 13, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.17

Morgan Stanley Commitment Letter

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on May 13, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.18

Merrill Lynch Commitment Letter (re loan to Amerco Real Estate Company)

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on May 13, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.19

Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated June 8, 2005, among Amerco Real Estate Company, Amerco Real Estate Company of Texas, Inc., Amerco Real Estate Company of Alabama Inc., U-Haul Co. of Florida, Inc., U-Haul International, Inc. and Merrill Lynch Commercial Finance Corp.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.20

Security Agreement dated June 8, 2005, by Amerco Real Estate Company, Amerco Real Estate Company of Texas, Inc., Amerco Real Estate Company of Alabama, Inc., U-Haul Co. of Florida, Inc., U-Haul International, Inc. and the Marketing Grantors named therein in favor of Merrill Lynch Commercial Finance Corp.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

 


 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

10.21

Guarantee, dated June 8, 2005, by U-Haul International, Inc. in favor of Merrill Lynch Commercial Finance Corp.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.22

Promissory Note, dated June 8, 2005 by Amerco Real Estate Company, Amerco Real Estate Company of Texas, Inc., Amerco Real Estate Company of Alabama, Inc., U-Haul Co. of Florida, Inc. and U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.23

Form of Mortgage, Security Agreement, Assignment of Rents and Fixture Filing, dated June 8, 2005 in favor of Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.24

Form of Promissory Note, dated June 8, 2005, in favor of Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.25

Form of Mortgage, Security Agreement, Assignment of Rents and Fixture Filing, dated June 8, 2005, in favor of Merrill Lynch Mortgage Lending, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.26

Form of Promissory Note, dated June 8, 2005, in favor of Merrill Lynch Mortgage Lending, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 14, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.27

Property Management Agreement between Subsidiaries of U-Haul and Five SAC RW MS, LLC., dated August 17, 2005.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.28

Property Management Agreement between Subsidiaries of U-Haul and Five SAC 905, LLC., dated September 23, 2005.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 31, 2005, file no. 1-11255

10.29

Property Management Agreements between Subsidiaries of U-Haul and subsidiaries of PM Partners, LP, dated June 25, 2005.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s  Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006, file no. 1-11255

10.30

Promissory note, dated December 1, 2005, by Private Mini Storage Realty, LP in favor of AMERCO.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s  Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006, file no. 1-11255

10.31

Promissory note dated December 1, 2005 by PMSI Investments, LP in favor of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s  Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006, file no. 1-11255

10.32

Property Management Agreements between Subsidiaries of U-Haul and subsidiaries of PM Preferred Properties, LP., dated June 25, 2005

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s  Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006, file no. 1-11255

10.33

First Amendment to Security Agreement (New Truck Term Loan Facility) executed June 7, 2006, among U-Haul Leasing and Sales Co., U-Haul Co. of Arizona, and U-Haul International, Inc., in favor of Merrill Lynch Commercial Finance Corp.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s  Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006, file no. 1-11255

 


 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

10.34

Amendment No. 1 to the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement and Security Agreement, dated as of August 18, 2006, to the Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated as of June 8, 2005, among Amerco Real Estate Company of Texas, Inc., Amerco Real Estate Company of Alabama, Inc., U-Haul Co. of Florida, Inc., U-Haul International, Inc. and the Marketing Grantors named therein in favor of Merrill Lynch Commercial Financial Corp.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed August 23, 2006, file no. 1-11255

10.35

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Six-A SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.36

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Six-B SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.37

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Six-C SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.38

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Eight SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.39

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Nine SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.40

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Ten SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.41

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Eleven SAC Self-Storage Corporation and Eleven SAC Self-Storage Odenton, Inc. and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.42

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twelve SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.43

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Thirteen SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

 

 

 


 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

10.44

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Fourteen SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.45

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Fifteen SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.46

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Sixteen SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.47

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Seventeen SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.48

Promissory Note. SAC Holding Corporation, a Nevada corporation ("Borrower"), pay to U-Haul International, Inc., a Nevada corporation

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2007, file no. 1-11255

10.49

2010-1 BOX TRUCK BASE INDENTURE, dated as of October 1, 2010, among 2010 U-HAUL S FLEET, LLC, 2010 TM-1, LLC, 2010 DC-1, LLC, and 2010 TT-1, LLC, and U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, a national banking association, as trustee.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, file number 1-11255

10.50

Schedule I to 2010-1 Base Indenture – Definitions List

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, file number 1-11255

10.51

SERIES 2010-1 SUPPLEMENT, dated as of October 1, 2010, among 2010 U-HAUL S FLEET, LLC, 2010 TM-1, LLC, 2010 DC-1, LLC, and 2010 TT-1, LLC, and U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, a national banking association, as trustee.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2010, file number 1-11255

10.52

Pledge and Security Agreement, dated February 17, 2011, by and among AMERCO, U-Haul Leasing and Sales Co. and U.S. Bank National Association

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on February 22, 2011, file no. 1-11255

10.53

Amended and Restated AMERCO Employee Savings and Profit and Sharing Plan*

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2011, file no. 1-11255

10.54

Amended and Restated AMERCO Employee Stock Ownership Plan*

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2011, file no. 1-11255

10.55

Credit Agreement, dated April 29, 2011, among Amerco Real Estate Company, U-Haul Company of Florida and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2011, file no. 1-11255

 

 


 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

10.56

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Eighteen SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.57

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.58

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty-One SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.59

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty-Two SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.60

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty-Three SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.61

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty-Four SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.62

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty-Five SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.63

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty-Six SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.64

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Twenty-Seven SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.65

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Three-A SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on October 4, 2013, file no. 1-11255

10.66

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Three-B SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on October 4, 2013, file no. 1-11255

 

 

 

 


 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

 

 

 

10.67

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Three-C SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on October 4, 2013, file no. 1-11255

10.68

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Three-D SAC Self-Storage Corporation and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on October 4, 2013, file no. 1-11255

10.69

Amended and Restated Property Management Agreement among Galaxy Storage One, LP and subsidiaries of U-Haul International, Inc.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed on October 4, 2013, file no. 1-11255

10.70

Amended and Restated Credit Agreement, dated March 15, 2012, among Amerco Real Estate Company, U-Haul Co. of Florida and J.P. Morgan Chase Bank, N.A.

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.71

U-Haul Dealership Contract Addendum

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended March 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

10.72

Stockholder Agreement dated April 29, 2013 between Edward J. Shoen, James P. Shoen, Mark V. Shoen, Rosmarie T. Donovan, as Trustee, and David Holmes, as Trustee

Incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.2, filed with the Schedule 13-D, filed on May 1, 2013, file number 5-39669

10.73

Amendment to the Amended and Restated AMERCO Employee Savings and Profit and Sharing Plan

Incorporated by reference to AMERCO’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, for the year ended December 31, 2012, file no. 1-11255

21

Subsidiaries of AMERCO

Filed herewith

23.1

Consent of BDO USA, LLP

Filed herewith

24

Power of Attorney

Refer to signature page

31.1

Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certificate of Edward J. Shoen, President and Chairman of the Board of AMERCO

Filed herewith

31.2

Rule 13a-14(a)/15d-14(a) Certificate of Jason A. Berg, Principal Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of AMERCO

Filed herewith

32.1

Certificate of Edward J. Shoen, President and Chairman of the Board of AMERCO pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Furnished herewith

32.2

Certificate of Jason A. Berg, Principal Financial Officer and Chief Accounting Officer of AMERCO pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

Furnished herewith

101.INS

XBRL Instance Document

Furnished herewith

101.SCH

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema

Furnished herewith

101.CAL

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase

Furnished herewith

 


 

Exhibit Number

Description

Page or Method of Filing

101.LAB

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase

Furnished herewith

101.PRE

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase

Furnished herewith

101.DEF

XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase

Furnished herewith

 


 

 


Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

Board of Directors and Stockholders

AMERCO

Reno, Nevada

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of AMERCO and consolidated subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of March 31, 201 4 and 201 3 and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in stockholders’ equity, comprehensive income (loss), and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 201 4 . In connection with our audits of the financial statements, we have also audited the financial statement schedules listed in the accompanying index.  These financial statements and schedules are the responsibility of the Company’s management.  Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and schedules based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States).  Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement.  An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the financial statements and schedules.  We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company at March 31, 201 4 and 201 3 , and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 201 4 , in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

Also, in our opinion, the financial statement schedules, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, present fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 201 4 , based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework (1992) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and our report dated May 28 , 201 4 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

 

/s/ BDO USA, LLP

 

Phoenix, Arizona

 

May 28, 2014


 


Amerco and consolidated subsidiaries

Consolidated balance sheets

 

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013

 

 

(In thousands, except share data)

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

495,112

$

463,744

Reinsurance recoverables and trade receivables, net

 

199,322

 

261,789

Inventories, net

 

67,020

 

56,396

Prepaid expenses

 

55,269

 

57,451

Investments, fixed maturities and marketable equities

 

1,138,275

 

1,095,338

Investments, other

 

248,850

 

241,765

Deferred policy acquisition costs, net

 

118,707

 

93,043

Other assets

 

97,588

 

99,986

Related party assets

 

169,624

 

182,035

 

 

2,589,767

 

2,551,547

Property, plant and equipment, at cost:

 

 

 

 

Land

 

405,177

 

333,228

Buildings and improvements

 

1,430,330

 

1,197,875

Furniture and equipment

 

322,088

 

311,142

Rental trailers and other rental equipment

 

373,325

 

317,476

Rental trucks

 

2,610,797

 

2,154,688

 

 

5,141,717

 

4,314,409

Less: Accumulated depreciation

 

(1,732,506)

 

(1,559,355)

Total property, plant and equipment

 

3,409,211

 

2,755,054

Total assets

$

5,998,978

$

5,306,601

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

357,954

$

358,491

Notes, loans and leases payable

 

1,942,359

 

1,661,845

Policy benefits and losses, claims and loss expenses payable

 

1,082,598

 

1,115,048

Liabilities from investment contracts

 

616,725

 

510,789

Other policyholders' funds and liabilities

 

7,988

 

7,294

Deferred income

 

31,390

 

30,217

Deferred income taxes

 

432,596

 

393,658

Total liabilities

 

4,471,610

 

4,077,342

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (notes 9, 17, 18, 19 and 20)

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

Series preferred stock, with or without par value, 50,000,000 shares authorized:

 

 

 

 

Series A preferred stock, with no par value, 6,100,000 shares authorized;

 

 

 

 

6,100,000 shares issued and none outstanding as of March 31, 2014 and 2013

 

 

Series B preferred stock, with no par value, 100,000 shares authorized; none

 

 

 

 

issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2014 and 2013

 

 

Series common stock, with or without par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized:

 

 

 

 

Series A common stock of $0.25 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized;

 

 

 

 

none issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2014 and 2013

 

 

Common stock of $0.25 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized; 41,985,700

 

 

 

 

issued and 19,607,788 outstanding as of March 31, 2014 and 2013

 

10,497

 

10,497

Additional paid-in capital

 

444,210

 

438,168

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(53,923)

 

(22,680)

Retained earnings

 

1,805,453

 

1,482,630

Cost of common shares in treasury, net (22,377,912 shares as of March 31, 2014 and 2013)

 

(525,653)

 

(525,653)

Cost of preferred shares in treasury, net (6,100,000 shares as of March 31, 2014 and 2013)

 

(151,997)

 

(151,997)

Unearned employee stock ownership plan shares

 

(1,219)

 

(1,706)

Total stockholders' equity

 

1,527,368

 

1,229,259

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

5,998,978

$

5,306,601

 

 

 

 

 

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

 


amerco and consolidated subsidiaries

Consolidated statements of operations

 

 

 

Years Ended March 31,

 

 

2014

 

2013