Annual report pursuant to section 13 and 15(d)

Long-Term Debt

Long-Term Debt
12 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2011
Long-Term Debt [Abstract]  
Long-Term Debt

Note 10. Long-Term Debt

Outstanding debt under the Company's various loan agreements is presented in the table below:


     Revolving line
of Credit
    Term note     Mortgage
    All other      Total  

September 30, 2011


Principal balance outstanding

   $ 13,979      $ 40,000      $ 3,167      $ 12       $ 57,158   

Remaining available credit

   $ 46,021        —          —          —         $ 46,021   

Effective interest rate

     2.72     2.72     6.68     Various      

Scheduled maturity date

     Oct. 2020        Oct. 2020        March 2014        Various      


     Real Estate        Real Estate        Real Estate        Various      

September 30, 2010


Principal balance outstanding

   $ 29,000        40,000      $ 4,433      $ 27       $ 73,460   

Remaining available credit

   $ 31,000        —          —          —         $ 31,000   

Effective interest rate

     2.76     2.76     6.68     Various      

Scheduled maturity date

     Oct. 2020        Oct. 2020        March 2014        Various      


     Real Estate        Real Estate        Real Estate        Various      

The Company has a revolving line of credit and term loan with Rabo AgriFinance, Inc. ("Rabo") totaling $100.0 million and a mortgage of approximately $3.2 million with Farm Credit. The revolving line of credit is collateralized by 44,277 acres of farmland, and the term note is collateralized by 12,280 acres of property containing approximately 8,600 acres of producing citrus groves. The mortgage is collateralized by 7,680 acres of real estate in Hendry County used for farm leases, sugarcane and citrus production.

The term loan requires quarterly payments of interest at a floating rate of one month LIBOR plus 250 basis points beginning October 1, 2010. Quarterly principal payments of $0.5 million, together with accrued interest, began on October 1, 2011 and continue until October 1, 2020, when the remaining principal balance and accrued interest will be due and payable.

The Rabo credit facility also provides a ten year $60.0 million revolving line of credit which bears interest at a floating rate equal to one month LIBOR plus 250 basis points on the outstanding balance payable quarterly beginning October 1, 2010. Thereafter, quarterly interest will be payable on the first day of January, April, July and October until the revolving line of credit matures on October 1, 2020 and the remaining principal balance and accrued interest shall be due and payable. Proceeds from the revolving line of credit may be used for general corporate purposes including: (i) the normal operating needs of Alico and its operating divisions, (ii) the purchase of capital assets; and (iii) the payment of dividends.

The interest rate on the revolving line of credit was initially established at one month LIBOR plus 250 basis points. Beginning on February 1, 2011 and each subsequent February 1 through 2020, the interest rate spread over LIBOR is adjusted pursuant to a pricing grid based on our debt service coverage ratio for the immediately preceding fiscal year. The spreads may range from 225 to 275 basis points over one month LIBOR. The rate was not adjusted at February 1, 2011, and remains at LIBOR plus 750 basis points at September 30, 2011. On October 1, 2015, the lender may adjust the interest rate spread to any percentage. Rabo must provide a 30 day notice of the new spreads, and the Company has the right to prepay the outstanding balance.

Loan origination fees incurred as a result of entry into the Rabo credit facility loan agreement, including appraisal fees, document stamps, legal fees and lender fees of approximately $1.2 million were capitalized in fiscal year 2010 and are being amortized over the term of the loan agreement

The Rabo credit facility contains the following significant covenants: (i) minimum current ratio of 2.0:1, (ii) debt ratio no greater than 60%, (iii) tangible net worth of at least $80 million, and (iv) minimum debt coverage of 1.15:1. At September 30, 2011, and 2010, the Company was in compliance with the debt covenants and terms in accordance with the Rabo loan agreements.

The Company also transferred its operating bank accounts to Rabobank, an affiliate of Rabo, and entered into a cash management agreement with Rabo designed to minimize the outstanding balance on our revolving line of credit. The Rabobank bank accounts are swept daily into a concentration account. A balance of $250 thousand must be maintained in the concentration account on a daily basis. Any balances in excess of $250 thousand are automatically applied to pay down the revolving line of credit. If the balance in the concentration account falls below $250 thousand, draws are made on the revolving line of credit to maintain this target balance. The Company's cash and cash equivalents balance decreased by $9.6 at September 30, 2011 as compared with September 30, 2010 due to the cash management agreement as described above.

The Farm Credit mortgage note requires monthly principal payments of $106 thousand plus accrued interest until maturity.

In September 2010, the Company entered into an agreement with Rabo for $100 million to refinance the term loan and revolving line of credit with Farm Credit. Proceeds from the refinancing agreement were used to extinguish the term loan and revolving line of credit with Farm Credit. The prepayment of the term loan with Farm Credit resulted in the Company incurring a one-time charge of $3.1 million and the recognition of approximately $305 thousand of unamortized loan origination fees, which were charged to interest expense during the Company's fourth quarter ended September 30, 2010. Farm Credit released collateral of approximately 43,847 acres of property used by Alico's cattle and leasing operations as a result of the refinance.

Maturities of the Company's debt were as follows at September 30, 2011:


Due within 1 year

   $ 3,279   

Due between 1 and 2 years


Due between 2 and 3 years


Due between 3 and 4 years


Due between 4 and 5 years


Due beyond five years






   $ 57,158   




Interest costs expensed and capitalized were as follows:


     Fiscal year ended September 30  
     2011      2010      2009  

Interest expense (a)

   $ 2,020       $ 6,879       $ 5,430   

Interest capitalized

     127         98         51   










Total interest cost

   $ 2,147       $ 6,977       $ 5,481   











(a) Interest expense for the year ended September 30, 2010 includes a prepayment penalty of $3.1 million and $0.3 million of loan fees.