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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
Form 10-K
     
þ   ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010
OR
     
o   TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                      to
COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)
         
Delaware   333-124454-12   03-0552365
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  (Commission File Number)   (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
     
1701 E. Market Street, Jeffersonville, Indiana
(Address of principal executive offices)
  47130
(Zip Code)
(812) 288-0100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Former name or former address, if changed since last report: N/A
     
1701 East Market Street
Jeffersonville, Indiana

(Address of principal executive offices)
  47130
(Zip Code)
(812) 288-0100
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
None
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None

(Title of Class)
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Yes o No þ
     
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DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
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Table of Contents
         
    Page  
PART I
    5  
Item 1. Business
    5  
Item 1A. Risk Factors
    14  
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments
    22  
Item 2. Properties
    22  
Item 3 Legal Proceedings
    24  
Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders
    26  
 
       
PART II
    26  
Item 5. Market for the Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
    26  
Item 6. Selected Financial Data
    27  
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation
    29  
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
    52  
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
    54  
Item 9. Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
    92  
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures
    92  
Item 9B. Other Information
    92  
 
       
PART III
    93  
Item 10. Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant
    93  
Item 11. Executive Compensation
    95  
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management
    113  
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions
    114  
Item 14. Principal Accountant Fees and Services
    115  
 
       
PART IV
    115  
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
    115  
Signatures
    118  

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CAUTIONARY STATEMENT REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
     This annual report on Form 10-K includes certain “forward-looking statements” that involve many risks and uncertainties. When used, words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “may be,” “will be” and similar words or phrases, or the negative thereof, unless the context requires otherwise, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s present expectations and beliefs about future events. As with any projection or forecast, these statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. The Company is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter our forward-looking statements whether as a result of such changes, new information, subsequent events or otherwise. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such forward-looking statements and that should be considered in evaluating our outlook include, but are not limited to, the following:
    The aftermath of the global economic crisis, which began in 2008, may continue to have detrimental impacts on our business.
 
    Freight transportation rates for the Inland Waterways fluctuate from time to time and may decrease.
 
    An oversupply of barging capacity may lead to reductions in freight rates.
 
    Yields from North American and worldwide grain harvests could materially affect demand for our barging services.
 
    Any decrease in future demand for new barge construction may lead to a reduction in sales volume and prices for new barges.
 
    Volatile steel prices may lead to a reduction in or delay of demand for new barge construction.
 
    Higher fuel prices, if not recouped from our customers, could dramatically increase operating expenses and adversely affect profitability.
 
    Our operating margins are impacted by a low margin legacy contract and by spot rate market volatility for grain volume and pricing.
 
    We are subject to adverse weather and river conditions, including marine accidents.
 
    Seasonal fluctuations in industry demand could adversely affect our operating results, cash flow and working capital requirements.
 
    The aging infrastructure on the Inland Waterways may lead to increased costs and disruptions in our operations.
 
    The inland barge transportation industry is highly competitive; increased competition could adversely affect us.
 
    Global trade agreements, tariffs and subsidies could decrease the demand for imported and exported goods, adversely affecting the flow of import and export tonnage through the Port of New Orleans and the demand for barging services.
 
    Our failure to comply with government regulations affecting the barging industry, or changes in these regulations, may cause us to incur significant expenses or affect our ability to operate.
 
    Our maritime operations expose us to numerous legal and regulatory requirements, and violation of these regulations could result in criminal liability against us or our officers.
 
    The Jones Act restricts foreign ownership of our stock, and the repeal, suspension or substantial amendment of the Jones Act could increase competition on the Inland Waterways and have a material adverse effect on our business.
 
    We are named as a defendant in lawsuits and we are in receipt of other claims and we cannot predict the outcome of such litigation and claims, which may result in the imposition of significant liability.
 
    Our insurance may not be adequate to cover our operational risks.
 
    Our aging fleet of dry cargo barges may lead to a decline in revenue if we do not replace the barges or drive efficiency in our operations.
 
    Our cash flows and borrowing facilities may not be adequate for our additional capital needs and our future cash flow and capital resources may not be sufficient for payments of interest and principal of our substantial indebtedness.
 
    A significant portion of our borrowings are tied to floating interest rates which may expose us to higher interest payments should interest rates increase substantially.
 
    We face the risk of breaching covenants in our Existing Credit Facility.
 
    The loss of one or more key customers, or material nonpayment or nonperformance by one or more of our key customers, could cause a significant loss of revenue and may adversely affect profitability.
 
    A major accident or casualty loss at any of our facilities or affecting free navigation of the Gulf or the Inland Waterways could significantly reduce production.
 
    Potential future acquisitions or investments in other companies may have a negative impact on our business.
 
    A temporary or permanent closure of the river to barge traffic in the Chicago area in response to the threat of Asian carp migrating into the Great Lakes may have an adverse effect on operations in the area.
 
    Interruption or failure of our information technology and communications systems, or compliance with requirements related to controls over our information technology protocols, could impair our ability to effectively provide our services or the integrity of our information.
 
    Many of our employees are covered by federal maritime laws that may subject us to job-related claims.
 
    We have experienced work stoppages by union employees in the past, and future work stoppages may disrupt our services and adversely affect our operations.

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    The loss of key personnel, including highly skilled and licensed vessel personnel, could adversely affect our business.
 
    Failure to comply with environmental, health and safety regulations could result in substantial penalties and changes to our operations.
 
    We are subject to, and may in the future be subject to disputes, or legal or other proceedings that could involve significant expenditures by us.
 
    Our substantial debt could adversely affect our financial condition.
 
    We may be unable to service our indebtedness.
     See Item 1A “Risk Factors” of this annual report on Form 10-K for a more detailed discussion of the foregoing and certain other factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such forward-looking statements and that should be considered in evaluating our outlook.

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PART I
ITEM 1. THE BUSINESS
The Company
     Commercial Barge Line Company (“CBL” or the “Company”), a Delaware corporation, is one of the largest and most diversified inland marine transportation and service companies in the United States. CBL provides barge transportation and related services under the provisions of the Jones Act and manufactures barges, primarily for brown-water use. CBL also provides certain naval architectural services to its customers. CBL was incorporated in 2004. CBL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Commercial Lines Inc. (“ACL”). ACL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACL I Corporation (“ACL I”). ACL I is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finn Holding Corporation (“Finn”). Finn is owned by certain affiliates of Platinum Equity, LLC (“Platinum”). On December 21, 2010, we announced the consummation of the previously announced acquisition of ACL by Platinum (the “Acquisition”). The Acquisition was accomplished through the merger of Finn Merger Corporation, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of ACL I, a Delaware corporation, with and into American Commercial Lines Inc.
     The assets of ACL consist principally of its ownership of all of the stock of CBL. The assets of CBL consist primarily of its ownership of all of the equity interests in American Commercial Lines LLC, ACL Transportation Services LLC, and Jeffboat LLC, Delaware limited liability companies, and their subsidiaries. Additionally, CBL owns ACL Professional Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation. CBL is responsible for corporate income taxes. ACL and CBL do not conduct any operations independent of their ownership interests in the consolidated subsidiaries.
     CBL’s principal executive offices are located at 1701 East Market Street in Jeffersonville, Indiana. CBL’s mailing address is P.O. Box 610, Jeffersonville, Indiana 47130.
     The Platinum Equity group (“Platinum Group”) is a global acquisition firm headquartered in Beverly Hills, California with offices in Boston, New York and London. Since its founding in 1995, Platinum Group has acquired more than 120 businesses in a broad range of market sectors including technology, industrials, logistics, distribution, maintenance and service. Platinum Group’s current portfolio includes over 30 companies. The firm has a diversified capital base that includes the assets of its portfolio companies as well as capital commitments from institutional investors in private equity funds managed by the firm.
Information Available on our Website
     Our website address is www.aclines.com. All of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports can be accessed free of charge through the News link on the website. ACL filed these reports until December 30, 2010. Reports after that date were filed by CBL. In addition, the Code of Ethics is also available on the website.
Operating Segments
     We currently operate in two primary business segments, transportation and manufacturing. We are the third largest provider of dry cargo barge transportation and second largest provider of liquid cargo barge transportation on the United States Inland Waterways consisting of the Mississippi River System, its connecting waterways and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (the “Inland Waterways”), accounting for 11.6% of the total inland dry cargo barge fleet and 10.8% of the total inland liquid cargo barge fleet as of December 31, 2010, according to Informa Economics, Inc., a private forecasting service (“Informa”).Our manufacturing segment is the second largest manufacturer of brown water barges in the United States according to year end 2010 data from Criton Corporation, publisher of River Transport News (“Criton”). Comparative financial information regarding our transportation, manufacturing and other business segments is included in both the notes to our consolidated financial statements and in Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Conditions and Results of Operations. This financial information includes for each segment, as defined by generally accepted accounting principles, revenues from external customers, a measure of profit or loss and total assets for each of the last three fiscal years.
     In addition to our primary two business segments, we also operate a smaller services company, Elliott Bay Design Group LLC (“EBDG”) which provides architecture, engineering and production support to its many customers in the commercial marine industry. Elliot Bay also provides ACL with expertise in support of its transportation and manufacturing businesses. EBDG is not significant to the primary operating segments of ACL and, due to its relative insignificance, is included in “All other segments.”
     During the second quarter of 2008, we completed the acquisition of Summit Contracting, LLC (“Summit”). Summit provided environmental and civil construction services to a variety of customers. Summit was sold in the fourth quarter of 2009 and is excluded from segment disclosures due to its reclassification to discontinued operations in all periods presented.

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     For year ended December 31, 2010, our transportation segment accounted for 86.6% ($632.7 million) of our consolidated revenue, 99.5% ($49.8 million) of our operating income and 95.6% ($94.5 million) of our consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), while our manufacturing segment, Jeffboat, accounted for 12.3% ($90.0 million) of our consolidated revenue and 3.4% ($3.4 million) of our EBITDA. Jeffboat was essentially breakeven at the operating profit level and, therefore, was not a measurable percentage of operating income in 2010. Our other businesses that are not classified within these segments accounted for remaining revenues and EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2010 Management considers EBITDA to be a meaningful indicator of operating performance and uses it as a measure to assess the operating performance of the Company’s business segments. EBITDA provides us with an understanding of one aspect of earnings before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes. Additionally, covenants in our debt agreements contain financial ratios based on EBITDA. EBITDA should not be construed as a substitute for net income or as a better measure of liquidity than cash flow from operating activities, which is determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). EBITDA excludes components that are significant in understanding and assessing our results of operations and cash flows. In addition, EBITDA is not a term defined by GAAP and as a result our measure of EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
     The Company believes that EBITDA is relevant and useful information, which is often reported and widely used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in our industry. Accordingly, the Company is disclosing this information to allow a more comprehensive analysis of its operating performance. A reconciliation of net income to EBITDA is contained herein at Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A) under the caption Consolidated Financial Overview — Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation.
     In 2010 our transportation segment transported a total of approximately 33.8 billion ton-miles, with 31.0 billion ton-miles transported under affreightment contracts and 2.8 billion ton-miles transported under towing and day rate contracts. In total this was a decrease of 3.3 billion ton-miles or 8.8% compared to 2009. The decreased ton-miles were produced with an average barge fleet that was 4.5% smaller than the prior year. We believe that ton-miles, which are computed based on the extension of tons by the number of miles transported, are the best available volume measurement for the transportation business and are a key part of how we measure our performance.
     Our operations are tailored to service a wide variety of shippers and freight types. We provide additional value-added services to our customers, including third-party logistics through our BargeLink LLC joint venture. Our operations incorporate advanced fleet management practices and information technology systems which allow us to effectively manage our fleet. Our barging operations are complemented by our marine repair, maintenance and port services (e.g. fleeting, shifting, repairing and cleaning of barges and towboats) located strategically throughout the Inland Waterways.
     Our freight contracts are typically matched to the individual requirements of the shipper depending on the shipper’s need for capacity, specialized equipment, timing and geographic coverage. Primarily as a result of strong customer demand relative to barge industry capacity, average freight rates for commodities moved under term contracts increased significantly during the period from 2003 to 2006, retracted during the recession beginning in 2008 and began to strengthen in the second half of 2010. Due to the expected continued retirement of aged barge capacity during the next several years, we anticipate that the pricing on term contract renewals over the longer term will be flat to slightly positive during the same period, although we can make no assurance that this will occur.
     Other than during the recent recession, spot rates, primarily for grain and for a portion of our coal shipments, have also been generally higher over the last five years. However, these spot rates have been and are expected to continue to be more volatile within and across years. Grain volatility is based not only on the supply and demand for barges but additionally weather, crop size, export demand, ocean port freight differentials and producer market timing.
     Our dry cargo barges transport a variety of bulk and non-bulk commodities. In 2010 grain was our largest class of dry cargo transported, accounting for 29.5% of our transportation revenue, followed by bulk and coal. The bulk commodities classification contains a variety of cargo segments including steel, salt, alumina, fertilizers, cement, ferro alloys, ore and gypsum.
     We also transport chemicals, petroleum, ethanol, edible oils and other liquid commodities with our fleet of tank barges, accounting for 27.6% of our 2010 transportation revenue.
     Located in Jeffersonville, Indiana, on the Ohio River, our manufacturing segment, Jeffboat, is, we believe, one of the largest inland shipyards in the United States. The manufacturing segment designs and manufactures barges and other vessels for Inland Waterways service for third-party customers and our transportation business. It also manufactures equipment for coastal and offshore markets and has long employed advanced inland marine technology. In addition, it also provides complete dry-docking capabilities and full machine shop facilities for repair and storage of towboat propellers, rudders and shafts. The segment also offers technically advanced marine design and manufacturing capabilities for both inland and ocean service vessels. The manufacturing segment utilizes sophisticated computer-aided design and manufacturing systems to develop, calculate and analyze all manufacturing and repair plans.
     Historically, our transportation business has been one of the manufacturing segment’s most significant customers. We believe the synergy created by our transportation operations and our manufacturing and repair capabilities is a competitive advantage. Our vertical

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integration allows us to source barges at cost and permits optimization of manufacturing schedules and asset utilization between internal requirements and sales to third-party customers. Additionally, manufacturing segment engineers have the opportunity to collaborate both with our barge operations and with our naval architects on innovations that enhance towboat performance and barge life.
CUSTOMERS AND CONTRACTS
     Transportation. Our primary customers include many of the major industrial and agricultural companies in the United States. Our relationships with our top ten customers have been in existence for several years, some for more than 30 years. We enter into a wide variety of contracts with these customers, ranging from single spot movements to renewable one-year contracts and multi-year extended contracts. The contracts vary in duration. Some contracts provide guarantees for a percentage of the customer’s volume shipped in certain traffic lanes.
     In 2010 our ten largest customers accounted for approximately 40.9% of our revenue with no individual customer exceeding 10%. We have many long-standing customer relationships, including Cargill, Inc., North American Salt Company, the David J. Joseph Company, Consolidated Grain & Barge Company, Bunge North America, Inc., United States Steel Corporation, Nucor Steel, Alcoa, Inc., Shell Chemical Company/Shell Trading Company, DuPont, Ineos—Nova Chemicals, Inc. and Archer Daniels Midland Co. We also have a long-standing contractual relationship, extended during the emergence from bankruptcy in 2005, until 2015, with Louisiana Generating LLC, a subsidiary of NRG Energy, Inc. (“LaGen”) and Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (“BNSF”). Many of our customers were significantly affected by the recent recession and we anticipate that some of our customers may continue to struggle into 2011. We are continuing to closely monitor the credit worthiness of our portfolio. We did experience the bankruptcy of one of our liquids customers, which had been one of our top ten customers, early in 2009, resulting in cumulative bad debt expenses totaling $1.2 million recorded in late 2008 and early 2009. Additionally, the contract with the customer was rejected in bankruptcy. The lost business with this customer impacted both our revenue and margins in 2009.
     In 2011, we anticipate that approximately 55% to 60% of our barging revenue will be derived from customer contracts that vary in duration, but generally are one year to four years in length. The average contract maturity is approximately two years. Most of our multi-year contracts are set at a fixed price, with adjustment provisions for fuel, and, in many cases, labor cost and general inflation, which increases stability of the contract margins. Generally, contracts that are less than one year are priced at the time of execution, which we refer to as the spot market. All of our grain freight has been priced in the spot market for the past five years. In 2010 the transportation segment generated approximately 73% of its revenues under term contracts and spot market arrangements with customers to transport cargoes on a per ton basis from an origin point to a destination point along the Inland Waterways on our barges, pushed primarily by our towboats. These contracts are referred to as affreightment contracts.
     Our dedicated service contracts typically provide for equipment specially configured to meet the customer’s requirements for scheduling, parcel size and product integrity. The contract may take the form of a “consecutive voyages” affreightment agreement, under which the customer commits to loading the barges on consecutive arrivals. Alternatively, the contract may be a “day rate plus towing” agreement under which the customer essentially charters a barge or set of barges for a fixed daily rate and pays a towing charge for the movement of the tow to its destination. A “unit tow” contract provides the customer with a set of barges and a boat for a fixed daily rate, with the customer paying the cost of fuel. Chemical shippers, until the economic slowdown beginning late in 2008, typically used dedicated service contracts to ensure reliable supplies of specialized feedstocks to their plants. Petroleum distillates and fuel oils have historically also moved under “unit tow” contracts. Many dedicated service customers formerly also sought capacity in the spot market for peaking requirements. Since the beginning of the recession, much of this business has reverted to spot market pricing and the resultant over-supply of liquid barge capacity has driven spot rates down. Outside towing revenue is earned by moving barges for other affreightment carriers at a specific rate per barge move. Transportation services revenue is earned for fleeting, shifting and cleaning services provided to third parties. Under charter/day rate contracts, our boats and barges are leased to third parties who control the use (loading, unloading, and movement) of the vessels. During 2008, 2007 and 2006 we deployed additional barges to serve customers under charter/day rate contracts due to strong demand and attractive pricing for such service. The demand for such arrangements decreased significantly during and after the recession. We ended 2010 with 131 barges in dedicated service. An average total of 122, 122 and 155 tank barges or 36.3%, 33.0% and 40.5% of our average liquid tanker fleet in the years 2010, 2009 and 2008 respectively, were devoted to these non-affreightment contracts. The pricing attained for this type of service and the varying number of barges deployed drove charter and day rate revenue flat in 2010, down 15.4% in 2009, up 17% in 2008 and up 52% in 2007, respectively, in comparison to the immediately preceding year. The transportation segment non-affreightment revenues are generated either by demurrage charges for customers’ delays, beyond contractually allowed days for loading and unloading, of our equipment under affreightment contracts or by one of three other distinct contractual arrangements with customers: (i) dedicated service contracts; (ii) outside towing contracts or (iii) other marine services contracts. Transportation services revenue is further summarized in “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”
     Marine services revenue is earned for fleeting, shifting and cleaning services provided to third parties. Outside towing revenue is earned by moving barges for other affreightment carriers at a specific rate per barge move.

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     Manufacturing. The primary third-party customers of our barge and other vessel manufacturing subsidiary, Jeffboat, are other operators within the inland barging industry. Because barge and other vessel manufacturing requirements for any one customer are dependent upon the customer’s specific replacement and growth strategy, and due to the long-lived nature of the equipment manufactured, the manufacturing segment’s customer base varies from year-to-year. Our transportation business is a significant customer of the manufacturing segment. In 2010, 2009 and 2008, our transportation segment accounted for 27%, 10% and 10%, respectively, of the manufacturing segment’s revenue before intercompany eliminations.
     At December 31, 2010, the manufacturing segment’s approximate vessel backlog for external customers was $102 million compared to $49 million at December 31, 2009. The backlog consists of vessels to be constructed under signed customer contracts or exercised contract options that have not yet been recognized as revenue. We have seen some return of demand as the economy has recovered. We expect two production lines to be fully utilized in 2011.
     As more normal levels of demand return, we continue to believe that future demand for dry and liquid tank barges in the two to five year time horizon will be relatively strong driven primarily by the need for replacement of retiring dry covered hopper capacity. Industry data from Informa indicates that more than 18% of the dry cargo barges in service at December 31, 2010 were more than 26 years old. The aging of the in-service dry fleet is expected to continue to drive demand for replacement dry barges.
     Another continuing driver of new barge demand is the requirement to replace all single-hull tank barges with double-hull tank barges. By federal law, single-hull tank barges will not be allowed to operate after 2015. All of our tank barges have double hulls. There are, however, still some single-hull barges in operation within the industry. The ultimate realization of the replacement activity or the timing of the replacement will likely be impacted by overall tank barge demand as the current economic environment has allowed retirement of such barges without current need for replacement. We are continuing steps to “right-size” our manufacturing capacity to be more efficient and profitable through all economic cycles. The price we have been able to charge for manufacturing production has fluctuated historically based on a variety of factors including the cost of raw materials, the cost of labor and the demand for new barge builds compared to the barge manufacturing capacity within the industry at the time. During the period from the beginning of 2007 through 2008, we were able to maintain or improve the pricing on new barge orders, net of steel costs, in response to continued demand for new barge construction. Pricing strength decreased during the recession but has recently been improving and over the longer term, as we re-enter a period of strong demand for replacement barges, we plan to continue improving the pricing on our barges, net of steel.
     Steel is the largest component of our raw materials, representing 50% to 90% of the raw material cost, depending on steel prices and barge type. We have established relationships with our steel vendors and have not had an issue with obtaining the quantity or quality of steel required to meet our commitments. The price of steel, however, varies significantly with changes in supply and demand. Because of the volatile nature of steel prices, we generally pass back to our customers the cost of steel used in the production of our customers’ barges. A number of the contracts in the backlog contain steel price adjustments, though in some more recent contracts we have fixed steel prices, as vendors had been willing to commit to fixed prices over an extended period, during which we pre-purchased steel to lock in prices. The actual price of steel at the time of construction may result in contract prices that are greater than or less than those used to calculate the backlog at December 31, 2010. Several contracts in the backlog also contain options for the customer to purchase additional barges in the future, which are not included in the reported backlog until exercised. All orders in the backlog at December 31, 2010, are expected to be produced in 2011. The backlog also excludes our planned construction of internal replacement barges.
TRANSPORTATION FLEET
     Barges. As of December 31, 2010, our total transportation fleet was 2,411 barges, consisting of 1,777 covered dry cargo barges, 309 open dry cargo barges and 325 tank barges. We operate 430 of these dry cargo barges and 23 of these tank barges pursuant to charter agreements. The charter agreements have terms ranging from one to fourteen years. Generally, we expect to be able to renew or replace our charter agreements as they expire. As of December 31, 2010, the average age of our covered dry cargo barges was 19.5 years, the average age of our dry open barges was 31.2 years and the average age of our tank barges was 21.1 years. Our dry fleet and liquid fleets are approximately 5 years and 2.7 years older than the industry averages contained in the industry age profile discussed in “Item 1. The Business — Competition” Covered hoppers are most often used to transport grain and other farm products, metallic ores and non-metallic minerals, while open hoppers are most often used to transport coal, sand, rock and stones. We use tank barges primarily for transportation of chemicals, petroleum and related liquid products.
     Towboats. As of December 31, 2010, our barge fleet was powered by 111 Company-owned towboats and 18 additional towboats operated exclusively for us by third parties. This is 12 less owned boats and one more chartered boat than we operated at December 31, 2009. The size and diversity of our towboat fleet allows us to deploy our towboats to areas of the Inland Waterways where they can operate most effectively. For example, our larger horsepower towboats typically operate with tow sizes of as many as 40 barges along the Lower Mississippi River, where the river channels are wider and there are no restricting locks and dams. Our medium horsepower towboats predominantly operate along the Ohio, Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, where the river channels are narrower and restricting locks and dams are more prevalent. We also deploy smaller horsepower towboats for canal, shuttle and harbor services. During 2010 and 2009 we continued to assess our boat power needs. Based on that assessment we sold 12 boats in

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2010. We currently have an additional three boats which are being actively marketed and are included in assets held for sale. A summary of the number of owned boats by power class is included in “Item 7. MD&A — Owned Boat Counts and Average Age by Horsepower Class.”
PORT SERVICES ASSETS
     To support our barge fleet, we operate port service facilities. ACL Transportation Services LLC (“ACLT”), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, operates facilities throughout the Inland Waterways that provide fleeting, shifting, cleaning and repair services for both barges and towboats, primarily for ACL, but also for third-party customers. ACLT has active port service facilities in the following locations: Lemont, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Cairo, Illinois; Louisville, Kentucky; Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Vacherie, Louisiana (Armant fleet); Harahan, Louisiana and Houston, Texas. Its operations consist of fleets, towboat repair shops, dry docks, scrapping facilities and cleaning operations. Late in 2009 our maintenance shop, formerly located in Louisville, Kentucky, was physically relocated to Cairo, Illinois. At that time the Company also realigned its ACLT business into two regional divisions. The Southern Division, based in Harahan, Louisiana will include the Company’s network south of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Northern Division, based in Cairo, Illinois will include the Company’s network north of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
     ACLT also operates a coal receiving, storage and transfer facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Together with BNSF, we also transport coal from mines in the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana to the LaGen power plant in Louisiana under an agreement with LaGen. Currently these activities account for less than 10% of our revenue. Our St. Louis terminal also receives and stores coal from third-party shippers who source coal on the BNSF and ship to inland utilities on our barges. ACLT’s liquid terminal in Memphis, Tennessee provides liquid tank storage for third parties and processes oily bilge water from towboats. The oil recovered from this process is blended for fuel used by ACL’s towboats or is sold to third parties. Certain of our facilities also sublease land to vendors, such as fuel vendors, which reduces our costs and augments services available to our fleets and those of third parties.
THIRD-PARTY LOGISTICS, INTERMODAL SERVICES
     Our fleet size, diversity of cargo transported and experience enables us to provide transportation logistics services for our customers. We own 50% of BargeLink LLC, a joint venture with MBLX, Inc. (“BargeLink”), based in New Orleans. BargeLink provides third-party logistics services to international and domestic shippers who distribute goods primarily throughout the inland rivers. BargeLink provides and arranges for ocean freight, customs clearance, stevedoring (loading and unloading cargo), trucking, storage and barge freight for its customers. BargeLink tracks customers’ shipments across multiple carriers using proprietary tracking software developed by BargeLink.
     At our Lemont Terminal, located approximately 25 miles southwest of downtown Chicago, we have direct access to Highways 55, 355 and 294 and a truck delivery radius including Iowa, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin and Ohio. From this location we distribute truck-to-barge and barge-to-truck multi-modal shipments of both northbound and southbound freight from inland river system origins and destinations in Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania and points between. We also have 48,000 square feet of indoor temperature controlled space for product storage in Lemont, as well as 35 acres for outside storage.
COMPETITION
     Transportation. Competition within the U.S. inland barging industry is diverse and includes integrated transportation companies and small operators, as well as captive fleets, owned by various U.S. power generating, grain, refining and petrochemical companies. Foreign competition within the industry is restricted due to the Jones Act, a federal cabotage law that restricts domestic non-proprietary-cargo marine transportation in the United States to vessels built and registered in the United States, manned by U.S. citizens and 75% owned by U.S. citizens (the “Jones Act”). Competition within the barging industry for major commodity contracts is significant, with a number of companies offering transportation services on the Inland Waterways. We compete with other carriers primarily on the basis of commodity shipping rates, but also with respect to customer service, available routes, value-added services (including scheduling convenience and flexibility), information timeliness, quality of equipment, accessorial terms, freight payment terms, free days and demurrage days.
     We believe our vertical integration provides us with a competitive advantage. By using our ACLT and our manufacturing segment’s barge and towboat repair facilities, ACLT vessel fleeting facilities and our manufacturing segment’s shipbuilding capabilities, we are able to support our core barging business and offer a combination of competitive pricing and high quality service to our customers. We believe that the size and diversity of our fleet allows us to optimize the use of our equipment and offer our customers a broad service area, at competitive rates, with a high frequency of arrivals and departures from key ports.
     Since 1980 the industry has experienced consolidation as the acquiring companies have moved toward attaining the widespread geographic reach necessary to support major national customers. According to Informa, we had the second largest covered dry cargo barge fleet in the industry with 16.3% of the industry capacity as of December 31, 2010. We believe our large covered dry cargo fleet gives us a unique position in the marketplace that allows us to service the transportation needs of customers requiring covered barges to ship their products. It also provides us with the flexibility to shift covered dry cargo fleet capacity to compete in the open dry cargo barge market simply by storing the barge covers. This adaptability allows us to operate the barges in open barge trades for a short or

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long term period of time to take advantage of market opportunities. Carriers that have barges designed for open dry cargo barge service only cannot easily retrofit their open dry cargo barges with covers without significant expense, time and effort.
     According to Informa, the Inland Waterways fleet peaked at 23,092 barges at the end of 1998. From 1999 to 2005, the Inland Waterways fleet size was reduced by 2,407 dry cargo barges and 54 liquid tank barges for a total reduction of 2,461 barges, or 10.7%. From that date through the end of 2010, the industry fleet, net of barges scrapped, increased by 125 dry cargo barges and increased by 171 tank barges, ending 2010 at 17,914 dry and 3,013 liquid barges, for a total fleet size of 20,927, 9.4% below the 1998 level. During 2010 the industry placed 757 new dry cargo barges into service while retiring 341 dry cargo barges and expanded the liquid cargo barge fleet by four barges. Our life expectancy of a dry cargo barge in our fleet is up to 35 years and a liquid barge in our fleet is up to 40 years, with the age of retirement depending on the physical condition of a barge and amount of reinvestment and repair. We also believe that approximately 25% of the industry’s existing dry cargo barge fleet will need to be retired or refurbished due to their age over the next three to seven years. Competition is significant for barge freight transportation. The top five carriers (by fleet size) of dry and liquid barges comprise over 57% of the industry fleet in each sector as of December 31, 2010.
TOP 5 CARRIERS BY FLEET SIZE*
(as of December 31, 2010)
                         
Dry Cargo Barge Fleet   Dry**     Average Age     Industry Share  
Ingram Barge Company
    3,796       15.2       21.2 %
AEP River Operations
    3,199       11.0       17.9 %
American Commercial Lines LLC
    2,086       21.2       11.6 %
American River Transportation
    1,752       20.5       9.8 %
SCF Marine, Inc.
    1,130       13.9       6.3 %
 
                 
Top five
    11,963       15.8       66.8 %
Industry Total
    17,914       15.2       100.0 %
                         
Liquid Cargo Barge Fleet   Liquid     Average Age     Industry Share  
Kirby Corporation
    828       20.6       27.5 %
American Commercial Lines LLC
    325       21.1       10.8 %
Canal Barge Line Co. Inc.
    211       11.5       7.0 %
Florida Marine Transporters
    203       6.2       6.7 %
Ingram Barge Company
    172       31.0       5.7 %
 
                 
Top five
    1,739       18.9       57.7 %
Industry Total
    3,013       18.4       100.0 %
 
*   Source: Informa and Company.
 
**   Dry Cargo Barges include covered and open dry barges.
     The inland barge freight market is influenced by a variety of factors, including the size of the Inland Waterways barge fleet, local weather patterns, domestic and international consumption of agricultural and industrial products, crop production, trade policies, the price of fuel and the price of steel. Freight rates in both the dry and liquid markets are a function of the relationship between the amount of freight demand for these commodities and the number of barges available to load freight. The demand for dry cargo freight on the Inland Waterways is driven by the production volumes of dry bulk commodities transported by barge as well as the attractiveness of barging as a means of freight transportation. Historically the major drivers of demand for dry cargo freight are coal for domestic utility companies, industrial and coke producers and export markets; construction commodities such as cement, limestone, sand and gravel; and coarse grain such as corn and soybeans for export markets. Other commodity drivers include products used in the manufacturing of steel, finished and partially-finished steel products, ores, salt, gypsum, fertilizer and forest products. The demand for our liquid freight is driven by the demand for bulk chemicals used in domestic production, including styrene, methanol,

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ethylene glycol, propylene oxide, caustic soda and other products. It is also affected by the demand for clean petroleum products and agricultural-related products such as ethanol, edible oils, bio-diesel and molasses. From its 1998 peak of 23,092 total barges until the end of 2010, the Inland Waterways fleet size was reduced to 20,927 barges, for a total reduction of 2,165 barges, or 9.4% below the 1998 level. This decline in the industry fleet size has resulted in a more favorable supply-demand dynamic for Inland Waterways freight transportation.
     Certain spot rate contracts, particularly for grain, are subject to significant seasonal and other fluctuations. Grain rates and volume demand are also reactive to the freight cost spreads for grain export between west coast ports and through the gulf. Demand in our liquid and bulk commodity markets was significantly impacted by the recent recession, negatively impacting price, business mix and margin. Demand has recently been improving and is more in line with industry capacity. We continue to pursue currently available volume, with the most success in our grain and legacy coal markets, focusing on productivity, prudent capital investment and cost control to enable us to be ready to capitalize on market demand shifts. We continue to believe that barge transportation remains the lowest cost and most ecologically friendly provider of domestic transportation. We continue to provide quality services to our existing customers and to seek new customers, particularly modal conversions which offer the significant cost advantage of barge transportation for commodities currently being transported primarily by rail and truck.
     Manufacturing. The inland barge manufacturing industry competes primarily on quality of manufacture, delivery schedule, design capabilities and price. We consider Trinity Industries, Inc. to be our manufacturing segment’s most significant competitor for the large-scale manufacture of inland barges, although other firms have barge building capability on a smaller scale. We believe there are a number of shipyards located on the Gulf Coast that compete with our manufacturing segment for the manufacturing of liquid tank barges. In addition, certain other shipyards may be able to reconfigure to manufacture inland barges and related equipment. We believe that Jeffboat and its most significant competitor together comprise the significant majority of barge manufacturing capacity in the U.S. and believe that the new dry barge builds required to replace retiring barges will strain the capacity of barge manufacturing during the next five years. According to industry data provided by Informa, from 2005 through 2009, Jeffboat’s brown water liquid and dry cargo barge production accounted for between 25% and 43% of the overall market.
     Due to the relatively long life of barges and the manufacturing boom of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, older barges are reaching the end of their life expectancy and single-hulled liquid barges are retiring ahead of U.S. Coast Guard requirements for liquid tank barges to be double-hulled by 2015. According to Informa, 4,535 new hoppers are expected to be built by 2015, with almost all going towards replacement of the aging fleet. We also believe that approximately 25% of the industry’s existing dry cargo barge fleet will need to be retired or refurbished due to their age over the next three to seven years.
SEASONALITY
     Our transportation segment’s revenue stream within any year reflects the variance in seasonal demand, with revenues earned in the first half of the year lower than those earned in the second half of the year. Historically, grain has experienced the greatest degree of seasonality among all the commodity segments, with demand generally following the timing of the annual harvest. Increased demand for grain movement generally begins around the Gulf Coast and Texas regions and the southern portions of the Lower Mississippi River, or the Delta area, in late summer of each year. The demand for freight spreads north and east as the grain matures and harvest progresses through the Ohio Valley, the Mid-Mississippi River area, and the Illinois River and Upper Mississippi River areas. System-wide demand generally peaks in the mid-fourth quarter. Demand normally tapers off through the mid-first quarter, when traffic is generally limited to the Ohio River as the Upper Mississippi River normally closes from approximately mid-December to mid-March, and ice conditions can hamper navigation on the upper reaches of the Illinois River. The transportation of grain in the spot market, including demurrage charges, represented 29.5% of our annual total transportation segment revenues for 2010 compared to 31% in 2009. Average grain tariff rates for the mid-Mississippi River, which we believe is generally a directional indicator of the total market, were 416% for the year ended December 31, 2010, and 337% for the year ended December 31, 2009. The unusual harvest conditions in 2009 resulted in rates that were the lowest since 2005 and were, on average, 40% below the prior year and 15% below the average of the prior five years. The more normal harvest in 2010 contributed to the higher rates in that year in line with five year averages. The annual differential between peak and trough rates for this river segment has averaged more than 106% a year over the five prior years. We did not see the normal compressed harvest season rates in 2009 as the differential was only 68% but jumped to 96% for the 2010 year. Our achieved grain pricing, across all river segments, was up 10.9% and 9.3% in the quarter and year ended December 31, 2010.
     The chart below depicts the seasonal movements in what we believe to be a directionally representative tariff rate over time for a river segment we track as part of the mid-Mississippi River. We do not track January and February for this segment due to significantly reduced volumes on the segment during that time frame.

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MID-MISSISSIPPI TARIFF RATES
(GRAPH)
     Fertilizer movements are timed for delivery prior to annual planting, generally moving from late August through April. Salt movements are heaviest in the winter, when the need for road salt in cold weather regions drives demand, and are more ratable throughout the balance of the year as stockpiles are replaced. Overall demand for other bulk and liquid products delivered by barge is more ratable throughout the year.
     Additionally, we have generally experienced higher expenses in the winter months, because winter conditions historically result in higher costs of operation and reduced equipment demand. The seasonal reduction in demand also permits scheduling major boat maintenance exacerbating higher costs during that period.
     Our manufacturing segment’s costs are also subject to seasonal variations. Costs may increase with seasonal precipitation and temperatures below 20 degrees, as extra shifts and overtime are required in certain cases to maintain production schedules.
EMPLOYEE MATTERS

     Employee Count
                 
    December 31,     December 31,  
Function   2010     2009  
Administration (including Jeffboat)
    185       236  
Transportation services
    1,500       1,518  
Manufacturing
    693       763  
Other
    54       55  
 
           
 
    2,432       2,572  
 
           
     As of December 31, 2010, we employed 2,432 people. Approximately 645 employees were represented by unions. Most of these unionized employees (approximately 625 individuals) are represented by General Drivers, Warehousemen and Helpers, Local Union

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     No. 89, affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America, at our shipyard facility under a three-year collective bargaining agreement that expires April 1, 2013. Our remaining unionized employees (approximately 20 positions) are represented by the International Union of United Mine Workers of America, District 12—Local 2452 at ACL Transportation Services LLC in St. Louis, Missouri under a collective bargaining agreement that expires in December 2010. We are currently operating under a letter extension of such agreement that requires a 30-day notice prior to termination and we are in negotiations with Union representatives. We do not believe that a work stoppage at this facility would have a material impact on our operations.
INSURANCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT
     The Company procures and manages insurance policies and provides claims management services for our subsidiaries internally through our risk management department. The Company is exposed to traditional hazards associated with its manufacturing and marine transportation operations on the Inland Waterways. A program of insurance is maintained to mitigate risk of loss to the Company’s property, vessels and barges, loss and contamination of cargo and as protection against personal injury to third parties and company employees. Our general marine liability policy insures against all operational risks for our marine activities. Pollution liability coverage is maintained as well. The Company also maintains excess liability coverage above the noted casualty risks. All costs of defense, negotiation and costs incurred in settling a claim, such as surveys and damage estimates, are considered insured costs. Our personnel costs involved in managing insured claims are not reimbursed. We evaluate our insurance coverage regularly. The Company believes that our insurance coverage is adequate.
GOVERNMENT REGULATION
     General. Our business is subject to extensive government regulation in the form of national, state and local laws and regulations, as well as laws relating to the discharge of materials into the environment. Because such laws and regulations are regularly reviewed and revised by issuing governments, we are unable to predict the ultimate cost or impact of future compliance. In addition, we are required by various governmental and quasi-governmental agencies to obtain certain permits, licenses and certificates with respect to our business operations. The types of permits, licenses and certificates required for our vessels depend upon such factors as the commodity transported, the waters in which the vessel operates, the nationality of the vessel’s crew, the age of the vessel and our status as owner, operator or charterer. As of December 31, 2010, we had obtained all material permits, licenses and certificates necessary for operations.
     Our transportation operations are subject to regulation by the U.S. Coast Guard, Environmental Protection Agency, federal laws and state laws.
     The majority of our inland tank barges carry regulated cargoes. All of our inland tank barges that carry regulated cargoes are inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and carry certificates of inspection. Towboats are subject to U.S. Coast Guard inspection and will be required to carry certificates of inspection once the associated regulations are promulgated by the U.S. Coast Guard. Our dry cargo barges are not subject to U.S. Coast Guard inspection requirements, but are now subject to Environmental Protection Agency inspection and reporting requirements.
     Additional regulations relating to homeland security, the environment or additional vessel inspection requirements may be imposed on the barging industry.
     Jones Act. The Jones Act is a federal cabotage law that restricts domestic non-proprietary cargo marine transportation in the United States to vessels built and registered in the United States. Furthermore, the Jones Act requires that the vessels be manned by U.S. citizens and owned by U.S. citizens. For a limited liability company to qualify as a U.S. citizen for the purposes of domestic trade, 75% of the company’s beneficial equity holders must be U.S. citizens. We currently meet all of the requirements of the Jones Act for our owned vessels.
     Compliance with U.S. ownership requirements of the Jones Act is very important to our operations, and the loss of Jones Act status could have a significant negative effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. We monitor the citizenship requirements under the Jones Act of our employees, boards of directors and managers and beneficial equity holders and will take action as necessary to ensure compliance with the Jones Act.
     User Fees and Fuel Tax. Federal legislation requires that inland marine transportation companies pay a user fee in the form of a tax assessed upon propulsion fuel used by vessels engaged in trade along the Inland Waterways. These user fees are designed to help defray the costs associated with replacing major components of the waterway system, including dams and locks, and to build new projects. Significant portions of the Inland Waterways on which our vessels operate are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
     We presently pay a federal fuel tax of 20.1 cents per gallon of propulsion fuel consumed by our towboats in some geographic regions. In the future, user fees may be increased or additional user fees may be imposed to defray the costs of Inland Waterways’ infrastructure and navigation support. Increases in these taxes are normally passed through to our customers by contract.

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     Homeland Security Requirements. The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 requires, among other things, submission to and approval by the U.S. Coast Guard of vessel and waterfront facility security plans (“VSP” and “FSP,” respectively). Our VSP and our FSP have been approved and we have complied with both since June 30, 2004. As a result, we are subject to continuing requirements to engage in training and participate in exercises and drills.
ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATION
     Our operations, facilities, properties and vessels are subject to extensive and evolving laws and regulations pertaining to air emissions, wastewater discharges, the handling and disposal of solid and hazardous materials, hazardous substances and wastes, the investigation and remediation of contamination, and other laws and regulations related to health, safety and the protection of the environment and natural resources. As a result, we are involved from time to time in administrative and legal proceedings related to environmental, health and safety matters and have incurred and will continue to incur capital costs and other expenditures relating to such matters.
     In addition to environmental laws that regulate our ongoing operations, we are also subject to environmental remediation liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) and analogous state laws, and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA 90”). We may be liable as a result of the release or threatened release of hazardous substances or wastes or other pollutants into the environment at or by our facilities, properties or vessels, or as a result of our current or past operations. These laws typically impose liability and cleanup responsibility without regard to whether the owner or operator knew of or caused the release or threatened release. Even if more than one person may be liable for the release or threatened release, each person covered by these environmental laws may be held responsible for all of the cleanup costs and damages incurred. In addition, third parties may sue the owner or operator of a site for damages based on personal injury, property damage or other costs, including cleanup costs and damages resulting from environmental contamination.
     A release or threatened release of hazardous substances or wastes, or other pollutants into the environment at or by our facilities, properties or vessels, as the result of our current or past operations, or at a facility to which we have shipped wastes, or the existence of historical contamination at any of our properties, could result in material liability to us. We conduct loading and unloading of dry commodities, liquids and scrap materials on and near waterways. These operations present a potential that some such material might be spilled or otherwise released into the environment, thereby exposing us to potential liability.
     As of December 31, 2010, we had minimal reserves for environmental matters. Any cash expenditures that are necessary to comply with applicable environmental laws or to pay for any remediation efforts will therefore result in charges to earnings if not subject to insurance claims. We may incur future costs related to the sites associated with the environmental reserves. The discovery of additional sites, the modification of existing or the promulgation of new laws or regulations, more vigorous enforcement by regulators, the imposition of joint and several liability under CERCLA or analogous state laws or OPA 90 and other unanticipated events could also result in additional environmental costs. For more information, see “Item 3. Legal Proceedings — Environmental Litigation.”
OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY MATTERS
     Our vessel operations are primarily regulated by the U.S. Coast Guard for occupational health and safety standards. Our shore operations are subject to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. As of December 31, 2010, we were in material compliance with these regulations. However, we may experience claims against us for work-related illness or injury as well as further adoption of occupational health and safety regulations.
     We endeavor to reduce employee exposure to hazards incident to our business through safety programs, training and preventive maintenance efforts. We emphasize safety performance in all of our operating subsidiaries. We believe that our safety performance consistently places us among the industry leaders as evidenced by what we believe are lower injury frequency levels than those of many of our competitors. We have been certified in the American Waterway Operators Responsible Carrier Program, which is oriented to enhancing safety in vessel operations.
INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY
     We register our material trademarks and trade names. Our trademark and tradename registrations in the United States are for a ten year period and are renewable every ten years, prior to their respective expirations, as long as they are used in the regular course of trade. We believe we have current intellectual property rights sufficient to conduct our business.
ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS
     Set forth below is a detailed discussion of risks related to our industry and our business. In addition to the other information in this document, you should consider carefully the following risk factors. Any of these risks or the occurrence of any one or more of the uncertainties described below could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and the performance of our business.

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Risks Related to Our Industry
     The aftermath of the global economic crisis, which began in 2008, may continue to have detrimental impacts on our business.
     Although we cannot predict the extent, timing and full ramifications, we believe that the recession, which began in 2008 and its aftermath, at a minimum, heighten the following risks.
     Potential recession impacts—In the year ended December 31, 2010, we saw demand increases over the prior year in specific commodities that are currently shipped by barge. However this improved demand level continues to be significantly diminished from pre-recession levels and negatively impacts price/mix/volume. Notwithstanding the recent demand increase, demand levels continue to be lower than prior to the recession and, as a result, there continues to be an oversupply of barges, which results in reduced rates that we can charge for our services, particularly in the spot markets. Such lower rates have negatively impacted our revenues and financial condition in our transportation segment. This loss of demand has also and could continue to result in tow-size and barge positioning inefficiencies. The stagnant freight markets also may delay investment decisions by customers of our manufacturing segment.
     Credit availability to our customers and suppliers—We believe that many of our customers and suppliers rely on liquidity from operative global credit markets. If credit availability remains restricted for these customers, demand for our products and services may be constricted resulting in lower revenues and barge production backlogs and we may not be able to enforce contracts or collect on outstanding invoices.
     Market risk—We have significant costs associated with our pension plan, which costs depend on many factors including the return on plan assets. Plan assets declined significantly in 2008. Though plan assets increased in 2009 and 2010, the combined return from the beginning of 2008 remains below the average assumed rate of return used for actuarial estimation purposes. Further declines in the value of plan assets or continued lower than assumed returns over time could increase required expense provisions and contributions under the plan. See Note 7 to the consolidated financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2010.
     Freight transportation rates for the Inland Waterways fluctuate from time to time and may decrease.
     Freight transportation rates fluctuate from season-to-season and year-to-year. Levels of dry and liquid cargo being transported on the Inland Waterways vary based on several factors including global economic conditions and business cycles, domestic agricultural production and demand, international agricultural production and demand, and foreign exchange rates. Additionally, fluctuation of ocean freight rate spreads between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest affects demand for barging on the Inland Waterways, especially in grain movements. Grain, particularly corn for export, has been a significant part of our business. Since the beginning of 2006, all grain transported by us has been under spot market contracts. Spot grain contracts are normally priced at, or near, the quoted tariff rates in effect for the river segment of the move at the time they are contracted, which ranges from immediately prior to the transportation services to 90 days or more in advance. We generally manage our risk related to spot rates by contracting for business over a period of time and holding back some capacity to leverage the higher spot rates in periods of high demand. Spot rates can vary widely from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. A decline in spot rates could negatively impact our business. The number of barges and towboats available to transport dry and liquid cargo on the Inland Waterways also varies from year-to-year as older vessels are retired and new vessels are placed into service. The resulting relationship between levels of cargos and vessels available for transport affects the freight transportation rates that we are able to charge. Since the recession which began in 2008, overall freight demand, particularly in the liquid barge market, has declined, reducing the demand for dedicated service contracts. This decline in those contracts has resulted in an oversupply of liquid barges to serve liquid spot demand and has lowered the rates we can charge for that service. Significantly lower demand for dry non-grain cargoes has also contributed to lower spot rates for grain moves which represent a significant portion of our business.
     An oversupply of barging capacity may lead to reductions in freight rates.
     Our industry suffered from an oversupply of barges relative to demand for barging services for many years following the boom in barge production in the late seventies and early eighties. The economic crisis that began in the fall of 2008 has led to a temporary oversupply, particularly in parts of the liquid business, despite reductions in the size of the industry fleet. We cannot currently estimate the likely duration of this temporary oversupply. Additionally, even if the recession impact abates, oversupply conditions may recur due to a variety of factors, including a more permanent drop in demand, overbuilding, delays in scrapping or extension of use through refurbishing of barges approaching the end of their life expectancies. We believe that approximately 25% of the industry’s existing dry cargo barge fleet will need to be retired or refurbished due to their age over the next three to seven years. If retirement occurs, demand for barge services returns to more normal levels and new builds do not replace retired capacity, we believe that barge capacity may be constrained. However, if an oversupply of barges were to occur, it could take several years before supply growth matches demand due to the variable nature of the barging industry and the freight transportation industry in general, and the relatively long life of marine equipment. Such oversupply could lead to reductions in the freight rates that we are able to charge until volume demand returns.

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     Yields from North American and worldwide grain harvests could materially affect demand for our barging services.
     Demand for dry cargo barging in North America is significantly affected by the volume of grain exports flowing through ports on the Gulf of Mexico. The volume of grain exports through the Gulf of Mexico can vary due to, among other things, crop harvest yield levels in the United States and abroad, ocean going freight spreads between the Gulf and the Pacific Northwest. Overseas grain shortages increase demand for U.S. grain, while worldwide over-production decreases demand for U.S. grain. Other factors, such as domestic ethanol demand and overseas markets’ acceptance of genetically altered products and the exchange rate, may also affect demand for U.S. grain. Fluctuations in demand for U.S. grain exports can lead to temporary barge oversupply, which in turn can lead to reduced freight rates. We cannot assure that historical levels of U.S. grain exports will continue in the future.
     Any decrease in future demand for new barge construction may lead to a reduction in sales volume and prices for new barges.
     The prices we have been able to charge for manufacturing segment production have fluctuated historically based on a variety of factors including our customers’ cost and availability of debt financing, cost of raw materials, particularly steel, the cost of labor and the demand for new barge builds compared to the barge manufacturing capacity within the industry at the time. From 2007 through 2008, we increased the pricing on our barges, net of steel costs, in response to increased demand for new barge construction. Although we plan to continue increasing the longer term pricing on our barges, net of steel, in conjunction with the expected additional long-term demand for new barge construction as well as inflation of our costs, the recession has affected our customers’ need and ability to build new barges in the near-term. If demand for new barge construction diminishes or the recession deepens or extends we may not be able to maintain or increase pricing over our current levels.
     Volatile steel prices may lead to a reduction in or delay of demand for new barge construction.
     A number of the contracts for Jeffboat production contain steel price adjustments, though in some contracts we have fixed steel prices, as vendors have been willing to commit to fixed prices over an extended period. Steel prices have been volatile in recent years including a recent trend upward. Due to the steel price adjustments in the contracts, the total price incurred by our customers for new barge construction has also varied. Some customers may consider steel prices when determining to build new barges resulting in fluctuating demand for new barge construction.
     Higher fuel prices, if not recouped from our customers, could dramatically increase operating expenses and adversely affect profitability.
     Fuel expenses represented 19.2% and 19.8% of transportation revenues in the years ended December 31, 2010 and 2009 respectively. Fuel prices are subject to fluctuation as a result of domestic and international events. Generally, our term contracts contain provisions that allow us to pass through (effectively on approximately a 45 day delay basis) a significant portion of any fuel expense increase to our customers, thereby reducing, but not eliminating, our fuel price risk. We also have contracts that do not contain such clauses, or where the clauses do not fully cover increased fuel pricing. Fuel price is a key, but not the only variable in spot market pricing. Therefore, fuel price and the timing of contractual rate adjustments can be a significant source of quarter-over-quarter and year-over-year volatility, particularly in periods of rapidly changing fuel prices. Negotiated spot rates may not fully recover fuel price increases. From time to time we hedge the expected cash flows from anticipated purchases of unprotected gallons through fuel price swaps. We choose how much fuel to hedge depending on the circumstances. However, we may not effectively control our fuel price risk and may incur fuel costs that exceed our projected cost of fuel. At December 31, 2010, the market value of our fuel price swaps represented an asset of approximately $2.9 million. Assuming no further changes in market value prior to settlement dates in 2010 and 2011, this amount will be credited to operations as the fuel is used keeping our costs under fixed fuel contracts in line with our expectations. A significant decline in fuel prices could result in losses under our fuel price swaps.
     Our operating margins are impacted by a low margin legacy contract and by spot rate market volatility for grain volume and pricing.
     We emerged from bankruptcy in January 2005. Our largest term contract for the movement of coal predates the emergence and was negotiated at a low margin. Though it contains a fuel adjustment mechanism, the mechanism does not fully recover increases in fuel cost. The majority of our coal moves under this contract, since bankruptcy and through the 2015 expiration of the contract, may be at a low or negative margin. This concentration of low margin business was approximately $37.6, $51.1 million and $43.1 million of our total revenues in 2010, 2009 and 2008 respectively. We expect the revenue volume under this contract to be higher in 2011 than in 2010. All of our grain shipments since the beginning of 2006 have been under spot market contracts. Spot rates can vary widely from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. Spot grain contracts are normally priced at, or near, the quoted tariff rates in effect for the river segment of the move at the time they are contracted, which ranges from immediately prior to the transportation services to 90 days or more in advance. We generally manage our risk related to spot rates by contracting for business over a period of time and holding back some capacity to leverage the higher spot rates in periods of high demand. The available pricing and the volume under such contracts is impacted by many factors including global economic conditions and business cycles, domestic agricultural

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production and demand, international agricultural production and demand, foreign exchange rates, fluctuation of ocean freight rate spreads between the Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Northwest and the extent of demand for dry barge services in the non-grain dry bulk market. The revenues generated under such contracts, therefore, ultimately may not cover inflation, particularly for wages and fuel, in any given period. These circumstances may reduce the margins we are able to realize on the contract grain movements during 2010. Revenues from grain volumes were 30%, 31% and 21% of our total transportation segment revenues in 2010, 2009 and 2008 respectively.
     We are subject to adverse weather and river conditions, including marine accidents.
     Our barging operations are affected by weather and river conditions. Varying weather patterns can affect river levels, contribute to fog delays and cause ice to form in certain river areas of the United States. For example, the Upper Mississippi River closes annually from approximately mid-December to mid-March, and ice conditions can hamper navigation on the upper reaches of the Illinois River during the winter months. Such conditions typically increase our repair and other operating costs. During hurricane season in the summer and early fall we may be subject to revenue loss, business interruptions and equipment and facilities damage, particularly in the Gulf region. In addition, adverse river conditions can result in lock closures as well as affect towboat speed, tow size and loading drafts and can delay barge movements. Terminals may also experience operational interruptions as a result of weather or river conditions. Idle weather-related barge days declined in 2010 compared to 2009. Adverse weather conditions may also affect the volume of grain produced and harvested, as well as impact harvest timing and therefore pricing. In the event of a diminished or delayed harvest, the demand for barging services will likely decrease. Marine accidents involving our or others’ vessels may impact our ability to efficiently operate on the Inland Waterways. Such accidents, particularly those involving spills, can effectively close sections of the Inland Waterways to marine traffic.
     Our manufacturing segment’s waterfront facility is subject to occasional flooding. Its manufacturing operation, much of which is conducted outdoors, is also subject to weather conditions. As a result, these operations are subject to production schedule delays or added costs to maintain production schedules caused by weather. During 2010, adverse weather conditions caused weather-related lost production days to increase by 12.5 days from the prior year.
     Seasonal fluctuations in industry demand could adversely affect our operating results, cash flow and working capital requirements.
     Segments of the inland barging business are seasonal. Historically, our revenue and profits have been lower during the first six months of the year and higher during the last six months of the year. This seasonality is due primarily to the timing of the North American grain harvest and seasonal weather patterns. Our working capital requirements typically track the rise and fall of our revenue and profits throughout the year. As a result, adverse market or operating conditions during the last six months of a calendar year could disproportionately adversely affect our operating results, cash flow and working capital requirements for the year.
     The aging infrastructure on the Inland Waterways may lead to increased costs and disruptions in our operations.
     Many of the dams and locks on the Inland Waterways were built early in the last century, and their age makes them costly to maintain and susceptible to unscheduled maintenance and repair outages. The delays caused by malfunctioning dams and locks or by closures due to repairs or construction may increase our operating costs, delay the delivery of our cargoes and create other operational inefficiencies. This could result in interruption of our service and lower revenues. Much of this infrastructure needs to be replaced, but federal government funding has historically been limited. Funding has been supplemented by diesel fuel user taxes paid by the towing industry. There can be no guarantee that government funding levels will be sufficient to sustain infrastructure maintenance and repair costs or that a greater portion of the costs will not be imposed on operators. Higher diesel fuel user taxes could be imposed which would increase our costs. A “lockage fee” could be imposed to supplement or replace the current fuel user tax. Such a fee could increase our costs in certain areas affected by the lockage fee. We may not be able to recover increased fuel user taxes or such lockage fees through pricing increases.
     The inland barge transportation industry is highly competitive; increased competition could adversely affect us.
     The inland barge transportation industry is highly competitive. Increased competition in the future could result in a significant increase in available shipping capacity on the Inland Waterways, which could create downward rate pressure for us or result in our loss of business.
     Global trade agreements, tariffs and subsidies could decrease the demand for imported and exported goods, adversely affecting the flow of import and export tonnage through the Port of New Orleans and the demand for barging services.
     The volume of goods imported through the Port of New Orleans and other Gulf-coast ports is affected by subsidies or tariffs imposed by U.S. or foreign governments. Demand for U.S. grain exports may be affected by the actions of foreign governments and global or regional economic developments and natural disasters. Foreign subsidies and tariffs on agricultural products affect the

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pricing of and the demand for U.S. agricultural exports. U.S. and foreign trade agreements can also affect demand for U.S. agricultural exports as well as goods imported into the United States. Similarly, national and international embargoes of the agricultural products of the United States or other countries may affect demand for U.S. agricultural exports. Additionally, the strength or weakness of the U.S. dollar against foreign currencies can impact import and export demand. These events, all of which are beyond our control, could reduce the demand for our services.
     Our failure to comply with government regulations affecting the barging industry, or changes in these regulations, may cause us to incur significant expenses or affect our ability to operate.
     The barging industry is subject to various laws and regulations, including national, state and local laws and regulations, all of which are subject to amendment or changes in interpretation. In addition, various governmental and quasi-governmental agencies require barge operators to obtain and maintain permits, licenses and certificates and require routine inspections, monitoring, recordkeeping and reporting respecting their vessels and operations. Any significant changes in laws or regulations affecting the inland barge industry, or in the interpretation thereof, could cause us to incur significant expenses. Enacted regulations call for increased inspection of towboats. The United States Coast Guard interpretation of these regulations could result in boat delays and significantly increased maintenance and upgrade costs for our boat fleet. Furthermore, failure to comply with current or future laws and regulations may result in the imposition of fines and/or restrictions or prohibitions on our ability to operate. Though we work actively with regulators at all levels to avoid inordinate impairment of our operations, regulations and their interpretations may ultimately have a negative impact on the industry.
     In addition, changes in environmental laws impacting the shipping business, including the passage of climate change legislation or other regulatory initiatives that restrict emissions of greenhouse gases, may require costly vessel modifications, the use of higher-priced fuel and changes in operating practices that may not all be able to be recovered through increased payments from customers.
     Our maritime operations expose us to numerous legal and regulatory requirements, and violation of these regulations could result in criminal liability against us or our officers.
     Because we operate in marine transportation, we are subject to numerous environmental laws and regulations. Violations of these laws and regulations in the conduct of our business could result in fines, criminal sanctions or criminal liability against us or our officers.
     The Jones Act restricts foreign ownership of our stock, and the repeal, suspension or substantial amendment of the Jones Act could increase competition on the Inland Waterways and have a material adverse effect on our business.
     The Jones Act requires that, to be eligible to operate a vessel transporting non-proprietary cargo on the Inland Waterways, the company that owns the vessel must be at least 75% owned by U.S. citizens at each tier of its ownership. The Jones Act therefore restricts, directly or indirectly, foreign ownership interests in the entities that directly or indirectly own the vessels which we operate on the Inland Waterways. If we at any point cease to be 75% owned by U.S. citizens we may become subject to penalties and risk forfeiture of our Inland Waterways operations. The Jones Act continues to be in effect, but has from time to time come under scrutiny. If the Jones Act was to be repealed, suspended or substantially amended and, as a consequence, competitors with lower operating costs were to enter the Inland Waterways market, our advantages as a U.S. citizen operator of Jones Act vessels could be eroded over time.
   Risks Related to Our Business
     We are named as a defendant in lawsuits and we are in receipt of other claims and we cannot predict the outcome of such litigation and claims, which may result in the imposition of significant liability.
     Litigation and claims are pending relating to a collision on July 23, 2008, involving one of our tank barges that was being towed by DRD Towing and the motor vessel Tintomara, operated by Laurin Maritime, at Mile Marker 97 of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area. For additional information, see “Business— Legal Proceedings.” We filed an action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeking exoneration from or limitation of liability. All lawsuits filed against us have been consolidated in this action. Claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA 90”) are also afforded an administrative process to settle such claims. We were designated a responsible party under OPA 90, and we performed the cleanup and are responding to OPA 90 claims. We have made a demand on DRD Towing and Laurin Maritime for cleanup, defense and indemnification. However, there is no assurance that DRD Towing and Laurin Maritime or any other party that may be found responsible for the accident will have the insurance or financial resources available to provide such defense and indemnification. We have various insurance policies covering pollution, property, marine and general liability that we believe will be sufficient to cover our liabilities. However, there can be no assurance that our insurance coverage will be adequate. See “—Our insurance may not be adequate to cover our operational risks” below. We cannot predict the outcome of this litigation which may result in the imposition of significant liability.

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     Our insurance may not be adequate to cover our operational risks.
     While we believe that we have satisfactory insurance coverage for pollution, property, marine and general liability, if costs exceed our available insurance or additional liability is imposed on us for which we are unable to seek reimbursement, our business and operations could be materially and adversely affected. We may not be able to continue to procure adequate insurance coverage at commercially reasonable rates in the future, and some claims may not be paid. In the past stricter environmental regulations and significant environmental incidents have led to higher costs for insurance covering environmental damage or pollution, and new regulations or changes to existing laws and regulations could lead to similar increases or even make certain types of insurance unavailable.
     Our aging fleet of dry cargo barges may lead to a decline in revenue if we do not replace the barges or drive efficiency in our operations.
     Our life expectancy of a dry cargo barge in our fleet is up to 35 years and a liquid barge in our fleet is up to 40 years, with the age of retirement depending on the physical condition of a barge and amount of reinvestment and repair necessary to continue to operate it. As of December 31, 2010, approximately 26% of our dry cargo barges had reached 30 years of age. As a dry cargo barge approaches 35 years of age, absent significant reinvestment and repair, the cost to maintain and operate these barges may increase such that it becomes more cost effective for the barges to be sold for scrap. If we elect to conduct repairs on such barges in lieu of retiring and scrapping these vessels, the additional operating costs of such repairs and maintenance could adversely affect cash flows and earnings. Although we anticipate future capital investment in dry cargo barges, we may choose not to replace all of the barges that we elect to scrap. Our decision to replace scrapped barges with new barges will depend upon the availability of financing, current hauling capacity and shipyard availability. Replacing scrapped barges requires significant capital outlays. We may not be able to generate sufficient sources of capital to fund necessary barge replacements in a timely manner, or at all. If our fleet size significantly declines over time, our ability to maintain our hauling capacity will decrease absent improvements in fleet utilization through a variety of ongoing initiatives, including scheduled service, minimizing empty barge miles, a reduction in non-revenue generating stationary days, better power utilization and improved fleeting, among others. If these improvements in utilization are not achieved, a significant decline in the number of barges in our fleet could have an adverse effect on our cash flows and results of operations.
     Our cash flows and borrowing facilities may not be adequate for our additional capital needs and our future cash flow and capital resources may not be sufficient for payments of interest and principal of our substantial indebtedness.
     Our operations are capital intensive and require significant capital investment. We intend to fund substantially all of our needs to operate the business and make capital expenditures, including adequate investment in our aging boat and barge fleet, through operating cash flows and borrowings. Capital may not be continuously available to us and may not be available on commercially reasonable terms. We may need more capital than may be available under the terms of our credit facility and therefore we would be required to obtain other sources of financing. If we incur additional indebtedness, the risk that our future cash flow and capital resources may not be sufficient for payments of interest on and principal of our substantial indebtedness would increase. We may not be able to obtain other sources of financing on commercially reasonable terms, or at all. If we are unable to obtain additional capital, we may be required to curtail our capital expenditures and we may not be able to invest in our aging boat and barge fleet and to meet our obligations, including our obligations to pay the principal and interest under our indebtedness.
     A significant portion of our borrowings are tied to floating interest rates which may expose us to higher interest payments should interest rates increase substantially.
     At December 31, 2010, we had approximately $150.3 million of floating rate debt outstanding, representing the outstanding balance of borrowings under our revolving credit facilities. Each 100 basis point increase in the interest rate in effect at December 31, 2010 would increase our annual cash interest expense by approximately $1.5 million.
     We face the risk of breaching covenants in our Existing Credit Facility.
     Our Existing Credit Facility contains financial covenants, including, among others, a limit on the ratio of debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization that are effective when remaining availability is less than a certain defined level set forth in the Existing Credit Facility. Although none of our covenants are currently in effect based on our current borrowing levels, our ability to meet the financial covenants can be affected by events beyond our control, and we cannot provide assurance that we will meet those tests. A breach of any of these springing covenants could result in a default. Upon the occurrence of an event of default, all amounts outstanding can be declared immediately due and payable and terminate all commitments to extend further credit. If the repayment of borrowings is accelerated, we may not have sufficient assets to repay our credit.

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     The loss of one or more key customers, or material nonpayment or nonperformance by one or more of our key customers, could cause a significant loss of revenue and may adversely affect profitability.
     In 2010, our largest customer, Cargill, accounted for approximately 8.5% of our revenue and our largest ten customers accounted for approximately 41% of our revenue. Many of our customers have been significantly affected by the current recession and we anticipate that some of our customers may continue to struggle in 2010. If we were to lose one or more of our large customers, or if one or more of our large customers were to significantly reduce the amount of barging services they purchase from us and we were unable to redeploy that equipment on similar terms, or if one or more of our key customers fail to pay, we could experience a significant loss of revenue. In early 2009, we experienced the bankruptcy of a liquids customer, which had been one of our top ten customers, and we were not successful in maintaining any volume with the successor-in-bankruptcy of the former customer.
     A major accident or casualty loss at any of our facilities or affecting free navigation of the Gulf or the Inland Waterways could significantly reduce production.
     One or more of our facilities or equipment may experience a major accident and may be subject to unplanned events such as explosions, fires, inclement weather, acts of God and other transportation interruptions. Any shutdown or interruption of a facility could reduce the production from that facility and could prevent us from conducting our business for an indefinite period of time at that facility, which could substantially impair our business. For example, such an occurrence at our Manufacturing segment’s facility could disrupt or shut down our manufacturing activities. Our insurance may not be adequate to cover our resulting losses.
     Potential future acquisitions or investments in other companies may have a negative impact on our business.
     From time to time, we evaluate and acquire assets and businesses that we believe complement our existing assets and businesses. Acquisitions may require substantial capital and negotiations of potential acquisitions and the integration of acquired business operations could disrupt our business by diverting management away from day-to-day operations. The difficulties of integration may be increased by the necessity of coordinating geographically diverse organizations, integrating personnel with disparate business backgrounds and combining different corporate cultures. At times, acquisition candidates may have liabilities or adverse operating issues that we fail to discover through due diligence prior to the acquisition. If we consummate any future acquisitions, our capitalization and results of operations may change significantly. Any acquisition involves potential risks, including, among other things: 1) an inability to integrate successfully the businesses we acquire; 2) an inability to hire, train or retain qualified personnel to manage and operate our business and assets; 3) the assumption of unknown liabilities; 4) limitations on rights to indemnity from the seller; 5) mistaken assumptions about the overall costs of equity or debt; 6) the diversion of management’s and employees’ attention from other business concerns; 7) unforeseen difficulties operating in new product areas or new geographic areas; and 8) customer or key employee losses at the acquired businesses. Acquisitions or investments may require us to expend significant amounts of cash, resulting in our inability to use these funds for other business purposes. The potential impairment or complete write-off of goodwill and other intangible assets related to any such acquisition may reduce our overall earnings, which in turn could negatively affect our capitalization and results of operations.
     A temporary or permanent closure of the river to barge traffic in the Chicago area in response to the threat of Asian carp migrating into the Great Lakes may have an adverse effect on operations in the area.
     We have numerous customers in the Chicago and Great Lakes areas that ship freight through certain locks in the Chicago area. If certain of these locks are permanently closed due to migration of Asian carp, these customers may use other means of transportation to ship their products. If there are temporary or periodic closures of these locks or other river closures in the area, we could experience an increase in operating costs, delay in delivery of cargoes and other operational efficiencies. Such interruptions of our service could result in lower revenues. If barge transportation becomes impossible or impracticable for our Lemont facility, we may be forced to close the Lemont facility.
     Interruption or failure of our information technology and communications systems, or compliance with requirements related to controls over our information technology protocols, could impair our ability to effectively provide our services or the integrity of our information.
     Our services rely heavily on the continuing operation of our information technology and communications systems, particularly our Integrated Barge Information System. While in the past years we have not experienced any significant system outages, we have continued to add redundancy to eliminate any negative impact should an unplanned outage occur. In the event of a natural disaster, we have a tested disaster recovery plan that is intended to restore our systems within a reasonable period of time at an off-site facility. While we believe we have the plans in place to quickly restore our systems, there can be no assurance that such plan will be effective in the event of an unplanned outage or that it will not impair our ability to effectively provide our services or the integrity of our information.

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     Many of our employees are covered by federal maritime laws that may subject us to job-related claims.
     Many of our employees are covered by federal maritime laws, including provisions of the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers Act and the Seaman’s Wage Act. These laws typically operate to make liability limits established by state workers’ compensation laws inapplicable to these employees and to permit these employees and their representatives to pursue actions against employers for job-related injuries in federal court. Although we have insurance coverage for these types of claims, because we are not generally protected by the limits imposed by state workers’ compensation statutes for these employees, we may have greater exposure for any claims made by these employees than is customary for non-maritime workers in the individual states. Recent proposed changes of existing laws and regulations could result in additional monetary remedies and could ultimately lead to increases in insurance premiums or even make certain kinds of insurance unavailable.
     We have experienced work stoppages by union employees in the past, and future work stoppages may disrupt our services and adversely affect our operations.
     As of December 31, 2010, approximately 645 of our employees were represented by unions. Most of these unionized employees are represented by General Drivers, Warehousemen and Helpers, Local Union No. 89, affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America (“Teamsters”), at our shipyard facility under a three-year collective bargaining agreement that expires April 1, 2013. Our remaining unionized employees (approximately 20 positions) are represented by the International Union of United Mine Workers of America, District 12—Local 2452 at ACL Transportation Services LLC in St. Louis, Missouri under a collective bargaining agreement that expired March 14, 2011 after a short extension for negotiations. We have unilaterally implemented new contract terms, mostly terms agreed with the Union, and the employees continue to work without interruption. We do not believe that a work stoppage at this facility would have a material impact on our operations. Although we believe that our relations with our employees and with the recognized labor unions are generally good, we cannot assure that we will not be subject to work stoppages, other labor disruption or that we will be able to pass on increased costs to our customers in the future.
     The loss of key personnel, including highly skilled and licensed vessel personnel, could adversely affect our business.
     We believe that our ability to successfully implement our business strategy and to operate profitably depends on the continued employment of our senior management team and other key personnel, including highly skilled and licensed vessel personnel. Specifically, experienced vessel operators, including captains, are not quickly replaceable and the loss of high-level vessel employees over a short period of time could impair our ability to fully man all of our vessels. If key employees depart, we may have to incur significant costs to replace them. Our ability to execute our business model could be impaired if we cannot replace them in a timely manner. Therefore, any loss or reduction in the number of such key personnel could adversely affect our future operating results.
     Failure to comply with environmental, health and safety regulations could result in substantial penalties and changes to our operations.
     Our operations, facilities, properties and vessels are subject to extensive and evolving laws and regulations. These laws pertain to air emissions; water discharges; the handling and disposal of solid and hazardous materials and oil and oil-related products, hazardous substances and wastes; the investigation and remediation of contamination; and health, safety and the protection of the environment and natural resources. Failure to comply with these laws and regulations may trigger a variety of administrative, civil and criminal enforcement measures, including the assessment of civil and criminal penalties, the imposition of remedial obligations, assessment of monetary penalties and the issuance of injunctions limiting or preventing some or all of our operations. As a result, we are involved from time to time in administrative and legal proceedings related to environmental, health and safety matters and have in the past and will continue to incur costs and other expenditures relating to such matters. In addition to environmental laws that regulate our ongoing operations, we are also subject to environmental remediation liability. Under federal and state laws we may be liable as a result of the release or threatened release of hazardous substances or wastes or other pollutants into the environment at or by our facilities, properties or vessels, or as a result of our current or past operations, including facilities to which we have shipped wastes. These laws, such as the federal Clean Water Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (“CERCLA”), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) and OPA 90, typically impose liability and cleanup responsibility without regard to whether the owner or operator knew of or caused the release or threatened release. Even if more than one person may be liable for the release or threatened release, each person covered by the environmental laws may, under certain circumstances, be held wholly responsible for all of the cleanup costs and damages. In addition, third parties may sue the owner or operator of a site or vessel for damage based on personal injury, property damage or other costs and cleanup costs, resulting from environmental contamination. Under OPA 90 owners, operators and bareboat charterers are jointly and severally strictly liable for the discharge of oil within the internal and territorial waters of the United States, and the 200-mile exclusive economic zone around the United States. Additionally, an oil spill could result in significant liability, including fines, penalties, criminal liability and costs for natural resource damages. Most states bordering on a navigable waterway have enacted legislation providing for potentially unlimited liability for the discharge of pollutants within their waters. As of December 31, 2010, we were involved in several matters relating to the investigation or remediation of locations where hazardous materials have or might have been released or where we or our vendors

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have arranged for the disposal of wastes. These matters include situations in which we have been named or are believed to be a potentially responsible party under applicable federal and state laws. As of December 31, 2010, we had no significant reserves for these environmental matters. Any cash expenditures required to comply with applicable environmental laws or to pay for any remediation efforts in excess of such reserves or insurance will therefore result in charges to earnings. We may incur future costs related to the sites associated with the environmental issues, and any significant additional costs could adversely affect our financial condition. The discovery of additional sites, the modification of existing laws or regulations or the promulgation of new laws or regulations, more vigorous enforcement by regulators, the imposition of joint and several liability under CERCLA or analogous state laws or OPA 90 and other unanticipated events could also result in a material adverse effect.
     We are subject to, and may in the future be subject to disputes, or legal or other proceedings that could involve significant expenditures by us.
     The nature of our business exposes us to the potential for disputes or legal or other proceedings from time to time relating to labor and employment matters, personal injury and property damage, product liability matters, environmental matters, tax matters, contract disputes and other matters. Specifically, we are subject to claims for cargo damage from our customers and injury claims from our vessel personnel. These disputes, individually or collectively, could affect our business by distracting our management from the operation of our business. If these disputes develop into proceedings, these proceedings, individually or collectively, could involve significant expenditures. We are currently involved in several environmental matters. See “Business—Legal Proceedings” for additional information.
     Our substantial debt could adversely affect our financial condition.
     We have a substantial amount of indebtedness, which will require significant interest and principal payments. As of December 31, 2010, we had $385.2 million of total debt outstanding including approximately $35.0 million of premium on the debt balances recorded in conjunction with the Acquisition. Subject to the limits contained in the debt instruments, we may be able to incur additional debt from time to time to finance working capital, capital expenditures, investments or acquisitions, or for other purposes. If we do so, the risks related to our high level of debt could intensify which could trigger violation of our covenants. Specifically, our high level of debt could make it more difficult for us to satisfy our obligations with respect to our debt, limit our ability to obtain additional financing to fund future working capital, capital expenditures, or other general corporate requirements, require a substantial portion of our cash flows to be dedicated to debt service payments instead of other purposes, increase our vulnerability to general adverse economic and industry conditions, limit our flexibility in planning for and reacting to changes in the industry in which we compete, place us at a disadvantage compared to other, less leveraged competitors; and increase our cost of borrowing, if such financing could be arranged.
     We may be unable to service our indebtedness.
     Our ability to make scheduled payments on and to refinance our indebtedness depends on and is subject to our financial and operating performance, which in turn is affected by general and regional economic, financial, competitive, business and other factors, including the availability of financing in the banking and capital markets as well as the other risks described herein. We cannot assure you that our business will generate sufficient cash flow from operations or that future borrowings will be available to us in an amount sufficient to enable us to service our debt, to refinance our debt or to fund our other liquidity needs. If we are unable to meet our debt obligations or to fund our other liquidity needs, we will need to restructure or refinance all or a portion of our debt which could cause us to default on our debt obligations and impair our liquidity. Any refinancing of our indebtedness could be at higher interest rates and may require us to comply with more onerous covenants which could further restrict our business operations.
ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS.
     None.
ITEM 2. PROPERTIES
Properties
     We operate numerous land-based facilities in support of our marine operations. These facilities include a major manufacturing shipyard in Jeffersonville, Indiana; terminal facilities for cargo transfer and handling at St. Louis, Missouri, Lemont, Illinois and Memphis, Tennessee; port service facilities at Lemont, Illinois, St. Louis, Missouri, Cairo, Illinois, Louisville, Kentucky, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Vacherie, Louisiana, Harahan, Louisiana, Marrero, Louisiana and Houston, Texas; boat repair facilities at St. Louis, Missouri, Harahan, Louisiana and Cairo, Illinois; and a corporate office complex in Jeffersonville, Indiana. For the properties that we lease, the majority of leases are long term agreements. The map below shows the locations of our primary transportation and

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manufacturing facilities, along with our Inland Waterways routes. The most significant of our facilities among these properties, all of which we own, except as otherwise noted, are as follows:
(GRAPHIC)
    Our manufacturing segment’s shipbuilding facility in Jeffersonville, Indiana is a large single-site shipyard facility on the Inland Waterways, occupying approximately 64 acres of owned land and approximately 5,600 feet of frontage on the Ohio River. There are 32 buildings on the property comprising approximately 318,020 square feet under roof. In addition, we lease an additional four acres of land under leases expiring in 2015.
 
    ACLT’s coal transfer terminal in St. Louis, Missouri occupies approximately 69 acres. There are six buildings on the property comprising approximately 21,000 square feet. In addition, we lease 2,400 feet of river frontage from the City of St. Louis under a lease expiring in 2020. The lease may be terminated with one-year advance notice by ACLT. Additional parcels in use include property of BNSF under leases that either party can terminate with 30 days prior written notice.
 
    ACLT operates a terminal in Memphis, Tennessee that processes boat and barge waste water, direct transfer services for liquid commodities, along with tank storage services for approximately 60,000 barrels of vegetable oils. There are three buildings occupying approximately 7,000 square feet on almost three acres. ACLT leases an easement to this facility that expires in 2018. Either party may cancel the lease with 90 days prior written notice.
 
    ACLT’s Armant facilities located in Vacherie, Louisiana, occupies approximately 482 acres, with approximately 10,726 feet of river frontage. An additional 3,840 feet of river frontage is provided under a lease expiring in 2011. The facility provides barge fleeting and shifting, barge cleaning and repairs on the Mississippi River as part of our Gulf Fleet Operations.
 
    ACLT’s fleet facility in Cairo, Illinois occupies approximately 37 acres, including approximately 900 feet of owned river frontage. In addition, we lease approximately 22,400 feet of additional river frontage under various leases expiring between 2011 and 2013. This facility provides the base of operations for our barge fleeting and shifting, barge cleaning and repair and topside towboat repair.
 
    ACLT’s Tiger Fleet near Baton Rouge (Port Allen), Louisiana, operates on approximately 83 acres, with an estimated 3,300 feet of river frontage. An additional 13,700 lineal feet of riverfront fleeting space is provided under a lease expiring in 2011. This facility provides barge fleeting and shifting services and is adjacent to our joint venture investment known as T. T. Barge Services Mile 237, L.L.C., that provides barge cleaning and repair services.

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    ACLT’s facilities in St. Louis, Missouri, operates two owned parcels, one being approximately 3.2 acres, with an estimated 600 linear feet of riverfront, and an additional 7.3 acres with approximately 1,393 linear feet of adjoining waterfront footage leased under an agreement expiring in 2011. The facility provides fleeting and shifting services, boat repair and maintenance, plus warehouse services for vessels.
 
    ACLT’s operations at Harahan, Louisiana are located on approximately 156 acres with an estimated 7,067 feet of riverfront. The facility is the base of operations for our Gulf Operations, including barge shifting and fleeting, boat and barge maintenance and repairs. An additional 4,749 lineal feet of river frontage for shifting and fleeting is leased under various leases expiring between 2011 and 2013.
 
    ACLT’s Houston (Channelview), Texas facility is located on approximately 32 acres with 1,796 feet of riverfront. Improvements include an estimated 6,400 square foot office building. An additional 29.4 acres of waterfront property along the Lost Lake Disposal Area, adjacent to the Houston Ship Channel, for shifting and fleeting, complements this facility, under a lease agreement expiring in 2028.
 
    ACLT’s facilities in Lemont, Illinois occupy approximately 81 acres, including approximately 10,000 feet of river frontage, under various leases expiring between 2016 and 2044. This facility provides the base of operations for our barge fleeting and shifting, barge cleaning and repairs on the Illinois River, along with a 48,000 square foot, climate controlled warehouse, providing terminaling for bulk, non-bulk and break-bulk warehousing and stevedoring services.
 
    ACLT’s Marrero, Louisiana Fleet is comprised of approximately 24.9 acres of batture, providing an estimated 2,529 feet of riverfront for barge shifting and fleeting operations.
 
    Our corporate offices in Jeffersonville, Indiana occupy approximately 22 acres, comprising approximately 165,000 square feet of office space.
 
    The liquids division of our transportation segment was formerly headquartered in approximately 26,800 square feet of leased space in Houston, Texas under a lease expiring in August 2015. This lease was terminated in 2010, as we have relocated the work to alternative sites, including our corporate offices.
 
    In addition to the above properties, our wholly-owned naval architecture subsidiary operates in leased facilities consisting of approximately 10,000 square feet in Seattle, Washington and 2,200 square feet in New Orleans, Louisiana. The lease of the Seattle facility expires in September 2015. The lease of the New Orleans facility expires in 2018.
We believe that our facilities are suitable and adequate for our current needs.
ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS
The nature of our business exposes us to the potential for legal proceedings relating to labor and employment, personal injury, property damage and environmental matters. Although the ultimate outcome of any legal matter cannot be predicted with certainty, based on present information, including our assessment of the merits of each particular claim, as well as our current reserves and insurance coverage, we do not expect that any known legal proceeding will in the foreseeable future have a material adverse impact on our financial condition or the results of our operations.
Stockholder litigation. On October 22, 2010, a putative class action lawsuit was commenced against us, our directors, Platinum Equity LLC (“Platinum Equity”), Finn and Finn Merger Corporation (“Merger Sub”) in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The lawsuit is captioned Leonard Becker v. American Commercial Lines Inc., et al, Civil Action No. 5919-VCL. Plaintiff amended his complaint on November 5, 2010, prior to a formal response from

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any defendant. On November 9, 2010, a second putative class action lawsuit was commenced against us, our directors, Platinum Equity, Finn and Merger Sub in the Superior/Circuit Court for Clark County in the State of Indiana. The lawsuit is captioned Michael Eakman v. American Commercial Lines Inc., et al., Case No. 1002-1011-CT-1344. In both actions, plaintiffs allege generally that our directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the Transaction by, among other things, carrying out a process that they allege did not ensure adequate and fair consideration to our stockholders. They also allege that various disclosures concerning the Transaction included in the Definitive Proxy Statement are inadequate. They further allege that Platinum Equity aided and abetted the alleged breaches of duties. Plaintiffs purport to bring the lawsuits on behalf of the public stockholders of the Company and seek equitable relief to enjoin consummation of the merger, rescission of the merger and/or rescissory damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs, among other relief. The Company believes the lawsuits are without merit. On December 3, 2010, counsel for the parties in the Delaware action entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) in which they agreed on the terms of a settlement of the Delaware litigation, which includes the supplementation of the Definitive Proxy Statement and the dismissal with prejudice of all claims against all of the defendants in both the Delaware and Indiana actions. The proposed settlement is conditional upon, among other things, the execution of an appropriate stipulation of settlement and final approval of the proposed settlement by the Delaware Court of Chancery. Counsel for the named plaintiffs in both actions agreed to stay the actions pending consideration of final approval of the settlement in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Assuming such approval, the named plaintiffs in both actions would dismiss their respective lawsuits with prejudice against all defendants. In connection with the settlement agreed upon in the MOU, the parties contemplate that plaintiffs’ counsel will seek an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses as part of the settlement. There can be no assurance that the parties will ultimately enter into a stipulation of settlement or that the Delaware Court of Chancery will approve the settlement as stipulated by the parties. In such event, the proposed settlement as contemplated by the MOU may be terminated.
We have been involved in the following environmental matters relating to the investigation or remediation of locations where hazardous materials have or might have been released or where we or our vendors have arranged for the disposal of wastes. These matters include situations in which we have been named or are believed to be a potentially responsible party (“PRP”) under applicable federal and state laws.
Collision Incident, Mile Marker 97 of the Mississippi River. ACL and American Commercial Lines LLC, an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of ACL, (“ACLLLC”), have been named as defendants in the following putative class action lawsuits, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (collectively the “Class Action Lawsuits”): Austin Sicard et al on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated vs. Laurin Maritime (America) Inc., Whitefin Shipping Co. Limited, D.R.D. Towing Company, LLC, American Commercial Lines, Inc. and the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, Case No. 08-4012, filed on July 24, 2008; Stephen Marshall Gabarick and Bernard Attridge, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated vs. Laurin Maritime (America) Inc., Whitefin Shipping Co. Limited, D.R.D. Towing Company, LLC, American Commercial Lines, Inc. and the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, Case No. 08-4007, filed on July 24, 2008; and Alvin McBride, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. Laurin Maritime (America) Inc.; Whitefin Shipping Co. Ltd.; D.R.D. Towing Co. LLC; American Commercial Lines Inc.; The New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, Case No. 09-cv-04494 B, filed on July 24, 2009. The McBride v. Laurin Maritime, et al. action has been dismissed with prejudice because it was not filed prior to the deadline set by the Court. The claims in the Class Action Lawsuits stem from the incident on July 23, 2008, involving one of ACLLLC’s tank barges that was being towed by DRD Towing Company L.L.C. (“DRD”), an independent towing contractor. The tank barge was involved in a collision with the motor vessel Tintomara, operated by Laurin Maritime, at Mile Marker 97 of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area. The tank barge was carrying approximately 9,900 barrels of #6 oil, of which approximately two-thirds was released. The tank barge was damaged in the collision and partially sunk. There was no damage to the towboat. The Tintomara incurred minor damage. The Class Action Lawsuits include various allegations of adverse health and psychological damages, disruption of business operations, destruction and loss of use of natural resources, and seek unspecified economic, compensatory and punitive damages for claims of negligence, trespass and nuisance. The Class Action Lawsuits were stayed pending the outcome of the two actions filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeking exoneration from, or limitation of, liability related to the incident as discussed in more detail below. All claims in the class actions have been settled with payment to be made from funds on deposit with the court in the IINA interpleader, mentioned below. IINA is DRD’s primary insurer. The settlement is agreed to by all parties and we are awaiting final approval from the court and a dismissal of all lawsuits against all parties, including our company, with prejudice. Claims under OPA 90 were dismissed without prejudice. There is a separate administrative process for making a claim under OPA 90 that must be followed prior to litigation. We are processing OPA 90 claims properly presented, documented and recoverable. We have also received numerous claims for personal injury, property damage and various economic damages, including notification by the National Pollution Funds Center of claims it has received. Additional lawsuits may be filed and claims submitted. The claims that remain for personal injury are by the three DRD crewmen on the vessel at the time of the incident. Two crew members have agreed to a settlement of their claims to be paid from the funds on deposit in the interpleader action mentioned below. We are in early discussions with the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Group, consisting of various State and Federal agencies, regarding the scope of environmental damage that may have been caused by the incident. Recently Buras Marina filed suit in the Eastern District of Louisiana in Case No. 09-4464 against the Company seeking payment for “rental cost” of its marina for cleanup operations. ACL and ACLLLC have also been named as defendants in the following interpleader action brought by DRD’s primary insurer IINA seeking court approval as to the disbursement of the funds: Indemnity Insurance Company of North America v. DRD Towing Company, LLC; DRD Towing Group, LLC; American Commercial Lines, LLC; American Commercial Lines, Inc.; Waits Emmet & Popp, LLC, Daigle, Fisse & Kessenich; Stephen Marshall Gabarick;

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Bernard Attridge; Austin Sicard; Lamont L. Murphy, individually and on behalf of Murphy Dredging; Deep Delta Distributors, Inc.; David Cvitanovich; Kelly Clark; Timothy Clark, individually and on behalf of Taylor Clark, Bradley Barrosse; Tricia Barrosse; Lynn M. Alfonso, Sr.; George C. McGee; Sherral Irvin; Jefferson Magee; and Acy J. Cooper, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Civil Action 08-4156, Section “I-5,” filed on August 11, 2008. DRD’s excess insurers, IINA and Houston Casualty Company intervened into this action and deposited $9 million into the Court’s registry. ACLLLC has filed two actions in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeking exoneration from or limitation of liability relating to the foregoing incident as provided for in Rule F of the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims and in 46 U.S.C. sections 30501, 30505 and 30511. We have also filed a declaratory judgment action against DRD seeking to have the contracts between them declared “void ab initio”. Trial has been set for August of 2011 and discovery has begun. We participated in the U.S. Coast Guard investigation of the matter and participated in the hearings which have concluded. A finding has not yet been announced. We have also made demand on DRD (including its insurers as an additional insured) and Laurin Maritime for reimbursement of cleanup costs, defense and indemnification. However, there is no assurance that any other party that may be found responsible for the accident will have the insurance or financial resources available to provide such defense and indemnification. We have various insurance policies covering pollution, property, marine and general liability. While the cost of cleanup operations and other potential liabilities are significant, we believe our company has satisfactory insurance coverage and other legal remedies to cover substantially all of the cost.
ITEM 4. (REMOVED AND RESERVED)
PART II
ITEM 5.  MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.
Market Information and Holders
     There is no public trading market for the common stock of the Company, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACL.
Dividends
     CBL did not declare or pay any cash dividends in fiscal years 2009 or 2010. The revolving credit facility, of which CBL is a borrower and our Senior Secured Notes due 2017, of which CBL is the issuer, currently restrict our ability to pay dividends.
Equity Compensation Plans
     The table below outlines the number of shares of the Finn Holding Corporation common stock that are subject to outstanding options and stock unit awards granted under its stock compensation plans, the per share weighted-average exercise price of those options and stock unit awards, and the number of shares of Company common stock remaining available for future awards under the current stock compensation plans. The numbers in the table are as of December 31, 2010.
                         
    Number of             Number of Securities  
    Securities to be             Remaining Available  
    Issued Upon     Weighted-Average     for Future Issuance  
    Exercise of     Exercise Price of     Under Equity  
    Outstanding Options(1)     Outstanding Options     Compensation Plans  
Equity compensation plans approved by stockholders
    26,052.50       213.03       8,799  
Equity compensation plans not approved by stockholders
                   
 
                 
Total
    26,052.50       213.03       8,799  
 
                 
 
(1)   Includes 5,810.88 performance share units and 6,166.84 restricted stock units. Performance share units contain specific cumulative three-year performance criteria and will only vest if those conditions are met. Restricted stock units are time vested units that vest on various anniversary dates of the grant dates. These shares do not carry an exercise price and therefore are not included in the weighted average exercise price.

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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.
     Set forth below is Commercial Barge Line Company’s selected consolidated financial data for each of the five fiscal years ended December 31, 2010. This selected consolidated financial data is derived from Commercial Barge Line Company’s audited financial statements. The selected consolidated financial data should be read in conjunction with Commercial Barge Line Company’s consolidated financial statements and with “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”
                                                 
                                    Predecessor     Successor  
                                    Company     Company  
    Predecessor Company     Jan. 1. 2010     Dec. 22, 2010  
    Fiscal Years Ended December 31,     to     to  
    2006     2007     2008     2009     Dec. 21, 2010     Dec. 31, 2010  
Statement of Operating Data:
                                               
Transportation and Services revenue
  $ 787,348     $ 810,443     $ 905,126     $ 630,481     $ 620,753     $ 19,779  
Manufacturing revenue
    155,204       239,917       254,794       215,546       85,054       4,986  
 
                                   
Total revenue
    942,552       1,050,360       1,159,920       846,027       705,807       24,765  
Operating expenses:
                                               
Materials, supplies and other
    249,500       279,359       304,858       225,647       212,567       6,311  
Rent
    22,445       24,595       23,345       21,715       20,222       570  
Labor and fringe benefits
    90,294       111,617       118,737       115,998       122,462       3,102  
Fuel
    157,070       169,178       227,489       122,752       117,372       3,986  
Depreciation and amortization
    45,489       46,694       47,255       48,615       41,737       2,532  
Taxes, other than income taxes
    17,667       16,594       14,855       14,072       11,741       330  
Gain on property dispositions
    (194 )     (3,390 )     (954 )     (20,282 )     (9,021 )      
Cost of goods sold — services
          590       2,080       3,707       3,048       90  
Cost of goods sold — manufacturing
    141,589       228,190       242,309       189,565       82,504       4,838  
 
                                   
Cost of sales
    723,860       873,427       979,974       721,789       602,632       21,759  
Selling, general and administrative expenses
    66,280       68,727       77,536       70,082       47,874       8,227  
Goodwill impairment
                855                    
 
                                   
Total operating expenses
    790,140       942,154       1,058,365       791,871       650,506       29,986  
 
                                   
Operating income
    152,412       108,206       101,555       54,156       55,301       (5,221 )
Other income
    3,799       2,532       2,279       1,259       313       19  
Interest expense
    18,354       20,578       26,829       40,932       37,923       805  
Debt retirement expenses
    1,437       23,938       2,379       17,659       8,701        
 
                                   
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes
    136,420       66,222       74,626       (3,176 )     8,990       (6,007 )
Income taxes (benefit)
    49,822       21,855       27,243       (1,148 )     5,540       628  
 
                                   
Net income (loss) before discontinued operations
    86,598       44,367       47,383       (2,028 )     3,450       (6,635 )
 
                                   
Discontinued operations, net of tax (a)
    5,654       (6 )     628       (10,030 )     300        
 
                                   
Net income (loss)
  $ 92,252     $ 44,361     $ 48,011     $ (12,058 )   $ 3,750     $ (6,635 )
 
                                   


 

                                         
    Predecessor Company
Fiscal Years Ended December 31,
    Successor
Company
    2006     2007     2008     2009     2010  
Statement of Financial Position Data:
                                       
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 5,113     $ 5,021     $ 1,217     $ 1,198     $ 3,707  
Accounts receivable, net
    102,228       114,921       138,695       93,295       97,802  
Inventory
    61,504       70,890       69,635       39,070       50,834  
Working capital (b)
    44,251       70,434       75,735       35,097       59,626  
Property and equipment, net
    455,710       511,832       554,580       521,068       979,655  
Total assets
    671,191       1,067,310       879,133       761,241       1,259,272  
Long-term debt, including current portion
    119,500       439,760       419,970       345,533       385,152  
Stockholders’ equity
    108,007       172,237       198,591       207,941       428,956  
                                                 
    Predecessor Company     Predecessor
Company
Jan. 1. 2010
    Successor
Company
Dec. 22, 2010
 
    Fiscal Years Ended December 31,     to     to  
    2006     2007     2008     2009     Dec. 21, 2010     Dec. 31, 2010  
Other Data:
                                               
Net cash provided by operating activities
  $ 134,781     $ 189,054     $ 120,480     $ 128,852     $ 63,125     $ 8,032  
Net cash used in investing activities
  $ (63,899 )   $ (131,291 )   $ (104,207 )   $ (6,537 )   $ (46,948 )   $ (1,735 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
  $ (79,728 )   $ 320,253     $ (20,077 )   $ (122,334 )   $ 5,093     $ (25,058 )
EBITDA ( c )
  $ 211,811     $ 159,758     $ 156,567     $ 93,575     $ 101,164     $ (2,342 )
Capital expenditures
  $ 90,042     $ 109,315     $ 97,892     $ 33,226     $ 57,798     $  
                                         
    Fiscal Years Ended December 31,  
    2006     2007     2008     2009     2010  
Towboats (at period end) (d)
    148       162       152       140       129  
Barges (at period end) (d)
    3,010       2,828       2,645       2,510       2,411  
Ton-miles from continuing operations affreightment
    41,797,859       39,271,112       35,361,326       34,024,295       30,962,150  
Ton-miles from continuing operations non-affreightment
    3,317,000       4,326,404       4,100,050       3,077,305       2,884,304  
  a)   In all periods presented the operations of the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Summit businesses, on a net of tax basis, have been presented as discontinued operations. The 2009 net of tax loss resulted primarily from the impairment and subsequent loss on sale of Summit. Included in 2006 is the $4.8 million net of tax gain on the sale of the Venezuela business.
 
  b)   We define working capital as total current assets minus total current liabilities.
 
  c)   EBITDA represents net income before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, as reconciled to net income below. EBITDA provides useful information to investors about us and our financial condition and results of operations for the following reasons: (i) it is one of the measures used by our board of directors and management team to evaluate our operating performance, (ii) it is one of the measures used by our management team to make day-to-day operating decisions, (iii) certain management compensation is based upon performance metrics which include EBITDA as a component, (iv) it is used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as common performance measure to compare results across companies in our industry and (v) covenants in our debt agreements contain financial ratios based on EBITDA. For these reasons we believe EBITDA is a useful measure to represent to our investors and other stakeholders.
 
  d)   Includes equipment operated by foreign subsidiaries through date of disposal.
 
  e)   The following table reconciles net income to EBITDA.

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                                    Predecessor        
                                    Company     Successor Company  
    Predecessor Company     Jan. 1. 2010     Dec. 22, 2010  
    Fiscal Years Ended December 31,     to     to  
    2006     2007     2008     2009     Dec. 21, 2010     Dec. 31, 2010  
Net income (loss)
  $ 92,252     $ 44,361     $ 48,011     $ (12,058 )   $ 3,750     $ (6,635 )
Interest income
    (697 )     (295 )     (194 )     (67 )     (3 )      
Interest expense
    19,791       44,516       29,243       58,621       46,624       805  
Depreciation and Amortization
    48,806       49,371       51,876       53,838       45,253       2,860  
Income Taxes
    51,659       21,805       27,631       (6,759 )     5,540       628  
 
                                   
EBITDA
  $ 211,811     $ 159,758     $ 156,567     $ 93,575     $ 101,164     $ (2,342 )
 
                                   
     EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Some of these limitations are:
    EBITDA does not reflect our current or future cash requirements for capital expenditures;
 
    EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
 
    EBITDA does not reflect the significant interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our debts;
 
    Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
 
    Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA differently than we do, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.
     EBITDA is not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as a measure of our liquidity. Because of these limitations, EBITDA should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to us to invest in the growth of our business. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using EBITDA only as a
supplement to those GAAP results. See the statements of cash flow included in our consolidated financial statements.
ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.
     This MD&A includes certain “forward-looking statements” that involve many risks and uncertainties. When used, words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “may be,” “will be” and similar words or phrases, or the negative thereof, unless the context requires otherwise, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s present expectations and beliefs about future events. As with any projection or forecast, these statements are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. The Company is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of such changes, new information, subsequent events or otherwise.
     The readers of this document are cautioned that any forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties. See the risk factors included in “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of this annual report on Form 10-K as well as the items described under the heading “Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” of this annual report on Form 10-K for a detailed discussion of important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in such forward-looking statements. The potential for actual results to differ materially from such forward-looking statements should be considered in evaluating our outlook.
INTRODUCTION
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understanding of the financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of operations of Commercial Barge Line Company MD&A should be read in conjunction with, and is qualified in its entirety by reference to, the accompanying consolidated financial statements and footnotes. MD&A is organized as follows.
    Overview. This section provides a general description of the Company and its business, as well as developments the Company believes are important in understanding the results of operations and financial condition or in understanding anticipated future trends.
 
    Results of Operations. This section provides an analysis of the Company’s results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2010, compared to the results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2009, and an analysis of the Company’s results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2009, compared to the results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2008.
 
    Liquidity and Capital Resources. This section provides an overview of the Company’s sources of liquidity, a discussion of the Company’s debt that existed as of December 31, 2010, and an analysis of the Company’s cash flows for the years ended December 31, 2010, December 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008. This section also provides information regarding certain contractual obligations.
 
    Seasonality. This section describes the seasonality of our business.
 
    Changes in Accounting Standards. This section describes certain changes in accounting and reporting standards applicable to the Company.
 
    Critical Accounting Policies. This section describes accounting policies that are considered important to the Company’s financial condition and results of operations, require significant judgment and require estimates on the part of management in application. The Company’s significant accounting policies, including those considered to be critical accounting policies, are also summarized in Note 1 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements.
 
    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk. This section describes our exposure to potential loss arising from adverse changes in fuel prices, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates.
 
    Risk Factors and Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements. This section references important factors that could adversely affect the operations, business or financial results of the Company or its business segments and the use of forward-looking information appearing in this annual report on Form 10-K, including in MD&A and the consolidated financial statements. Such information is based on management’s current expectations about future events, which are inherently susceptible to uncertainty and changes in circumstances.
      Due to the relative insignificance of the Successor Company’s results of operations in 2010, we have not bifurcated the MD&A discussion of operating results.
OVERVIEW
Our Business
     We are one of the largest and most diversified marine transportation and services companies in the United States, providing barge transportation and related services under the provisions of the Jones Act, as well as the manufacturing of barges and other vessels, including ocean-going liquid tank barges. We currently operate in two primary business segments, transportation and manufacturing, and a smaller “All other segment” that consists of our services company, EBDG. We are the third largest provider of dry cargo barge transportation and second largest provider of liquid tank barge transportation on the Inland Waterways, accounting for 11.6% of the total inland dry cargo barge fleet and 10.8% of the total inland liquid cargo barge fleet as of December 31, 2010, according to Informa.
     Our manufacturing segment was the second largest manufacturer of brown-water barges in the United States in 2010 according to Criton industry data.
     We provide additional value-added services to our customers, including warehousing and third-party logistics through our BargeLink LLC joint venture. Our operations incorporate advanced fleet management practices and information technology systems which allows us to effectively manage our fleet.
     EBDG, which we acquired during the fourth quarter of 2007, is much smaller than either the transportation or manufacturing segment and is not significant to the primary operating segments of CBL. EBDG is a naval

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architecture and marine engineering firm, which provides architecture, engineering and production support to customers in the commercial marine industry, while providing ACL with expertise in support of its transportation and manufacturing businesses.
     During the second quarter of 2008, we acquired the remaining ownership interests of Summit Contracting, a provider of environmental and civil construction services to a variety of customers. In May 2007 we had previously purchased a 30% ownership stake in that business. We sold our equity in Summit in November 2009 and reclassified its results of operations to discontinued operations for all periods presented.
     Certain of the Company’s international operations have been recorded as discontinued operations in all periods presented due to the sale of all remaining international operations in 2006. Operations ceased in the Dominican Republic in the third quarter of 2006 and operations ceased in Venezuela in the fourth quarter of 2006. The only remaining activities are related to the formal exit from the Dominican Republic.
The Industry
     Transportation Industry. While freight movements on the domestic waterways represent a substantial portion of U.S. ton-mile volume, ranking third in 2006 at 15.1% behind rail (49.8%) and truck (34.7%), these movements represent a much smaller portion (1%) of the $735 billion domestic freight market when ranked by dollar value. We believe the highly favorable comparison of revenue per ton-mile is one of the best illustrations of the advantages of shipping freight over the waterways as compared to other transportation modes. In addition to being significantly more cost effective, shipping freight via barge is more energy efficient and safer than transporting via rail or truck. These advantages have contributed to the shifting of freight volumes from truck and rail to barge, particularly for high volume, less time sensitive freight, such as dry bulk and liquid commodities. We believe that the current supply/demand relationship for dry cargo freight indicates that market freight rates obtained in the last several years should be sustained and improved over the long term.
     Barge market behavior is driven by the fundamental forces of supply and demand, influenced by a variety of factors including the size of the Inland Waterways barge fleet, local weather patterns, navigation circumstances, domestic and international consumption of agricultural and industrial products, crop production, trade policies, the price of steel, the availability of capital and general economic conditions.
     Transportation Mode Comparison. We believe that barge transportation on the Inland Waterways is the most cost efficient, environmentally friendly and safest method of moving freight in the U.S. as compared to railroads or trucks. A typical Lower Mississippi River tow of 40 barges has the carrying capacity of approximately 640 railcars or approximately 2,800 tractor-trailers, and is able to move 576 ton-miles per gallon of fuel compared to 413 ton-miles per gallon of fuel for rail transportation or 155 ton-miles per gallon of fuel for truck transportation. In addition, when compared to inland barges, trains and trucks produce significantly greater quantities of certain air pollutants. Carbon dioxide emissions for trains are 39% greater than barge emissions and carbon dioxide emissions for trucks are 371% greater than barge emissions when moving equivalent amounts of freight over equivalent distances. Barge transportation is also the safest mode of U.S. freight transportation, based on the percentage of injuries per ton-mile transported. Inland barge transportation predominantly operates away from population centers, which generally reduces both the number and impact of waterway incidents.
     As discussed in “Item 1. The Business — Competition” the industry fleet size at the end of 2010 was significantly below the number of barges in operation at the 1998 peak.
     Competition continues to be intense for barge freight transportation volumes. The top five carriers (by fleet size) of dry and liquid barges comprised approximately 66.8% and 57.7% of the respective industry fleet in each sector as of December 31, 2010. The economic recession which began in the fall of 2008 exacerbated the competitive environment in both liquid and dry market sectors. The impact in the liquid sector was more pronounced as fewer customers signed or renewed dedicated service contracts to ensure liquid barge availability, freeing more barges for spot rate service in that sector. Though we have seen some recovery in 2010, many of our customers have not returned to pre-recession volume levels.
     The demand drivers for freight and freight pricing on the Inland Waterways are discussed in detail in “Item 1. The Business — Competition.” For purposes of industry analysis, the commodities transported in the Inland Waterways can be broadly divided into four categories: grain, bulk, coal, and liquids. Using these broad cargo categories, the following graph depicts the total millions of tons shipped through the United States Inland Waterways for 2010, 2009 and the prior five year average by all carriers according to data from the US Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center (the “Corps”). The Corps does not estimate ton-miles, which we believe is a more accurate volume metric. Note that the most recent periods are typically estimated for the Corps’ purposes by lockmasters and retroactively adjusted as shipper data is received.

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(GRAPHIC)
Source: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterborne Commerce Statistics Center
     The Manufacturing Industry: Our manufacturing segment competes with companies also engaged in building equipment for use on both the Inland Waterways system and in ocean-going trade. Due to the relatively long life of the vessels produced by inland shipyards and the relative over-supply of barges built in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, there has only recently been a resurgence in the demand for new barges as older barges are retired or made obsolete by U.S. Coast Guard requirements for liquid tank barges. This heightened demand may ultimately increase the competition within the segment over the longer term. We have in the last half of 2010 seen an increase in demand for new barge construction and believe that we will be at our desired capacity through 2011.
Consolidated Financial Overview
     For the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008, the Company had a net loss of $2.9 million, a net loss of $12.1 million and net income of $48.0 million, respectively.
     The following table displays certain individually significant drivers of non-comparability in the respective periods.

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            Year ended          
    December 31,  
    2010     2009     2008  
Reduction in force charges
  $ (0.5 )   $ (3.2 )   $ (1.9 )
Houston office closure charges
    (0.1 )     (3.7 )      
Charges for customer bankruptcy
            (0.7 )     (0.5 )
Jeffboat inventory valuation adjustment
                   
Jeffboat contract dispute
    0.4       (4.2 )      
Jeffboat strike costs
    (0.4 )                
Refinancing cost write-off
                  (1.5 )
Insurance deductible major spill
                  (0.9 )
Interest expense
    (38.7 )     (40.9 )     (26.8 )
Debt retirement expenses
    (8.7 )     (17.7 )     (2.4 )
Acquired goodwill impairment charge
                  (0.9 )
Vacation reversal on policy change
    0.4       1.6        
Asset management (gains, impairment, scrapping)
    14.3       20.1       12.6  
Pension reversal/ (buy-out)
                  2.1  
Acquisition costs
    (14.0 )            
 
                       
All other operating results
  $ 50.3     $ 45.5     $ 94.8  
 
                 
 
                       
(Loss) income from continuing operations before income tax and discontinued operations
  $ 3.0     $ (3.2 )   $ 74.6  
 
                 
Income taxes (benefit)
    6.2       (1.1 )     27.2  
 
                 
Net (loss) income before discontinued operations
  $ (3.2 )   $ (2.1 )   $ 47.4  
 
                 
Discontinued operations, net of tax
  $ 0.3     $ (10.0 )   $ 0.6  
 
                 
Net (loss) income
  $ (2.9 )   $ (12.1 )   $ 48.0  
 
                 
Note: Columns may not foot due to rounding
Year ended December 31, 2010 compared to December 31, 2009
     In 2010 the Company’s net loss of $2.9 million, was an improvement of $9.2 million from the prior year’s net loss of $12.1 million.
     Non-comparable items in 2010 and 2009 are described as follows. In connection with the Acquisition of our parent, ACL, we incurred $14.0 million in acquisition expenses in 2010. Debt retirement expenses of $8.7 million in 2010 related to the Company’s fourth quarter 2010 replacement of its revolving credit facility concurrent with the Acquisition of its parent ACL. These 2010 expenses were $9.0 million lower than the debt retirement expenses incurred in 2009 which are more fully described in the comparison of Year ended December 31, 2009 compared to December 31, 2008 below.
     During 2009 charges of $4.2 million related to manufacturing segment contract disputes and settlements were incurred, of which $0.4 was recovered in 2010. In addition Jeffboat incurred incremental costs related to the 2010 labor strike of $0.4 million.
     As a result of the decision to close the Houston office in early 2009, the Company incurred charges totaling $3.7 million. When the Houston lease terminated in 2010 we incurred an additional $0.1 million of expense. The 2010 reduction in force charges of $0.5 million were lower than those in 2009 by $2.7 million. These charges were partially offset by an accrued vacation reversal due to a change in vacation policy of $0.4 million in 2010 and $1.6 million in 2009.
     For the full-year 2010, average outstanding debt declined $34.8 million from the prior year levels. Total 2010 interest expense was $38.7 million or $2.2 million lower than those expenses in 2009. The total of asset management actions in 2010 including boat sales, impairment adjustments and scrapping of surplus barges was $14.3 million in 2010 or $5.8 million lower than 2009.

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     The 2010 decline compared to 2009 in all other operating results was primarily higher transportation segment operating income significantly offset by lower operating income from our manufacturing segment and EBDG.
     Compared to 2010 levels, transportation segment operating income improved by $18.2 million or 57.7% in 2010 and manufacturing segment operating income decreased $21.4 million or 100%. The primary causes of changes in segment operating income in our transportation and manufacturing segments are generally described in the segment overview below in this consolidated financial overview section and more fully described in the Operating Results by Business Segments within this Item 7.
     The lower losses on discontinued operations were attributable to losses in 2009 on the sale of Summit. The majority of the 2009 loss in discontinued operations was due to a $4.4 million impairment of certain Summit intangibles recorded prior to its sale and to the $7.5 million loss on the sale of Summit. See Note 13 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements.
     In 2010 EBITDA from continuing operations was $98.5 million, a decrease of 8.6% from 2009. See the table at the end of this Consolidated Financial Overview and Selected Financial Data for a definition of EBITDA and a reconciliation of EBITDA to consolidated net income.
     In 2010 $48.7 million of cash was used in investing activities during the year, as our $57.8 million capital expenditures and other investing activities of $0.8 million were partially offset by proceeds from property dispositions of $7.3 million and government capital funding grant proceeds of $2.6 million. The capital expenditures were primarily for new barge construction, boat and barge upgrades and investments in our facilities. At December 31, 2009, we had total indebtedness of $385.2 million, including the $34.8 million premium recorded at the Acquisition date to recognize the fair value of the Senior Notes, net of amortization for the ten day period ended December 31, 2010. At this level of debt we had $239.7 million in remaining availability under our bank credit facility. The bank credit facility has no maintenance financial covenants unless borrowing availability is generally less than $59.4 million. At December 31, 2010, debt levels we were $180.3 million above this threshold.
Year ended December 31, 2009 compared to December 31, 2008
     In 2009 the Company’s net loss of $12.1 million, was a decline of $60.1 million from the prior year’s net income of $48.0 million.
     Non-comparable items in 2009 and 2008 are described as follows. Debt retirement expenses of $17.7 million related to the Company’s first quarter debt amendment and its third quarter debt refinancing were $15.3 million higher than in 2008. During 2009 charges of $4.2 million related to manufacturing segment contract disputes and settlements were incurred. As a result of the decision to close the Houston office in early 2009, the Company incurred charges totaling $3.7 million. Reduction in force charges of $3.2 million exceeded those in 2008 by $1.3 million. These charges were partially offset by an accrued vacation reversal due to a change in vacation policy of $1.6 million.
     For the full-year 2009, though average outstanding debt declined $42.6 million from the prior year levels, higher effective interest rates on outstanding balances drove after-tax interest expenses $14.1 million higher to $40.9 million. Full year 2009 results also benefitted from net gains of $20.1 million from asset management actions including boat sales, impairment adjustments and scrapping of surplus barges which exceeded 2008 totals by $7.5 million. During 2008 the $2.1 million accrual for the withdrawal from a multi-employer pension plan, which had been expensed in a prior year, was reversed as a result of a negotiated agreement with the union. Also in 2008 a $0.9 million charge related to acquired goodwill, primarily as a result of the increase in that year of the Company’s weighted average cost of capital, which was utilized to discount projected cash flows of Elliot Bay Design Group at its acquisition, resulted in an excess of carrying value over the estimated fair value. This matter is further discussed in Notes 1 and 14 to the consolidated financial statements.
     The 2009 decline compared to 2008 in all other operating results was primarily the result of transportation segment operating income that was $60.6 million lower, partially offset by higher operating income from our manufacturing segment and from EBDG.
     The primary causes of changes in segment operating income in our transportation and manufacturing segments are generally described in the segment overview below in this consolidated financial overview section and more fully described in the Operating Results by Business Segments within this Item 7.
     The higher losses on discontinued operations were attributable to Summit which was sold in November 2009. The majority of the increased discontinued operations loss was due to a $4.4 million impairment of certain Summit intangibles recorded prior to its sale and to the $7.5 million loss on the sale of Summit. See Notes 1, 13 and 14 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements. Operating income from Elliot Bay was higher in 2009 compared to 2008 and resulted almost equally from higher royalties derived from its designs in 2009 and lower goodwill impairment charges in 2009 when compared to the prior year.

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     In 2009 EBITDA from continuing operations was $107.8 million, a decrease of 30.0% from 2008. See the table at the end of this Consolidated Financial Overview and Selected Financial Data for a definition of EBITDA and a reconciliation of EBITDA to consolidated net income.
     In 2009 $6.5 million of cash was used in investing activities during the year, as our $33.2 million capital expenditures and other investing activities of $4.4 million were largely offset by proceeds from the sale of vessels and the sale of our investment in Summit. The capital expenditures include $5 million to complete some liquid barges that were started in 2008 and $4 million to start construction of some internal dry barges for delivery in 2010.
Segment overview
     We operate in two predominant business segments: transportation and manufacturing.
Transportation
Year ended December 31, 2010 compared to December 31, 2009
     In general, as illustrated in the Industry Tonnage chart contained in the Industry section above, 2010 for waterborne carriers was characterized by a rebound from the low 2009 levels of demand in bulk and liquids, but not to the levels achieved, on average in the prior five years. Coal tonnage improved in the industry, but had little impact on the Company as the vast majority of our coal trade moves under a low margin legacy coal contract.
     Our volumes were impacted by a 15.3% increase in our liquids ton-miles and slight increase in bulk ton-miles, offset by 11.7% lower grain ton-miles and 21.5% lower coal ton-miles. We experienced a favorable revenue mix shift with a partial return of volumes of steel and liquids markets, in combination with the lower coal volume. Grain pricing was 9.3% higher than the prior year largely mitigating the impact of the lower grain volumes.
     Affreightment contracts comprised approximately 72.5% and 70.5% of the Company’s transportation segment revenues in 2010 and 2009 respectively.
     The remaining segment revenues (“non-affreightment revenues”) were generated either by demurrage charges related to affreightment contracts or by one of three other distinct contractual arrangements with customers: charter/day rate contracts, outside towing contracts, or other marine services contracts. See “Item 1. The Business — Customers and Contracts” for a description of these types of contracts. Transportation services revenue for each contract type is summarized in the key operating statistics table that follows.
     On average, only 122 of our barges in 2010 were serving customers under charter/day rate contracts, essentially flat with 2009 in terms of number of barges and revenues from this service. The number of barges deployed in this service in 2010 and 2009 is more than 30 barges less than we averaged in 2008 prior to the recession. Additionally, the decrease in barges in charter/day rate service within the industry, as a whole, increases the number of barges available for affreightment service. This increase in available barges for affreightment service has, to an extent, constrained liquid spot rate strength.
     The operating ratio, which is the percentage comparison of all expenses to revenues in the transportation segment, improved to 92.1% in 2010 from 94.9% in 2009. This improvement drove an $18.2 million or 57.7% increase in the transportation segment’s operating income. The increase in operating income was primarily a result of positive revenue mix, decreases in personnel costs and other operating costs including SG&A expenses, partially offset by $5.8 million lower asset management gains in 2010.
     Key operating statistics regarding our transportation segment for the years ended December 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 are summarized in the following table.

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    Year Ended     % Change to     Year Ended     % Change to     Year Ended  
    December 31, 2010     2009     December 31, 2009     2008     December 31, 2008  
Ton-miles (000’s):
                                       
Total dry
    28,883,577       (10.4 %)     32,220,773       (0.9 %)     32,509,103  
Total liquid
    2,078,573       15.3 %     1,803,522       (36.8 %)     2,852,223  
 
                                 
 
                                       
Total affreightment ton-miles
    30,962,150       (9.0 %)     34,024,295       (3.8 %)     35,361,326  
Total non-affreightment ton-miles
    2,884,304       (6.3 %)     3,077,305       (24.9 %)     4,100,050  
 
                                 
Total ton-miles
    33,846,454       (8.8 %)     37,101,600       (6.0 %)     39,461,376  
 
                                 
 
                                       
Average ton-miles per affreightment barge
    13,325       (5.0 %)     14,032       1.6 %     13,817  
 
                                       
Rates per ton mile:
                                       
Dry rate per ton-mile
            15.1 %             (28.7 %)        
Fuel neutral dry rate per ton-mile
            12.1 %             (21.9 %)        
Liquid rate per ton-mile
            1.5 %             (19.4 %)        
Fuel neutral liquid rate per-ton mile
            (3.5 %)             (2.0 %)        
Overall rate per ton-mile
  $ 14.84       15.3 %   $ 12.87       (30.0 %)   $ 18.38  
Overall fuel neutral rate per ton-mile
  $ 14.41       11.9 %   $ 14.30       (22.2 %)   $ 16.46  
 
                                       
Revenue per average barge operated
  $ 257,078       6.7 %   $ 240,830       (26.5 %)   $ 327,830  
 
                                       
Fuel price and volume data:
                                       
Fuel price
  $ 2.19       12.4 %   $ 1.95       (38.6 %)   $ 3.17  
Fuel gallons
    55,305       (12.2 %)     63,007       (12.1 %)     71,704  
 
                                       
Revenue data (in thousands):
                                       
Affreightment revenue
  $ 458,572       4.8 %   $ 437,643       (32.6 %)   $ 649,212  
Towing
    35,867       (12.7 %)     41,097       (49.7 %)     81,629  
Charter and day rate
    65,549       0.7 %     65,121       (15.4 %)     76,977  
Demurrage
    41,370       (11.4 %)     46,710       (5.8 %)     49,579  
Other
    31,310       3.4 %     30,289       (24.0 %)     39,875  
 
                                 
Total non-affreightment revenue
    174,096       (5.0 %)     183,217       (26.1 %)     248,060  
 
                                 
Total transportation segment revenue
  $ 632,668       1.9 %   $ 620,860       (30.8 %)   $ 897,272  
 
                                 
     Data regarding changes in our barge fleet for the fourth quarter of 2010 and the past three years ended December 31, 2010, are summarized in the following table.
Barge Fleet Changes
                         
Current Quarter   Dry     Tankers     Total  
Barges operated as of the end of the 3rd qtr of 2010
    2,083       326       2,409  
Retired (includes reactivations)
    (21 )     (1 )     (22 )
New builds
    25             25  
Purchased
                 
Change in number of barges leased
    (1 )           (1 )
 
                 
Barges operated as of the end of the 4th qtr of 2010
    2,086       325       2,411  
 
                 
                         
Barges - Last three years   Dry     Tankers     Total  
Barges operated as of the end of 2007
    2,440       388       2,828  
Retired
    (123 )     (8 )     (131 )
New builds
          11       11  
Purchased
    16             16  
Change in number of barges leased
    (79 )           (79 )
 
                 
Barges operated as of the end of 2008
    2,254       391       2,645  
Retired
    (95 )     (36 )     (131 )
New builds
          13       13  
Purchased
    1       2       3  
Change in number of barges leased
    (11 )     (9 )     (20 )
 
                 
Barges operated as of the end of 2009
    2,149       361       2,510  
Retired
    (127 )     (36 )     (163 )
New builds
    75             75  
Purchased
          6       6  
Change in number of barges leased
    (11 )     (6 )     (17 )
 
                 
Barges operated as of the end of 2010
    2,086       325       2,411  
 
                 
     Data regarding our boat fleet at December 31, 2010, is contained in the following table.

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Owned Boat Counts and Average Age by Horsepower Class
                 
Horsepower Class   Number     Average Age  
1950 or less
    36       32.6  
Less than 4300
    21       35.0  
Less than 6200
    43       36.0  
7000 or over
    11       32.2  
 
           
Total/overall age
    111       34.3  
 
           
     In addition to the 111 boats detailed above, the Company had 18 towboats operated exclusively for us by third parties. This is 12 fewer owned boats and one more chartered boat than we operated at December 31, 2009. During 2009 we continued to assess our boat power needs. Based on that assessment we sold 12 boats during the year. We currently have an additional three boats which are being actively marketed and are included in assets held for sale. The average life of a boat (with refurbishment) exceeds 50 years.
Manufacturing
     The decline in manufacturing segment revenues was attributable to fewer barges built for third parties in 2010 partially offset by higher relative steel pricing.
     Manufacturing segment operating income was breakeven in 2010, decreasing $21.4 million compared to 2009. The breakeven operating income from the manufacturing segment resulted from an decrease driven primarily by $3.4 million in losses on a production run of deck barges and the lower total number of barges produced for external customers. During 2010 we have redesigned our bid estimation process and do not expect a recurrence of the deck barge loss in 2011 and beyond.
Manufacturing segment units produced for sale or internal use:
                         
    Years ended December 31,  
    2010     2009     2008  
External sales:
                       
Liquid tank barges
    7       43       53  
Ocean tank barges
    2       4       4  
Deck barges
    34                  
Hybrid barges
                  10  
Dry cargo barges
    97       130       191  
 
                 
Total external units sold
    140       177       258  
 
                 
 
                       
Internal sales:
                       
Liquid tank barges
          13       11  
Dry cargo barges
    75              
 
                 
Total units into production
    75       13       11  
 
                 
 
                       
Total units produced
    215       190       269  
 
                 
Year ended December 31, 2009 compared to December 31, 2008
     In general, as illustrated in the Industry Tonnage chart contained in the Industry section above, 2009 for waterborne carriers was characterized by a continuation of weak overall demand, with declines of approximately 7.7% in total tons compared to 2008 and 15.3% compared to 2007. The volume increases in our lower margin grain and legacy coal markets, and significant volume decreases in our highest margin steel and chemicals markets drove a significant negative revenue mix shift. In our higher margin metals and chemicals markets, revenues on a fuel-neutral basis were down 61% and 38% respectively in 2009 compared to 2008. There was some sequential improvement in metal market volumes during the fourth quarter 2009. There also was a stabilization at low levels in our liquid chemicals business but no meaningful signs of a near term recovery in this market. Grain pricing that was $56.4 million lower, almost completely offset a 34% increase in grain ton-mile volume, driving grain revenue to only 1% above prior year.

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     The chart below describes in more detail the fuel neutral change in revenue dollars for major commodity classes for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008.
Transportation Segment Comparative Revenue Commodity Mix (Adjusted for Fuel)
(BAR GRAPH)
     Affreightment contracts comprised approximately 70.5% and 72.4% of the Company’s transportation segment revenues in 2009 and 2008 respectively.
     The remaining segment revenues (“non-affreightment revenues”) were generated either by demurrage charges related to affreightment contracts or by one of three other distinct contractual arrangements with customers: charter/day rate contracts, outside towing contracts, or other marine services contracts. See “Item 1. The Business — Customers and Contracts” for a description of these types of contracts. Transportation services revenue for each contract type is summarized in the key operating statistics table that follows.
     On average, 32 fewer liquid tank barges in 2009 were serving customers under charter/day rate contracts when compared to 2008. This decrease in the number of barges drove charter and day rate revenue down approximately 15.4% in 2009, compared to the prior year. Additionally, the decrease in barges in charter/day rate service within the industry, as a whole, increases the number of barges available for affreightment service. This increase in available barges for affreightment service has a negative impact on liquid spot rates.
     The operating ratio, which is the percentage comparison of all expenses to revenues in the transportation segment, deteriorated to 94.9% in 2009 from 89.7% in 2008. This decline drove a $60.6 million decrease in the transportation segment’s operating income. The decrease in operating income was primarily a result of significantly lower grain freight pricing, substantial volume declines in our higher margin liquids and metals markets, and the increased costs of moving empty barges due to an imbalance of north and south bound volumes. These decreases were partially offset by reductions in personnel costs and other operating costs. Additionally, overall operating conditions for barge transportation in 2009 were more favorable than those experienced in 2008, with lost barge days down 58% from 42,000 in the prior year to a more normal 17,500 in 2009. The improved operating conditions contributed to improved boat efficiency in 2009.
Manufacturing
     The decline in manufacturing segment revenues was attributable to fewer barges built for third parties in 2009 and to lower relative steel pricing.
     Manufacturing segment operating income increased $11.7 million in 2009 compared to 2008, despite the lower revenues. The $21.4 million in operating income from the manufacturing segment resulted from an increase in operating margin to 9.9%. During 2009 we advanced our Jeffboat strategic initiative to operate the shipyard more efficiently and more safely. Our improvements in safety and production efficiency, combined with more attractive contract terms, drove the improved 2009 Jeffboat margin results.

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Consolidated Financial Overview — Non-GAAP Financial Measure Reconciliation
NET INCOME TO EBITDA RECONCILIATION
                         
    Year Ended December 31,
    2010     2009     2008  
    (Dollars in thousands)  
    (Unaudited)  
Net (loss) income from continuing operations
  $ (3,185 )   $ (2,028 )   $ 47,383  
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes
    300       (10,030 )     628  
 
                 
Consolidated net (loss) income
  $ (2,885 )   $ (12,058 )   $ 48,011  
 
                 
Adjustments from continuing operations:
                       
Interest income
    (3 )     (66 )     (148 )
Interest expense
    38,728       40,932       26,829  
Debt retirement expenses
    8,701       17,659       2,379  
Depreciation and amortization
    48,113       52,475       50,446  
Taxes
    6,168       (1,148 )     27,243  
Adjustments from discontinued operations:
                       
Interest income
          (1 )     (46 )
Interest expense
          30       35  
Depreciation and amortization
          1,363       1,430  
Taxes
          (5,611 )     388  
EBITDA from continuing operations
    98,522       107,824       154,132  
EBITDA from discontinued operations
    300       (14,249 )     2,435  
 
                 
Consolidated EBITDA
  $ 98,822     $ 93,575     $ 156,567  
 
                 
 
                       
Selected segment EBITDA calculations:
                       
Transportation net (loss) income
  $ (3,349 )   $ (24,761 )   $ 38,015  
Interest income
    (2 )     (66 )     (145 )
Interest expense
    38,728       40,932       26,788  
Debt retirement expenses
    8,701       17,659       2,379  
Depreciation and amortization
    44,269       48,615       47,255  
Taxes
    6,168       (1,148 )     27,114  
 
                 
Transportation EBITDA
  $ 94,515     $ 81,231     $ 141,406  
 
                 
 
                       
Manufacturing net (loss) income
  $ (164 )   $ 21,582     $ 16,577  
Depreciation and amortization
    3,566       3,524       2,858  
 
                 
Total Manufacturing EBITDA
    3,402       25,106       19,435  
Intersegment profit
                (6,839 )
 
                 
External Manufacturing EBITDA
  $ 3,402     $ 25,106     $ 12,596  
 
                 
     Management considers EBITDA to be a meaningful indicator of operating performance and uses it as a measure to assess the operating performance of the Company’s business segments. EBITDA provides us with an understanding of one aspect of earnings before the impact of investing and financing transactions and income taxes. Additionally, covenants in our debt agreements contain financial ratios based on EBITDA. EBITDA should not be construed as a substitute for net income or as a better measure of liquidity than cash flow from operating activities, which is determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). EBITDA excludes components that are significant in understanding and assessing our results of operations and cash flows. In addition, EBITDA is not a term defined by GAAP and as a result our measure of EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
     The Company believes that EBITDA is relevant and useful information, which is often reported and widely used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in our industry. Accordingly, the Company is disclosing this information to allow a more comprehensive analysis of its operating performance.

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Outlook
     We were acquired by Platinum on December 21, 2010. Though we expect to accelerate many of our strategic initiatives under the direction of our new parent, we will continue to proactively work with our customers, focusing on barge transportation’s position as the lowest cost, most ecologically friendly provider of domestic transportation.
     During 2010 we generated $71.2 million in cash flow from operations, paid down debt and invested in 75 new dry covered hopper barges. As discussed in the Liquidity section and in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements, concurrent with the acquisition we entered into a replacement senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility in an aggregate principal amount of $475.0 million (currently capped at $390.0 million) with a final maturity date of December 21, 2015 (the “Existing Credit Agreement”). Proceeds are available for use for working capital and general corporate purposes. At the Acquisition, proceeds of the Existing Credit Agreement were used, in part, to fund the liquidation of the Company’s previous facility and certain expenses associated with the Acquisition. Given the term of the new Credit Agreement and the Notes, we believe that we have the appropriate longer term, lower cost and more flexible capital structure that will allow us to focus on executing our tactical and strategic plans through the various economic cycles. We expect to remain disciplined in how we deploy our capital, but now have the flexibility to fully enact our cost reduction and productivity plans and to reinvest in the business when market demand and financial returns warrant such actions. Given our strategic objective to reduce the age of our fleet by replacing aging barges, we presently intend to build approximately 100 new covered dry hopper barges and four liquid tank barges in 2011 for our transportation segment.
     The Company may use the Credit Facility in connection with the issuance of letters of credit up to $50.0 million. Availability under the Existing Credit Facility is capped at a borrowing base, all as further set forth in the Credit Agreement. The Company is currently prohibited from incurring more than $390.0 million of indebtedness under the Existing Credit Facility.
     The Existing Credit Facility does not have maintenance covenants unless our borrowing availability is generally less than $59.4 million. At December 31, 2010, we had available liquidity of $239.7 million. This is $180.3 million less than the availability at December 31, 2010. The covenants in the new facility include a leverage covenant which is based on only first lien senior debt, which excludes debt under the Notes, while the leverage covenant in the former facility included total debt. We also enhanced our flexibility to execute sale leasebacks, sell assets, and issue additional debt under the new facility to raise additional funds, with no restrictions on capital spending.
     Although we have seen some recovery in the second half of 2010, we do not expect the economy to reach pre-recession levels in 2011. With a slow recovery, however, we remain focused on reducing costs, generating strong cash flow from operations and implementing and accelerating our strategic initiatives. In the second half of 2010 we saw a continuing rebound in demand in our metals and liquids markets driven by the improving economy. Compared to the same periods of the prior year for the transportation segment, in the six months ended June 30, 2010 revenues decreased 5.3%, while in the six months ended December 31, 2010 revenues increased by 8.7%. We also saw a firming of pricing in the second half of 2010, particularly in the fourth quarter, in both the dry and the liquid spot markets. In the first quarter of 2011, we are seeing the same continuing trend of improved demand in the metals and liquids markets and we are starting to see improved pricing opportunities. Demand for export coal has increased significantly in the past six months, driven by increased demand in Asia and mining supply disruptions in some foreign locations. This has firmed up the dry barge supply/demand balance and has lead to significantly improved pricing compared to the prior year in the dry spot market, for grain and other dry commodities, as well as for spot and contract coal volumes. There is no assurance this will be a long term dynamic but we expect the strength for export coal will be sustainable for the balance of 2011.
     Though the general economy and its rate of recovery are beyond our control, we believe that the Company’s model of executing the fundamentals of building and moving barges and improving the fundamentals of our business will be achieved by executing our major strategic initiatives. When we execute these initiatives well, improving our fundamentals, we believe we will develop a company that is profitable in tough times, and highly profitable in strong economic times. Many of our strategic initiatives are further defined in the segment descriptions in the balance of this “Outlook” section.
     We believe the Company possesses several competitive strengths.
     Leading Market Positions. We are the third largest provider of dry cargo barge transportation and the second largest provider of liquid cargo barge transportation on the Inland Waterway System in the United States. We are also the second largest manufacturer of dry cargo and tank barges in the United States. In 2010, we built approximately 19.1% of the industry’s dry cargo barges. We believe that these positions provide us with significant competitive advantages in generating revenues and managing costs.
     Proven Ability to Manage Cash Flow. We are actively managing our cost structure for sustained profitability and cash flow, while continuing to re-invest in our business. We have consistently generated sufficient cash flow to re-invest in the fleet and service our indebtedness. We have generated strong cash flow from operations during the recession that began in 2008 by reducing our cost structure, managing our net capital expenditures and improving our receivables and inventory management processes to reduce working capital. To enhance cash flow for fleet re-investment and to maintain moderate debt levels, we are continuing to optimize our overhead cost structure. During 2010, we reduced our selling, general and administrative expenses by approximately $17.0 million over the prior year while we improved our transportation operating cost structure. We also have the ability to manage the timing of

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new barge builds for the transportation segment and build barges at lower costs than our competitors for comparable barges through our in-house manufacturing capabilities at Jeffboat. As a result of these in-house capabilities, we do not have to enter into purchase commitments to procure new barges as we can schedule the building of barges when barge freight market demand and investment returns warrant.
     Management Expertise. Our management team has detailed knowledge of each of our businesses and end markets, and their depth of experience will help us continue to improve our competitive position. Our management team has considerable experience in the transportation and diversified industrial sectors, previously holding various leadership positions with such companies as CSX, Canadian National Railway, McCollister’s Transportation Systems, Acument and Honeywell.
     Strong Customer Base. We have a diverse and stable customer base, including high quality industrial and agricultural companies in the United States. We enter into a variety of contracts with these customers, ranging from single spot movements to renewable one-year contracts and multi-year extended contracts. Our relationships with our top ten customers range between five and thirty years in length.
     Favorable Industry Fundamentals. Barge transportation is the least expensive mode of moving freight, and also benefits from the highest fuel efficiency, best safety record and lowest emissions, relative to rail and truck. The barge transportation industry has demonstrated in recent years, and is expected to continue to demonstrate in a normal demand environment, favorable supply and demand fundamentals, resulting in an attractive rate environment and high fleet utilization. According to Informa, more than 4,535 new hoppers are expected to be built over the next four years, with essentially all going towards replacement of the aging industry fleet.
     Favorable Regulatory Environment. ACL and the industry in which it operates benefit from a regulated competitive landscape. Specifically, the Jones Act, a federal cabotage law enacted in 1920, requires all vessels transporting cargo between covered U.S. ports, subject to limited exceptions, to be built in the United States, registered under the U.S. flag, manned by predominantly U.S. crews, and owned and operated by U.S. organized companies that are controlled and at least 75% owned by U.S. citizens. As a result, we and our competitors in the U.S. are largely insulated from foreign competition.
     Low-Cost and Flexible Sourcing. Historically, our transportation segment has been one of Jeffboat’s significant customers, providing us the ability to source barges at competitive prices, as well as providing a guaranteed supply of barges in a tight manufacturing environment. It also provides the ability to build new barges for internal use only when demand warrants and financial returns are attractive. Unlike our competitors, we do not have to lock into new build contracts in advance.
     Our objective is to continue providing high quality service and products to our customers, while sustaining profitable growth through the principal strategies outlined below:
     Productivity and Cost Control. In our transportation segment, we are focused on rightsizing our fleet and improving barge and boat efficiency to drive profitability. We expect to improve profitability through a disciplined approach that optimizes our barge fleet size and mix and our traffic network. This approach includes the implementation of a scheduled service program to increase fleet utilization and asset efficiency, reduce costs and provide a superior service differentiation to customers through consistent, predictable delivery schedules. We plan to upgrade our aging dry hopper fleet over the next few years with selective capital investment to reduce the average age of our dry fleet, which is expected to drive higher barge utilization and profitability and reduce barge maintenance and downtime costs. Due to our in-house sourcing through Jeffboat, we can time these upgrades to coincide with industry demand and as new hoppers are required. We also plan to continue tightening our footprint on the Inland Waterways in which we operate, to reduce nonrevenue-producing days and increase our overall loaded miles percentage. We believe this increased traffic density, focused on existing high margin routes and customers, and patterned to service the high margin liquid and bulk businesses, will increase barge productivity and further strengthen EBITDA margins. We also have numerous other efficiency and productivity initiatives underway including (1) continuing to improve our fuel consumption efficiency through improved boat operating procedures and boat engine efficiency, (2) the consolidation of our fleeting locations to reduce costs and improve traffic flow, (3) further streamlining our overhead structure to eliminate costs, including costs associated with having been a public company, (4) further reduce average staffing levels on boats by eliminating non-essential functions, (5) improving average tow sizes per boat and tons loaded per barge to increase freight hauling capacity at minimal incremental cost, (6) improving our supply chain sourcing processes, (7) insourcing barge and boat maintenance and repair functions at our existing facilities and (8) strategically making investment in technology to improve the information we have to manage the business and to allow us to manage at a lower ongoing cost. Our cumulative salaried compensation reductions since 2008 now exceed $34 million and when combined with hourly reductions due to the lower level of activity in our shipyard, now total more than $59 million in total compensation cost reduction. We are continuing to make changes to drive productivity and cost-reduction throughout the organization. In 2009, we realigned our transportation management resources to be closer to the business and the customers; positioning our most experienced barge industry managers on the river property where they can manage the people and the assets with much greater effectiveness. We believe this new model requires fewer management personnel, will reduce cost and will produce better service for our customers. By broadening the span of control of our managers and

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streamlining decision-making, we have eliminated more than one-half of the vice president and senior vice president positions in the last thirty-three months. We have taken actions in early 2011 to eliminate over $8.0 million in additional compensation and benefits.
     In our manufacturing segment, we are focused on establishing an infrastructure that optimizes our production capabilities and efficiencies, to maximize profitability and return on capital.
     Focus on Cash Flow Generation and Prudent Capital Investment. As we mentioned above, we intend to continue our aggressive cost control efforts in order to improve margins and cash flow, optimize our operations and position us for sustained profitability in the future. As the demand for our services improves in response to the macro-economic improvement, we intend to utilize our operating cash flow to reinvest in areas that we determine to have attractive rates of return, while maintaining leverage levels. We have made over $435 million in aggregate capital expenditures from 2005 to December 31, 2010, and we will undertake key capital investment projects over a five-year horizon, including upgrades to our dry hopper fleet with selective replacements and utilizing an approximate dry barge replacement ratio of one new barge for every two barge retirements. We also anticipate that we will continue to fund a portion of the investment in new barges through the selective sale of boats no longer necessary due to our improvements in boat utilization, improved tow sizes and reduced overall fleet size.
     High Quality Business Portfolio. We continually strive to maintain an optimal freight and manufacturing product mix across our transportation and manufacturing segments, one that is focused on securing profitable, ratable, long-term contractual business operating with an optimized barge fleet. The strategy for the transportation segment is to increase the proportion of our revenues derived from higher margin and more ratable liquids and bulk businesses, enabling us to be more opportunistic in quoting spot business. We intend to continue pursuing a comprehensive sales and marketing program towards freight that has traditionally been moved by barge, as well as freight that is currently moved by rail and truck. We intend to partner with key strategic customers to move products in freight lanes that are attractive to us. In our manufacturing segment, we intend to capitalize on increasing market demand for replacement dry hoppers over the next few years and selectively build tank barges and ocean going vessels. We are employing the same market-based contractual pricing approach to securing new contracts at Jeffboat as we do in our transportation segment. Our goal is not to focus on the quantity of barges produced, but rather on building barges that optimize our production capabilities and efficiencies, while maximizing EBITDA. As of December 31, 2010, our external manufacturing sales backlog was approximately $102 million of contracted revenue, with expected deliveries extending through 2011. This backlog excludes unexercised customer options and barges expected to be built for our transportation business.
     Safety and Environmental Stewardship. We believe we are an industry leader in environmental, health, safety, and security management. We are committed to continually improving our environmental and safety performance. In 2009, we began the implementation of certain strategic initiatives that we believe will guide our company to the highest levels of performance in our almost 100 years of operating on the Inland Waterways. The first of these initiatives is the drive to zero injuries, accidents and incidents. While we are proud of the fact that we lead the industry in safety, we believe that the only acceptable number when it comes to injuries, accidents and incidents is zero. We have taken some significant steps on our drive to zero, including realigning our transportation services, establishing northern and southern regional headquarters. One of the primary goals of this realignment is to move operations leaders to the field, closer to our customers, our employees and the work we do. By doing so, we believe we will increase accountability, improve communication and increasing our ability to provide more daily, hands-on safety training, all of which are designed to help us achieve our goal of zero accidents, injuries and incidents. Our commitment to the environment is also one of our key operating priorities. We are a member of the American Chemistry Counsel’s Responsible Care Program, which requires its members to: (i) adopt the Responsible Care management system for relevant portions of their operations; (ii) obtain an independent certification that their systems have been fully implemented and function according to professional standards; (iii) measure and publicly disclose compliance with these standards and systems and (iv) implement a Responsible Care Security Code. We have also initiated a drive to zero spills, zero violations and zero impact on the environment. Our commitment to environmental stewardship has not gone unnoticed as we received the Rear Admiral William M. Benkert Marine Environmental Silver Award for Excellence in 2008, which recognizes leadership in the field of marine environmental protection safety.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY OPERATING RESULTS by BUSINESS SEGMENT
Year Ended Dec. 31, 2010 as compared with Year Ended Dec. 31, 2009
(Dollars in thousands except where noted)
(Unaudited)
                                         
                            % of Consolidated  
                            Revenue  
    Year Ended Dec. 31,             Year Ended  
    2010     2009     Variance     2010     2009  
REVENUE
                                       
Transportation and Services
  $ 640,532     $ 630,481     $ 10,051       87.7 %     74.5 %
Manufacturing (external and internal)
    122,627       239,885       (117,258 )     16.8 %     28.4 %
Intersegment manufacturing elimination
    (32,587 )     (24,339 )     (8,248 )     (4.5 %)     (2.9 %)
 
                             
Consolidated Revenue
    730,572       846,027       (115,455 )     100.0 %     100.0 %
 
                                       
OPERATING EXPENSE
                                       
Transportation and Services
    590,418       597,727       (7,309 )                
Manufacturing (external and internal)
    122,661       218,483       (95,822 )                
Intersegment manufacturing elimination
    (32,587 )     (24,339 )     (8,248 )                
 
                             
Consolidated Operating Expense
    680,492       791,871       (111,379 )     93.1 %     93.6 %
 
                                       
OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)
                                       
Transportation and Services
    50,114       32,754       17,360                  
Manufacturing (external and internal)
    (34 )     21,402       (21,436 )                
Intersegment manufacturing elimination
                                 
 
                             
Consolidated Operating Income
    50,080       54,156       (4,076 )     6.9 %     6.4 %
Interest Expense
    38,728       40,932       (2,204 )                
Debt Retirement Expenses
    8,701       17,659       (8,958 )                
Other Expense (Income)
    (332 )     (1,259 )     927                  
 
                                 
Income Before Income Taxes
    2,983       (3,176 )     6,159                  
 
                                       
Income Taxes (Benefit)
    6,168       (1,148 )     7,316                  
Discontinued Operations
    300       (10,030 )     10,330                  
 
                                       
 
                                 
Net (Loss) Income
  $ (2,885 )   $ (12,058 )   $ 9,173                  
 
                                 
 
                                       
Domestic Barges Operated (average of period beginning and end)
    2,461       2,578       (117 )                
 
                                       
Revenue per Barge Operated (Actual)
  $ 257,077     $ 240,830     $ 16,247                  
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Year ended December 31, 2010 compared to Year ended December 31, 2009
     Revenue. Consolidated revenue decreased by $115.5 million or 13.6% to $730.6 million.
     The consolidated revenue decrease was primarily due to lower segment revenues for the manufacturing segment which declined in 2010 by 58.2% or $125.5 million from the prior year. The decline in manufacturing segment revenues resulted from a total of 37 fewer barges built for external customers in 2010 and a change in mix of those barges as 38 fewer higher revenue liquid tank barges were produced in 2010.

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     Transportation segment revenues of $632.7 million increased by $11.8 million, or 1.9%, in 2010 compared to 2009. The revenue increase was driven by an improved revenue mix with a 1.1% increase in bulk/non-bulk ton-mile volume and a 15.3% increase in liquid ton-mile volume. The bulk/non-bulk category includes a higher proportion of steel and metals than in the prior year. This mix shift, combined with the liquids increase, 9.3% higher grain pricing (although on 11.7% lower grain ton-miles) and 21.5% less low margin coal ton-miles, drove the small increase in segment revenue. Our overall fuel-neutral rate increased 11.9% in 2010, with a 12.1% increase in dry cargo being partially offset by a 3.5% decrease in the liquid rate. The strong improvement in the dry cargo rate was primarily due to mix shift, with volume increases in our higher rate metals market and lower volumes in our lower rate salt and legacy coal market. Total volume measured in ton-miles declined in 2010 to 33.8 billion from 37.1 billion in the prior year, a decrease of 8.8%. On average, 4.5% or 117 fewer barges operated during 2010 compared to 2009.
     Revenues per average barge operated increased 6.7% in 2010 compared to 2009. Almost the full increase was due to the higher affreightment revenues on the improved revenue mix, as non-affreightment revenues per barge were essentially flat.
     The services segment’s revenues decreased due to the absence of the royalties from the use of Elliot Bay designs when included in 2009 results. These were under a single contract for development of two ferries. No additional royalty agreements are currently in place.
     Operating Expense. Consolidated operating expense decreased by $111.4 million or 14.1% to $791.9 million.
     Transportation segment operating expenses decreased by $6.4 million, primarily due to an $11.8 million decline in selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”), despite the inclusion of $14.3 million of Acquisition costs, and a small decline in other operating expenses. These were partially offset by $11.3 million lower gains on disposition of equipment in 2010 when compared to 2009.
     The $11.8 million decline in the Transportation segment’s SG&A was driven by lower personal injury claims, lower salaries and fringe benefits, lower fixed asset impairment charges and lower uncollectible accounts.
     Manufacturing segment operating expenses decreased $104.1 million due to a fewer number of barges produced.
     Operating Income. Consolidated operating income declined $4.1 million to $50.1 million.
     Operating income as a percent of consolidated revenues improved to 6.9% in 2010, compared to 6.4% in 2009. The increase was primarily a result of revenues increasing and expenses declining, led by SG&A, improving the transportation operating ratio by 2.8 points to 92.1%. However, the combination of manufacturing segment operating income which declined to breakeven from more than $21 million in 2009 and almost $1 million of decline in EBDG operating income driven by the absence of royalty income in 2010, more than offset the $18.2 million increase in operating income from the transportation segment, leading to the consolidated decline.
     The $18.2 million increase in transportation segment operating income to $49.8 million resulted primarily from the lower SG&A, $10.9 million lower boat charters, $3.7 million lower claims costs, lower boat and barge repairs and lower depreciation and amortization expenses. These were partially offset by $5.8 million of lower gains from asset management actions and $8.6 million higher incentive compensation expenses. The change in operating income was also impacted by a $10.9 million decline in non-grain price/volume/mix margin as overall ton-mile volumes declined 8.8%. The more normal grain harvest led to $4.6 million higher grain price/mix/volume change between 2010 and 2009, partially offsetting the decline in non-grain attributes.
     Interest Expense. Interest expense was $38.7 million, a decrease of $2.2 million from 2009. The decrease was due to the average outstanding debt balance decline of $34.2 million from the prior year.
     Debt Retirement Expense. Debt retirement expense was $8.7 million in 2010 related to the replacement of the former revolving credit facility at the date of the Acquisition. Debt retirement expense was $17.7 million in 2009, primarily due to the refinancing of the Company’s debt in July 2009 and the write-off of the deferred financing costs related to the February 2009 credit agreement amendment
     Income Tax Expense. The effective tax rate in 2010 resulted from the relationship of permanent differences related to acquisition costs and to the overall significance of permanent differences in relation to the level of book taxable loss in the period.
     Discontinued Operations, Net of Taxes. The change in discontinued operations, net of tax is driven by the loss in the prior year. The loss from discontinued operations in 2009 arose primarily from an impairment charge of $4.4 million related to Summit intangibles recognized in the third quarter and a $7.5 million loss on the sale of Summit in November 2009 net of the tax benefit of those charges.
     Net Loss. Net loss was $9.2 million lower in the current year for the reasons noted above.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY OPERATING RESULTS by BUSINESS SEGMENT
Year Ended Dec. 31, 2009 as compared with Year Ended Dec. 31, 2008
(Dollars in thousands except where noted)
(Unaudited)
                                         
                            % of Consolidated  
                            Revenue  
    Year Ended Dec. 31,             Year Ended  
    2009     2008     Variance     2009     2008  
REVENUE
                                       
Transportation and Services
  $ 630,481     $ 905,126     $ (274,645 )     74.5 %     78.0 %
Manufacturing (external and internal)
    239,885       284,274       (44,389 )     28.4 %     24.5 %
Intersegment manufacturing elimination
    (24,339 )     (29,480 )     5,141       (2.9 %)     (2.5 %)
 
                             
Consolidated Revenue
    846,027       1,159,920       (313,893 )     100.0 %     100.0 %
 
                                       
OPERATING EXPENSE
                                       
Transportation and Services
    597,727       813,258       (215,531 )                
Manufacturing (external and internal)
    218,483       267,748       (49,265 )                
Intersegment manufacturing elimination
    (24,339 )     (22,641 )     (1,698 )                
 
                             
Consolidated Operating Expense
    791,871       1,058,365       (266,494 )     93.6 %     91.2 %
 
                                       
OPERATING INCOME
                                       
Transportation and Services
    32,754       91,868       (59,114 )                
Manufacturing (external and internal)
    21,402       16,526       4,876                  
Intersegment manufacturing elimination
          (6,839 )     6,839                  
 
                             
Consolidated Operating Income
    54,156       101,555       (47,399 )     6.4 %     8.8 %
 
                                       
Interest Expense
    40,932       26,829       14,103                  
Debt Retirement Expenses
    17,659       2,379       15,280                  
Other Expense (Income)
    (1,259 )     (2,279 )     1,020                  
 
                             
(Loss) Income Before Income Taxes
    (3,176 )     74,626       (77,802 )                
 
Income Taxes (Benefit)
    (1,148 )     27,243       (28,391 )                
Discontinued Operations
    (10,030 )     628       (10,658 )                
 
                                       
 
                             
Net (Loss) Income
  $ (12,058 )   $ 48,011     $ (60,069 )                
 
                                 
 
                                       
Domestic Barges Operated (average of period beginning and end)
    2,578       2,737       (159 )                
 
                                       
Revenue per Barge Operated (Actual)
  $ 240,830     $ 327,830     $ (87,000 )                
RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
Year ended December 31, 2009 compared to Year ended December 31, 2008
     Revenue. Consolidated revenue decreased by $313.9 million or 27.1% to $846.0 million.
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declined in 2009 by 30.8% and 15.4%, respectively. Professional services revenues rose by $1.8 million partially offsetting the overall decline.
     Transportation segment revenues of $620.9 million decreased by approximately $276.4 million, or 30.8%, in 2009 compared to 2008. The revenue decrease was driven by 33.1% lower gross non-grain ton-mile pricing on affreightment contracts, 17.2% lower non-grain affreightment ton-mile volume, a 24.9% decline in towing ton-miles and $56.4 million in lower grain pricing that more than offset a 34% increase in grain ton-mile volume. Approximately three quarters of the overall affreightment rate decrease was attributable to lower fuel-neutral pricing on the current year mix of commodities when compared to the prior year. This is a result of the negative revenue mix shift driven by significant volume increases in our lower rate grain and legacy coal business and significant volume declines in our higher rate metals and liquids businesses. The remainder of the decline was attributable to fuel de-escalations under the Company’s contracts. On average, compared to 2008, the fuel-neutral rate on dry freight business decreased 21.9% and the liquid freight business decreased 2.0%. Total volume measured in ton-miles declined in 2009 to 37.1 billion from 39.5 billion in the prior year, a decrease of 6.0%. On average, 5.8% or 159 fewer barges operated during 2009 compared to 2008.
     Revenues per average barge operated decreased 26.5% in 2009 compared to 2008. Approximately 78% of the decrease was due to lower affreightment revenue and the remainder was due to lower non-affreightment revenue. Approximately 76% of the lower affreightment revenue per barge resulted from the negative revenue impact of rate/mix/volume shift with the remainder attributable to fuel price de-escalation. On a fuel neutral basis overall ton-mile rates decreased by 22.2% in 2009 compared to 2008. The average price per gallon of fuel consumed decreased by 38.6% to $1.95 per gallon in 2009 compared to $3.17 per gallon for 2008.
     The services segment’s revenues increased due to additional royalties from the use of Elliot Bay designs when compared to 2008. These were under a single contract for development of three ferries. No additional royalty agreements are currently in place.
     Manufacturing revenues were $215.5 million for the full-year 2009 compared to $254.8 million for 2008. This decrease was driven by sales of 81 fewer barges and lower steel pricing. During the year manufacturing sold 130 dry cargo barges, 43 tank barges and four special vessels compared to 191 dry cargo barges, 53 tank barges, 10 hybrid barges and four special vessels during 2008.
     Operating Expense. Consolidated operating expense decreased by $266.5 million or 25.2% to $791.9 million.
     Transportation segment operating expenses decreased by $215.8 million, primarily due to $104.7 million lower fuel expenses and $79.2 million lower non-labor variable costs.
     The Transportation segment’s selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) declined by $8.8 million. Gains on sales of surplus assets, net of impairment charges for additional boats identified for sale, increased $19.3 million from prior year levels. The lower fuel cost was due both to 8.7 million fewer gallons consumed and the lower average price per gallon. The non-labor variable cost reductions were primarily in outside charter, towing, fleeting and shifting as well as lower boat and barge repair expenses, lower cost of barges scrapped in the current year and lower training costs. The SG&A savings were driven primarily by approximately $4.2 million in lower salaries due to the impact of previous reductions in force, lower incentive award expenses, lower marketing and lower outside services costs. The excess of the costs of the 2009 reductions in force and Houston office closure compared to similar costs in the prior year was essentially offset by the $1.5 million write-off of bank fees not related to a successful refinancing in 2008.
     Manufacturing segment operating expenses decreased $51.0 million due to a fewer number of barges produced and lower steel costs, partially offset by the $2.3 million cost related to a customer contract dispute. The decline was also partially driven by the 2008 $5.5 million loss on a special vessel that was in process at that year end.
     Operating Income. Consolidated operating income declined $47.4 million to $54.2 million.
     Operating income as a percent of consolidated revenues declined to 6.4% in 2009, compared to 8.8% in 2008. The decline was primarily a result of revenues decreasing more rapidly than expenses, thereby leading to the deterioration in the operating ratio in the transportation segment to 94.9% from 89.7% which more than offset an increase of $11.7 million in manufacturing segment operating income. The $21.4 million in operating income from the manufacturing segment resulted from an increase in operating margin to 9.9% in 2009 compared to 3.8% in 2008. The increased margin was due to a more favorable mix of non-legacy market priced barges produced, gains in labor productivity per ton of steel on the majority of barges produced, the prior year loss on one special vessel and current year safe operations.
     The $60.6 million decline in transportation segment operating income to $31.6 million resulted primarily from an $84.9 million decline in non-grain price/volume/mix margin as higher margin metals and liquids commodity volumes continued to be weak throughout the year. The 34% increase in grain volume did not offset the $56.4 million decline in grain pricing, lowering grain-related margins by approximately $14.8 million. The incremental cost of relocating empty barges during 2009 was estimated to be $18.3 million. These negative impacts were partially offset by $37.3 million in improved boat productivity, $8.5 million lower SG&A

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spending, $7.5 million in gains from asset management transactions and $4.1 in other cost reductions. The improved boat productivity is attributable to cost and crewing productivity, more favorable weather related operating conditions, lower repair and uninsured claims expenses, and other operations-related cost savings. The lower SG&A is attributable to the lower salaried wage base in 2009 as a result of reduction in force actions, decreases in bonus accruals, decreased bank fees and less advertising spending offset by the cost of the Houston office closure and bad debt attributable to the bankruptcy of a customer.
     Interest Expense. Interest expense was $40.9 million, an increase of $14.1 million from 2008. The increase was due entirely to higher interest rates as the average outstanding debt balance declined $42.6 million from the prior year.
     Debt Retirement Expense. Debt retirement expense was $17.7 million in 2009, due to the refinancing of the Company’s debt in July 2009 and the write-off of the deferred costs related to the amendment of the prior credit agreement in February 2009. Debt retirement expense was $2.4 million in 2008 due to the amendment of the credit agreement in effect in that year.
     Income Tax Expense. The effective rate for income tax is equal to the federal and state statutory rates after considering the deductibility of state income taxes for federal income taxes purposes and the relatively constant amounts of permanent differences in relation to the level of book taxable income or loss in the respective periods.
     Discontinued Operations, Net of Taxes. The loss from discontinued operations in 2009 arose primarily from an impairment charge of $4.4 million related to Summit intangibles recognized in the third quarter and a $7.5 million loss on the sale of Summit in November 2009 net of the tax benefit of those charges. Net income from discontinued operations in 2008 resulted from favorable resolution of contingencies related to the 2006 sale of the Venezuela operations in that year and from the net of tax operating results of Summit in 2008.
     Net (Loss) Income. Net income decreased $60.1 million from the prior year to a net loss of $12.1 million due to the reasons noted above.
LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES
     Based on past performance and current expectations we believe that cash generated from operations and the liquidity available under our capital structure, described below, will satisfy the working capital needs, capital expenditures and other liquidity requirements associated with our operations in 2011.
     Our funding requirements include capital expenditures (including new barge purchases), vessel and barge fleet maintenance, interest payments and other working capital requirements. Our primary sources of liquidity at December 31, 2010, were cash generated from operations and borrowings under our revolving credit facility. Other potential sources of liquidity include proceeds from sale leaseback transactions for fleet assets and barge scrapping and the sale of non-core assets, surplus boats and assets not needed for future operations. We currently expect that our gross 2011 capital expenditures may be up to $85 million, above the $57.8 million in 2010 and the $33.2 million in 2009, but well below the almost $110 million in 2008.
     Our cash operating costs consist primarily of purchased services, materials and repairs, fuel, labor and fringe benefits and taxes (collectively presented as Cost of Sales on the consolidated statements of operations) and selling, general and administrative costs.
     Concurrently with the Acquisition, on December 21, 2010, CBL, American Commercial Lines LLC, ACL Transportation Services LLC and Jeffboat LLC as borrowers, and ACL and certain subsidiaries as guarantors, entered into the credit agreement, consisting of a senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility in an aggregate principal amount of $475.0 million with a final maturity date of December 21, 2015 (“Existing Credit Facility). The proceeds of the Existing Credit Agreement are available for use for working capital and general corporate purposes, including certain amounts payable by ACL in connection with the Acquisition. The Existing Credit Facility may be used in connection with the issuance of letters of credit up to $50,000,000. Availability under the Existing Credit Facility is capped at a borrowing base, calculated based on certain percentages of the value of the Company’s vessels, inventory and receivables and subject to certain blocks and reserves, all as further set forth in the Credit Agreement. We are currently prohibited from incurring more than $390.0 million of indebtedness under the Existing Credit Facility regardless of the size of the borrowing base until (a) all of the obligations (other than unasserted contingent obligations) under the indenture governing the 2017 Notes are repaid, defeased, discharged or otherwise satisfied or (b) the indenture governing the 2017 Notes is replaced or amended or otherwise modified in a manner such that such additional borrowings would be permitted. At the Company’s option, the Existing Credit Facility may be increased by $75.0 million, subject to certain requirements set forth in the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement is secured by, among other things, a lien on substantially all of their tangible and intangible personal property (including but not limited to vessels, accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, general intangibles, investment property, deposit and securities accounts, certain owned real property and intellectual property), a pledge of the capital stock of each of ACL’s wholly owned restricted domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions and thresholds.
     For any period that availability is less than a certain defined level set forth in the Credit Agreement (currently $57.4 million) and until no longer less than such level for a 30-day period, the Credit Agreement imposes several financial covenants on ACL and its subsidiaries, including (a) a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of at least 1.1 to 1; and (b) a

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maximum first lien leverage ratio of 4.25 to 1.0. In addition, the Company has agreed to maintain all cash (subject to certain exceptions) in deposit or security accounts with financial institutions that have agreed to control agreements whereby the lead bank, as agent for the lenders, has been granted control under specific circumstances. The Credit Agreement requires that ACL and its subsidiaries comply with covenants relating to customary matters (in addition to those financial covenants described above), including with respect to incurring indebtedness and liens, using the proceeds received under the Credit Agreement, effecting transactions with affiliates, making investments and acquisitions, effecting mergers and asset sales, prepaying indebtedness and paying dividends.
     On July 7, 2009, the Company issued $200 million aggregate principal amount of 12.5% senior secured second lien notes due July 15, 2017, (the “Notes”). The issue price was 95.181% of the principal amount of the Notes. The Notes are guaranteed by ACL and by certain of CBL’s existing and future domestic subsidiaries. Simultaneously with CBL’s issuance of the notes ACL closed a four year $390 million senior secured first lien asset-based revolving credit facility also guaranteed by CBL, ACL and certain other direct wholly owned subsidiaries of CBL. Proceeds from the Notes, together with borrowings under the Credit Facility, were used to repay ACL’s then-existing credit facility, to pay certain related transaction costs and expenses and for general corporate purposes. This facility was liquidated at the closing of the Acquisition with proceeds of the Existing Credit Facility.
     Our debt level under the Existing Credit Facility and the Notes outstanding totaled $385.2 million at the end of the year, including the purchase accounting debt premium of $34.8 million that arose on our parent’s Acquisition in December 2010. We were in compliance with all debt covenants on December 31, 2010. At our year end debt level we had $239.7 million in remaining availability under our Existing Credit Facility. The bank credit facility has no maintenance financial covenants unless borrowing availability is generally less than $59.4 million. At December 31, 2010, debt levels we were $180.3 million above this threshold. Additionally, we are allowed to sell certain assets and consummate sale leaseback transactions on other assets to enhance our liquidity position.
     With the four-year term on the Existing Credit Facility and remaining seven-year term on the Notes, we believe that we have an appropriate longer term, lower cost, and more flexible capital structure that will provide adequate liquidity and allow us to focus on executing our tactical and strategic plans through the various economic cycles.
Our Indebtedness
     At December 31, 2010, we had total indebtedness of $385.2 million, including the $34.8 million premium recorded at the Acquisition date to recognize the fair value of the Senior Notes, net of amortization for the ten day period ended December 31, 2010. Our availability is further discussed in Liquidity above.
Net Cash, Capital Expenditures and Cash Flow
     Our cash flow from operations was $71.2 million for the 2010 full year. In 2010 $48.7 million of cash was used in investing activities during the year, as our $57.8 million capital expenditures and other investing activities of $0.8 million were partially offset by proceeds from the property dispositions of $7.3 million and grant proceeds of $2.6 million. The capital expenditures were primarily for new barge construction, capital repairs and investments in our facilities. At December 31, 2010, we had total indebtedness of $385.2 million, including the $34.8 million premium recorded at the Acquisition date to recognize the fair value of the Notes, net of amortization for the ten day period ended December 31, 2010. At this level of debt we had $239.7 million in remaining availability under our bank credit facility. The Existing Credit Facility has no maintenance financial covenants unless borrowing availability is generally less than $59.4 million. At December 31, 2010, debt levels we were $180.3 million above this threshold.
     Net cash used in financing activities in 2010 was $20.0 million, compared to net cash used in financing activities of $122.3 in 2009. Cash used in financing activities in 2010 primarily related to payments on the revolving credit facility in excess of borrowings, the payment of debt costs related to our Credit Agreement, net of a change in the level of bank overdrafts on our zero balance accounts, representing checks disbursed but not yet presented for payment.
     Cash used in financing activities in 2009 resulted primarily from the $40.5 million payment of fees for the February 2009 amendment of the credit agreement, the subsequent issuance of the Notes and the new revolving facility. Cash used in financing activities was also a result of a net reduction of $64 million in outstanding borrowing, a $6.5 million decrease in bank overdrafts on operating accounts and a $2.2 million negative tax impact of share-based compensation. The negative tax impact occurred as restricted shares vested at prices lower than their value on date of grant. In 2008 repayments of our credit facility used approximately $20.5 million, bank overdrafts increased by $1.8 million and debt costs of $4.9 million were paid. The impact of the tax benefit of share-based compensation was $2.2 million.

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Contractual Obligations and Commercial Commitment Summary
     A summary of the Company’s known contractual commitments under debt and lease agreements as of December 31, 2010, appears below.
                                         
            Less Than     One to     Three to     After  
Contractual Obligations   Total     One Year     Two Years     Five Years     Five Years  
Long-term debt obligations (1)
                                       
2017 Senior Notes
  $ 375.0     $ 25.0     $ 25.0     $ 75.0     $ 250.0  
Revolving credit facility
    165.0       4.9       4.9       155.2        
Operating lease obligations (2)
    131.4       23.4       18.0       37.1       52.9  
 
                             
Total contractual cash obligations
  $ 671.4     $ 53.3     $ 47.9     $ 267.3     $ 302.9  
 
                             
Estimated interest on contactual debt obligations (3)
  $ 222.8     $ 31.5     $ 31.5     $ 84.8     $ 75.0  
 
                             
 
(1)   Represents the principal and interest amounts due on outstanding debt obligations, current and long term as of December 31, 2010.
 
(2)   Represents the minimum lease rental payments under non-cancelable leases, primarily for vessels and land.
 
(3)   Interest expense calculation begins on January 1, 2011 and ends on the respective maturity dates.
     The interest rate and term assumptions used in these calculations are contained in the following table.
                                 
    Principal at              
    December 31,     Period     Interest  
Obligation   2010     From     To     Rate  
2017 Senior Notes
  $ 200.0       1/1/2010       7/15/2017       12.50 %
Revolving credit facility
  $ 150.3       1/1/2010       7/7/2013       3.26 %
     For additional disclosures regarding these obligations and commitments, see Note 2 to the accompanying consolidated financial statements.
SEASONALITY
     The seasonality of our business is discussed in “Item 1. Seasonality.”
CHANGES IN ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
     In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued guidance now contained in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Section 715, “Compensation — Retirement Benefits”. The standard requires plan sponsors of defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plans (collectively, “postretirement benefit plans”) to recognize the funded status of their postretirement benefit plans in the consolidated balance sheet, measure the fair value of plan assets and benefit obligations as of the date of the fiscal year-end consolidated balance sheet, and provide additional disclosures. Most of the provisions of the revised standard were previously adopted in 2006 with the impacts as disclosed in previous filings. The standard also required, beginning in 2008, a change in the measurement date of its postretirement benefit plans to December 31 versus the September 30 measurement date used previously. This provision was adopted as of January 1, 2008, and resulted in a charge of $828 ($518 after-tax). This amount was recorded as an adjustment to retained earnings in January 2008.
     Subsequent to July 2009 the FASB has issued additional ASU’s. Several were technical corrections to the codification. ASU’s considered to have a potential impact on the Company where the impact is not yet determined are discussed as follows.
     In January 2010, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued new guidelines and clarifications for improving disclosures about fair value measurements. This guidance requires enhanced disclosures for purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements on a gross basis for Level 3 fair value measurements. We do not anticipate the adoption of this guidance to materially

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impact the Company. These new disclosures are effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2010.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES
     The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect our reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expenses for the same period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
     The accompanying consolidated financial statements have been prepared on a going concern basis, which assumes continuity of operations and realization of assets and settlement of liabilities in the ordinary course of business. Critical accounting estimates that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities on a going concern basis include amounts recorded as reserves for doubtful accounts, reserves for obsolete and slow moving inventories, pension and post-retirement liabilities, incurred but not reported medical claims, insurance claims and related receivable amounts, deferred tax liabilities, assets held for sale, environmental liabilities, revenues and expenses on special vessels using the percentage-of-completion method, environmental liabilities, valuation allowances related to deferred tax assets, expected forfeitures of share-based compensation, estimates of future cash flows used in impairment evaluations, liabilities for unbilled barge and boat maintenance, liabilities for unbilled harbor and towing services, estimated sub-lease recoveries and depreciable lives of long-lived assets.
Revenue Recognition
     The primary source of the Company’s revenue, freight transportation by barge, is recognized based on percentage-of-completion. The proportion of freight transportation revenue to be recognized is determined by applying a percentage to the contractual charges for such services. The percentage is determined by dividing the number of miles from the loading point to the position of the barge as of the end of the accounting period by the total miles from the loading point to the barge destination as specified in the customer’s freight contract. The position of the barge at accounting period end is determined by locating the position of the boat with the barge in tow through use of a global positioning system. The recognition of revenue based upon the percentage of voyage completion results in a better matching of revenue and expenses. The deferred revenue balance in current liabilities represents the uncompleted portion of in-process contracts.
     The recognition of revenue generated from contract rate adjustments occurs based on the percentage of voyage completion method. The rate adjustment occurrences are defined by contract terms. They typically occur monthly or quarterly, are based on recent historical inflation measures, including fuel, labor and/or general inflation, and are invoiced at the adjusted rate levels in the normal billing process.
     Day rate plus towing contracts have a twofold revenue stream. The day rate, a daily charter rate for the equipment, is recognized for the amount of time the equipment is under charter during the period. The towing portion of the rate is recognized once the equipment has been placed on our boat to be moved for the customer.
     Revenue from unit tow equipment day rate contracts is recognized based on the number of days services are performed during the period.
     Marine manufacturing revenue is recognized based on the completed contract or the percentage-of-completion method depending on the length of the construction period. Beginning in the second quarter of 2007, ocean-going vessels became a material portion of the production volume of the manufacturing segment. These vessels are significantly more expensive and take substantially longer to construct than typical barges for use on the Inland Waterways system. CBL uses the percentage-of-completion method of recognizing revenue and expenses related to the construction of these longer-term production vessels based on labor hour incurred as a percent of estimated total hours for each vessel. These vessels have expected construction periods of more than 90 days in length and include ocean-going barges and towboats.
     CBL uses the completed contract method for barges built for Inland Waterways use which typically have construction periods of 90 days or less. Contracts are considered complete when title has passed, the customer has accepted the vessel and there is no substantial continuing involvement by the Company with the vessel. Losses are accrued if manufacturing costs are expected to exceed manufacturing contract revenue.
     Harbor services, terminal, repair and other revenue are recognized as services are provided.
     Revenue from the Company’s professional service company is recorded primarily on the percentage of completion method wherein the direct costs incurred to date over the estimated total direct costs of a contract times the total revenues under the contract determines revenues to be recorded for any contract.

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Inventory
     Inventory is carried at the lower of cost or market, based on a weighted average cost method. Our port-services inventory is carried net of reserves for obsolete and slow moving inventories.
Expense Estimates for Harbor and Towing Service Charges
     Harbor and towing service charges are estimated and recognized as services are received. Estimates are based upon recent historical charges by specific vendor for the type of service charge incurred and upon published vendor rates. Service events are recorded by vendor and location in our barge tracking system. Vendor charges can vary based upon the number of boat hours required to complete the service, the grouping of barges in vendor tows and the quantity of man hours and materials required. Our management believes it has recorded sufficient liabilities for these services. Changes to these estimates could have a significant impact on our financial results.
Insurance Claim Loss Deductibles
     Liabilities for insurance claim loss deductibles include accruals for the uninsured portion of personal injury, property damage, cargo damage and accident claims. These accruals are estimated based upon historical experience with similar claims. The estimates are recorded upon the first report of a claim and are updated as new information is obtained. The amount of the liability is based on the type and severity of the claim and an estimate of future claim development based on current trends and historical data. Our management believes it has recorded sufficient liabilities for these claims. These claims are subject to significant uncertainty related to the results of negotiated settlements and other developments. As claims develop, we may have to change our estimates, and these changes could have a significant impact on our consolidated financial statements.
Employee Benefit Plans
     Assets and liabilities of our defined benefit plans are determined on an actuarial basis and are affected by the estimated market value of plan assets, estimates of the expected return on plan assets and discount rates. Actual changes in the fair market value of plan assets and differences between the actual return on plan assets and the expected return on plan assets will affect the amount of pension expense ultimately recognized, impacting our results of operations. The liability for post-retirement medical benefits is also determined on an actuarial basis and is affected by assumptions including the discount rate and expected trends in health care costs.
     Changes in the discount rate and differences between actual and expected health care costs will affect the recorded amount of post-retirement benefits expense, impacting our results of operations. A 0.25% change in the discount rate would affect pension expense by $0.1 million and post-retirement medical expense by $0.03 million, respectively. A 0.25% change in the expected return on plan assets would affect pension expense by $0.4 million. The Company is fully insured for post-65 retiree medical so changes in health care cost trends would not affect our post-retirement medical expense in the near term.
     We were self-insured and we self-administered the medical benefit plans covering most of our employees for service dates before September 1, 2005. We hired and continue the use of a third-party claims administrator to process claims with service dates on or after September 1, 2005. We remain self-insured up to $0.25 million per individual per policy year. We estimate our liability for claims incurred by applying a lag factor to our historical claims and administrative cost experience. A 10% change in the estimated lag factor would have a $0.2 million effect on operating income. The validity of the lag factor is evaluated periodically and revised if necessary. Although management believes the current estimated liabilities for medical claims are reasonable, changes in the lag in reporting claims, changes in claims experience, unusually large claims and other factors could materially affect the recorded liabilities and expense, impacting our financial condition and results of operations.
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets and Intangibles
     Properties and other long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or business conditions indicate the carrying amount of such assets may not be fully recoverable. Initial assessments of recoverability are based on estimates of undiscounted future net cash flows associated with an asset or a group of assets. These estimates are subject to uncertainty. Our significant assets were appraised by independent appraisers in connection with our application of fresh-start reporting on December 31, 2004 and again in August 2008, in February 2009, in June 2009 and in December 2010 in connection with debt refinancings. No impairment indicators were present at December 31, 2010 or 2009, in our transportation or manufacturing segments. Given the on-going decline in the cash flows from our Summit entity we did reassess the recoverability of the long-lived assets during the third quarter 2009. Our revised estimated gross cash flows did not exceed the recorded value of the assets as of the end of the third quarter indicating impairment. Given the indication of impairment, we wrote off approximately $4.4 million of long-lived assets and intangibles in the third quarter of 2009 based on the underlying estimated fair values of those assets. Changes to the estimated future cash flows or to the Company’s evaluation of its weighted average cost of capital are critical accounting estimates and could result in material changes to our recorded results.

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Impairment of Acquired Goodwill
     In connection with our acquisition of the McKinney assets and EBDG in 2007 and the acquisition of the remaining equity interests in Summit in 2008, the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the acquired identifiable tangible and intangible assets and liabilities was recorded as goodwill. Goodwill is not amortized, but is subject to, at least annually, an evaluation for impairment. Such an evaluation requires estimates of the fair value of the reporting unit (commonly defined as one level below an operating segment) to which the acquired assets are attached. Due primarily to changes in the Company’s weighted average cost of capital since the acquisition date, rather than to changes in the expected underlying cash flows, which resulted in an excess of the carrying value over the estimated fair value of the operations, we concluded that the acquisition goodwill on Summit was completely impaired, that the acquisition goodwill on EBDG was partially impaired and that the acquisition goodwill on the McKinney purchase was not impaired. An impairment charge of $1.1 million was recorded in 2008, of which $0.2 million has been reclassified to discontinued operations, related to these evaluations. Changes to the estimated future cash flows or to the Company’s evaluation of its weighted average cost of capital are critical accounting estimates and could result in material changes to our recorded results. Our goodwill evaluations in 2010 and 2009 did not result in any goodwill impairments.
Assets and Asset Capitalization Policies
     Asset capitalization policies have been established by management to conform to generally accepted accounting principles. All expenditures for property, buildings or equipment with economic lives greater than one year are recorded as assets and amortized over the estimated economic useful life of the individual asset. Generally individual expenditures of less than one thousand dollars are not capitalized. An exception is made for program expenditures, such as personal computers, that involve multiple individual expenditures with economic lives greater than one year. The costs of purchasing licenses or developing software are capitalized and amortized over the estimated economic life of the software.
     Repairs that extend the original economic life of an asset or that enhance the original functionality of an asset are capitalized and amortized over the asset’s estimated economic life. Capitalized expenditures include major steel re-plating of barges that extends the total economic life of the barges, repainting the entire sides or bottoms of barges which also extends their economic life or rebuilding boat engines, which enhances the fuel efficiency or power production of the boats.
     Routine engine overhauls that occur on a one to three year cycle are expensed when they are incurred. Routine maintenance of boat hulls and superstructures as well as propellers, shafts and rudders are also expensed as incurred. Routine repairs to barges, such as steel patching for minor hull damage, pump and hose replacements on tank barges or hull reinforcements, are also expensed as incurred.
ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.
     Market risk is the potential loss arising from adverse changes in market rates and prices, such as fuel prices and interest rates, and changes in the market value of financial instruments. We are exposed to various market risks, including those which are inherent in our financial instruments or which arise from transactions entered into in the course of business. A discussion of our primary market risk exposures is presented below.
Fuel Price Risk
     For the year ended December 31, 2010, fuel expenses for fuel purchased directly and used by our boats represented 19% of our transportation revenues. Each one cent per gallon rise in fuel price increases our annual operating expense by approximately $0.6 million. We partially mitigate our direct fuel price risk through contract adjustment clauses in our term contracts. Contract adjustments are deferred either one quarter or one month, depending primarily on the age of the term contract. We have been increasing the frequency of contract adjustments to monthly as contracts renew to further limit our timing exposure. Additionally, fuel costs are only one element of the potential movement in spot market pricing, which generally respond only to long-term changes in fuel pricing. All of our grain movements, which comprised 30% of our total transportation segment revenues in 2010, are priced in the spot market. Despite these measures fuel price risk impacts us for the period of time from the date of the price increase until the date of the contract adjustment (either one month or one quarter), making us most vulnerable in periods of rapidly rising prices. We also believe that fuel is a significant element of the economic model of our vendors on the river, with increases passed through to us in the form of higher costs for external shifting and towing. From time to time we have utilized derivative instruments to manage volatility in addition to our contracted rate adjustment clauses. In 2008, 2009 and 2010 we entered into fuel price swaps with commercial banks for a portion of our expected fuel usage. These derivative instruments have been designated and accounted for as cash flow hedges, and to the extent of their effectiveness, changes in fair value of the hedged instrument will be accounted for through Other Comprehensive Income until the fuel hedged is used at which time the gain or loss on the hedge instruments will be recorded as fuel expense. At December 31, 2010, a net asset of approximately $0.2 million has been recorded in the consolidated balance sheet and the gain on the hedge instrument recorded in Other Comprehensive Income. The fuel swap agreements require that we, in some circumstances, post a deposit for a portion of any loss position. At December 31, 2010, we had no deposits outstanding. Our amended

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credit agreement places certain limits on our ability to provide cash collateral on these agreements. Ultimate gains or losses will not be determinable until the fuel swaps are settled. Realized (gains) and losses from our hedging program of ($3.1) million in 2010, $10.3 million in 2009 and $0.9 million in 2008 were recorded during the respective periods. We believe that the hedge program can decrease the volatility of our results and protects us against fuel costs greater than our swap price. Further information regarding our hedging program is contained in Note 7 to our consolidated financial statements. We may increase the quantity hedged based upon active monitoring of fuel pricing outlooks by the management team.
Interest Rate and Other Risks
     At December 31, 2010, we had $150.3 million of floating rate debt outstanding, which represented the outstanding balance of the revolving credit facility. If interest rates on our floating rate debt increase significantly, our cash flows could be reduced, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Each 100 basis point increase in interest rates, at our existing debt level, would increase our cash interest expense by approximately $1.5 million annually. This amount would be mitigated by the cash tax deductibility of the increased interest payments.
Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risks
     The Company currently has no direct exposure to foreign currency exchange risk although exchange rates do impact the volume of goods imported and exported which are transported by barge.

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA.
Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
     The consolidated financial statements appearing in this filing on Form 10-K have been prepared by management, which is responsible for their preparation, integrity and fair presentation. The statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, which requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes.
     Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting for the Company (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). Our internal control system was 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.
     All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation. Further, because of changes in conditions, the effectiveness of an internal control system may vary over time.
     Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO), we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2010, based on the framework in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Based on that evaluation, our management concluded our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2010.
         
/s/ Michael P. Ryan
 
  /s/ Thomas R. Pilholski
 
   
Michael P. Ryan
  Thomas R. Pilholski    
President and Chief Executive Officer
  Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer    

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
The Board of Directors Commercial Barge Line Company
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Commercial Barge Line Company (the Company) as of December 31, 2010 (Successor Company) and 2009 (Predecessor Company), and the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders’ equity, and cash flows for the periods January 1, 2010 through December 21, 2010 (Predecessor Company) and December 22, 2010 through December 31, 2010 (Successor Company) and the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 (Predecessor Company). Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15(a)(2). These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and schedule 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. We were not engaged to perform an audit of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Our audits included consideration of internal control over financial reporting as a basis for designing audit procedures that are appropriate in the circumstances, but not for the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion. An audit also 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, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Commercial Barge Line Company at December 31, 2010 (Successor Company) and 2009 (Predecessor Company), and the consolidated results of their operations and their cash flows for the periods January 1, 2010 through December 21, 2010 (Predecessor Company) and December 22, 2010 through December 31, 2010 (Successor Company) and the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008 (Predecessor Company), in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also, in our opinion, the related financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly in all material respects the information set forth herein.
Louisville, Kentucky
March 31, 2011

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                 
        Predecessor        
    Successor Company     Company     Predecessor Company  
    December 22 to     January 1 to     Years Ended December 31,  
    December 31, 2010     December 21, 2010     2009     2008  
    (In thousands)     (In thousands)  
Revenues
                               
Transportation and Services
  $ 19,779     $ 620,753     $ 630,481     $ 905,126  
Manufacturing
    4,986       85,054       215,546       254,794  
 
                       
Revenues
    24,765       705,807       846,027       1,159,920  
 
                       
Cost of Sales
                               
Transportation and Services
    16,921       520,128       532,224       737,665  
Manufacturing
    4,838       82,504       189,565       242,309  
 
                       
Cost of Sales
    21,759       602,632       721,789       979,974  
 
                       
Gross Profit
    3,006       103,175       124,238       179,946  
Selling, General and Administrative Expenses
    8,227       47,874       70,082       77,536  
Goodwill Impairment
                      855  
 
                       
Operating Income (Loss)
    (5,221 )     55,301       54,156       101,555  
 
                       
Other Expense (Income)
                               
Interest Expense
    805       37,923       40,932       26,829  
Debt Retirement Expenses
          8,701       17,659       2,379  
Other, Net
    (19 )     (313 )     (1,259 )     (2,279 )
 
                       
Other Expenses
    786       46,311       57,332       26,929  
 
                       
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations
                               
Before Taxes
    (6,007 )     8,990       (3,176 )     74,626  
Income Taxes (Benefit)
    628       5,540       (1,148 )     27,243  
 
                       
Income (Loss) from Continuing Operations
    (6,635 )     3,450       (2,028 )     47,383  
Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax
          300       (10,030 )     628  
 
                       
Net Income (Loss)
  $ (6,635 )   $ 3,750     $ (12,058 )   $ 48,011  
 
                       
 
                               
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                 
    Successor
Company
December 31,
    Predecessor
Company
December 31,
 
    2010     2009  
    (In thousands)  
ASSETS
               
Current Assets
               
Cash and Cash Equivalents
  $ 3,707     $ 1,198  
Accounts Receivable, Net
    97,802       93,295  
Inventory
    50,834       39,070  
Deferred Tax Asset
    10,072       3,791  
Assets Held for Sale
    2,133       3,531  
Prepaid and Other Current Assets
    32,075       23,879  
 
           
Total Current Assets
    196,623       164,764  
Properties, Net
    979,655       521,068  
Investment in Equity Investees
    5,743       4,522  
Accounts Receivable, Intercompany
    3,116       37,351  
Other Assets
    53,665       27,539  
Goodwill
    20,470       5,997  
 
           
Total Assets
  $ 1,259,272     $ 761,241  
 
           
 
               
LIABILITIES
               
Current Liabilities
               
Accounts Payable
  $ 44,782     $ 34,163  
Accrued Payroll and Fringe Benefits
    27,992       18,283  
Deferred Revenue
    14,132       13,928  
Accrued Claims and Insurance Premiums
    12,114       16,947  
Accrued Interest
    11,667       13,098  
Current Portion of Long Term Debt
          114  
Customer Deposits
    500       1,309  
Other Liabilities
    25,810       31,825  
 
           
Total Current Liabilities
    136,997       129,667  
Long Term Debt
    385,152       345,419  
Pension and Post Retirement Liabilities
    38,615       31,514  
Deferred Tax Liability
    208,651       40,133  
Other Long Term Liabilities
    60,901       6,567  
 
           
Total Liabilities
    830,316       553,300  
 
           
 
               
SHAREHOLDER’S EQUITY
               
Other Capital
    435,487       23,668  
Retained Earnings (Deficit)
    (6,635 )     183,862  
Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income
    104       411  
 
           
Total Shareholder’s Equity
    428,956       207,941  
 
           
Total Liabilities and Shareholder’s Equity
  $ 1,259,272     $ 761,241  
 
           
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF STOCKHOLDER’S EQUITY
                                 
                    Other        
    Other     Retained     Comprehensive        
    Capital     Earnings (Deficit)     Income (Loss)     Total  
    (In thousands)  
Predecessor
                               
Balance at December 31, 2007
  $ 17,192     $ 148,426     $ 6,590     $ 172,208  
Excess Tax Benefit
    3,455                   3,455  
Comprehensive Income:
                               
Net Income
          48,011             48,011  
Pension year end date change (Net of Tax Benefit)
          (517 )           (517 )
Net Loss on Fuel Swaps Designated as Cash Flow Hedging Instruments
                (7,496 )     (7,496 )
Pension Liability (Net of Tax Benefit)
                (17,070 )     (17,070 )
 
                       
Total Comprehensive Income (Loss)
  $     $ 47,494     $ (24,566 )   $ 22,928  
 
                       
Balance at December 31, 2008
  $ 20,647     $ 195,920     $ (17,976 )   $ 198,591  
 
                       
Excess Tax Benefit
    (2,170 )                 (2,170 )
Additional Investment in Summit
    5,191                   5,191  
Comprehensive Income:
                               
Net Loss
          (12,058 )           (12,058 )
Net Gain on Fuel Swaps Designated as Cash Flow Hedging Instruments
                9,774       9,774  
Pension Liability (Net of Tax Expense)
                8,613       8,613  
 
                       
Total Comprehensive Income (Loss)
  $     $ (12,058 )   $ 18,387     $ 6,329  
 
                       
Balance at December 31, 2009
  $ 23,668     $ 183,862     $ 411     $ 207,941  
 
                       
Excess Tax Benefit
    (15 )                 (15 )
Comprehensive Income:
                               
Net Income
          3,750             3,750  
Net Loss on Fuel Swaps Designated as Cash Flow Hedging Instruments
                (949 )     (949 )
Pension Liability (Net of Tax Expense)
                (1,368 )     (1,368 )
 
                       
Total Comprehensive Income (Loss)
  $     $ 3,750     $ (2,317 )   $ 1,432  
 
                       
Balance at December 21, 2010
  $ 23,653     $ 187,612     $ (1,906 )   $ 209,358  
 
                       
 
                               
Successor
                               
Balance at December 22,2010
  $ 432,561     $     $     $ 432,561  
Excess Tax Benefit of Sharebased Compensation
    2,926                   2,926  
Comprehensive Income:
                               
Net Loss
          (6,635 )           (6,635 )
Net Gain on Fuel Swaps Designated as Cash Flow Hedging Instruments
                104       104  
 
                       
Total Comprehensive Income (Loss)
  $     $ (6,635 )   $ 104     $ (6,531 )
 
                       
Balance at December 31, 2010
  $ 435,487     $ (6,635 )   $ 104     $ 428,956  
 
                       
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
                                  
    Successor     Predecessor         
    Company     Company      Predecessor Company  
    December 22 to     January 1 to      Years Ended December 31,  
    December 31, 2010     December 21, 2010      2009     2008  
    (In thousands)      (In thousands)  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
                                
Net Income(Loss)
  $ (6,635 )   $ 3,750      $ (12,058 )   $ 48,011  
Adjustments to Reconcile Net Income(Loss) to Net Cash
                                
Provided by Operating Activities:
                                
Depreciation and Amortization
    2,860       45,253        53,838       51,876  
Debt Retirement Costs
          8,701        17,659       2,379  
Debt Issuance Cost Amortization
    (76 )     5,162        7,145       2,625  
Deferred Taxes
    (1,600 )     27,644        (2,184 )     19,337  
Impairment and Loss on Sale of Summit Contracting
                 11,853        
Gain on Property Dispositions
          (9,019 )     (20,264 )     (641 )
Share-Based Compensation
    41       7,423        8,164       9,284  
Other Operating Activities
    59       7,168        3,885       2,158  
Changes in Operating Assets and Liabilities:
                                
Accounts Receivable
    1,661       (8,896 )     34,001       (18,320 )
Inventory
    1,802       (9,850 )     31,854       4,013  
Other Current Assets
    5,070       (20,267 )     18,025       (16,165 )
Accounts Payable
    2,593       10,759        (19,890 )     3,001  
Accrued Interest
    881       (2,246 )     11,860       (461 )
Other Current Liabilities
    1,376       (2,457 )     (15,036 )     13,383  
 
                        
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities
    8,032       63,125        128,852       120,480  
 
                        
 
                                
INVESTING ACTIVITIES
                                
Property Additions
          (57,798 )     (33,226 )     (97,892 )
Proceeds from Sale of Summit Contracting
                 2,750        
Investment in Summit Contracting
                       (8,462 )
Proceeds from government Grants
          2,552               
Proceeds from Property Dispositions
          7,337        28,384       4,031  
Other Investing Activities
    (1,735 )     961        (4,445 )     (1,884 )
 
                        
Net Cash Used in Investing Activities
    (1,735 )     (46,948 )     (6,537 )     (104,207 )
 
                        
 
                                
FINANCING ACTIVITIES
                                
Revolving Credit Facility Borrowings
          169,204        154,518        
Revolving Credit Facility Repayments
    (18,894 )     (154,518 )     (418,550 )     (20,450 )
2017 Senior Note Borrowings
                 200,000        
Discount on 2017 Senior Notes
                 (9,638 )      
Bank Overdrafts on Operating Accounts
    (9,090 )     6,356        (6,479 )     1,806  
Debt Issuance/Refinancing Costs
          (15,402 )     (40,547 )     (4,888 )
Tax (Expense) Benefit of Share Based Compensation
    2,926       (15 )     (2,170 )     3,455  
Other Financing Activities
          (532 )     532        
 
                        
Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities
    (25,058 )     5,093        (122,334 )     (20,077 )
 
                        
 
                                
Net Increase(Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents
    (18,761 )     21,270        (19 )     (3,804 )
Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period
    22,468       1,198        1,217       5,021  
 
                        
Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period
  $ 3,707     $ 22,468      $ 1,198     $ 1,217  
 
                        
 
                                
Supplemental Cash Flow Information:
                                
Interest Paid
  $     $ 32,852      $ 21,155     $ 24,162  
Tax (Refunds Received) Paid — Net
          (4,859 )     (1,689 )     3,933  
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the consolidated financial statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Dollars in thousands)
NOTE 1. ACCOUNTING POLICIES
REPORTING ENTITY
     Commercial Barge Line Company (“CBL”) is a Delaware corporation. In these financial statements, unless the context indicates otherwise, the “Company” refers to CBL and its subsidiaries on a consolidated basis.
     The operations of the Company include barge transportation together with related port services along the Inland Waterways and marine equipment manufacturing. Barge transportation accounts for the majority of the Company’s revenues and includes the movement of bulk products, grain, coal, steel and liquids in the United States. The Company has long term contracts with many of its customers. Manufacturing of marine equipment is provided to customers in marine transportation and other related industries in the United States. The Company also has an operation engaged in naval architecture and engineering. This operation is significantly smaller than either the transportation or manufacturing segments. During 2009 the Company sold its interests in Summit Contracting Inc. (“Summit”) which had been a consolidated subsidiary since April 1, 2008. The results of operations of Summit have been reclassified into discontinued operations for all periods presented.
     The assets of CBL consist primarily of its ownership of all of the equity interests in American Commercial Lines LLC, ACL Transportation Services LLC, and Jeffboat LLC, Delaware limited liability companies, and their subsidiaries. Additionally, CBL owns ACL Professional Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation. CBL is responsible for corporate income taxes. CBL does not conduct any operations independent of their ownership interests in the consolidated subsidiaries.
     CBL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Commercial Lines Inc. (“ACL”). ACL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of ACL I Corporation (“ACL I”). ACL I is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finn Holding Corporation (“Finn”). Finn is primarily owned by certain affiliates of Platinum Equity, LLC (“Platinum”). On December 21, 2010, ACL announced the consummation of the previously announced acquisition of ACL by Platinum (the “Acquisition”, in all instances of usage. See Note 14 for further information). The Acquisition was accomplished through the merger of Finn Merger Corporation, a Delaware corporation and a wholly owned subsidiary of ACL I, a Delaware corporation, with and into American Commercial Lines Inc. The assets of ACL consist principally of its ownership of all of the stock of CBL. In connection with the Acquisition the purchase price has been preliminarily allocated in these statements as of the Acquisition date and results of operations for the 10 days from December 22, 2010 to December 31, 2010 have been separately stated herein (See Note 14). All amounts in these financial statements designated “Predecessor Company” refer to periods prior to the Acquisition and all amounts designated “Successor Company” refer to periods after the Acquisition.
PRINCIPLES OF CONSOLIDATION
     The consolidated financial statements reflect the results of operations, cash flows and financial position of CBL and its majority-owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions with subsidiaries have been eliminated. Net amounts receivable are reflected on the statement of financial position in accounts receivable intercompany.
     Investments in companies that are not majority-owned are accounted for under the equity method or at cost, depending on the extent of control during the period presented.
USE OF ESTIMATES
     The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Some of the significant estimates underlying these financial statements include amounts recorded as reserves for doubtful accounts, reserves for obsolete and slow moving inventories, pension and post-retirement liabilities, incurred but not reported medical and prescription drug claims, insurance claims and related insurance receivables, deferred tax liabilities, assets held for sale, revenues and expenses on special vessels using the percentage-of-completion method, environmental liabilities, valuation allowances related to deferred tax assets, expected forfeitures of share-based compensation, liabilities for unbilled barge and boat maintenance, liabilities for unbilled harbor and towing services, estimated future cash flows of its reporting entities, recoverability of acquisition goodwill and depreciable lives of long-lived assets.
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
     Cash and cash equivalents include short term investments with a maturity of less than three months when purchased. CBL has, from time to time, cash in banks in excess of federally insured limits.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE
     Accounts receivable consist of the following.
                 
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2010     2009  
Accounts Receivable
  $ 97,802     $ 98,477  
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
          (5,182 )
 
           
 
  $ 97,802     $ 93,295  
 
           
 
               
     CBL maintains an allowance for doubtful accounts based upon the expected collectability of accounts receivable. Subsequent to the Acquisition accounts receivable were recorded at estimated fair value which resulted in a reserve amount of zero at December 31, 2010. Trade receivables less allowances reflect the net realizable value of the receivables, and approximate fair value. The Company generally does not require collateral or other security to support trade receivables subject to credit risk. To reduce credit risk, the Company performs credit investigations prior to establishing customer credit limits and reviews customer credit profiles on an ongoing basis. An allowance against the trade receivables is established based either on the Company’s specific knowledge of a customer’s financial condition or a percentage of past due accounts. Accounts are charged to the allowance when management determines that the accounts are unlikely to be collected. Recoveries of trade receivables previously reserved in the allowance are added back to the allowance when recovered.
INVENTORY
     Inventory is carried at the lower of cost (based on a weighted average cost method) or market and consists of the following:
                 
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2010     2009  
Raw Materials
  $ 19,255     $ 5,142  
Work in Process
    5,844       12,230  
Parts and Supplies (1)
    25,735       21,698  
 
           
 
  $ 50,834     $ 39,070  
 
           
 
(1)   Net of reserves for obsolete and slow moving inventories of $0 and $656 at December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
     Subsequent to the Acquisition our fuel and steel inventories were written up to fair value. Fuel increased $0.16 per gallon for a total write-up of $853 which will be absorbed in future earnings as the fuel inventory is used. Steel costs increased our work in process and raw materials inventories by $842 and $2,353 respectively. These higher costs will be absorbed as the steel is used in barge construction.
PREPAID AND OTHER CURRENT ASSETS
     Prepaid and other current assets include estimated claims receivable from insurance carriers of $10,193 at December 31, 2010, and $9,505 at December 31, 2009, and fuel hedge receivables of $2,919 and $4,779 at December 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The remainder of current assets primarily relate to prepaid rent, insurance and other contracts.
ASSETS AND ASSET CAPITALIZATION POLICIES
     Asset capitalization policies have been established by management to conform to generally accepted accounting principles. All expenditures for property, buildings or equipment with economic lives greater than one year are recorded as assets and amortized over the estimated economic useful life of the individual asset. Generally, individual expenditures less than one thousand dollars are not capitalized. An exception is made for program expenditures, such as personal computers, that involve multiple individual expenditures with economic lives greater than one year. The costs of purchasing or developing software are capitalized and amortized over the estimated economic life of the software.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
     New barges built for the transportation segment by the manufacturing segment are capitalized at cost. Repairs that extend the original economic life of an asset or that enhance the original functionality of an asset are capitalized and amortized over the asset’s estimated economic life. Capitalized expenditures include major steel re-plating of barges that extends the total economic life of the barges, repainting the entire sides or bottoms of barges which also extends their economic life or rebuilding boat engines, which enhances the fuel efficiency or power production of the boats.
     Routine engine overhauls that occur on a one to three year cycle are expensed when they are incurred. Routine maintenance of boat hulls and superstructures as well as propellers, shafts and rudders are also expensed as incurred. Routine repairs to barges, such as steel patching for minor hull damage, pump and hose replacements on tank barges or hull reinforcements, are also expensed as incurred.
IMPAIRMENT OF LONG-LIVED AND INTANGIBLE ASSETS
     Properties and other long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or business conditions indicate the carrying amount of such assets may not be fully recoverable. Initial assessments of recoverability are based on estimates of undiscounted future net cash flows associated with an asset or a group of assets. Where impairment is indicated, the assets are evaluated and their carrying amount is reduced to fair value of the underlying assets limited by the discounted net cash flows or other estimates of fair value of the group.
     Losses on assets held for sale of $(4), $3,214 and $430 were recorded in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (No Successor Company expense.) These amounts are included in cost of sales — transportation and services in the consolidated statement of operations. See Note 17.
     The recoverability of indefinite-lived intangible assets (e.g. goodwill) is evaluated annually, or more frequently if impairment indicators exist, on a reporting unit basis by comparing the estimated fair value to its carrying value.
     Goodwill and intangible asset impairment losses of $4,400 and $1,124 were recorded in 2009 and 2008, respectively. There were no comparable charges in 2010. $855 of the 2008 amount of impairment expenses is reported as an operating expense in the consolidated statement of operations. The amount was incurred primarily due to increases in the Company’s cost of capital during 2008, which lowered the discounted cash flow calculated in the Company’s valuation model, resulting in an excess of carrying values over the estimated fair value of the entity. Underlying expected cash flows did not change significantly from the acquisition date expectations during 2008.
     The entire 2009 charge of $4,400 and the $269 balance of the 2008 charge are included in Discontinued Operations, net of tax in the consolidated statement of operations as they relate to Summit which was sold in 2009. See Note 13.
     Losses of $133 and $3,655 were also recorded in 2010 and 2009, respectively, for the closure of the Houston office. (No Successor Company expense.) These losses are reported as selling, general and administrative costs in the consolidated statement of operations. Approximately one-half of the 2009 loss represents impairment of the long-lived assets in that office and the remainder of the expected net lease exposure. The 2010 amount relates to additional exposure on final settlement of the lease which was terminated in 2010.
PROPERTIES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION
     At the Acquisition date the long-lived assets of the Company have been revalued at estimated fair value. Depreciation expense in the 10 day period ended December 31, 2010 was $2,879 which included $1,710 higher depreciation as a result of the Acquisition revaluation.
     Property additions subsequent to the Acquisition are stated at cost less accumulated depreciation. Provisions for depreciation of properties are based on the estimated useful service lives computed on the straight-line method. Buildings and improvements are depreciated from 15 to 45 years. Improvements to leased property are amortized over the shorter of their economic life or the respective lease term. Equipment is depreciated from 5 to 42 years.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
Properties consist of the following:
                 
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2010     2009  
Land
  $ 20,002     $ 10,855  
Buildings and Improvements
    55,058       51,315  
Equipment
    907,091       672,314  
 
           
 
    982,151       734,484  
Less Accumulated Depreciation
    2,496       213,416  
 
           
 
  $ 979,655     $ 521,068  
 
           
INTANGIBLE ASSETS
     Intangible assets are included in other assets in the consolidated balance sheets and consist of the following.
                                 
    December 31,     Purchase             December 31,  
    2009     Accounting     Amortization     2010  
Covenant Not to Compete — EBDG
  $ 137     $     $ 137     $  
Customer Backlog — Jeffboat
          200       6       194  
Tradenames — Jeffboat
          4,300       119       4,181  
Favorable Leases — ACLLC
          25,761       188       25,573  
 
                       
Total Intangibles other than goodwill
  $ 137     $ 30,261     $ 450     $ 29,948  
 
                       
Goodwill — McKinney
  $ 2,100     $ (2,100 )   $     $  
Goodwill — EBDG
    3,898       (3,898 )            
Goodwill — Purchase Accounting
          20,470             20,470  
 
                       
Total Goodwill
  $ 5,998     $ 14,472     $     $ 20,470  
 
                       
Total Intangibles and Goodwill
  $ 6,135     $ 44,733     $ 450     $ 50,418  
 
                       

     Future intangible amortization expense is estimated to be as follows:
         
2011
  $ 7,250  
2012
    5,927  
2013
    5,566  
2014
    4,896  
2015
    2,738  
     CBL also has capitalized software of $7,430 at December 31, 2010 and $8,970 at December 31, 2009 which is included in Other Assets. Software amortization expense was $2,282, $2,281 and $2,144 for the fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (Successor Company expense $67.)
INVESTMENTS IN EQUITY INVESTEES
     The Investment in Equity Investees balance at December 31, 2010, consists of small individual equity investments in four domestic ventures: BargeLink LLC, Bolivar Terminal LLC, TTBarge Services Mile 237 LLC and MarineNet LLC. The Company holds 50% or less of the equity interest in each investee and does not exercise control over any entity. Earnings related to CBL’s equity method investees in aggregate were $495, $982 and $1,064 for fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (Successor Company earnings $19.) These earnings are included in other income in the consolidated statements of operations. As of the Acquisition these investments were recorded at their fair value. See Note 14. The difference between the fair value and our interest in the underlying net assets will be amortized over a period of five years from the date of the Acquisition.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
DEBT COST AMORTIZATION
     CBL amortizes debt issuance costs and fees over the term of the debt on the effective interest method. Amortization of debt issuance costs was $12,712, $24,265 and $5,005 for the fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, and is included in interest expense (scheduled amortization) and debt retirement expenses (write-offs) in the consolidated statement of operations. Amortization of debt issuance cost for 2010, 2009 and 2008 includes $8,701, $17,659 and $2,379, respectively, from the early retirement of debt (see Note 3). (Successor Company amortization of debt issuance cost $82 and no debt retirement costs were incurred.) Subsequent to the Acquisition the unamortized debt cost related to the issuance of the senior notes of $4,830 were eliminated in the purchase accounting. The unamortized balance of $15,170 of debt issuance costs which relates to the Company’s Existing Credit Facility (See Note 2) is recorded in other assets in the consolidated balance sheet at December 31, 2010.
DEBT PREMIUM/DISCOUNT
     On July 7, 2009, CBL issued $200,000 of senior notes (the “Notes”). Subsequent to the Acquisition these Notes are recorded at their fair value at the Acquisition date. See Note 14. In periods prior to the Acquisition, the difference between the stated principal amount of the Notes and the fair value at inception (discount) was amortized using the interest method over the life of the Notes. The amortization of the discount was $1,150 and $539 in fiscal years 2010 and 2009, respectively and is included in interest expense in the consolidated statements of operations. Subsequent to the Acquisition the unamortized original issue discount of $7,948 was written off as part of the purchase price allocation. The unamortized discount of $9,099 at December 31, 2009 is shown as a discount from the face amount of the Notes at that date. Also subsequent to the Acquisition the Notes were revalued to fair value representing a premium of $35,000, which will amortize as a reduction of interest expense over the remaining life of the Notes on the interest method. Amortization of the premium in the 10 day period ended December 31, 2010 was $158.
DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS
     Derivative instruments are recorded on the consolidated balance sheet at fair value. Derivatives not designated as hedges are adjusted through income. If a derivative is designated as a hedge, depending on the nature of the hedge, changes in its fair value that are considered to be effective, as defined, either offset the change in fair value of the hedged assets, liabilities, or firm commitments through income, or are recorded in Other Comprehensive Income until the hedged item is recorded in income. Any portion of a change in a derivative’s fair value that is considered to be ineffective, or is excluded from the measurement of effectiveness, is recorded immediately in income. The fair value of financial instruments is generally determined based on quoted market prices.
REVENUE RECOGNITION
     The primary source of the Company’s revenue, freight transportation by barge, is recognized based on voyage percentage-of-completion. The proportion of freight transportation revenue to be recognized is determined by applying a percentage to the contractual charges for such services. The percentage is determined by dividing the number of miles from the loading point to the position of the barge as of the end of the accounting period by the total miles from the loading point to the barge destination as specified in the customer’s freight contract. The position of the barge at accounting period end is determined by locating the position of the boat with the barge in tow through use of a global positioning system. The recognition of revenue based upon the percentage of voyage completion results in a better matching of revenue and expenses. The deferred revenue balance in current liabilities represents the uncompleted portion of in-process contracts.
     The recognition of revenue generated from contract rate adjustments occurs based on the percentage of voyage completion method. The rate adjustment occurrences are defined by contract terms. They typically occur monthly or quarterly, are based on recent historical inflation measures, including fuel, labor and/or general inflation, and are invoiced at the adjusted rate levels in the normal billing process.
     The recognition of revenue due to shortfalls on take or pay contracts occurs at the end of each declaration period. A declaration period is defined as the time period in which the contract volume obligation was to be met. If the volume was not met during that time period, then the amount of billable revenue resulting from the failure to perform will be calculated and recognized as it is billed.
     Day rate plus towing contracts have a twofold revenue stream. The day rate, a daily charter rate for the equipment, is recognized for the amount of time the equipment is under charter during the period. The towing portion of the rate is recognized once the equipment has been placed on our boat to be moved for the customer.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
     Revenue from unit tow equipment day rate contracts is recognized based on the number of days services are performed during the period.
     Marine manufacturing revenue is recognized based on the completed contract or the percentage-of-completion method depending on the length of the construction period. Ocean going vessels are significantly more expensive and take substantially longer to construct than typical barges for use on the Inland Waterways. CBL uses the percentage-of-completion method of recognizing revenue and expenses related to the construction of these longer-term production vessels based on labor hours incurred as a percent of estimated total hours for each vessel.
     CBL uses the completed contract method for barges built for Inland Waterways use which typically have construction periods of 90 days or less. Contracts are considered complete when title has passed, the customer has accepted the vessel and there is no substantial continuing involvement by the Company with the vessel. Losses are accrued if manufacturing costs are expected to exceed manufacturing contract revenue.
     Harbor services, terminal, repair and other revenue are recognized as services are provided.
     Revenue from the Company’s professional service company is recorded primarily on the percentage-of-completion method wherein the direct costs incurred to date over the estimated total direct costs of a contract times the total revenues under the contract determines revenues to be recorded for any contract.
EXPENSE ESTIMATES FOR HARBOR AND TOWING SERVICE CHARGES
     Harbor and towing service charges are estimated and recognized as services are received. Estimates are based upon recent historical charges by specific vendor for the type of service charge incurred and upon published vendor rates. Service events are recorded by vendor and location in our barge tracking system. Vendor charges can vary based upon the number of boat hours required to complete the service, the grouping of barges in vendor tows and the quantity of man hours and materials required.
EXPENSE ESTIMATES FOR UNBILLED BOAT AND BARGE MAINTENANCE CHARGES
     Many boat and barge maintenance activities are necessarily performed as needed to maximize the in-service potential of our fleets. Many of these services are provided by long time partners located along the entire length of the Inland Waterways. Estimates are therefore required for unbilled services at any period end in order to record services as they are received. Estimates are based upon historical trends and recent charges.
INSURANCE CLAIM LOSS DEDUCTIBLES AND SELF INSURANCE
     Liabilities for insurance claim loss deductibles include accruals of personal injury, property damage, cargo damage and accident claims. These accruals are estimated based upon historical experience with similar claims. The estimates are recorded upon the first report of a claim and are updated as new information is obtained. The amount of the liability is based on the type and severity of the claim and an estimate of future claim development based on current trends and historical data.
EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
     Assets and liabilities of our defined benefit plans are determined on an actuarial basis and are affected by the estimated market value of plan assets, estimates of the expected return on plan assets and discount rates. Actual changes in the fair market value of plan assets and differences between the actual return on plan assets and the expected return on plan assets will affect the amount of pension expense ultimately recognized, impacting our results of operations. The Company is self-insured up to $250 per individual for medical benefits for current employees, per policy year. The liability for post-retirement medical benefits is also determined on an actuarial basis and is affected by assumptions including the discount rate and expected trends in health care costs.
     On December 31, 2009, due to a change in the Company’s vacation policy regarding accrued benefits payable at any point in time, the Company recorded a non-comparable reversal of $1,209 in accrued vacation liability through selling, general and administrative expenses and $419 through cost of goods sold.
RECLASSIFICATIONS
     Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. These reclassifications had no impact on previously reported net income.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
DISCLOSURES ABOUT FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS
     Certain assets and liabilities are not measured at fair value on an ongoing basis but are subject to fair value adjustment in certain circumstances. For the Company these items primarily include all assets and liabilities of the Company at the December 21, 2010 Acquisition date. From time to time the Company also evaluates long-lived assets, goodwill and intangible assets for which fair value is determined as part of the related impairment tests. Other than the purchase accounting adjustments described in Note 14 there were no significant adjustments to fair value or fair value measurements required for non-financial assets or liabilities.
     Fair value is defined by accounting standards as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants in the principal market, or if none exists, the most advantageous market, for the specific asset or liability at the measurement date (the exit price). The fair value should be based on assumptions that market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability. This accounting standard establishes a fair value hierarchy known as “the valuation hierarchy” that prioritizes the information used in measuring fair value as follows:
     Level 1 Observable inputs that reflect quoted prices (unadjusted) for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.
     Level 2 Inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1 that are observable for the asset or liability either directly or indirectly.
     Level 3 Unobservable inputs reflecting management’s own assumptions about the inputs used in pricing the asset or liability.
RECENTLY ISSUED ACCOUNTING STANDARDS
     In September 2006, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued guidance now contained in Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) Section 715, “Compensation — Retirement Benefits”. The standard requires plan sponsors of defined benefit pension and other postretirement benefit plans (collectively, “postretirement benefit plans”) to recognize the funded status of their postretirement benefit plans in the consolidated balance sheet, measure the fair value of plan assets and benefit obligations as of the date of the fiscal year-end consolidated balance sheet, and provide additional disclosures. Most of the provisions of the revised standard were previously adopted in 2006 with the impacts as disclosed in previous filings. The standard also required, beginning in 2008, a change in the measurement date of its postretirement benefit plans to December 31 versus the September 30 measurement date used previously. This provision was adopted as of January 1, 2008, and resulted in a charge of $828 ($518 after-tax). This amount was recorded as an adjustment to retained earnings in January 2008.
     Subsequent to July 2009 the FASB has issued additional Accounting Standards Updates. Several were technical corrections to the codification. ASU’s considered to have a potential impact on the Company where the impact is not yet determined are discussed as follows.
     In January 2010, the FASB issued new guidelines and clarifications for improving disclosures about fair value measurements. This guidance requires enhanced disclosures for purchases, sales, issuances, and settlements on a gross basis for Level 3 fair value measurements. We do not anticipate the adoption of this guidance to materially impact the Company. These new disclosures are effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2010.
NOTE 2. DEBT
                 
    Successor     Predecessor  
    Company     Company  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2010     2009  
Revolving Credit Facility
  $ 150,310     $ 154,518  
2017 Senior Notes
    200,000       200,000  
Less Original Issue Discount
          (9,099 )
Plus Purchase Premium
    34,842          
EBDG Note
          114  
 
           
Total Debt
    385,152       345,533  
Less Current Portion of Long Term Debt
          114  
 
           
Long Term Debt
  $ 385,152     $ 345,419  
 
           
     Subsequent to the Acquisition, on December 21, 2010, the Company entered into a new the credit agreement, consisting of a senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility (“Existing Credit Facility”) in an aggregate principal amount of $475,000 with a final maturity date of December 21, 2015. Proceeds of the Existing Credit Facility are available for use by the Company and, subject to certain limitations, their subsidiaries for working capital and general corporate purposes, including funding of certain amounts paid by the Company in connection with the Acquisition. At the Acquisition, proceeds of the Existing Credit Facility were used, in part, to fund the liquidation of the Company’s previous facility and certain expenses associated with the Acquisition.
     The Borrowers may use the Existing Credit Facility in connection with the issuance of letters of credit up to $50,000. Availability under the Existing Credit Facility is capped at a borrowing base, calculated based on certain percentages of the value of the Borrowers’ vessels, inventory and receivables and subject to certain blocks and reserves, all as further set forth in the Existing Credit Agreement. The Company is currently prohibited from incurring more than $390,000 of indebtedness under the Existing Credit Facility regardless of the size of the borrowing base until (a) all of the obligations (other than unasserted contingent obligations) under the indenture governing the 2017 Notes are repaid, defeased, discharged or otherwise satisfied or (b) the indenture governing the 2017 Notes is replaced or amended or otherwise modified in a manner such that such additional borrowings would be permitted. At the Borrowers’ option, the Existing Credit Facility may be increased by $75,000, subject to certain requirements set forth in the Credit Agreement.

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COMMERCIAL BARGE LINE COMPANY
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
     In accordance with the Security Agreement, the Borrowers’ obligations under the Credit Agreement are secured by, among other things, a lien on substantially all of their tangible and intangible personal property (including but not limited to vessels, accounts receivable, inventory, equipment, general intangibles, investment property, deposit and securities accounts, certain owned real property and intellectual property), a pledge of the capital stock of each of ACL’s wholly owned restricted domestic subsidiaries, subject to certain exceptions and thresholds.
     Borrowings under the Credit Agreement bear interest, at the Borrowers’ option, at either (i) an alternate base rate or an adjusted LIBOR rate plus, in each case, an applicable margin. Such applicable margin will, depending on average availability under the Existing Credit Facility, range from 2.00% to 2.50% in the case of base rate loans and 2.75% to 3.25% in the case of LIBOR rate loans. Interest is payable (a) in the case of base rate loans, monthly in arrears, and (b) in the case of LIBOR rate loans, at the end of each interest period, but in no event less often than every three months. A commitment fee is payable monthly in arrears at a rate per annum equal to 0.50% of the daily unused amount of the commitments in respect of the Existing Credit Facility. The Borrowers, at their option, may prepay borrowings under the Existing Credit Facility and re-borrow such amounts, at any time (subject to applicable borrowing conditions) without penalty, in whole or in part, in minimum amounts and subject to other conditions set forth in the Existing Credit Facility. For any period that availability is less than a certain defined level set forth in the Credit Agreement and until no longer less than such level for a 30-day period, the Credit Agreement imposes several financial covenants on CBL and its subsidiaries, including (a) a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio (as defined in the Credit Agreement) of at least 1.1 to 1; and (b) a maximum first lien leverage ratio of 4.25 to 1.0. The Credit Agreement requires that CBL and its subsidiaries comply with covenants relating to customary matters (in addition to those financial covenants described above), including with respect to incurring indebtedness and liens, using the proceeds received under the Credit Agreement, transactions with affiliates, making investments and acquisitions, effecting mergers and asset sales, prepaying indebtedness, and paying dividends.
     On February 20, 2009, ACL signed an amendment (“Amendment No. 6”) to the then-existing credit facility extending the maturity to March 31, 2011. The Company was a guarantor of Amendment No. 6. The extended facility initially provided a total of $475,000 in credit availability. The facility was set to reduce credit availability to $450,000 on December 31, 2009, and to $400,000 on December 31, 2010. Fees for Amendment No. 6 totaled approximately $21,200. These fees were initially capitalized and were included in Other Assets at the date of the transaction in the consolidated balance sheet and were being amortized over the life of the amended facility. Amendment No. 6 contained more stringent covenants as to fixed charge coverage and consolidated leverage ratio and placed limitations on annual capital expenditures. The facility initially bore interest at a LIBOR floor of 3% plus a 550 basis point spread. Per the agreement the spread rate was set to increase by 50 basis points every six months during the term of the agreement.
     On July 7, 2009, CBL issued $200,000 aggregate principal amount of senior secured second lien 12.5% notes due July 15, 2017 (the “Notes”). The issue price was 95.181% of the principal amount of the Notes ($9,638 discount at issuance date), resulting in an effective interest rate of approximately 13.1%. The Notes are guaranteed by ACL and by all material existing and future domestic subsidiaries of CBL. Simultaneously with CBL’s issuance of the notes, ACL closed a new four year $390,000 senior secured first lien asset-based revolving credit facility (the “Credit Facility”) also guaranteed by CBL, ACL and certain other direct wholly owned subsidiaries of CBL. Proceeds from the Notes, together with borrowings under the Credit Facility, were used to repay ACL’s existing credit facility, to pay certain related transaction costs and expenses and for general corporate purposes.
     The Notes and Existing Credit Facility have no maintenance covenants unless borrowing availability is generally less than $59,375. This is $180,315 less than the availability at December 31, 2010. Should the springing covenants be triggered in the Notes and Credit Facility the leverage calculation includes only first lien senior debt, excluding debt under the Notes. The Notes and Credit Facility also provide flexibility to execute sale leasebacks, sell assets, and issue additional debt to raise additional funds. In addition the Notes and Credit Facility place no restrictions on capital spending, but do limit the payment of dividends.
     The Notes were offered in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, to purchasers in the United States and in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act to purchasers outside of the United States. The Notes were subsequently registered under the Securities Act. In October 2009 CBL completed the filing of a Registration Statement on Form S-4 to meet the registration rights requirements it assumed under the Rule 144A private placement of Notes completed on July 7, 2009. In December 2009 an amended registration statement became effective and the contemplated exchange offer was completed on January 22, 2010.
     In the partial year ended December 21, 2010 the Company wrote off $8,701 representing the unamortized balance of debt issuance costs related to its immediately then-existing July 2009 credit agreement which was replaced by the Existing Credit Facility.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
     In the third quarter of 2009, the Company wrote-off $17,659 representing the unamortized balance of debt issuance costs related to a prior revolving credit facility.
     During all periods presented the Company has been in compliance with the respective covenants contained in its credit agreements.
     The principal payments of long-term debt outstanding as of December 31, 2010, over the next five years and thereafter are as follows.
         
2011
  $  
2012
     
2013
    150,310  
2014
     
2015
     
Thereafter
    200,000  
 
     
 
    350,310  
Unamortized debt premium
    34,842  
 
     
 
  $ 385,152  
 
     
NOTE 3. INCOME TAXES
     CBL’s operating entities are primarily single member limited liability companies that are owned by a corporate parent, and are subject to U.S. federal and state income taxes on a combined basis. Currently tax years 2007 to 2010 have not been examined by tax authorities.
     The components of income tax expense, exclusive of income tax expense associated with discontinued operations, follow.
                         
    Successor Company   Predecessor Company
    2010     2009     2008  
Income taxes currently payable
                       
Federal
  $ (15,104 )   $ (4,269 )   $ 9,842  
State
    (811 )     181       934  
 
                 
 
    (15,915 )     (4,088 )     10,776  
 
                 
Deferred income tax expense (benefit)
                       
Federal
    20,106       2,478       14,804  
State
    1,977       462       1,663  
 
                 
 
    22,083       2,940       16,467  
 
                 
 
                       
Total income taxes
  $ 6,168     $ (1,148 )   $ 27,243  
 
                 
 
                       
Income tax attributable to other comprehensive income (loss):
  $ (1,517 )   $ 11,928     $ (15,205 )
Income tax computed at federal statutory rates reconciled to income tax expense exclusive of income tax expense associated with discontinued operations as follows.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
                                 
    Successor Company     Predecessor Company        
    December 22 to     January 1 to     Successor Company  
    December 31, 2010     December 21, 2010     2009     2008  
Tax at federal statutory rate
  $ (2,103 )   $ 3,146     $ (6,583 )   $ 26,203  
State income taxes, net
    41       (188 )     (316 )     1,701  
Other:
                               
Prior year taxes
          1,346       224       (673 )
Acquisition Costs
    2,690       1,104              
Other miscellaneous items
          132       (254 )     109  
 
                       
Total income tax expense
  $ 628     $ 5,540     $ (6,929 )   $ 27,340  
 
                       
     The components of deferred income taxes included on the balance sheet are as follows.
                 
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2010     2009  
DEFERRED TAX ASSETS:
               
Reserve for bad debts
  $ 1,940     $ 1,942  
Inventory adjustments
    365       (153 )
Employee benefits and compensation
    7,550       772  
Loss on Houston Office Closure
          1,370  
Other accruals
    (131 )     (283 )
Warranty accruals
    348       143  
 
           
CURRENT DEFERRED TAX ASSET
  $ 10,072     $ 3,791  
 
           
Net Operating Loss Carryback
  $ 12,289     $ 20,439  
Accrued claims
    720       2,789  
Accrued pension — ACL plan long-term
    11,793       9,804  
Deferred gains
    1,413       2,444  
Accrued post-retirement medical
    1,366       2,004  
Stock compensation
    723       4,327  
Temporary differences due to income recognition timing
    221       81  
Sale of Summit
    125       260  
Charitable contribution carryforward
    122        
AMT credit
    1,594       2,472  
 
           
TOTAL DEFERRED TAX ASSETS
  $ 40,438     $ 48,411  
 
           
 
               
DEFERRED TAX LIABILITIES
               
Domestic property
  (93,802 )   (80,587 )
Equity investments in domestic partnerships and limited liability companies
    (223 )     (267 )
Long term leases
    (1,245 )     (887 )
Prepaid insurance
    (287 )     (294 )
Software
    (1,167 )     (1,026 )
Gain on Fuel Futures
    (1,094 )     (1,791 )
Goodwill
    (72 )     99  
Purchase Accounting
    (141,127 )      
 
           
TOTAL DEFERRED TAX LIABILITIES
  $ (239,017 )   $ (84,753 )
 
           
NET DEFERRED TAX LIABILITY
  $ (198,579 )   $ (36,342 )

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
NOTE 4. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS
     CBL sponsors or participates in defined benefit plans covering most salaried and hourly employees. Effective February 1, 2007, for non-represented salaried and hourly employees, and February 19, 2007, for represented employees, the defined benefit plan was closed to new employees. The plans provide for eligible employees to receive benefits based on years of service and either compensation rates or at a predetermined multiplier factor. Contributions to the plans are sufficient to meet the minimum funding standards set forth in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”), as amended. Plan assets consist primarily of common stocks, corporate bonds, and cash and cash equivalents.
     In addition to the defined benefit pension and related plans, CBL has a defined benefit post-retirement healthcare plan covering certain full-time employees. The plan provides medical benefits and is contributory. Retiree contributions are adjusted annually. The plan also contains other cost-sharing features such as deductibles and coinsurance. The accounting for the healthcare plan anticipates future cost-sharing changes to the written plan that are consistent with CBL’s expressed intent to increase the retiree contribution rate annually. In 2003 CBL modified the post-retirement healthcare plan by discontinuing coverage to new hires and current employees who had not reached age 50 by July 1, 2003, and by terminating the prescription drug benefit for all retirees as of January 1, 2004.
     CBL also sponsors a contributory defined contribution plan (“401k”) covering eligible employee groups. Contributions to such plans are based upon a percentage of employee contributions and were $3,506, $3,924 and $4,046 in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, representing a match of up to 4% of the employee’s contribution. (Successor Company expense $80.)
     Certain employees are covered by a union-sponsored, collectively-bargained, multi-employer defined benefit pension plan. Contributions to the plan, which are based upon a union contract, were approximately $253, $291 and $251 in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (Successor Company expense $7.) In addition there was an accrual of $2,130 made in 2007 to buy out the remaining obligations of a union pension program which was reversed in 2008 as a result of a 2008 settlement with the represented employees. Subsequent to the Acquisition as part of the purchase price allocation a liability of $3,497 was established for the estimated present value of our obligations to the plan. On March 18, 2011 ACL Transportation Services LLC filed a declaratory judgment action seeking a declaration that ACL be allowed to withdraw from the plan and be assessed withdrawal liability. The estimate established in purchase accounting is the estimate of the withdrawal liability.
     See “Recently Issued Accounting Standards” in Note 1 for a discussion of a provision contained in ASC Section 715, “Compensation — Retirement Benefits,” which was adopted in 2008.
     A summary of the pension and post-retirement plan components follows.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
                 
    Pension Plan  
    Successor Company
December 31, 2010
    Predecessor Company
December 31, 2009
 
Accumulated Benefit Obligation, End of Year
  $ 185,552     $ 166,548  
 
           
 
               
CHANGE IN PROJECTED BENEFIT OBLIGATION:
               
Projected benefit obligation, beginning of period
  $ 171,002     $ 167,440  
Service cost
    4,487       5,366  
Interest cost
    10,424       9,945  
Actuarial (gain) loss
    11,399       (3,428 )
Benefits paid
    (7,620 )     (8,321 )
 
           
Projected benefit obligation, end of period
  $ 189,692     $ 171,002  
 
           
 
               
CHANGE IN PLAN ASSETS:
               
Fair value of plan assets, beginning of period
  $ 144,837     $ 130,997  
Actual return on plan assets
    21,002       20,651  
Company contributions
          1,510  
Benefits paid
    (7,619 )     (8,321 )
 
           
Fair value of plan assets, end of period
  $ 158,220     $ 144,837  
 
           
Funded status
  $ (31,472 )   $ (26,165 )
 
           
 
               
AMOUNTS RECOGNIZED IN THE CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS:
               
Noncurrent assets
  $     $  
Current liabilities
           
Noncurrent liabilities
    (31,472 )     (26,165 )
 
           
Net amounts recognized
  $ (31,472 )   $ (26,165 )
 
           
 
AMOUNTS RECOGNIZED IN CONSOLIDATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:
               
Net actuarial (gain) loss
  $     $ 7,179  
Prior service cost
          416  
 
           
Total
  $   $ 7,595  
 
           
 
               
Measurement date
  December 31, 2010   December 31, 2009

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
                 
    Post-Retirement Plan  
    Successor Company
December 31, 2010
    Predecessor Company
December 31, 2009
 
CHANGE IN BENEFIT OBLIGATION:
               
Benefit obligation, beginning of period
  $ 5,931     $ 8,477  
Service cost
    12       22  
Interest cost
    278       414  
Plan participants’ contributions
    337       397  
Actuarial gain
    (1,996 )     (2,756 )
Benefits paid
    (440 )     (623 )
 
           
Benefit obligation, end of period
  $ 4,122     $ 5,931  
 
           
 
               
CHANGE IN PLAN ASSETS:
               
Fair value of plan assets, beginning of period
  $     $  
Employer contributions
    103       226  
Plan participants’ contributions
    337       397  
Benefits paid
    (440 )     (623 )
 
           
Fair value of plan assets, end of period
  $     $  
 
           
 
               
FUNDED STATUS:
               
 
           
Funded status
  $ (4,122 )   $ (5,931 )
 
           
 
               
AMOUNTS RECOGNZED IN THE CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS:
               
Noncurrent assets
  $     $  
Current liabilities
    (476 )     (582 )
Noncurrent liabilities
    (3,646 )     (5,349 )
 
           
Net amounts recognized
  $ (4,122 )   $ (5,931 )
 
           
 
               
AMOUNTS RECOGNIZED IN CONSOLIDATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME:
               
Net actuarial gain
  $     $ (4,654 )
 
               
Measurement date
  December 31, 2010   December 31, 2009

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
Components of net periodic benefit cost and other amounts recognized in other comprehensive income:
                         
    2010     2009     2008  
Pension:
                       
Service cost
  $ 4,487     $ 5,366     $ 5,320  
Interest cost
    10,424       9,945       9,520  
Expected return on plan assets
    (12,519 )     (12,381 )     (12,187 )
Amortization of prior service cost
    56       56       57  
 
                 
Net periodic benefit cost
  $ 2,448     $ 2,986     $ 2,710  
 
                 
 
                       
Additional 4th quarter 2007 accrual of expense for measurement date change
  $     $     $ 726  
Acquisition accounting adjustment
  $ (10,454 )   $     $  
 
                       
Net (gain) loss
  $ 2,915     $ (11,698 )   $ 28,537  
Prior service cost
    (10,095 )            
Recognized prior service cost
    (415 )     (56 )     (56 )
 
                 
Total recognized in other comprehensive income (before tax effects)
  $ (7,595 )   $ (11,754 )   $ 28,481  
 
                 
 
                       
Total recognized in net benefit cost and other comprehensive income (before tax effects)
  $ (5,147 )   $ (8,768 )   $ 31,917  
 
                 
 
                       
Amounts expected to be recognized in net periodic cost in the coming year:
                       
Prior service cost recognition
  $     $ 56     $ 56  
 
                       
Post-retirement:
                       
Service cost
  $ 12     $ 22     $ 45  
Interest cost
    278       414       501  
Amortization of net actuarial gain
    (1,325 )     (735 )     (421 )
Adjustment for prior benefit payment overstatement
          109        
 
                 
Net periodic benefit cost
  $ (1,035 )   $ (190 )   $ 125  
 
                 
 
                       
Additional 4th quarter 2007 accrual of expense for measurement date change
  $     $     $ 102  
Acquisition accounting adjustment
  $ 5,324     $     $  
 
                       
Net gain
  $ (1,996 )   $ (2,756 )   $ (811 )
Recognized prior service cost
    6,649       735       421  
 
                 
Total recognized in other comprehensive income (before tax effects)
  $ 4,653     $ (2,021 )   $ (390 )
 
                 
 
                       
Total recognized in net benefit cost and other comprehensive income (before tax effects)
  $ 3,618     $ (2,211 )   $ (163 )
 
                 
 
                       
Amounts expected to be recognized in net periodic cost in the coming year:
                       
Gain recognition
  $     $ (1,041 )   $ (385 )
     
Note:     The 2010 year for purposes of this table has not been bifurcated due to the insignificance of separate Successor Company amounts to the 2010 year.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
     Subsequent to the Acquisition the amounts that had previously been recorded in other comprehensive income until their recognition were part of the fair value recognition in the push-down of the purchase price allocation.
Weighted-average assumptions
                 
    2010     2009  
Pension:
               
Discount rate — benefit cost
    6.175 %     6.10 %
Discount rate — benefit obligation
    5.705 %     6.175 %
Expected return on plan assets
    8.25 %     8.25 %
Rate of compensation increase
  4% for 2011   2% for 2010
 
  3% thereafter   4% thereafter
     The following table presents the fair value of plan assets by asset category. All fair values are based on quoted prices in active markets for identical assets (Level 1).
                 
    Fair Value at     Fair Value at  
    December 31, 2010     December 31, 2009  
Equity securities — large cap fund
  $     $ 36,063  
Equity securities — S&P 500 index fund
    42,793        
Equity securities — small/mid cap fund
    11,082       11,412  
Equity securities — world fund
    15,477       18,039  
Debt securities — high yield bond fund
    12,468       9,280  
Debt securities — long duration bond fund
    30,912       51,103  
Debt securities — core fixed income fund
    29,050        
Debt securities — emerging markets debt fund
    5,925       8,717  
Other assets — opportunity collective fund
    10,513        
Cash
          10,223  
 
           
Total
  $ 158,220     $ 144,837  
 
           
     CBL employs a historical market and peer review approach in determining the long term rate of return for plan assets. Historical markets are studied and long term historical relationships between equities and fixed income are preserved consistent with the widely-accepted capital market principle that assets with higher volatility generate a greater return over the long run. Current market factors such as inflation and interest rates are evaluated before long term capital market assumptions are determined. The long term portfolio return is established via a building block approach with proper consideration of diversification and rebalancing. Peer data and historical returns are reviewed to check for reasonableness and appropriateness.
                 
    2010     2009  
Post-retirement:
               
Discount rate — benefit cost
    6.175 %     6.10 %
Discount rate — benefit obligation
    5.705 %     6.175 %
     The net post-retirement benefit obligation was determined using the assumption that the health care cost trend rate for retirees was 10.0% for the current year, decreasing gradually to a 5.0% trend rate by 2016 and remaining at that level thereafter. A 1% decrease in the discount rate would have increased the net periodic benefit cost for 2010 by $1,000 and increased the year-end accumulated postretirement benefit obligation by $3,000.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
Investment Policies and Strategies
     CBL employs a total return investment approach whereby a mix of equities and fixed income investments are used to maximize the long term return of plan assets for a prudent level of risk. The intent of this strategy is to minimize plan expenses by outperforming plan liabilities over the long run. Risk tolerance is established through careful consideration of plan liabilities, plan funded status, and corporate financial condition. The investment portfolio contains a diversified blend of equity and fixed income investments. Furthermore, equity investments are diversified across U.S. and non-U.S. stocks as well as growth, value and small, mid and large capitalizations. During normal market environments target allocations are maintained through monthly rebalancing procedures but may be altered due to existing market conditions or opportunities. Derivatives may be used to gain market exposure in an efficient and timely manner. To the extent that the non-derivative component of a portfolio is exposed to clearly defined risks, and derivative contracts exist which can be used to reduce those risks, the investment managers are permitted to use such derivatives for hedging purposes. For example, derivatives can be used to extend the duration of the portfolio via interest rate swaps. Investment risk is measured and monitored on an ongoing basis through daily, monthly and annual asset/liability analysis, periodic asset/liability studies and timely investment portfolio reviews.
Contributions and Payments
     The post-retirement medical benefit plan is unfunded. CBL expects to pay approximately $489 in medical benefits under the plan in 2011, net of retiree contributions. The pension plan is funded and held in trust. CBL expects to contribute $4,750 to the pension plan in 2011. The expected payments to plan participants are as follows.
                 
            Post-Retirement  
    Pension Plan     Medical Plan  
2011
  $ 7,442     $ 489  
2012
    8,210       513  
2013
    8,954       532  
2014
    9,892       534  
2015
    10,613       503  
Next 5 years
    62,852       1,860  

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
NOTE 5. LEASE OBLIGATIONS
     CBL leases operating equipment, buildings and data processing hardware under various operating leases and charter agreements, which expire from 2011 to 2075 and which generally have renewal options at similar terms. Certain vessel leases also contain purchase options at prices approximating fair value of the leased vessels. Rental expense under continuing obligations was $21,619, $23,518 and $25,811 for fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (Successor Company expense $612.)
     At December 31, 2010, obligations under CBL’s operating leases with initial or remaining non-cancellable lease terms longer than one year and capital leases were as follows.
                                                 
                                            2016  
    2011     2012     2013     2014     2015     and after  
Operating Lease Obligations
  $ 23,370     $ 17,976     $ 14,773     $ 12,668     $ 9,673     $ 52,915  
     CBL incurred interest expense related to capital leases of $22, $65 and $0 for fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. (No Successor Company expense.)
NOTE 6. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
     There were no related party freight revenues in the three year period ended December 31, 2010 and there were no related party receivables included in accounts receivable on the consolidated balance sheets at December 31, 2010 or 2009 except contained in the caption Accounts Receivable Intercompany, related to the receivable from Finn Holding Company related to the Acquisition. The $14,284 portion of the funding of the Acquisition purchase price represented the intrinsic value of the share-based compensation for certain non-executive level employees. Per the share-based compensation plan, which was assumed by Finn (See Note 12), on a change of control, as defined in the American Commercial Lines 2008 Omnibus Incentive Plan, outstanding awards either vested and paid or had to be rolled over to equity of the acquirer. The payout of the non-executive level employees was paid with proceeds of an advance on the Company’s credit facility. The amount of the advance is shown as a receivable from Finn.
NOTE 7. FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS AND RISK MANAGEMENT
     The carrying amounts and fair values of CBL’s financial instruments are as follows:
                                 
    Successor Company
December 31, 2010
    Predecessor Company
December 31, 2009
 
    Carrying     Fair     Carrying     Fair  
    Amount     Value     Amount     Value  
Assets:
                               
Fuel Hedge Swap Receivables
  $ 166     $ 166     $ 4,779     $ 4,779  
Liabilities:
                               
Revolving Credit Facility
    150,310       150,310       154,518       154,518  
2017 Senior Notes
    234,842       235,000       200,000       208,000  
EBDG Note
                114       114  
     The fuel hedge swaps are valued at quoted market rates for identical instruments, or Level 1 inputs as to fair value. The carrying value of the revolving credit facility bears interest at floating rates and therefore approximates its fair value. The 2017 Senior Notes are based on quoted market rates at December 31, 2010.

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     Cash, accounts receivable, accounts payable and accrued liabilities are reflected in the consolidated financial statements at their carrying amount which approximates fair value because of the short term maturity of these instruments.
Fuel Price Risk Management
     CBL has price risk for fuel not covered by contract escalation clauses and in time periods from the date of price changes until the next monthly or quarterly contract reset. From time to time CBL has utilized derivative instruments to manage volatility in addition to contracted rate adjustment clauses. Beginning in December 2007 the Company began entering into fuel price swaps with commercial banks. In 2010 settlements occurred on contracts for 20,527,000 gallons and a net gain of $3,389 (no gain for Successor Company in 2010) which was recorded as a decrease to fuel expense, a component of cost of sales, as the fuel was used. In 2009 settlements occurred on contracts for 17,432,000 gallons and a net loss of $11,792 which was recorded as an increase to fuel expense, a component of cost of sales, as the fuel was used. In 2008 settlements occurred on 9,515,000 gallons at a net loss of $867 was recorded to increase cost of sales as the fuel was used. The fair value of unsettled fuel price swaps is listed in the following table. These derivative instruments have been designated and accounted for as cash flow hedges, and to the extent of their effectiveness, changes in fair value of the hedged instrument will be accounted for through other comprehensive income until the fuel hedged is used, at which time the gain or loss on the hedge instruments will be recorded as fuel expense (cost of sales). The amounts in other comprehensive income are expected to be recorded in income in 2011 as the underlying gallons are used. Hedge ineffectiveness is recorded in income as incurred.
                 
            Fair Value of Measurements  
            at Reporting Date  
            Using Markets for  
Description   12/31/2010     Identical Assets (Level 1)  
 
               
Fuel Price Swaps
  $ 166     $ 166  
     At December 31, 2010, the increase in the fair value of the financial instruments is recorded as a net receivable of $166 in the consolidated balance sheet. and $104 as a net of tax deferred gain in other comprehensive income in the consolidated balance sheet less hedge ineffectiveness. Hedge ineffectiveness resulted in no change to fuel expense in the fourth quarter of 2010, in a reduction of fuel expense of $738 in the fourth quarter 2009 and $1,518 for the year 2009. The fair value of the fuel price swaps is based on quoted market prices. 7,638,000 gallons were hedged under open fuel swap contracts which be settled between January 2011 and December 2011. The Company may increase the quantity hedged or add additional months based upon active monitoring of fuel pricing outlooks by the management team.
                 
    Gallons     Dollars  
Fuel Price Swaps at December 31, 2009
    17,928     $ 4,779  
1st Quarter 2010 Fuel Hedge Expense
    (5,302 )     (981 )
1st Quarter 2010 Changes
    3,001       546  
2nd Quarter 2010 Fuel Hedge Expense
    (3,881 )     (814 )
2nd Quarter 2010 Changes
    3,087       (2,397 )
3rd Quarter 2010 Fuel Hedge Expense
    (4,547 )     (205 )
3rd Quarter 2010 Changes
    3,550       1,687  
4th Quarter 2010 Fuel Hedge Expense
    (6,797 )     (1,388 )
4th Quarter 2010 Changes
    599       1,692  
4th Quarter 2010 Purchase Accounting
          (2,753 )
 
           
Fuel Price Swaps at December 31, 2010
    7,638     $ 166  
 
           

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NOTE 8. CONTINGENCIES
     A number of legal actions are pending against CBL in which claims are made in substantial amounts. While the ultimate results of pending litigation cannot be predicted with certainty, management does not currently expect that resolution of these matters will have a material adverse effect on CBL’s consolidated statements of operations, balance sheets and cash flows.
     Stockholder litigation. On October 22, 2010, a putative class action lawsuit was commenced against ACL, the direct parent of the Company, ACL’s directors, Platinum Equity LLC (“Platinum Equity”), Finn and Merger Sub in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware. The lawsuit is captioned Leonard Becker v. American Commercial Lines Inc., et al, Civil Action No. 5919-VCL. Plaintiff amended his complaint on November 5, 2010, prior to a formal response from any defendant. On November 9, 2010, a second putative class action lawsuit was commenced against us, our directors, Platinum Equity, Finn and Merger Sub in the Superior/Circuit Court for Clark County in the State of Indiana. The lawsuit is captioned Michael Eakman v. American Commercial Lines Inc., et al., Case No. 1002-1011-CT-1344. In both actions, plaintiffs allege generally that our directors breached their fiduciary duties in connection with the Transaction by, among other things, carrying out a process that they allege did not ensure adequate and fair consideration to our stockholders. They also allege that various disclosures concerning the Transaction included in the Definitive Proxy Statement are inadequate. They further allege that Platinum Equity aided and abetted the alleged breaches of duties. Plaintiffs purport to bring the lawsuits on behalf of the public stockholders of the Company and seek equitable relief to enjoin consummation of the merger, rescission of the merger and/or rescissory damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs, among other relief. The Company believes the lawsuits are without merit. On December 3, 2010, counsel for the parties in the Delaware action entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) in which they agreed on the terms of a settlement of the Delaware litigation, which includes the supplementation of the Definitive Proxy Statement and the dismissal with prejudice of all claims against all of the defendants in both the Delaware and Indiana actions. The proposed settlement is conditional upon, among other things, the execution of an appropriate stipulation of settlement and final approval of the proposed settlement by the Delaware Court of Chancery. Counsel for the named plaintiffs in both actions agreed to stay the actions pending consideration of final approval of the settlement in the Delaware Court of Chancery. Assuming such approval, the named plaintiffs in both actions would dismiss their respective lawsuits with prejudice against all defendants. In connection with the settlement agreed upon in the MOU, the parties contemplate that plaintiffs’ counsel will seek an award of attorneys’ fees and expenses as part of the settlement. There can be no assurance that the parties will ultimately enter into a stipulation of settlement or that the Delaware Court of Chancery will approve the settlement as stipulated by the parties. In such event, the proposed settlement as contemplated by the MOU may be terminated.
     We have been involved in the following environmental matters relating to the investigation or remediation of locations where hazardous materials have or might have been released or where we or our vendors have arranged for the disposal of wastes. These matters include situations in which we have been named or are believed to be a potentially responsible party (“PRP”) under applicable federal and state laws.
     Collision Incident, Mile Marker 97 of the Mississippi River. ACL and American Commercial Lines LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBL, (“ACLLLC”), have been named as defendants in the following putative class action lawsuits, filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (collectively the “Class Action Lawsuits”): Austin Sicard et al on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated vs. Laurin Maritime (America) Inc., Whitefin Shipping Co. Limited, D.R.D. Towing Company, LLC, American Commercial Lines, Inc. and the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, Case No. 08-4012, filed on July 24, 2008; Stephen Marshall Gabarick and Bernard Attridge, on behalf of themselves and others similarly situated vs. Laurin Maritime (America) Inc., Whitefin Shipping Co. Limited, D.R.D. Towing Company, LLC, American Commercial Lines, Inc. and the New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, Case No. 08-4007, filed on July 24, 2008; and Alvin McBride, on behalf of himself and all others similarly situated v. Laurin Maritime (America) Inc.; Whitefin Shipping Co. Ltd.; D.R.D. Towing Co. LLC; American Commercial Lines Inc.; The New Orleans-Baton Rouge Steamship Pilots Association, Case No. 09-cv-04494 B, filed on July 24, 2009. The McBride v. Laurin Maritime, et al. action has been dismissed with prejudice because it was not filed prior to the deadline set by the Court. The claims in the Class Action Lawsuits stem from the incident on July 23, 2008, involving one of ACLLLC’s tank barges that was being towed by DRD Towing Company L.L.C. (“DRD”), an independent towing contractor. The tank barge was involved in a collision with the motor vessel Tintomara, operated by Laurin Maritime, at Mile Marker 97 of the Mississippi River in the New Orleans area. The tank barge was carrying approximately 9,900 barrels of #6 oil, of which approximately two-thirds was released. The tank barge was damaged in the collision and partially sunk. There was no damage to the towboat. The Tintomara incurred minor damage. The Class Action Lawsuits include various allegations of adverse health and psychological damages, disruption of business operations, destruction and loss of use of natural resources, and seek unspecified economic, compensatory and punitive damages for claims of negligence, trespass and nuisance. The Class Action Lawsuits were stayed pending the outcome of the two actions filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeking exoneration from, or limitation of, liability related to the incident as discussed in more detail below. All claims in the class actions have been settled with payment to be made from funds on deposit with the court in the IINA interpleader, mentioned below. IINA is

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DRD’s primary insurer. The settlement is agreed to by all parties and we are awaiting final approval from the court and a dismissal of all lawsuits against all parties, including our company, with prejudice. Claims under OPA 90 were dismissed without prejudice. There is a separate administrative process for making a claim under OPA 90 that must be followed prior to litigation. We are processing OPA 90 claims properly presented, documented and recoverable. We have also received numerous claims for personal injury, property damage and various economic damages, including notification by the National Pollution Funds Center of claims it has received. Additional lawsuits may be filed and claims submitted. The claims that remain for personal injury are by the three DRD crewmen on the vessel at the time of the incident. Two crew members have agreed to a settlement of their claims to be paid from the funds on deposit in the interpleader action mentioned below. We are in early discussions with the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Group, consisting of various State and Federal agencies, regarding the scope of environmental damage that may have been caused by the incident. Recently Buras Marina filed suit in the Eastern District of Louisiana in Case No. 09-4464 against the Company seeking payment for “rental cost” of its marina for cleanup operations. ACL and ACLLLC have also been named as defendants in the following interpleader action brought by DRD’s primary insurer IINA seeking court approval as to the disbursement of the funds: Indemnity Insurance Company of North America v. DRD Towing Company, LLC; DRD Towing Group, LLC; American Commercial Lines, LLC; American Commercial Lines, Inc.; Waits Emmet & Popp, LLC, Daigle, Fisse & Kessenich; Stephen Marshall Gabarick; Bernard Attridge; Austin Sicard; Lamont L. Murphy, individually and on behalf of Murphy Dredging; Deep Delta Distributors, Inc.; David Cvitanovich; Kelly Clark; Timothy Clark, individually and on behalf of Taylor Clark, Bradley Barrosse; Tricia Barrosse; Lynn M. Alfonso, Sr.; George C. McGee; Sherral Irvin; Jefferson Magee; and Acy J. Cooper, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Civil Action 08-4156, Section “I-5,” filed on August 11, 2008. DRD’s excess insurers, IINA and Houston Casualty Company intervened into this action and deposited $9,000 into the Court’s registry. ACLLLC has filed two actions in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana seeking exoneration from or limitation of liability relating to the foregoing incident as provided for in Rule F of the Supplemental Rules for Certain Admiralty and Maritime Claims and in 46 U.S.C. sections 30501, 30505 and 30511. We have also filed a declaratory judgment action against DRD seeking to have the contracts between them declared “void ab initio”. Trial has been set for August of 2011 and discovery has begun. We participated in the U.S. Coast Guard investigation of the matter and participated in the hearings which have concluded. A finding has not yet been announced. We have also made demand on DRD (including its insurers as an additional insured) and Laurin Maritime for reimbursement of cleanup costs, defense and indemnification. However, there is no assurance that any other party that may be found responsible for the accident will have the insurance or financial resources available to provide such defense and indemnification. We have various insurance policies covering pollution, property, marine and general liability. While the cost of cleanup operations and other potential liabilities are significant, we believe our company has satisfactory insurance coverage and other legal remedies to cover substantially all of the cost.
     At December 31, 2010, approximately 625 employees of the Company’s manufacturing segment were represented by a labor union under a contract that expires in April 2013.
     At December 31, 2010, approximately 20 positions at ACL Transportation Services LLC’s terminal operations in St. Louis, Missouri, are represented by the International Union of United Mine Workers of America, District 12-Local 2452 (“UMW”), under a collective bargaining agreement that expired March 14, 2011, after a short extension for negotiations. We have unilaterally implemented new contract terms, mostly terms agreed with the UMW, and the employees continue to work without interruption.
     Although we believe that our relations with our employees and with the recognized labor unions are generally good, we cannot assure that we will be able to reach agreement on renewal terms of these contracts or that we will not be subject to work stoppages, other labor disruption or that we will be able to pass on increased costs to our customers in the future.
NOTE 9. BUSINESS SEGMENTS
     CBL has two significant reportable business segments: transportation and manufacturing. The caption “All other segments” currently consists of our services company, which is much smaller than either the transportation or manufacturing segment. ACL’s transportation segment includes barge transportation operations and fleeting facilities that provide fleeting, shifting, cleaning and repair services at various locations along the Inland Waterways. The manufacturing segment constructs marine equipment for external customers as well as for CBL’s transportation segment. All of the Company’s international operations, civil construction and environmental consulting services are excluded from segment disclosures due to the reclassification of those operations to discontinued operations (see Note 13).
     Management evaluates performance based on segment earnings, which is defined as operating income. The accounting policies of the reportable segments are consistent with those described in the summary of significant accounting policies. Intercompany sales are transferred at the lower of cost or fair market value and intersegment profit is eliminated upon consolidation.

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     Reportable segments are business units that offer different products or services. The reportable segments are managed separately because they provide distinct products and services to internal and external customers.
                                         
    Reportable Segments     All Other     Intersegment        
    Transportation     Manufacturing     Segments(1)     Eliminations     Total  
Predecessor Company
                                       
January 1, 2010 to December 21, 2010
                                       
Total revenue
  $ 613,939     $ 117,641     $ 7,688     $ (33,461 )   $ 705,807  
Intersegment revenues
    874       32,587             (33,461 )      
 
                             
Revenue from external customers
    613,065       85,054       7,688             705,807  
Operating expense
                                       
Materials, supplies and other
    212,567                         212,567  
Rent
    20,222                         20,222  
Labor and fringe benefits
    122,462                         122,462  
Fuel
    117,372                         117,372  
Depreciation and amortization
    41,737                         41,737  
Taxes, other than income taxes
    11,741                         11,741  
Gain on Disposition of Equipment
    (9,021 )                       (9,021 )
Cost of goods sold
          82,504       3,048             85,552  
 
                             
Total cost of sales
    517,080       82,504       3,048             602,632  
Selling, general & administrative
    40,882       2,667       4,325             47,874  
 
                             
Total operating expenses
    557,962       85,171       7,373             650,506  
 
                             
Operating income
  $ 55,103     $ (117 )   $ 315     $     $ 55,301  
 
                             
Property additions
  $ 56,276     $ 1,486     $ 36     $     $ 57,798  

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
                                         
    Reportable Segments     All Other     Intersegment        
    Transportation     Manufacturing     Segments(1)     Eliminations     Total  
Successor Company
                                       
December 22, 2010 to December 31, 2010
                                       
Total revenue
  $ 19,652     $ 4,986     $ 177     $ (50 )   $ 24,765  
Intersegment revenues
    50                   (50 )      
 
                             
Revenue from external customers
    19,602       4,986       177             24,765  
Operating expense
                                       
Materials, supplies and other
    6,311                         6,311  
Rent
    570                         570  
Labor and fringe benefits
    3,102                         3,102  
Fuel
    3,986                         3,986  
Depreciation and amortization
    2,532                         2,532  
Taxes, other than income taxes
    330                         330  
Gain on Disposition of Equipment
                             
Cost of goods sold
          4,838       90             4,928  
 
                             
Total cost of sales
    16,831       4,838       90             21,759  
Selling, general & administrative
    8,029       65       133             8,227  
 
                             
Total operating expenses
    24,860       4,903       223             29,986  
 
                             
Operating income
  $ (5,258 )   $ 83     $ (46 )   $     $ (5,221 )
 
                             
Segment assets
  $ 1,159,011     $ 87,707     $ 12,553     $     $ 1,259,271  
Goodwill
  $ 20,470     $     $     $     $ 20,470  
Property additions
  $     $     $     $     $  

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    Reportable Segments     All Other     Intersegment        
    Transportation     Manufacturing     Segments(1)     Eliminations     Total  
Predecessor Company
                                       
Year ended December 31, 2009
                                       
Total revenue
  $ 621,611     $ 239,885     $ 9,715     $ (25,184 )   $ 846,027  
Intersegment revenues
    751       24,339       94       (25,184 )      
 
                             
Revenue from external customers
    620,860       215,546       9,621             846,027  
Operating expense
                                       
Materials, supplies and other
    225,647                         225,647  
Rent
    21,715                         21,715  
Labor and fringe benefits
    115,998                         115,998  
Fuel
    122,752                         122,752  
Depreciation and amortization
    48,615                         48,615  
Taxes, other than income taxes
    14,072                         14,072  
Gain on Disposition of Equipment
    (20,282 )                       (20,282 )
Cost of goods sold
          189,565       3,707             193,272  
 
                             
Total cost of sales
    528,517       189,565       3,707             721,789  
Selling, general & administrative
    60,740       4,579       4,763             70,082  
Goodwill Impairment
                             
 
                             
Total operating expenses
    589,257       194,144       8,470             791,871  
 
                             
Operating income
  $ 31,603     $ 21,402     $ 1,151     $     $ 54,156  
 
                             
Segment assets
  $ 652,831     $ 67,129     $ 13,029     $     $ 732,989  
Goodwill
  $ 2,100     $     $ 3,898     $     $ 5,998  
Property additions
  $ 26,968     $ 6,141     $ 117     $     $ 33,226  

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
                                         
    Reportable Segments     All Other     Intersegment        
    Transportation     Manufacturing     Segments(1)     Eliminations     Total  
Predecessor Company
                                       
Year ended December 31, 2008
                                       
Total revenue
  $ 897,272     $ 284,274     $ 8,617     $ (30,243 )   $ 1,159,920  
Intersegment revenues
          29,480       763       (30,243 )      
 
                             
Revenue from external customers
    897,272       254,794       7,854             1,159,920  
Operating expense
                                       
Materials, supplies and other
    304,858                         304,858  
Rent
    23,345                         23,345  
Labor and fringe benefits
    118,737                         118,737  
Fuel
    227,489                         227,489  
Depreciation and amortization
    47,255                         47,255  
Taxes, other than income taxes
    14,855                         14,855  
Gain on Disposition of Equipment
    (954 )                       (954 )
Cost of goods sold
          242,309       2,080             244,389  
 
                             
Total cost of sales
    735,585       242,309       2,080             979,974  
Selling, general & administrative
    69,493       2,798       5,245             77,536  
Goodwill Impairment
                855               855  
 
                             
Total operating expenses
    805,078       245,107       8,180             1,058,365  
 
                             
Operating income
  $ 92,194     $ 9,687     $ (326 )   $     $ 101,555  
 
                             
Segment assets
  $ 700,174     $ 101,877     $ 37,200     $     $ 839,251  
Goodwill
  $ 2,100     $     $ 3,897     $     $ 5,997  
Property additions
  $ 89,938     $ 7,441     $ 513     $     $ 97,892  
 
(1)   Financial data for segments below the reporting thresholds is attributable to a segment that provides architectural design services that was acquired in the fourth quarter 2007.
NOTE 10. QUARTERLY DATA (UNAUDITED)
     All data in the following table reflects the reclassification of Summit to discontinued operations. See Note 13.
                                                 
    2010  
    Predecessor Company     Successor
Company
         
                            Oct. 1 -     Dec. 22 -        
    1st     2nd     3rd     Dec. 21     Dec. 31     Total  
Operating Revenue
  $ 148,296     $ 164,301     $ 207,286     $ 185,924     $ 24,765     $ 730,572  
Gross Profit
    14,712       17,593       32,271       38,598       3,007       106,181  
Operating Income
    3,092       7,029       20,282       24,898       (5,221 )     50,080  
Discontinued Operations
          (2 )           302             300  
(Loss) Income From Continuing Operations
    (3,480 )     (1,363 )     5,065       3,228       (6,635 )     (3,185 )

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    Predecessor Company
2009
 
    1st     2nd     3rd     4th     Total  
Operating Revenue
  $ 192,705     $ 218,523     $ 207,888     $ 226,911     $ 846,027  
Gross Profit
    22,203       23,315       32,357       46,363       124,238  
Operating Income
    890       7,336       14,057       31,873       54,156  
Discontinued Operations
    (984 )     (831 )     (3,404 )     (4,811 )     (10,030 )
(Loss) Income from Continuing Operations
    (4,474 )     (2,937 )     (8,768 )     14,151       (2,028 )
     CBL’s business is seasonal, and its quarterly revenues and profits historically are lower during the first and second fiscal quarters of the year (January through June) and higher during the third and fourth fiscal quarters (July through December) due to the North American grain harvest and seasonal weather patterns.
NOTE 11. ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
     Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) as of December 31, 2010, and December 31, 2009, consists of the following:
                 
    2010     2009  
Minimum pension liability, net of tax provision (benefit) of $0 and ($2,847), respectively
  $     $ (4,748 )
Minimum post retirement liability, net of tax provision of $0 and $1,745, respectively
          2,909  
Gain on fuel hedge, net of tax provision of $64 and $2,529, respectively
    104       2,250  
 
           
 
  $ 104     $ 411  
 
           
NOTE 12. SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION
     Since January 2005 share-based compensation has been granted to the Company’s employees and, formerly, to the directors of the Company’s parent, ACL, from time to time. The Company had no surviving, outstanding share-based compensation agreements with employees or directors prior to that date. Prior to 2009 share-based awards were made to essentially all employees. Since 2009 the Company has restructured its compensation plans and share-based awards have been granted to a significantly smaller group of salaried employees. ACL had reserved 750,000 ACLI shares (equivalent to approximately 54,000 shares of Finn Holding) for grants to employees and directors under the American Commercial Lines Inc. 2008 Omnibus Incentive Plan (“the Plan”) which in 2008 replaced the American Commercial Lines Inc. Equity Award Plan for Employees, Officers and Directors and the ACL 2005 Stock Incentive Plan. According to the terms of the Plan, forfeited share awards and expired stock options become available for future grants.
     For all share-based compensation, as employees and directors render service over the vesting periods, expense is recorded to the same line items used for cash compensation. Generally, this expense is for the straight-line amortization of the grant date fair market value adjusted for expected forfeitures. Other capital is correspondingly increased as the compensation is recorded. Grant date fair market value for all non-option share-based compensation is the closing market value on the date of grant. Adjustments to estimated forfeiture rates are made when actual results are known, generally when awards are fully earned. Adjustments to estimated forfeitures for awards not fully vested occur when significant changes in turnover rates become evident.
     Effective as of the date of the Acquisition on December 21, 2010, all awards that had been granted to non-executive employees and to the former ACL board members vested and were paid out consistent with certain provisions in the Plans. The payment of the intrinsic value of these awards totaling $14,284 was a part of the consideration paid for the Acquisition and included certain previously vested executive shares. The remaining fair market value at the date of grant for these awards totaling $3,179 was expensed immediately prior to the Acquisition date. Awards previously granted to Company executives under the Plan were assumed by Finn and remained outstanding through December 31, 2010 with no changes in the terms and conditions, except for adjustment to denomination in Finn shares and conversion to time-based vesting as to

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the performance restricted units. At December 31, 2010, 8,799 shares were available under the Plan for future awards.
     During 2010, no share-based compensation awards were made after March 31, 2010. During the quarter ended March 31, 2010 the following share-based awards were issued to directors and employees under the ACL’s 2008 Omnibus Stock Incentive Plan (“Stock Incentive Plan”): stock options for 110,451 ACL shares (approximately 7,924 Finn Holding shares) with an average strike price of $22.01 ($306.81 per option post-conversion), 121,476 restricted stock units (approximately 8,715 post-conversion shares) and 28,413 performance shares (approximately 2,038 post-conversion shares). The terms of all of the awards were essentially the same as prior grants under the Stock Incentive Plan and the American Commercial Lines Equity Award Plan for Employees, Officers and Directors. The fair value of the restricted stock units and performance shares was $22.01 ($306.81 adjusted for the conversion), the closing price on the date of grant. Stock option grant date fair values are determined at the dates of grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model, a closed-form fair value model, based on market prices at the date of grant. The dividend yield, weighted average risk-free interest rate, expected term and volatility were respectively 0.0%, 2.7%, 6 years and 175.7% for the majority of the issued options. Certain options issued to the Board of Directors had a slightly shorter expected term. Options granted had a computed average fair value of $14.15 per option ($197.24 post conversion).
     The Company recorded total stock-based employee compensation of $7,464 (including the acceleration of expense for non-executive outstanding awards discussed above), $8,165 for 2009 and $9,284 for 2008. The total income tax benefit recognized was $2,817, $2,952 and $3,376 for 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
     The following table contains information as to the number and related expense and tax benefit associated with remaining share-based compensation at December 31, 2010.
                         
    Non-qualified stock     Restricted stock     Performance restricted  
    options     units     stock units  
Number outstanding
    14,074.5       6,167.0       5,811.0  
Weighted average exercise price
  $ 213.03                  
Previously recognized compensation cost
  $ 755     $ 688     $ 641  
Income tax benefit
  $ 283     $ 258     $ 240  
Unrecognized compensation cost
  $ 1,170     $ 669     $ 648  
Weighted average remaining life for compensation
  1.6 years     1.5 years     1.5 years  
     The Company has no vested options at December 31, 2010. The weighted average grant date fair value of the 14,074.5 outstanding unvested options at December 31, 2010 was $9.81 ($136.81 adjusted for the conversion). Remaining compensation to be expensed related to these options was $1,170 at December 31, 2010. The weighted average strike price of unvested options was $15.28 ($213.03 adjusted for the conversion). The weighted average remaining life for unvested compensation is slightly less than two years.
     The general characteristics of issued types of share-based awards granted under the Plans through December 31, 2010, are as follows.
     Stock Options - Stock options granted to management employees generally vest over three years in equal annual installments. Stock options granted to board members generally cliff vested in six months. All options issued through December 31, 2010, generally expire ten years from the date of grant. Stock option grant date fair values are determined at the date of grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model, a closed-form fair value model, based on market prices at the date of grant. Options outstanding at December 31, 2010, had a remaining weighted average contractual life of approximately 8.6 years.
     Restricted Stock Units — Restricted stock units granted to non-officers generally vest over three years in equal annual installments, while a less significant amount of the grants cliff vest twelve months from date of grant. Restricted stock units granted to officers cliff vest thirty-six months from the date of issuance.
     Performance Share Units — Each year since 2006 performance share units have been awarded to certain senior management personnel. Each grant of units contains specific cumulative three-year-term performance-based criteria which must be met as a condition of award vesting. At the end of each period for which these awards represent potentially dilutive securities, the cumulative performance against the criteria of each outstanding award is separately evaluated based on cumulative performance applicable to

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each award. The probability of each award’s vesting then is used to determine if the grant should be included in the computation of diluted earnings per share. Awards prior to 2009 were either fully vested or fully forfeited based on achievement of that award’s cumulative target. Prior to the 2009 awards the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors revised the conditions for vesting, allowing for graded vesting of grants for 2009 and beyond. The new conditions of vesting provide that if performance against the established three-year target is below an 80% achievement level none of the units vest, with 50% vesting at 80% achievement, 75% vesting at 100% achievement and 100% vesting at 120% achievement of the three-year performance criteria. The 2006 awards were forfeited at the conclusion of the performance period in 2009. As of the Acquisition date, performance share units were converted to restricted stock units with the original vesting dates.
NOTE 13. DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
     During the third quarter of 2009 an impairment charge of $4,400 related to certain intangible assets of Summit was recorded and is included in cost of sales in the table below. On November 30, 2009, CBL sold its investment in Summit for $2,750 cash, a $250 note receivable and certain other receivables. The sale of Summit and the operating results of Summit have been reported as Discontinued Operations net of applicable taxes for all periods presented.
     During 2006, in separate transactions, the Company sold its Venezuelan operations and the operating assets of its operations in the Dominican Republic. These transactions resulted in cessation of all international operations of the Company. For all periods presented, any continuing charges or credits related to the international operations have been reported as Discontinued Operations net of applicable taxes.
     The impact of discontinued operations on earnings per share in all periods presented is disclosed on the consolidated statements of operations. Discontinued Operations, net of tax consist of the following. (No activity occurred in the ten days ended December 31, 2010.)
                         
    2010     2009     2008  
Revenue
  $     $ 23,647     $ 37,521  
Cost of Sales
          27,816       32,672  
Selling, General and Administrative
    (287 )     3,986       4,371  
Goodwill Impairment
                269  
Other (Income) Expense
    (13 )     33       (807 )
Loss on Sale of Summit
          7,453        
 
                 
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations Before Income Tax
    300       (15,641 )     1,016  
Income Tax (Benefit)
          (5,611 )     388  
 
                 
Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations
  $ 300     $ (10,030 )   $ 628  
 
                 
Note: No Predecessor/Successor breakdown provided for this table due to insignificance.
NOTE 14. ACQUISITIONS, DISPOSITIONS AND IMPAIRMENT
Finn Holding Corporation (owned primarily by certain affiliates of Platinum Equity, LLC) Acquisition of ACL
     On December 21, 2010, Finn Holding Corporation through the merger of Finn Merger Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Finn Intermediate Holding Corporation, subsequently renamed ACL I Corporation, (both of whom had no other business activity outside the acquisition) with ACL, completed the acquisition of all of the outstanding equity of ACL, which had its common shares publicly traded since October 7, 2005. ACL is the direct parent of the Company. The purchase price has been preliminarily (pending finalization of valuation of certain acquired tangible and intangible assets and liabilities assessment) allocated and pushed down to the Company. The impacts of the purchase accounting fair valuations are reflected in earnings for the ten-day period ended December 31, 2010. The ten-day period after the Acquisition has been bifurcated in these financial statements and indicated by the heading “Successor Company.”

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     The funding of the purchase was made by cash of $460,000 invested in ACL I. $317,200 was paid to the transfer agent to purchase all outstanding shares of the Company not held by affiliates of Sam Zell, the largest ACL shareholder. The purchase price was $33.00 per share for the 9,612,110 outstanding shares. $101,077 was also paid to the Zell affiliates for their 3,234,474 shares bringing the total cash invested to $418,277. As further discussed in Note 12 certain participants in the share-based compensation plans of ACL (specifically all non-executive participants, including former board members) were paid a total of $14,284 representing the intrinsic value of their vested and unvested shares at the acquisition date computed by multiplying the number of restricted stock units and performance restricted stock units by $33.00 per unit, with “in the money” non-qualified stock options valued by $33.00 minus the strike prices of the underlying options. This payment was funded by the Company and represents a receivable from Finn on the Company balance sheet at the acquisition date. This brought the total consideration paid to $432,561. In addition ACL I assumed the concurrently funded obligations under the Company’s Existing Credit Facility in the amount of $169,204 including obligation for the payment of $15,170 in debt costs which were paid out of the initial draw down on the Existing Credit Facility. These debt costs were capitalized and will be amortized to interest expense on the effective interest method over the expected life of the Existing Credit Facility. All expenses associated with the transaction ($6,331 in the predecessor period and $7,688 in the successor period in selling, general and administrative expenses) have been expensed by the parties who incurred the expenses. As further discussed in Note 2, the Company had previously issued $200,000 in 2017 maturity, 12.5% face rate senior notes which remain in place. At the acquisition date these publicly traded senior notes were trading at 117.5, yielding a fair market value of $235,000 on the acquisition date.
The summation of the consideration paid is in the following table.
         
Paid to Zell affilitates
  $ 101,077  
Paid to remaining shareholders
    317,200  
Payments to Share-based comp holders
    14,284  
Assumed Credit Facility
    169,204  
Fair value of the 2017 Senior Notes
    235,000  
 
     
Purchase price
  $ 836,765  
 
     
Allocation of the Purchase Price
     The purchase price has been preliminarily allocated as indicated in the following table based primarily on third party appraisal of the major assets and liabilities. These adjustments to fair value are based on Level 3 inputs as to their fair values. The amounts allocated to goodwill consist primarily of the value of the Company’s assembled workforces in its transportation and manufacturing segments, but has not yet been allocated to those segments at December 31, 2010. The amount of goodwill is not tax deductible.

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