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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

☒ ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020

Or

☐ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15 (d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

Commission file number 001-06510

MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE COMPANY, INC.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Hawaii
(State or other jurisdiction
of incorporation or organization)

99-0107542
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)

200 Village Road
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii 96761

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)

 

(808) 877-3351
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

Trading Symbol(s)

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, without Par Value

MLP

NYSE

 

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

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

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

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ☒ No ☐

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ☒ No ☐

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

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

Large accelerated filer ☐

Non-accelerated filer  ☒

Accelerated filer  ☐

Smaller reporting company ☒

Emerging growth company ☐

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. ☐ 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell Company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ☐ No ☒

 

$75,978,024
(Aggregate market value of common stock
held by non-affiliates of the company on June 30, 2020)

19,360,082
(Number of shares of common stock
outstanding at January 27, 2021)

 

 

Portions of registrant’s Proxy Statement for registrant’s 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders
are incorporated by reference into
Part III, Items 10-14 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K
(Documents incorporated by reference)

 

  

 

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

 

This annual report on Form 10-K, or annual report, filed by Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, which statements are subject to considerable risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not statements of historical fact contained in this annual report and can be identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “project,” “might,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “could,” “would,” “estimate,” “continue” or “pursue,” or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology. In particular, forward-looking statements contained in this annual report relate to, among other things, our future events, future financial performance, results of operations, strategic plans and objectives, and recent accounting pronouncements. We caution you that the foregoing list may not include all of the forward-looking statements made in this annual report.

 

Although we believe that our opinions and expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable as of the date of this annual report, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements, and our actual results may differ substantially from the views and expectations set forth in this annual report. Thus, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict which factors will arise. In addition, we cannot assess the impact of each factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements. Further, any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly revise our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that arise after the date of this annual report.

 

 

  

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward Looking Statements i
     

PART I

 

 

Item 1.

Business

1

Item 1A.

Risk Factors

4

Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

10

Item 2.

Properties

10

Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

11

Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

11

 

 

 

PART II

 

 

Item 5.

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

11

Item 6.

Selected Financial Data

11

Item 7.

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

12

Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

17

Item 8.

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

18

Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

38

Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

38

Item 9B.

Other Information

38

 

 

 

PART III

 

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

39

Item 11.

Executive Compensation

39

Item 12.

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

39

Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

39

Item 14.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

39

 

 

 

PART IV

 

 

Item 15.

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

39

 

 

 

SIGNATURES

41

 

 

  

 

PART I

 

Item 1.

BUSINESS

 

Overview

 

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. is a Hawaii corporation and the successor to a business organized in 1909. Depending upon the context, the terms “Company,” “we,” “our,” and “us,” refer to either Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. alone, or to Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries collectively. The Company consists of a landholding and operating parent company, its principal subsidiary, Kapalua Land Company, Ltd. and certain other subsidiaries.

 

We own approximately 23,000 acres of land on the island of Maui, Hawaii and develop, sell, and manage residential, resort, commercial, agricultural and industrial real estate through the following business segments:

 

• Real Estate—Our real estate operations consist of land planning and entitlement, development and sales activities. This segment also includes the operations of Kapalua Realty Company, Ltd., a general brokerage real estate company located in the Kapalua Resort.

 

• Leasing—Our leasing operations include commercial, agricultural and industrial land and property leases, licensing of our registered trademarks and trade names, management of potable and non-potable water systems in West and Upcountry Maui, and stewardship and conservation efforts.

 

• Resort Amenities—We manage the operations of the Kapalua Club, a private, non-equity club program providing our members special programs, access and other privileges at certain amenities at the Kapalua Resort.

 

Additional information and operating results pertaining to the above business segments can be found under the heading “Description of Business” in this Item 1 and in Note 10 to our financial statements set forth in Item 8 of this annual report.

 

Recent Developments

 

COVID-19 Global Pandemic. In early 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic spread globally, threatening the State of Hawaii and severely impacting the geographic regions where travelers to the State of Hawaii reside.

 

In response to the pandemic, many federal, state, local, and foreign governments have put in place, and others in the future may put in place, travel restrictions, “shelter-in-place” orders, and similar government orders and restrictions in an attempt to control the spread and mitigate the impact of the disease. Such restrictions or orders have resulted in the mandatory closure of “non-essential” businesses, increased unemployment rates, “social distancing” restrictions, reduced tourist activity, work-from-home policies, and other changes that have led to significant disruptions to businesses and global financial markets. The overall impact of the pandemic on our business and future results of operations is highly uncertain and subject to change, and we are not able to accurately predict the magnitude or scope of such impacts at this time.

 

We have experienced a number of material impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic during the year ended December 31, 2020, and have taken certain precautionary measures intended to help minimize the risk to our business, employees, customers, and the communities in which we operate.

 

Refer to Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and Part II, Item 7, “Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” within this annual report for further information on the impacts to our business and results of operations and associated risks and uncertainties.

 

Description of Business

 

Real Estate

 

Our Real Estate segment includes all land planning, entitlement, development and sales activities of our landholdings on Maui. Our principal real estate development is the Kapalua Resort, a master-planned, destination resort and residential community located in West Maui encompassing approximately 3,000 acres. The following is a summary of our landholdings in acres as of December 31, 2020:

 

   

West

Maui

   

Upcountry

Maui

   

Total

 

Fully entitled urban

    900       -       900  

Agricultural zoned

    10,800       2,100       12,900  

Conservation/watershed

    9,000       -       9,000  
      20,700       2,100       22,800  

 

Revenues from our Real Estate segment totaled $0.8 million, or approximately 10% of our total operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

Real Estate Planning and Entitlements – Appropriate entitlements must be obtained for land that is intended for development. Securing proper land entitlements is a process that requires obtaining county, state and federal approvals, which can take many years to complete and entails a variety of risks. The entitlement process requires that we satisfy all conditions and restrictions imposed in connection with such governmental approvals, including, among other things, construction of infrastructure improvements, payment of impact fees – for conditions such as schools, public parks and traffic mitigation – restrictions on permitted uses of the land, and provision of affordable housing. We actively work with the community, regulatory agencies, and legislative bodies at all levels of government in an effort to obtain necessary entitlements consistent with the needs of the community.

 

 

We have approximately 1,200 acres of land on Maui that are in various stages of the development process. The following is a summary of our development projects as of December 31, 2020:

 

 

 

Location

Approximate

Number of
Acres

 

Zoned for
Planned Use

Anticipated

Completion

Dates

Kapalua Resort

  900

Yes

  2021 - 2039

Hali’imaile Town

  300

No

  2029 - 2034

 

We are engaged in planning, permitting and entitlement activities for our development projects, and we intend to proceed with construction and sales of the following projects, among others, when internal and external factors permit:

 

 

Kapalua Resort: We began development of the Kapalua Resort in the early 1970’s. Today, the Kapalua Resort is an internationally recognized world-class destination resort and residential community. We presently have entitlements to develop a variety of projects in the Kapalua Resort. Two that are currently planned include Kapalua Mauka and Kapalua Central Resort.

 

 

 

 

 

Kapalua Mauka is a long-term expansion project of the Kapalua Resort which is located directly upslope of the existing resort development. As presently planned, it encompasses 800 acres and includes up to 639 residential units with extensive amenities, including up to 27 additional holes of golf. State and County land use entitlements have been secured for this project.

 

 

 

 

 

Kapalua Central Resort is a commercial town center and residential community located in the core of the Kapalua Resort. It is comprised of 46 acres and is planned to include up to 61,000 square feet of commercial space and 196 condominium and multi-family residential units. State and County land use entitlements have been secured for this project. In February 2020, we entered into an agreement to sell the Kapalua Central Resort project for $43.9 million. The closing of the transaction is contingent upon, among other things, the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including a due diligence period.  Due to the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 restrictions, including those for transpacific travelers, the due diligence period was extended to July 15, 2021. The closing date of the sale is expected to be 30 days after the last day of the due diligence period.

 

 

Hali`imaile Town: An expansion of an existing plantation town in Upcountry Maui, this project is contemplated to be a holistic traditional community with agriculture and sustainability as core design elements. The project includes 290 acres classified as “Small Town” in the long-range County of Maui Island Plan. This designation allows the potential for residential, industrial and commercial development at a moderate density. We are in the early stages of this project’s development and securing State and County land use entitlements are expected to take several years.

 

Projected development costs are expected to be financed by debt financing, private investment, joint ventures with other development or construction companies, or a combination of these methods.

 

Real Estate Brokerage Services – Through the six months ended June 30, 2020, our wholly-owned subsidiary, Kapalua Realty Company, Ltd., provided licensed, general brokerage services for properties in the Kapalua Resort and surrounding areas. Effective July 1, 2020, we entered into an office lease agreement and license agreement with a real estate company to provide general brokerage services to the area. Under terms of the license agreement, monthly royalty fees are collected for the use of certain of our trademarks.

 

The price and market for luxury and other real estate in Maui are highly cyclical and influenced significantly by interest rates, the general real estate markets in the mainland United States and specifically the West Coast, the popularity of Hawaii as a vacation destination and second-home market, the general condition of the economy in the United States and Asia, and the relationship of the dollar to foreign currencies. Our Real Estate segment faces substantial competition from other landowners and developers on the island of Maui, as well as in other parts of Hawaii and the mainland United States.

 

Leasing

 

Our Leasing segment operations include commercial, agricultural and industrial land and property leases, licensing of our registered trademarks and trade names, sales of potable and non-potable water in West and Upcountry Maui, and stewardship and conservation efforts.

 

Revenues from our Leasing segment totaled $5.9 million, or approximately 79% of our total operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

 

Commercial and Industrial Leases – We are the owner and lessor of approximately 187,000 square feet of commercial, retail and light industrial properties, including restaurants, retail outlets, office buildings, warehouses and Kapalua Resort activities. The following summarizes information related to our commercial and industrial leases as of December 31, 2020:

 

   

Total

   

Average

   

Lease

 
   

Square

   

Occupancy

   

Expiration

 
   

Footage

   

Percentage

   

Dates

 

Kapalua Resort

    60,000       93%       2021 - 2048  

Other West Maui

    14,000       93%       2024 - 2028  

Upcountry Maui

    113,000       91%       2021 - 2030  

 

Agricultural Leases – We are the lessor of approximately 6,000 acres of diversified agriculture, renewable energy, eco tours, and activities land leases in West and Upcountry Maui.

 

Trademark and Trade Name Licensing – We currently have licensing agreements for the use of our registered Kapalua and other trademarks and trade names with several different companies, mainly in conjunction with our agricultural, commercial and industrial leases.

 

Potable and Non-Potable Water Systems – We own and operate several potable water wells, non-potable irrigation water ditches, reservoirs and transmission systems serving the Kapalua Resort, the County of Maui, and agricultural users in West and Upcountry Maui.

 

Stewardship and Conservation – We manage the conservation of a 9,000-acre nature and watershed preserve in West Maui. A portion of our stewardship and conservation efforts is subsidized by the State of Hawaii, the County of Maui, and other organizations.

  

Our Leasing segment operations are highly sensitive to economic conditions including tourism and consumer spending levels and faces substantial competition from other property owners in Maui and Hawaii. The amount of rainfall and the level of development in the Kapalua Resort area also affect the demand for our potable and non-potable water.

 

Resort Amenities

 

Our Resort Amenities segment includes the operations of the Kapalua Club, a private, non-equity club providing its members special programs, access and other privileges at certain of the amenities at the Kapalua Resort including a 30,000 square foot full-service spa and a private pool-side dining beach club.

 

Revenues from our Resort Amenities segment totaled $0.8 million, or approximately 11% of our total operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

The viability of the Kapalua Club is principally dependent on the overall appeal and success of the Kapalua Resort. The resort faces competition from other resort destination communities on Maui and other parts of Hawaii.

 

Employees

 

As of December 31, 2020, we had 17 full-time employees, none of whom are members of a collective bargaining group.

 

In 2020, public health measures and other state and local governmental orders were issued to reduce the exposure to the COVID-19 virus. In response, we established appropriate work arrangements for our employees to comply with such orders and maintain our financial reporting systems.

 

A Code of Business Conduct and Ethics applies to all directors and employees. We also utilize an ethics reporting email and voice system which is monitored by the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors. There were no submissions made through the system in 2020.

 

An executive compensation program is designed and administered by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors. The program includes annual and long-term incentive compensation plans for certain of the Company’s executive officers. Payouts are payable in common stock and are based on achieving predetermined thresholds under various performance measurements. An advisory vote of shareholders is cast annually on the compensation paid to our named executive officers.

 

Available Information

 

Our internet address is www.mauiland.com. Information about the Company is also available on www.kapalua.com. Reference in this annual report to these website addresses does not constitute incorporation by reference of the information contained on the websites. We make available free of charge on or through our website our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and other reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC. We also make available through our website all filings of our executive officers and directors on Forms 3, 4 and 5 pursuant to Section 16 of the Exchange Act. These filings are also available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov.

 

 

Item 1A.

RISK FACTORS

 

The following is a summary of certain risks we face in our business. They are not the only risks we face. Additional risks that we do not yet know of or that we currently believe are immaterial may also impair our business operations. If any of the events or circumstances described in the following risks actually occurs, our business, financial condition or results of operations could suffer, and the trading price of our common stock could decline. In assessing these risks, investors should also refer to the other information contained or incorporated by reference in our other filings with the SEC.

 

Risks Related to our Business

 

Unstable macroeconomic market conditions could materially and adversely affect our operating results.

 

Our operations and performance depend significantly on worldwide economic conditions. Uncertainty about global economic conditions poses a risk to our business as consumers, tourists and real estate investors postpone or reduce spending in response to tighter credit markets, energy costs, negative financial news, reduced consumer confidence, and/or declines in income or asset values, which could have a material negative effect on the demand for our products and services. Other factors that could influence demand include increases in fuel costs, conditions in the residential real estate and mortgage markets, interest rates, labor costs, access to credit on reasonable terms, geopolitical issues, and other macroeconomic factors affecting consumer spending behavior. These and other economic factors could have a material adverse effect on demand for our products and services and on our financial condition and operating results.

 

In addition, in the event that current equity or credit market conditions deteriorate, or if our expenses increase unexpectedly, it may become necessary for us to raise additional capital in the form of a debt or equity financing, or a combination of the two. A downturn in industry, market or economic conditions could make debt or equity financing more difficult, more costly, and, in the case of an equity financing, more dilutive to our existing stockholders. Failure to secure any necessary financing in a timely manner and on favorable terms could have a material adverse effect on our ability to execute our current business strategy, as well as our financial performance and stock price.

 

Real estate investments are subject to numerous risks and we are negatively impacted by downturns in the real estate market.

 

We are subject to the risks that generally relate to investments in real property because we develop and sell real property, primarily for residential use. The market for real estate on Maui and in Hawaii generally tends to be highly cyclical and is typically affected by numerous changes in local, national and worldwide conditions, especially economic conditions, many of which are beyond our control, including the following:

 

 

periods of economic uncertainty and weakness in Hawaii and in the United States generally;

 

 

uncertainties and changes in U.S. social, political, regulatory and economic conditions or laws and policies, and concerns surrounding ongoing developments in the European Union, the Middle East and Asia;

 

 

high unemployment rates and low consumer confidence;

 

 

the general availability of mortgage financing, including the effect of more stringent lending standards for mortgages and perceived or actual changes in interest rates;

 

 

energy costs, including fuel costs, which could impact the cost and desirability of traveling to Hawaii;

 

 

local, state and federal government regulation, including eminent domain laws, which may result in a taking for less compensation than what we believe our property is worth;

 

 

the popularity of Maui in particular and Hawaii in general as a vacation destination or second home market;

 

 

 

the relationship of the dollar to foreign currencies;

  

 

tax law changes, including limits or potential elimination of the deductibility of certain mortgage interest expenses, real property taxes and employee relocation expenses; and/or

 

 

acts of God, such as tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters, including the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Changes in any of the foregoing could have a material adverse effect on our business by causing a more significant general decline in the market for residential or luxury real estate, which, in turn, could adversely affect our development plans, revenues and profitability. During low periods of demand, real estate may remain on hand for much longer than expected or be sold at lower-than-expected returns, or even at a loss, which could impair our liquidity and ability to proceed with development projects and negatively affect our operating results. Sustained adverse changes to our development plans could result in impairment charges or write-offs of deferred development costs, which could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, in the current economic environment, equity real estate investments may be difficult to sell quickly and we may not be able to adjust our portfolio of properties quickly in response to economic or other conditions.

 

The COVID-19 pandemic, or an outbreak of another highly infectious or contagious disease, could adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flow.

 

The spread of a highly infectious or contagious disease, such as COVID-19, has caused and could continue to cause severe disruptions in the U.S. economy, which could in turn disrupt the business, activities, and operations of our customers, as well as our business and operations. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption in business activity and financial markets both globally and in the United States. Many states and localities have imposed limitations on commercial activity and public gatherings and events, as well as moratoria on evictions. Concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 has caused and is likely to continue to cause quarantines, business shutdowns, reduction in business activity and financial transactions, increased unemployment, restrictions on travel, reduced tourism to Maui, reduced real estate development activity and overall economic and financial market instability, all of which may result a decrease in our business. Such conditions are likely to exacerbate many of the risks described elsewhere in this section. Therefore, to the extent that economic activity, travel, real estate development and business conditions generally remain poor or deteriorate further, our business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows could be materially adversely affected. While we do not expect any adjustments to the closing date or our ability to fulfill any related conditions to the sale of our Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd. assets, COVID-19 related government restrictions including public health emergency orders and quarantine rules for transpacific travelers have extended the due diligence period for the sale of Kapalua Central Resort. If COVID-19 related uncertainties impact the buyers’ determinations during the respective due diligence periods, the sales of these assets may be adversely impacted.

 

Because we are located in Hawaii and therefore apart from the mainland United States, our financial results are more sensitive to certain economic factors, such as spending on tourism and increased fuel and travel costs, which may adversely impact and materially affect our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

Our businesses are dependent on attracting visitors to the Kapalua Resort, to Maui, and to the State of Hawaii as a whole. Economic factors that affect the number of visitors, their length of stay or expenditure levels will affect our financial performance. Factors such as worldwide economic uncertainty and weakness, the level of unemployment in Hawaii and the mainland United States, natural disasters, substantial increases in the cost of energy, including fuel costs, and events in the airline industry that may reduce passenger capacity or increase traveling costs could reduce the number of visitors to the Kapalua Resort and negatively affect a potential buyer’s demand for our future property developments, each of which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations. In addition, the threat, or perceived threat, of heightened terrorist activity in the United States or other geopolitical events, or the threat, or perceived threat, of the spread of contagious diseases, such as the Coronavirus, could negatively affect a potential visitor’s choice of vacation destination or second home location or result in travel bans that could, as a result, have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations.

 

We have previously been involved in joint ventures and may be subject to risks associated with future joint venture relationships.

 

We have previously been involved in partnerships, joint ventures and other joint business relationships, and may initiate future joint venture projects. A joint venture involves certain risks such as:

 

 

our actual or potential lack of voting control over the joint venture;

 

 

 

our ability to maintain good relationships with our joint venture partners;

 

 

a venture partner at any time may have economic or business interests that are inconsistent with ours, especially in light of economic uncertainty and weakness;

 

 

a venture partner may fail to fund its share of operations and development activities, or to fulfill its other commitments, including providing accurate and timely accounting and financial information to us; and

 

 

a joint venture or venture partner could lose key personnel.

 

In connection with our joint venture projects, we may be asked to guarantee the joint venture’s obligations, or to indemnify third parties in connection with a joint venture’s contractual arrangements. If we were to become obligated under such arrangements or become subject to the risks associated with joint venture relationships, our business, financial condition and results of operations may be adversely affected.

 

If we are unable to complete land development projects within forecasted time and budget expectations, if at all, our financial results may be negatively affected.

 

We intend to develop resort and other properties as suitable opportunities arise, taking into consideration the general economic climate. New project developments have a number of risks, including risks associated with:

 

 

construction delays or cost overruns that may increase project costs;

 

 

receipt of zoning, occupancy and other required governmental permits and authorizations;

 

 

development costs incurred for projects that are not pursued to completion;

 

 

earthquakes, tsunamis, hurricanes, floods, fires or other natural disasters that could adversely impact a project;

 

 

defects in design or construction that may result in additional costs to remedy or require all or a portion of a property to be closed during the period required to rectify the situation;

 

 

ability to raise capital;

 

 

impact of governmental fines and assessments such as park fees or affordable housing requirements;

 

 

governmental restrictions on the nature or size of a project or timing of completion; and

 

 

the potential lack of adequate building/construction capacity for large development projects.

 

If any development project is not completed on time or within budget, this could have a material adverse effect on our financial results.

 

If we are unable to obtain required land use entitlements at reasonable costs, or at all, our operating results would be adversely affected.

 

The financial performance of our Real Estate segment is dependent upon our success in obtaining land use entitlements for proposed development projects. Obtaining all of the necessary entitlements to develop a parcel of land is often difficult, costly and may take several years, or more, to complete. In some situations, we may be unable to obtain the necessary entitlements to proceed with a real estate development or may be required to alter our plans for the development. Delays or failures to obtain these entitlements may have a material adverse effect on our financial results.

 

If we are unable to successfully compete with other developers of real estate in Maui, our financial results could be materially adversely affected.

 

Our real estate products face significant competition from other luxury resort real estate properties on Maui, and from other residential property in Hawaii and the mainland United States. In many cases, our competitors are larger than us and have greater access to capital. If we are unable to compete with these competitors, our financial results could be materially adversely affected.

 

 

We may be subject to certain environmental regulations under which we may have additional liability and experience additional costs for land development.

 

Various federal, state, and local environmental laws, ordinances and regulations regulate our properties and could make us liable for the costs of removing or cleaning up hazardous or toxic substances on, under, or in property we currently own or operate or that we previously owned or operated. These laws could impose liability without regard to whether we knew of, or were responsible for, the presence of hazardous or toxic substances. The presence of hazardous or toxic substances, or the failure to properly clean up such substances when present, could jeopardize our ability to develop, use, sell or rent our real property or to borrow using our real property as collateral. If we arrange for the disposal or treatment of hazardous or toxic wastes, we could be liable for the costs of removing or cleaning up wastes at the disposal or treatment facility, even if we never owned or operated that facility. Certain laws, ordinances, and regulations, particularly those governing the management or preservation of wetlands, coastal zones and threatened or endangered species, could limit our ability to develop, use, sell or rent our real property.

 

Changes in weather conditions or natural disasters could adversely impact and materially affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations.

 

Natural disasters could damage our resort and real estate holdings, resulting in substantial repair or replacement costs to the extent not covered by insurance, a reduction in property values, or a loss of revenue, each of which could have a material adverse impact on our business, financial condition and results of operations. Our competitors may be affected differently by such changes in weather conditions or natural disasters depending on the location of their assets or operations.

  

Our insurance coverages may be inadequate to cover any losses we incur.

 

We maintain various insurance coverages for our business. We have engaged experts to assist us in the determination of our insurance policy terms, including coverage limits and deductibles, based on an evaluation of the level of potential risk, exposure and costs involved. This may result in insurance coverage that may not be sufficient to cover the full value of our losses in certain catastrophic or unforeseen circumstances. In addition, securing coverage in the event we file a claim under our insurance policies may involve substantial time, effort, resources, and the risk that the insurance carrier may deny or dispute coverage under the policy. Under such circumstances, we may not receive insurance proceeds or the insurance proceeds we receive may not fully cover business interruptions or losses and our operating results, liquidity and financial condition could be adversely affected.

 

Unauthorized use of our trademarks could negatively impact our businesses.

 

We have several trademarks that we have registered in the United States and in several foreign countries. To the extent that our exclusive use of these trademarks is challenged, we intend to vigorously defend our rights. If we are not successful in defending our rights, our businesses could be adversely impacted.

 

Market volatility of asset values and interest rates affect the funded status of our defined benefit pension plans and could, under certain circumstances, have a material adverse effect on our financial condition.

 

We have a defined benefit pension plan which was frozen with respect to benefits and the addition of participants in 2011. The funded status and our ability to satisfy the future obligations of the plan is affected by, among other things, changes in interest rates, returns from plan asset investments, and actuarial assumptions including the life expectancies of the plan’s participants. If we are unable to adequately fund or meet our future obligations with respect to the plan, our business, financial condition and results of operations may be adversely affected.

 

Changes in U.S. accounting standards may adversely impact us.

 

The regulatory boards and government agencies that determine financial accounting standards and disclosures in the U.S., including the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) and the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) (collectively, the “Boards”) and the SEC, continually change and update the financial accounting standards we must follow.

 

Any difficulties in the implementation of changes in accounting principles, including the ability to modify our accounting systems and to update our policies, procedures, information systems, and internal controls over financial reporting, could result in materially inaccurate financial statements, which in turn could harm our operating results or cause us to fail to meet our reporting obligations. The adoption of new accounting standards could also affect the calculation of our credit facility covenants. We cannot be assured that we will be able to work with our lenders to amend our credit facility covenants in response to changes in accounting standards.

 

 

Security incidents through cyber-attacks, cyber intrusions, or other methods could disrupt our information technology networks and related systems, cause a loss of assets or loss of data, give rise to remediation or other expenses, expose us to liability under federal and state laws, and subject us to litigation and investigations, which could result in substantial reputational damage and materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, and the market price of our common stock.

 

Information technology, communication networks, and related systems are essential to the operation of our business. We use these systems to manage our tenant, vendor and customer relationships, internal communications, accounting and record-keeping systems, and many other key aspects of our business. Our operations rely on the secure processing, storage, and transmission of confidential and other information in our computer systems and networks, which also depend on the strength of our procedures and the effectiveness of our internal controls.

 

A security incident may occur through physical break-ins, breaches of our secure network by an unauthorized party, software vulnerabilities, malware, computer viruses, attachments to emails, employee theft or misuse, social engineering, or inadequate use of security controls. Outside parties may attempt to fraudulently induce our employees to disclose sensitive information or transfer funds via illegal electronic spamming, phishing, spoofing or other tactics. Additionally, cyber attackers can develop and deploy malware, credential theft or guessing tools, and other malicious software programs to gain access to sensitive data or fraudulently obtain assets we hold.

 

We have implemented security measures to safeguard our systems and data and to manage cyber security risk. We monitor and develop our information technology networks and infrastructure and invest in the development and enhancement of our controls designed to prevent, detect, address, and mitigate the risk of unauthorized access, misuse, computer viruses, and other events that could have a security impact. We conduct periodic security awareness trainings for our employees to educate them on how to identify and alert management regarding phishing emails, spoofed or manipulated electronic communications, and other critical security threats. We have implemented internal controls around our treasury function including enhanced payment authorization procedures, verification requirements for new vendor set-up and vendor information changes and bolstered outgoing payment notification processes and account reconciliation procedures.

 

While, to date, we are not aware of having experienced a significant security incident or cyber-attack, there can be no assurance that our actions, security measures, and controls designed to prevent, detect, or respond to intrusion; to limit access to data; to prevent loss, destruction, alteration, or exfiltration of business information; or to limit the negative impact from such attacks can provide absolute security against a security incident.

 

A principal reason that we cannot provide absolute protection from security incidents is that it may not always be possible to anticipate, detect, or recognize threats to our systems, or to implement effective preventive measures against all security incidents due to, among other things, the frequent change in techniques used in cyber-attacks, which may not be recognized until launched, and the wide variety of sources from which a cyber-attack can originate. We may not be able to immediately address the consequences of a security incident due to a cyber-attack.

 

The extent of a particular cyber-attack and the steps that we may need to take to investigate the attack may not be immediately clear. Therefore, in the event of an attack, it may take a significant amount of time before such an investigation can be completed. During an investigation, we may not necessarily know the extent of the damage incurred or how best to remediate it, and certain errors or actions could be repeated or compounded before they are discovered and remediated, which could further increase the costs and consequences of a cyber-attack.

  

Even if we are not targeted directly, cyber-attacks on the U.S. government, financial markets, financial institutions, or other businesses, including our tenants, vendors, software creators, cloud providers, and other third parties with whom we do business, could disrupt our normal business operations and networks.

 

We maintain insurance to protect ourselves against certain losses incurred in the event of a security incident or disruption of our information systems. However, we cannot be certain that the coverage will be adequate to compensate us for all damages that may arise. In addition, we cannot be certain that such insurance coverages will remain available to us in the future on commercially reasonable terms, or at all.

 

Risks Related to Indebtedness

 

We have entered into a credit agreement for a $15.0 million revolving line of credit facility with a bank. The credit facility has a maturity date of December 31, 2021 and its terms include certain financial and operating covenants, which if we fail to satisfy, could accelerate our repayment obligations, and adversely affect our operations and financial results.

 

The terms of our credit facility include covenants requiring among other things, a minimum of $2.0 million in liquidity (as defined), a maximum of $45.0 million in total liabilities and a limitation on new indebtedness. Our ability to continue to borrow under our credit facility to fund our business initiatives depends upon our ability to comply with these covenants.

 

 

Interest on our credit facility is calculated at the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus 3.50%. In the future, use of LIBOR may be discontinued and we cannot be certain how long LIBOR will continue to be a viable benchmark interest rate. Our credit agreement states that if any law or regulation makes it unlawful for interest to be calculated using LIBOR, then interest will be calculated based on the bank’s prime rate, which rate may not necessarily be the best or lowest rate charged by the bank from time to time. Use of the bank’s prime rate could result in increased borrowing costs or volatility in interest rates.

 

Our business initiatives for the next twelve months include investing in our operating infrastructure and continued planning and entitlement efforts on our development projects. At times, this may require borrowing under our credit facility or other indebtedness, repayment of which may be dependent on selling of our real estate assets at acceptable prices in condensed timeframes.

 

Our indebtedness could have the effect of, among other things, increasing our exposure to general adverse economic and industry conditions, limiting our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and industry, and limiting our ability to borrow additional funds.

 

Risks Relating to our Stock

 

Our stock price has been subject to significant volatility.

 

In 2020, the low and high share prices of our common stock ranged from $8.50 to $13.62. Our stock price has been, and may continue to be, subject to significant volatility. Among others, including the risks and uncertainties discussed in this annual report, the following factors, some of which are out of our control, may cause the market price of our common stock to continue to be volatile:

 

 

our quarterly or annual earnings or those of other companies in our industry;

 

 

actual or unanticipated fluctuations in our operating results;

 

 

the relatively low volume of trading in our stock; and

 

 

the lack of significant securities analysts coverage of our stock.

  

Fluctuations in the price of our common stock may also be exacerbated by economic and other conditions in Maui in particular, or conditions in the financial markets generally.

 

Share ownership by our affiliates make it more difficult for third parties to acquire us or effectuate a change of control that might be viewed favorably by other shareholders.

 

As of January 27, 2021, affiliates of our company owned, in the aggregate, approximately 65% of our outstanding shares. As a result, if these affiliates were to oppose a third party’s acquisition proposal for, or a change in control of, the Company, these affiliates may have sufficient voting power to be able to block or at least delay such an acquisition or change in control from taking place, even if other shareholders would support such a sale or change of control.

 

Trading in our stock over the last twelve months has been limited, so investors may not be able to sell as much stock as they want at prevailing prices.

 

The average daily trading volume in our common stock for the year ended December 31, 2020 was approximately 23,000 shares. If limited trading in our stock continues, it may be difficult for investors to sell their shares in the public market at any given time at prevailing prices. Moreover, the market price for shares of our common stock may be made more volatile because of the relatively low volume of trading in our common stock. When trading volume is low, significant price movement can be caused by the trading in a relatively small number of shares. Volatility in our common stock could cause stockholders to incur substantial losses.

 

We do not anticipate declaring any cash dividends on our common stock.

 

We have not declared or paid regular cash dividends on our common stock. Our current policy is to retain all funds and any earnings for use in the operation and expansion of our business. The payment of cash dividends by us is restricted by our credit facility which contains covenants prohibiting us from paying any cash dividends without the lender’s prior approval. If we do not pay dividends, our stock may be less valuable to you because a return on your investment will only occur if our stock price appreciates.

 

 

If we do not meet the continued listing requirements of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), our common stock may be delisted.

 

Our common stock is currently listed on the NYSE. If we are unable to maintain compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standards the NYSE may take action to delist our common stock. Delisting could negatively impact us by, among other things, reducing the liquidity and market price of our common stock, reducing the number of investors willing to hold or acquire our common stock, and limiting our ability to issue additional securities or obtain additional financing in the future, and might negatively impact our reputation and, as a consequence, our business. In addition, if our common stock is delisted, it would violate the covenants of our credit facility.

 

We may need additional funds which, if available, could result in significant dilution to our stockholders, have superior rights to our common stock and contain covenants that restrict our operations.

 

If unanticipated contingencies or other unforeseen circumstances arise, it may be necessary for us to raise additional capital either through public or private equity or debt financing. We cannot say with any certainty that we will be able to obtain the additional needed funds on reasonable terms, or at all. If we were to raise capital through the issuance of our common stock or securities convertible or exercisable into our common stock, our existing stockholders may suffer significant dilution. If we issued preferred equity or debt securities, these securities could have rights superior to holders of our common stock and could contain covenants that will restrict our operations. If additional funds are raised through a bank credit facility or the issuance of debt securities, the holder of such indebtedness would have rights senior to the rights of equity holders and the terms of such indebtedness could impose restrictions on our operations.

 

Item 1B.

UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS

 

None.

  

Item 2.

PROPERTIES

 

Most of our land was acquired from 1911 to 1932 and, accordingly, has a relatively low cost basis. The following is a summary of our landholdings as of December 31, 2020:

 

   

Acres

 

West Maui

    20,700  

Upcountry Maui

    2,100  

Total

    22,800  

 

Our West Maui landholdings are comprised of several, largely contiguous parcels that extend from the sea to the top of the second largest mountain on Maui, at an elevation of approximately 5,700 feet. It includes approximately 900 acres within the 3,000-acre Kapalua Resort. The remaining lands are mainly former pineapple fields, gulches, undeveloped coastal and forest areas, and our 9,000-acre conservation watershed preserve.

 

Our Upcountry Maui landholdings are situated at elevations between 1,000 and 2,000 feet above sea level on the slopes of Haleakala, a volcanic-formed mountain on the island that rises above 10,000 feet in elevation.

 

We have pledged certain of our real estate properties in the Kapalua Resort as security for borrowings under our credit facility.

 

In February 2020, we entered into an agreement to sell the Kapalua Central Resort project for $43.9 million. The closing of the sale is contingent upon, among other things, the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including a due diligence period. Due to the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 restrictions, including those for transpacific travelers, the due diligence period was extended to July 15, 2021. The closing date of the sale is expected to be 30 days after the last day of the due diligence period.

 

We own our corporate office located in the Kapalua Resort. We believe our facilities are suitable and adequate for our business and have sufficient capacity for the purposes for which they are currently being used or intended to be used. Additional information regarding our real estate properties can be found under the heading “Business” in Item 1 of this annual report.

 

 

Item 3.

LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

 

On December 31, 2018, the State of Hawaii Department of Health (“DOH”) issued a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order (“Order”) for alleged wastewater effluent violations related to our Upcountry Maui wastewater treatment facility. The facility was built in the 1960’s to serve approximately 200 single-family homes developed for workers in our former agricultural operations. The facility is made up of two 1.5-acre wastewater stabilization ponds and surrounding disposal leach fields. The Order includes, among other requirements, payment of a $230,000 administrative penalty and development of a new wastewater treatment plant, which become final and binding – unless a hearing is requested to contest the alleged violations and penalties.

 

The DOH agreed to defer the Order without a hearing date while we continue working on a previously approved corrective action plan to resolve and remediate the facility’s wastewater effluent issues. The construction of additional leach fields was completed as of December 31, 2020. Additionally, the installation of a surface aerator, sludge removal system, and natural pond cover using water plants is currently in progress. No hearing date has been set as discussions with the DOH are still ongoing to address any other matters regarding the Order. 

 

We are presently unable to estimate the amount, or range of amounts, of any probable liability, if any, related to the Order and no provision has been made in the accompanying financial statements.

 

From time to time, we are a party to various claims, complaints and other legal actions that have arisen in the normal course of our business activities. We believe the outcome of these pending legal proceedings, in the aggregate, is not likely to have a material adverse effect on our operations, financial position or cash flows.

 

Item 4.

MINE SAFETY DISCLOSURES

 

Not applicable.

 

PART II

 

Item 5.

MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

 

Our common stock is traded on the NYSE under the symbol “MLP.” Our ability to declare dividends is restricted by the terms of our credit agreement. We do not intend to pay any cash dividends on our common stock in the foreseeable future. As of January 28, 2021, there were 234 shareholders of record of our common stock, which do not include beneficial owners of our common stock whose shares are held in the names of various securities brokers, dealers and registered clearing agencies.

 

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities

 

None.

 

Repurchases

 

None.

 

Securities Authorized For Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans

 

The information regarding securities authorized for issuance under our equity compensation plans is set forth in Item 12 of this annual report.

 

Item 6.

SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

 

Because we are a smaller reporting company, as defined in Item 10(f)(1) of Regulation S-K, we are not required to provide the information required by this Item.

 

 

Item 7.

MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with the forward-looking statements disclaimer set forth at the beginning of this annual report, the risk factors set forth in Item 1A of this annual report, and our financial statements and the notes to those statements set forth in Item 8 of this annual report.

 

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Comparison of Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

CONSOLIDATED 

 

   

Year Ended December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands except share amounts)

 
                 

Operating revenues

  $ 7,540     $ 10,045  

Operating costs and expenses

    (4,726

)

    (5,443

)

General and administrative

    (2,445

)

    (2,254

)

Share-based compensation

    (1,632

)

    (1,732

)

Depreciation

    (1,289

)

    (1,412

)

Operating loss

    (2,552

)

    (796

)

Other income

    894       -  

Pension and other postretirement expenses

    (475

)

    (1,016

)

Interest expense

    (134

)

    (198

)

Income tax expense

    -       (4,999

)

Loss from Continuing Operations

    (2,267

)

    (7,009

)

Loss from Discontinued Operations

    (337

)

    (3,357

)

Net Loss

  $ (2,604

)

  $ (10,366

)

                 

Loss from Continuing Operations per Common Share

  $ (0.12

)

  $ (0.37

)

Loss from Discontinuing Operations per Common Share

  $ (0.02

)

  $ (0.17

)

Net Loss per Common Share

  $ (0.14

)

  $ (0.54

)

 

REAL ESTATE

 

   

Year Ended December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Operating revenues

  $ 772     $ 915  

Operating costs and expenses

    (600

)

    (1,185

)

Operating income (loss)

  $ 172     $ (270

)

 

Real estate operating revenues include the sales of real estate inventory and sales commissions from resales of properties by our wholly-owned subsidiary, Kapalua Realty Company, Ltd.

 

During the six months ended June 30, 2020, Kapalua Realty Company, Ltd., provided licensed, general brokerage services for properties in the Kapalua Resort and surrounding areas. Effective July 1, 2020, we entered into an office lease agreement and license agreement with a real estate company to provide general brokerage services to the area. Under terms of the license agreement, monthly royalty fees are received for the use of certain of our trademarks.

 

Sales commissions of $0.2 million and $0.9 million were earned during the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. A corresponding decrease in commissions paid resulted in lower operating costs and expenses. In addition, legal defense costs related primarily to the project formerly known as The Ritz-Carlton Club and Residences, Kapalua Bay were incurred in 2019.

 

In December 2020, a 5.1 acre, agricultural zoned parcel in West Maui was sold for $0.6 million to the County of Maui for expanded storage capacity of its recycled water system. 

 

Real estate development expenditures were $0.4 million and $0.3 million in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

Real estate development and sales are cyclical and depend on a number of factors. Results for one period are therefore not necessarily indicative of future performance trends in this business segment. Following the closing of the diligence period, among the satisfaction of other contingencies.

 

 

LEASING

 

   

Year Ended December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Operating revenues

  $ 5,948     $ 8,148  

Operating costs and expenses

    (2,933

)

    (3,228

)

Operating income

  $ 3,015     $ 4,920  

 

Leasing operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2020 were comprised of $4.3 million of revenues from commercial, agricultural, and industrial leases, $0.5 million of licensing fees from our registered trademarks and trade names, and $1.1 million of revenue from potable and non-potable water system sales. This compares to $6.0 million of revenues from commercial, agricultural, and industrial leases, $0.9 million of licensing fees from our registered trademarks and trade names, and $1.2 million of revenue from potable and non-potable water system sales for the year ended December 31, 2019.

 

The decrease in operating revenues was primarily due to lower percentage rental income from our commercial leasing portfolio. The impact of COVID-19 on tenants’ sales activity resulted in lower percentage rental income recognized in 2020. Continued restrictions on public gatherings, such as stay-at-home orders, and the threat of COVID-19 or other infectious disease has and will likely have an adverse effect on our tenants’ ability to pay rent.  Rent abatements of $0.4 million were granted to tenants during 2020. Additional reserves of $185,000 were also recorded to increase our allowance for doubtful accounts to $220,000 as of December 31, 2020.

 

The decrease in leasing operating costs and expenses for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019 was primarily due to lower repairs and maintenance costs for our commercial leasing portfolio properties. In addition, expenses related to the repair of non-potable irrigation ditch and transmission systems damaged from Tropical Storm Olivia in October 2018 were reduced by insurance reimbursements of $0.2 million in 2020.

 

Our leasing operations face substantial competition from other property owners in Maui and Hawaii.

 

RESORT AMENITIES

 

   

Year Ended December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Operating revenues

  $ 820     $ 982  

Operating costs and expenses

    (1,193

)

    (1,030

)

Operating loss

  $ (373

)

  $ (48

)

 

Our Resort Amenities segment includes the operations of the Kapalua Club, a private, non-equity club providing its members special programs, access and other privileges at certain of the amenities at the Kapalua Resort including a 30,000 square foot full-service spa, a private pool-side dining beach club, and two 18-hole championship golf courses. The Kapalua Club does not own or operate any resort amenities and the member dues collected are primarily used to pay contracted fees to provide access for its members to the spa, beach club and other resort amenities.

 

In March 2020, access to certain facilities and amenities was restricted due to regulations related to COVID-19. The decrease in operating revenues for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019 was due to a partial refund of member dues as a result of these restrictions. Contracted fee expense correspondingly decreased in 2020. Member dues may be affected in future periods depending on the impact of COVID-19 on public health measures and regulations.

 

The increase in operating costs and expenses for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019 was due to the closure of the Kapalua Plantation Golf Course for renovations from February to December 2019 and an increase in contracted golf course fees charged to the Company in the first quarter of 2020.

 

OTHER INCOME

 

The Company held a 51% ownership interest in Kapalua Bay Holdings, LLC (“KBH”).  In 2009, the investment was written down to zero.  In May 2020, as part of the dissolution of KBH, we received $0.9 million as a return of cash collateral related to an owner controlled insurance program.

 

Interest Expense

 

Interest expense was approximately $0.1 million and $0.2 million in 2020 and 2019, respectively. Our average interest rate on borrowings was 4.12% for 2020, compared to 5.77% for 2019, and average borrowings were $0.3 million in 2020 compared to $1.8 million in 2019.

 

 

INCOME TAXES

 

In December 2017, The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”) was signed into law. The TCJA includes significant changes to the U.S. corporate income tax system, including a Federal corporate rate reduction from 35% to 21%, elimination of Alternative Minimum Tax (“AMT”) and refund of AMT credit carryforward, limitations on the deductibility of interest expense and executive compensation, and the transition of U.S. international taxation from a worldwide tax system to a territorial tax system. The TCJA also establishes new tax laws that will affect future periods, including, but not limited to: (1) reducing the U.S. federal corporate tax rate; (2) limiting deductible interest expense; (3) modifying the tax treatment of like-kind exchanges; (4) generally eliminating U.S. federal income taxes on dividends from foreign subsidiaries; (5) imposing a new provision designed to tax global intangible low-tax income; (6) creating the base erosion anti-abuse tax, a new minimum tax; (7) limiting the use of Net Operating Loss (“NOL”) carryforwards created in tax years beginning after December 31, 2017; (8) modifying the limitations on the use of foreign tax credits to reduce our U.S. income tax liability; and (9) further restricting the deductibility of certain executive compensation and fringe benefits.

 

In accordance with TCJA, $91.3 million of AMT NOL carry forwards were eliminated and $5.0 million of income tax benefit recognized from its unused AMT credit carry forwards in 2018. We subsequently received notices in 2019 and 2020 that refunds have been applied by the U.S. Department of the Treasury toward a “Non-Tax Federal Debt.” We believe these refunds were misapplied in error and intend to pursue collection of the amount; however, the entire $5.0 million income tax benefit from its unused AMT credit carry forwards has been written off against the valuation allowance in 2020 until further clarification on this matter is received.

 

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

 

In December 2019, we entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement to sell the assets of Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. (“KWC”) and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd. (“KWT”) located in the Kapalua Resort for a purchase price of approximately $4.3 million, including a Capital Expenditures Adjustment, as defined in the agreement, to be determined at closing. The sale is subject to certain closing conditions, including completion of due diligence and approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”). As part of the agreement, the purchaser commits to serve the future expansion areas of Kapalua as they are developed. Furthermore, we agree to deliver water from our wells and ditches to certain delivery points at defined rates over an initial period of 20 years from the date of closing.

 

Under terms of the agreement, the purchase price will not include approximately $3.6 million of water system infrastructure and other related assets conveyed to us by the owner of a 125-acre portion of the Kapalua Mauka project. Accordingly, upon classification of the KWC and KWT assets as held for sale at December 31, 2019, these assets were written-down to its fair value and included as part of our discontinued operations for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.

 

IMPACT OF COVID-19

 

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of COVID-19 as a pandemic. In response to the pandemic, many federal, state, local, and foreign governments have put in place, and others in the future may put in place, travel restrictions, “shelter-in-place” orders, and similar government orders and restrictions in an attempt to control the spread and mitigate the impact of the disease. Such restrictions or orders have resulted in the mandatory closure of “non-essential” businesses, increased unemployment rates, “social distancing” restrictions, reduced tourist activity, work-from-home policies, and other changes that have led to significant disruptions to businesses and global financial markets. The overall impact of the pandemic on our business and future results of operations is highly uncertain and subject to change, and we are not able to accurately predict the magnitude or scope of such impacts at this time.

 

In the State of Hawaii, the Governor issued “stay-at-home” orders for its residents and visitors beginning in March 2020, followed by subsequent “safer-at-home” and “act with care” proclamations. In addition, the Governor issued emergency proclamations ordering all transpacific passengers to a mandatory 14-day self-quarantine. Quarantine, travel restrictions and other public health measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 continue to have an adverse impact on most businesses in the State of Hawaii, including our own. According to visitor statistics from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, passenger volume to Maui County for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 was 611,799 and 2,246,523, respectively, a decrease of 73%. In its fourth quarter report, the State of Hawaii’s Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (“DBEDT”) projected Hawaii’s economic growth rate, as measured by the real gross domestic product, declined by 11.2% in 2020.

 

Beginning in October 2020, travelers to the State of Hawaii may avoid the quarantine rules under a pre-travel testing program if proof of a negative result from a valid COVID-19 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test is presented. DBEDT projects visitor arrivals to Hawaii will increase to 6.2 million in 2021, 7.7 million in 2022, and 8.8 million in 2023 resulting in visitor spending increases of 105.6% in 2021, 27.2% in 2022, and 14.1% in 2023.

 

The duration of the disruption on global, national, and local economies cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. However, should the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic continue for an extended period, our future business operations, including the results of operations, cash flows and financial position will be significantly affected. We continue to monitor the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as mitigating emergency assistance programs, such as the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (“CARES Act”) and Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 (“CAA”), on us, our customers, and our vendors. Appropriate remote work arrangements have been established for our employees in order to maintain our financial reporting systems.

 

 

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

 

Liquidity

 

We had cash on hand of $0.9 million and $0.7 million as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. We also had $14.8 million and $14.0 million of available credit under a $15.0 million revolving line of credit facility with First Hawaiian Bank (“Credit Facility”) as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

The Credit Facility matures on December 31, 2021. Interest on borrowings is calculated at LIBOR plus 3.50%. We have pledged our 800-acre Kapalua Mauka project and approximately 30,000 square feet of commercial leased space in the Kapalua Resort as security for the Credit Facility. Net proceeds from the sale of any collateral are required to be repaid toward outstanding borrowings and will permanently reduce the Credit Facility’s revolving commitment amount. There are no commitment fees on the unused portion of the Credit Facility.

 

The terms of the Credit Facility include various representations, warranties, affirmative, negative and financial covenants and events of default customary for financings of this type. Financial covenants include a minimum liquidity (as defined) of $2.0 million, a maximum of $45.0 million in total liabilities, and a limitation on new indebtedness.

 

As of December 31, 2020, we were in compliance with the covenants under the Credit Facility.

 

Cash Flows

 

Net cash flow provided by our operating activities totaled $2.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. Interest payments on our long-term debt totaled $21,000 for the year ended December 31, 2020.

 

Minimum funding contributions of $0.6 million were made to our defined benefit pension plan in January 2021. We are not required to make any additional contributions in 2021.

 

Future Cash Inflows and Outflows

 

Our business initiatives for the next twelve months include investing in our operating infrastructure and continued planning and entitlement efforts on our development projects. At times, this may require borrowing under our Credit Facility or other indebtedness, repayment of which may be dependent on selling of our real estate assets at acceptable prices in condensed timeframes.

 

Our indebtedness could have the effect of, among other things, increasing our exposure to general adverse economic and industry conditions, limiting our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business and industry, and limiting our ability to borrow additional funds.

 

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES

 

Our accounting policies are described in “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” Note 1 to our financial statements set forth in Item 8 of this annual report. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States requires the use of accounting estimates. Some of these estimates and assumptions involve a high level of subjectivity and judgment and therefore the impact of a change in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect the amounts reported in our financial statements. The accounting policies and estimates that we have identified as being critical to our financial statements are as follows:

 

 

Our long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment if events or circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of the long-lived asset may not be recoverable. These asset impairment loss analyses contain uncertainties because they require management to make assumptions and apply considerable judgments to, among others, estimates of the timing and amount of future cash flows, expected useful lives of the assets, uncertainty about future events, including changes in economic conditions, changes in operating performance, changes in the use of the assets, and ongoing costs of maintenance and improvements of the assets; thus, the accounting estimates may change from period to period. If management uses different assumptions or if different conditions occur in future periods, our financial condition or future operating results could be materially impacted.

 

 

 

Deferred development costs, principally predevelopment costs and offsite development costs related to various projects in the planning stages by our real estate segment, totaled $8.9 million at December 31, 2020. Based on our future development plans for the Kapalua Resort and other properties, and the estimated value of these future projects, we have concluded that our deferred development costs will be recoverable from our future development projects. Our assumptions and estimates could be subject to significant change because of the long-term nature of our development plans and the uncertainty of when or if certain projects will be developed.

 

 

Assets are classified as held for sale when management approves and commits to a plan to sell the property; the property is available for immediate sale in its present condition, subject only to terms that are usual and customary; an active program to locate a buyer and other actions required to complete the plan to sell have been initiated; the sale of the property is probable and is expected to be completed within one year; the property is being actively marketed for sale at a price that is reasonable in relation to its current fair value; and actions necessary to complete the plan of sale indicate that it is unlikely that significant changes to the plan will be made or that the plan will be withdrawn. Assets held for sale are stated at the lower of net book value or estimated fair value less cost to sell.

 

 

Sales of real estate assets that are considered central to our ongoing major operations are classified as real estate sales revenue, along with any associated cost of sales, in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss. Sales of real estate assets that are considered peripheral or incidental transactions to our ongoing major or central operations are reflected as net gains or losses in our consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

 

 

If the sale of a real estate asset represents a strategic shift that has, or will have, a major effect on our operations, such as the discontinuance of a business segment, then the operations of the property, including any interest expense directly attributable to it, are classified as discontinued operations, and amounts for all prior periods presented are reclassified from continuing operations to discontinued operations. The disposal of an individual property generally will not represent a strategic shift and, therefore, will typically not meet the criteria for classification as discontinued operations.

 

 

Determining pension expense and obligations for our defined benefit pension plan utilizes actuarial estimates of participants’ age at retirement, life span, the long-term rate of return on investments and other factors. In addition, pension expense is sensitive to the discount rate utilized to value the pension obligation. These assumptions are subject to the risk of change as they require significant judgment and have inherent uncertainties that management or its consulting actuaries may not control or anticipate. A detailed discussion of our defined benefit pension plans is contained in Note 6 to our financial statements set forth in Item 8 of this annual report.

 

 

Management calculates the income tax provision, current and deferred income taxes, and tax credits along with the valuation allowance based upon various complex estimates and interpretations of income tax laws and regulations. Deferred tax assets and tax credits are reduced by a valuation allowance to the extent that it is more likely than not that they will not be realized. To the extent we begin to generate taxable income in future years, and it is determined the valuation allowance is no longer required, the tax benefit for the remaining deferred tax assets and tax credits will be recognized at such time. A detailed discussion of our income taxes is contained in Note 8 to our financial statements set forth in Item 8 of this annual report.

 

 

Our results of operations could be affected by significant litigation or contingencies adverse to the Company, including, but not limited to, liability claims, environmental matters, and contract terminations. We record accruals for legal matters when the information available indicates that it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated. We make adjustments to these accruals to reflect the impact and status of negotiations, settlements, rulings, advice of legal counsel and other information and events that may pertain to a particular matter. Predicting the outcome of claims and lawsuits and estimating related costs and exposure involves substantial uncertainties that could cause actual costs to vary materially from those estimates. In making determinations of likely outcomes of litigation matters, we consider many factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the nature of specific claims, our experience with similar types of claims, the jurisdiction in which the matter is filed, input from outside legal counsel, the likelihood of resolving the matter through alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and the matter’s current status. A detailed discussion of significant litigation matters and contingencies is contained in Note 12 to our financial statements set forth in Item 8 of this annual report.

 

 

IMPACT OF INFLATION AND CHANGING PRICES

 

Most of the land we own was acquired from 1911 to 1932 and is carried at cost. At the Kapalua Resort, some of the fixed assets were constructed and placed in service in the mid-to-late 1970’s. Depreciation expense would be considerably higher if fixed assets were stated at current replacement cost.

 

OFF-BALANCE SHEET ARRANGEMENTS

 

As of December 31, 2020, we did not have any significant off-balance sheet arrangements, as defined in Item 303(a)(4)(ii) of SEC Regulation S-K.

 

Item 7A.

QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

 

Because we were a smaller reporting company, as defined in Item 10(f)(1) of SEC Regulation S-K in 2020, we are not required to provide the information required by this Item.

 

 

Item 8.

FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

 

 

REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

 

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of
Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc.

 

Opinion on the Consolidated Financial Statements

 

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the related consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss, changes in stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2020 and the related notes (collectively referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”).  In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2020 and 2019, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the years in the two-year period ended December 31, 2020 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

 

Basis for Opinion

 

The consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management.  Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s consolidated financial statements based on our audits.  We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (“PCAOB”) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

 

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB.  Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud.  The Company is not required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of its internal control over financial reporting.  As part of our audits, we are required to obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, 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.

 

Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks.  Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements.  Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements.  We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

 

Critical Audit Matters

 

The critical audit matters communicated below are matters arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that were communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that: (1) relate to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (2) involved our especially challenging, subjective or complex judgments.  The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matters below, providing separate opinions on the critical audit matters or on the accounts or disclosures to which they relate.

 

Revenue Recognition

 

Description of the Matter

 

The Company has multiple revenue streams including real estate sales, leasing and licensing arrangements, and resort amenities which are recognized upon transfer of goods or services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration the Company expects to receive in exchange for those goods or services.

 

Significant judgment is exercised by Company management in determining revenue recognition for these customer agreements, and may include the following:

 

Determination of whether agreements entered into by the Company are contracts with a customer that would be assessed under Topic 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, or lease contracts that would be assessed under Topic 842, Leases.

 

Determination of whether there is a single or multiple, distinct performance obligation for goods or services to be provided.

 

The pattern of delivery for each performance obligation.

 

Identification and treatment of contract terms that may impact the timing and amount of revenue recognized.

 

Determination of stand-alone selling prices for each distinct performance obligation and for goods and services that are not sold separately.

 

 

Given the factors, the related audit effort in evaluating management’s judgments in determining revenue recognition for these customer and lease agreements was extensive and involved subjective estimation and complex auditor judgment.

 

How We Addressed the Matter in Our Audit

Our audit procedures over revenue recognition and disclosures included the following:

 

We obtained an understanding, evaluated the design and implementation of internal controls that address the risks of material misstatement relating to revenue recognized for various revenue streams, including for unique transactions.

 

We evaluated management’s significant accounting policies related to these customer agreements for reasonableness.

 

For significant agreements, we obtained and read the agreements, and evaluated Company management’s assumptions used to identify appropriate contracts with customers, identify performance obligations and stand-alone prices for each distinct performance obligation, identify unique contract terms that may impact the timing and amount of revenue recognized, identify the pattern of delivery, and appropriateness of management’s application of accounting policies in accordance with Topics 606 and 842.

 

Commitments and Contingencies

 

Description of the Matter

 

The Company is party to claims that arise in the normal course of business.  Contingent liabilities are recorded in the financial statements when management determines it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount can be reasonably estimated.  This determination requires significant judgment by management.

In assessing whether the Company should accrue a liability in its consolidated financial statements as a result of the claims, the Company considered various factors, including the legal and factual circumstances of the claims and advisement from legal counsel.  As discussed in Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company’s management concluded that it was unable to estimate an amount or range of amounts, of any probable liability, if any, related to the claims.

 

We identified these potential contingent liabilities and disclosures as a critical audit matter because evaluating the likelihood of potential outcomes involves significant judgment by management.  This required a high degree of auditor judgment and an increased extent of effort when performing audit procedures to evaluate the Company’s assertion that a loss is not probable and reasonably estimable as of December 31, 2020.

 

How We Addressed the Matter in Our Audit

Our audit procedures related to the potential contingent liabilities and disclosures included the following:

 

We obtained an understanding, evaluated the design and implementation of internal controls that address the risks of material misstatement relating to management’s review of the claims and approval of the accounting treatment based on the most recent facts and circumstances.

 

We obtained and evaluated legal confirmations from the Company’s external legal counsel involved in the claims confirming the facts and circumstances of the claims and to understand the basis for the management’s conclusion that any losses from the claims are not probable and reasonably estimable as of December 31, 2020.

 

We evaluated the accuracy and completeness of management’s disclosures in the consolidated financial statements by comparing the disclosures to the management’s internal analysis of the claims and known facts of the claims based on the information provided by the Company’s external legal counsel.

 

 

/s/ ACCUITY LLP

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2014.

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

February 26, 2021

 

  

 

MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE COMPANY, INC. & SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 

   

December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands except share data)

 

ASSETS

               

CURRENT ASSETS

               

Cash

  $ 869     $ 683  

Accounts receivable, net

    1,362       1,173  

Prepaid expenses and other assets

    80       101  

Assets held for sale

    7,440       7,597  

Total Current Assets

    9,751       9,554  

PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT

               

Land

    5,072       5,073  

Land improvements

    12,943       13,153  

Buildings

    23,465       23,439  

Machinery and equipment

    10,476       10,495  

Construction in progress

    -       4  

Total Property & Equipment

    51,956       52,164  

Less accumulated depreciation

    33,445       32,445  

Property, net

    18,511       19,719  

OTHER ASSETS

               

Deferred development costs

    8,901       8,504  

Other noncurrent assets

    1,307       1,342  

Total Other Assets

    10,208       9,846  

TOTAL ASSETS

  $ 38,470     $ 39,119  
                 

LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

               

CURRENT LIABILITIES

               

Accounts payable

  $ 899     $ 1,356  

Payroll and employee benefits

    970       928  

Long-term debt, current portion

    200       -  

Accrued retirement benefits, current portion

    165       165  

Deferred revenue, current portion

    260       -  

Other current liabilities

    453       503  

Total Current Liabilities

    2,947       2,952  

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES

               

Long-term debt

    -       1,035  

Accrued retirement benefits

    10,926       9,702  

Deferred revenue

    1,767       -  

Deposits

    2,680       2,674  

Other noncurrent liabilities

    83       64  

Total Long-Term Liabilities

    15,456       13,475  

COMMITMENTS & CONTINGENCIES (Note 12)

               
                 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                

Common stock--no par value, 43,000,000 shares authorized; 19,311,528 and 19,238,081 shares issued and outstanding

    81,485       80,606  

Additional paid in capital

    9,184       9,184  

Accumulated deficit

    (48,904

)

    (46,300 )

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (21,698

)

    (20,798 )

Total Stockholders' Equity

    20,067       22,692  

TOTAL LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

  $ 38,470     $ 39,119  

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

  

 

MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE COMPANY, INC. & SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

 

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands except per

 
   

share amounts)

 

OPERATING REVENUES

               

Real estate

  $ 772     $ 915  

Leasing

    5,948       8,148  

Resort amenities and other

    820       982  

Total Operating Revenues

    7,540       10,045  
                 

OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES

               

Real estate

    600       1,185  

Leasing

    2,933       3,228  

Resort amenities and other

    1,193       1,030  

General and administrative

    2,445       2,254  

Share-based compensation

    1,632       1,732  

Depreciation

    1,289       1,412  

Total Operating Costs and Expenses

    10,092       10,841  
                 

OPERATING LOSS

    (2,552

)

    (796

)

Other income

    894       -  

Pension and other post-retirement expenses

    (475

)

    (1,016

)

Interest expense

    (134

)

    (198

)

Income tax expense

    -       (4,999

)

LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS

    (2,267

)

    (7,009

)

Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes of $0

    (337

)

    (3,357

)

NET LOSS

    (2,604

)

    (10,366

)

Pension, net of income taxes of $0

    (900

)

    1,006  

TOTAL COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

  $ (3,504

)

  $ (9,360

)

                 

LOSS PER COMMON SHARE--BASIC AND DILUTED

               

Continuing Operations

  $ (0.12

)

  $ (0.37

)

Discontinued Operations

  $ (0.02

)

  $ (0.17

)

Net Loss

  $ (0.14

)

  $ (0.54

)

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

  

 

MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE COMPANY, INC. & SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

For the Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

(in thousands)

 

 

                                   

Accumulated

         
                   

Additional

           

Other

         
   

Common Stock

   

Paid in

   

Accumulated

   

Comprehensive

         
   

Shares

   

Amount

   

Capital

   

Deficit

   

Loss

   

Total

 
                                                 

Balance, January 1, 2019

    19,125     $ 79,411     $ 9,246     $ (35,934

)

  $ (21,804

)

  $ 30,919  
                                                 

Share-based compensation expense

                    705                       705  

Issuance of shares for incentive plan

    77       951                               951  

Vested restricted stock issued

    66       705       (705

)

                    -  

Shares canceled to pay tax liability

    (55

)

    (653

)

                            (653

)

Stock options exercised

    25       192       (62

)

                    130  

Other comprehensive income-pension

                                    1,006       1,006  

Net loss

                            (10,366

)

            (10,366

)

Balance, December 31, 2019

    19,238     $ 80,606     $ 9,184     $ (46,300

)

  $ (20,798

)

  $ 22,692  
                                                 
                                                 

Share-based compensation expense

                    676                       676  

Issuance of shares for incentive plan

    68       865                               865  

Vested restricted stock issued

    60       676       (676

)

                    -  

Shares canceled to pay tax liability

    (54

)

    (662

)

                            (662

)

Other comprehensive loss-pension

                                    (900

)

    (900

)

Net loss

                            (2,604

)

            (2,604

)

Balance, December 31, 2020

    19,312     $ 81,485     $ 9,184     $ (48,904

)

  $ (21,698

)

  $ 20,067  

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

 

  

 

MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE COMPANY, INC. & SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 

 

   

Years Ended December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

               

Cash receipts from customers and other receipts

  $ 12,684     $ 16,834  

Cash paid to vendors

    (8,773

)

    (13,523

)

Cash paid for payroll and taxes

    (1,690

)

    (1,433

)

Cash paid for interest

    (21

)

    (106

)

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

    2,200       1,772  
                 

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

               

Purchases of property

    (81

)

    (712

)

Payments for other assets

    (436

)

    (278

)

NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

    (517

)

    (990

)

                 

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

               

Proceeds from long-term debt

    1,397       1,500  

Payments of long-term debt

    (2,232

)

    (1,700

)

Debt and common stock issuance costs and other

    (662

)

    (653

)

Stock options exercised

    -       130  

NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES

    (1,497

)

    (723

)

                 

NET INCREASE IN CASH

    186       59  

CASH AT BEGINNING OF YEAR

    683       624  

CASH AT END OF YEAR

  $ 869     $ 683  
                 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURE OF CASH FLOW INFORMATION:

               

Net loss

  $ (2,604

)

  $ (10,366

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

               

Depreciation and amortization

    1,402       1,496  

Bad debt provision

    199       13  

Share-based compensation

    676       705  

Impairment charges

    196       3,643  

Disposal of property

    -       55  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

               

Accounts receivable

    (388

)

    (197

)

Retirement liabilities

    324       837  

Accounts payable

    (457

)

    (668

)

Income taxes receivable

    -       2,499  

Other operating assets and liabilities

    2,852       3,755  

NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

  $ 2,200     $ 1,772  

 

 

 

SUPPLEMENTAL SCHEDULE OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

Common stock issued to certain members of the Company’s management totaled $865,000 and $951,000 in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

See Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

  

MAUI LAND & PINEAPPLE COMPANY, INC. & SUBSIDIARIES

 

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

  

For the Years Ended December 31, 2020 and 2019

 

 

 

1.

SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

 

DESCRIPTION OF BUSINESS

 

Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. is a Hawaii corporation consisting of a landholding and operating parent company, its principal subsidiary, Kapalua Land Company, Ltd. and certain other subsidiaries. The Company owns approximately 23,000 acres of land on the island of Maui, Hawaii and develops, sells, and manages residential, resort, commercial, agricultural and industrial real estate through the following business segments:

 

• Real Estate operations consist of land planning and entitlement, development and sales activities. This segment also includes the operations of Kapalua Realty Company, Ltd., a general brokerage real estate company located in the Kapalua Resort.

 

• Leasing operations include commercial, agricultural, and industrial land and property leases, licensing of our registered trademarks and trade names, and management of potable and non-potable water delivery systems in West and Upcountry Maui, including stewardship and conservation efforts.

 

• Resort Amenities include the management of operations of the Kapalua Club, a private, non-equity club membership program providing special programs, access and other privileges at certain amenities at the Kapalua Resort.

 

BASIS OF ACCOUNTING AND CONSOLIDATION

 

The accompanying consolidated financial statements of the Company are presented in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”) as codified by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”). The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”). All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

 

COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

 

Comprehensive loss includes all changes in stockholders’ equity, except those resulting from capital stock transactions. Comprehensive losses include adjustments to the Company’s defined benefit pension plan obligations.

 

ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE AND ALLOWANCE FOR DOUBTFUL ACCOUNTS

 

Receivables are recorded net of an allowance for doubtful accounts. The Company estimates future write-offs based on delinquencies, credit ratings, aging trends, and historical experience. The Company believes the allowance for doubtful accounts is adequate to cover anticipated losses; however, significant deterioration in any of the aforementioned factors or in general economic conditions could change these expectations, and accordingly, the Company’s consolidated financial condition and/or its future operating results could be materially impacted. Credit is extended after evaluating creditworthiness and no collateral is generally required from customers.

 

ASSETS HELD FOR SALE

 

Assets are classified as held for sale when management approves and commits to a plan to sell the property; the property is available for immediate sale in its present condition, subject only to terms that are usual and customary; an active program to locate a buyer and other actions required to complete the plan to sell have been initiated; the sale of the property is probable and is expected to be completed within one year; the property is being actively marketed for sale at a price that is reasonable in relation to its current fair value; and actions necessary to complete the plan of sale indicate that it is unlikely that significant changes to the plan will be made or that the plan will be withdrawn. Assets held for sale are stated at the lower of net book value or estimated fair value less cost to sell. Impairment losses of $0.2 million and $3.6 million were recorded in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

DEFERRED DEVELOPMENT COSTS

 

Deferred development costs consist primarily of design, entitlement and permitting fees and real estate development costs related to various planned projects. Deferred development costs are written off if management decides that it is no longer probable that the Company will proceed with the related development project. There were no impairments of deferred development costs in 2020 or 2019.

 

PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT AND DEPRECIATION

 

Property is stated at cost. Major replacements, renewals and betterments are capitalized while maintenance and repairs that do not improve or extend the life of an asset are charged to expense as incurred. When property is retired or otherwise disposed of, the cost of the property and the related accumulated depreciation are written off and the resulting gains or losses are included in income. Depreciation is provided over the estimated useful lives of the respective assets using the straight-line method generally over three to 40 years.

  

 

LONG-LIVED ASSETS

 

Long-lived assets are reviewed for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of an asset may not be recoverable. When such events or changes occur, an estimate of the future cash flows expected to result from the use of the assets and their eventual disposition is made. If the sum of such expected future cash flows (undiscounted and without interest charges) is less than the carrying amount of the asset, an impairment loss is recognized in an amount by which the assets’ net book values exceed their fair value. These asset impairment loss analyses require management to make assumptions and apply considerable judgments regarding, among others, estimates of the timing and amount of future cash flows, expected useful lives of the assets, uncertainty about future events, including changes in economic conditions, changes in operating performance, changes in the use of the assets, and ongoing cost of maintenance and improvements of the assets, and thus, the accounting estimates may change from period to period. If management uses different assumptions or if different conditions occur in future periods, the Company’s consolidated financial condition or its future operating results could be materially impacted.

 

ACCRUED RETIREMENT BENEFITS

 

The Company’s policy is to fund retirement benefit costs at a level at least equal to the minimum funding requirements under federal law, but not more than the maximum amount deductible for federal income tax purposes.

 

The under-funded status of the Company’s defined benefit pension plan is recorded as a liability in the consolidated balance sheet and changes in the funded status of the plan is recorded in the year in which the changes occur, through comprehensive income. A pension asset or liability is recognized for the difference between the fair value of plan assets and the projected benefit obligation as of year-end.

 

Deferred compensation plans for certain former management employees provide for specified payments after retirement. A liability has been recognized based on the present value of estimated payments to be made.

 

REVENUE RECOGNITION

 

The Company recognizes revenue to represent the transfer of goods and services to customers in an amount that reflects the consideration to which the Company expects to be entitled in such exchange. This requires the Company to identify contractual performance obligations and determine whether revenue should be recognized at a point in time or over time, based on when control of goods and services transfers to a customer. Operating results pertaining to the Company’s business segments are summarized in Note 10 to the consolidated financial statements.

 

A customer is distinguished from a noncustomer by the nature of the goods or services that are transferred. Customers are provided with goods or services that are generated by a company’s ordinary output activities, whereas noncustomers are provided with nonfinancial assets that are outside of a company’s ordinary output activities. This distinction may not significantly change the pattern of income recognition but determines whether that income is classified as revenue (contracts with customers) or other gains/losses (contracts with noncustomers) in the Company’s consolidated financial statements. The Company’s revenue streams for the period were generated as ordinary output activities to customers as defined by the guidance and were properly classified as revenues.

 

The Company uses the five-step model to recognize revenue from customer contracts. The five-step model requires the Company (i) identify the contract with the customer, (ii) identify the performance obligations in the contract, (iii) determine the transaction price, including variable consideration to the extent that it is probable that a significant future reversal will not occur, (iv) allocate the transaction price to the respective performance obligations in the contract, and (v) recognize revenue when (or as) the Company satisfies the performance obligation.

 

For each contract that involves variable consideration, the transaction price of the contract is considered the most likely outcome in estimating possible consideration amounts. The information used to determine the transaction price is similar to the information used in establishing prices of goods or services.

 

The Company is also required to determine if it controls the goods or services prior to the transfer to the customer in order to determine if it should account for the arrangement as a principal or agent. Principal arrangements, where the Company controls the goods or services provided, will result in the recognition of the gross amount of consideration expected in the exchange. Agent arrangements, where the Company simply arranges but does not control the goods or services being transferred to the customer, will result in the recognition of the net amount the Company is entitled to retain in the exchange.

 

Revenues from the Company’s real estate segment consist of sales of real estate and commission income from providing brokerage services. Revenues from sales of real estate are recognized in the period in which sufficient cash has been received, collection of the balance is reasonably assured, performance obligations have been performed and risks of ownership have passed to the buyer. Commission income is recognized upon settlement of a real estate transaction.

 

Sales of real estate assets that are considered central to the Company’s ongoing major operations are classified as real estate sales revenue, along with any associated cost of sales, in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss. Sales of real estate assets that are considered peripheral or incidental transactions to the Company’s ongoing major or central operations are reflected as net gains or losses in the Company’s consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss.

 

 

Leasing revenues are recognized on a straight-line basis over the terms of the leases. Lease income may include certain percentage rents determined in accordance with the terms of the leases. Lease income arising from rents that are contingent upon the sales of the tenant exceeding a defined threshold are recognized only after the defined sales thresholds are achieved. Reimbursements received for real estate taxes, general excise taxes, insurance and common area maintenance expenses are recognized as revenue as provided in the underlying lease terms.

 

Revenue from resort amenities consist of annual dues received from the Kapalua Club membership program. Member services include access, special programs, and other privileges at certain of the amenities at the Kapalua Resort. Annual membership dues are recognized on a straight-line basis over one year. Performance obligations for services are satisfied by relying on information received from the Company’s employees and vendors who have rendered services in accordance with the terms and conditions of the membership program.

 

Other revenues included in discontinued operations are recognized when delivery has occurred or services have been rendered, the sales price is fixed or determinable, and collectability is reasonably assured. As discussed in Note 9 to the consolidated financial statements, revenue from discontinued operations include services provided by the Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd. previously reflected in a Utilities segment in prior periods.

  

The Company estimates credit losses on accounts receivable from customers by considering relevant information (past, current, and future) in assessing the collectability of cash flows. The expected credit losses of the Company’s accounts receivable are summarized in Note 11 to the consolidated financial statements.

 

Economic factors affecting the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of the Company’s revenue and cash flows are identified as Risks and Uncertainties in this Note 1.

 

OPERATING COSTS AND EXPENSES

 

Real estate, leasing, resort amenities, and general and administrative costs and expenses are reflected exclusive of depreciation and pension and other post-retirement expenses.

 

INCOME TAXES

 

The Company accounts for uncertain tax positions using a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return (Note 8).

 

The Company’s provision for income taxes is calculated using the liability method. Deferred income taxes are provided for all temporary differences between the financial statement and income tax bases of assets and liabilities using tax rates enacted by law or regulation. A valuation allowance is established for deferred income tax assets if management believes that it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the asset will not be realized through future taxable income.

 

The Company recognizes accrued interest related to unrecognized tax benefits as interest expense and penalties in general and administrative expenses in its consolidated statements of operations and comprehensive loss and such amounts are included in income taxes payable on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets. 

 

SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION PLANS

 

The Company accounts for share-based compensation, including grants of shares of common stock, as compensation expense over the service period (generally the vesting period) in the consolidated financial statements based on their fair values. The impact of forfeitures that may occur prior to vesting is estimated and considered in the amount recognized.

 

USE OF ESTIMATES AND RECLASSIFICATIONS

 

The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with GAAP 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 consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting periods. Future actual amounts could differ from these estimates. Certain amounts in the December 31, 2019 consolidated financial statements were reclassified to conform to the December 31, 2020 presentation. Such amounts had no impact on the net loss or comprehensive loss previously reported.

 

 

CONCENTRATION OF CREDIT RISK

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentration of credit risk consist principally of cash deposits. Accounts at each institution are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) up to $250,000. At December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, the Company had deposits in excess of the FDIC limit. No losses have been accrued to date.

 

RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES

 

Factors that could adversely impact the Company’s future operations or financial results include, but are not limited to the following: periods of economic weakness and uncertainty in Hawaii and the mainland United States; high unemployment rates and low consumer confidence; uncertainties and changes in U.S. social, political, regulatory and economic conditions or laws and policies and concerns surrounding ongoing developments in the European Union, Middle East, and Asia; the general availability of mortgage financing, including the effect of more stringent lending standards for mortgages and perceived or actual changes in interest rates; risks related to the Company’s investments in real property, the value and salability of which could be impacted by the economic factors discussed above or other factors; the popularity of Maui in particular and Hawaii in general as a vacation destination or second-home market; increased energy costs, including fuel costs, which affect tourism on Maui and Hawaii generally; untimely completion of land development projects within forecasted time and budget expectations; inability to obtain land use entitlements at a reasonable cost or in a timely manner; unfavorable legislative decisions by state and local governmental agencies; impact of governmental fines and assessments; the cyclical market demand for luxury real estate on Maui and in Hawaii generally; increased competition from other luxury real estate developers on Maui and in Hawaii generally; failure of future joint venture partners to perform in accordance with their contractual agreements; environmental regulations; acts of God, such as tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters; the spread of contagious diseases, such as the Coronavirus; the Company’s location apart from the mainland United States, which results in the Company’s financial performance being more sensitive to the aforementioned economic risks; failure to comply with restrictive financial covenants in the Company’s credit arrangements; and an inability to achieve the Company’s short and long-term goals and cash flow requirements.

 

LEGAL CONTINGENCIES

 

The Company is party to claims and lawsuits as well as threatened or potential actions or claims concerning matters arising from the conduct of its business activities. The outcome of claims or litigation and the timing of ultimate resolution are inherently difficult to predict and significant judgment may be required in the determination of both the probability of loss and whether the amount of the loss is reasonably estimable. The Company’s estimates are subjective and are based on the status of legal and regulatory proceedings, the merit of the Company’s defenses and consultation with external legal counsel. An accrual for a potential litigation loss is established when information related to the loss contingency indicates both that a loss is probable and that the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. Refer to Note 12 to the consolidated financial statements for further information regarding the Company’s legal proceedings.

 

NEW ACCOUNTING STANDARDS ADOPTED

 

 In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-13 related to fair value measurement disclosures. This ASU removes the requirement to disclose the amount of and reasons for transfers between Levels 1 and 2 of the fair value hierarchy, the policy for determining that a transfer has occurred, and valuation processes for Level 3 fair value measurements. Additionally, this ASU modifies the disclosures related to the measurement uncertainty for recurring Level 3 fair value measurements (by removing the requirement to disclose sensitivity to future changes) and the timing of liquidation of investee assets (by removing the timing requirements in certain instances). The guidance also requires new disclosures for Level 3 financial assets and liabilities, including the amount and location of unrealized gains and losses recognized in other comprehensive income/(loss) and additional information related to significant unobservable inputs used in determining Level 3 fair value measurements. This ASU was effective beginning in 2020 and did not have a significant impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-14 which amends ASC 715 to add, remove, and clarify disclosure requirements related to defined benefit pension and other postretirement plans. The ASU’s changes related to disclosures are part of the FASB’s disclosure framework project which was aimed to improve the effectiveness of disclosures in notes to financial statements. This ASU was effective for annual reporting periods ending after December 15, 2020, with early adoption permitted. These disclosure requirements are reflected in Note 6 to the consolidated financial statements.

 

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-15 related to accounting for implementation costs incurred in hosted cloud computing service arrangements. Under the new guidance, implementation costs incurred in a hosting arrangement that is a service contract should be expensed or capitalized based on the nature of the costs and the project stage during which such costs are incurred. If the implementation costs qualify for capitalization, they must be amortized over the term of the hosting arrangement and assessed for impairment. Companies must disclose the nature of any hosted cloud computing service arrangements. This ASU also provides guidance for balance sheet and income statement presentation of capitalized implementation costs and statement of cash flows presentation for the related payments. The ASU was effective beginning in the first quarter of 2020 and did not have a significant impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

 

ACCOUNTING STANDARDS NOT YET ADOPTED

 

In June 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-13 to update the methodology used to measure current expected credit losses (“CECL”). This ASU apples to financial assets measured at amortized cost, including loans, held-to-maturity debt securities, net investments in leases, and trade accounts receivable as well as certain off-balance sheet exposures, such as loan commitments. This ASU requires consideration of a broader range of reasonable and supportable information to explain credit loss estimates. The guidance must be adopted using a modified retrospective transition method through a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings/(deficit) in the period of adoption. ASU 2019-10 was subsequently issued delaying the effective date to the first quarter of 2023. The Company is in the process of assessing the impact of the ASU on its consolidated financial statements.

 

  

In December 2019, the FASB issued ASU 2019-12 to simplify the accounting in ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes. This guidance removes certain exceptions related to the approach for intraperiod tax allocation, the methodology for calculating income taxes in an interim period, and the recognition of deferred tax liabilities for outside basis differences. The guidance also clarifies and simplifies other areas of ASC Topic 740. This ASU will be effective beginning in the first quarter of 2021. Early adoption is permitted. Certain adjustments in this update must be applied on a prospective basis, certain amendments must be applied on a retrospective basis, and certain amendments must be applied on a modified retrospective basis through a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings/(accumulated deficit) in the period of adoption. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of the ASU on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

 

In March 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-04 as an update to provide optional guidance to ease the potential burden in accounting for (or recognizing the effects of) reference rate reform (ASC Topic 848) on financial reporting. The amendments in the ASU are elective and apply to all entities, subject to meeting certain criteria, that have contracts, hedging relationships, and other transactions that reference LIBOR or another reference rate expected to be discontinued because of reference rate reform. The ASU provides optional expedients and exceptions for applying GAAP to contracts, hedging relationships, and other transactions affected by reference rate reform if certain criteria are met. The ASU is effective through December 31, 2022. Management is evaluating its impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related disclosures, if elected.

 

LOSS PER COMMON SHARE

 

Basic net loss per common share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding. Diluted net loss per common share is computed similar to basic net loss per common share except that the denominator is increased to include the number of additional common shares that would have been outstanding if the dilutive potential common shares from share-based compensation arrangements had been issued.

 

Potentially dilutive shares arise from non-qualified stock options to purchase common stock and non-vested restricted stock. The treasury stock method is applied to determine the number of potentially dilutive shares for non-vested restricted stock and stock options assuming that the shares of non-vested restricted stock are issued for an amount based on the grant date market price of the shares and that the outstanding stock options are exercised.

 

   

Year Ended December 31,

 
   

2020

   

2019

 
                 

Basic and diluted

    19,282,157       19,201,663  

Potentially dilutive

    -       7,678  

 

On March 6, 2019, the Company’s Chairman & Chief Executive Officer exercised a non-qualified stock option to acquire 25,000 shares of the Company’s stock at an exercise price of $5.20 per share. The stock option was granted on March 9, 2009 and vested 20% annually beginning March 9, 2010 through March 9, 2014. The stock option had an expiration date of March 9, 2019.

  

 

 

2.

ASSETS HELD FOR SALE

 

At December 31, 2020 and 2019 assets held for sale consisted of the following:

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 

Kapalua Resort, 46- acre Kapalua Central Resort project

  $ 2,978     $ 2,938  

Kapalua Resort, Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd. assets

    4,306       4,503  

Upcountry Maui, 630-acre parcel of agricultural land

    156       156  
    $ 7,440     $ 7,597  

 

None of the above assets held for sale have been pledged as collateral under the Company’s credit facility.

 

 

In February 2020, the Company entered into an agreement to sell the Kapalua Central Resort project for $43.9 million. The closing of the transaction is contingent upon, among other things, the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, including a due diligence period. Due to the State of Hawaii’s COVID-19 restrictions, including those for transpacific travelers, the due diligence period was extended to July 15, 2021. The closing date of the sale is expected to be 30 days after the last day of the due diligence period.

 

In December 2019, the Company entered into an agreement to sell the Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd. assets for a purchase price of approximately $4.3 million, including a Capital Expenditures Adjustment, as defined in the agreement, to be determined at closing. The closing of the transaction is contingent upon, among other things, the satisfaction of certain customary closing conditions, and approval by the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC). 

  

 

 

3.

PROPERTY & EQUIPMENT

 

Land

 

Most of the Company’s 22,800 acres of land were acquired between 1911 and 1932 and is carried in its balance sheets at cost. Approximately 20,700 acres of land are located in West Maui and comprise a largely contiguous parcel that extends from the sea to an elevation of approximately 5,700 feet. This parcel includes approximately 900 acres within the Kapalua Resort, a master-planned, destination resort and residential community located in West Maui encompassing approximately 3,000 acres. The Company’s remaining 2,100 acres of land are located in Upcountry Maui in an area commonly known as Hali’imaile and are mainly comprised of leased agricultural fields, including related processing and maintenance facilities.

  

Land Improvements

 

Land improvements are comprised primarily of roads, utilities, and landscaping infrastructure improvements at the Kapalua Resort. Also included is the Company’s potable and non-potable water systems in West Maui. The majority of the Company’s land improvements were constructed and placed in service in the mid-to-late 1970’s or conveyed in 2017. Depreciation expense would be considerably higher if these assets were stated at current replacement cost.

  

Buildings

 

Buildings are comprised of restaurant, retail and light industrial spaces located at the Kapalua Resort and Hali’imaile which are used in the Company’s leasing operations. The majority of the buildings were constructed and placed in service in the mid-to-late 1970’s. Depreciation expense would be considerably higher if these assets were stated at current replacement cost.

 

Machinery and Equipment

 

Machinery and equipment are mainly comprised of zipline course equipment installed in 2008 at the Kapalua Resort and used in the Company’s leasing operations.

  

 

 

4.

LONG-TERM DEBT

 

Long-term debt is comprised of amounts outstanding under the Company’s $15.0 million revolving line of credit facility with First Hawaiian Bank (Credit Facility). The Credit Facility matures on December 31, 2021. Interest on borrowings is at LIBOR plus 3.50%, or 3.65% and 5.19% at December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2019, respectively. The Company has pledged its 800-acre Kapalua Mauka project and approximately 30,000 square feet of commercial leased space in the Kapalua Resort as security for the Credit Facility. Net proceeds from the sale of any collateral are required to be repaid toward outstanding borrowings and will permanently reduce the Credit Facility’s revolving commitment amount. There are no commitment fees on the unused portion of the Credit Facility.

 

The terms of the Credit Facility include various representations, warranties, affirmative, negative and financial covenants and events of default customary for financings of this type. Financial covenants include a minimum liquidity (as defined) of $2.0 million, a maximum of $45.0 million in total liabilities, and a limitation on new indebtedness. The Credit Facility also contains covenants restricting the payment of cash dividends without the lender’s prior approval.

 

The Company believes that it is in compliance with the covenants under the Credit Facility as of December 31, 2020.

 

 

In March 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law establishing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) administered by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA). The PPP authorized up to $349 billion in forgivable loans to small businesses. Loan amounts are forgiven to the extent proceeds are used to cover documented payroll, mortgage interest, rent, and utility costs. Loans have a maturity of 2 years and an interest rate of 1.0%.  Prepayments may be made without penalty. The Company received loan funding of $0.2 million. In April 2020, the United States Department of the Treasury and the SBA issued revised guidance related to the PPP. As a result, the Company returned the entire amount of the loan to comply with the subsequent guidance.

 

 

5.

LEASING ARRANGEMENTS

 

The Company leases land primarily to agriculture operators and space in commercial buildings, primarily to restaurant and retail tenants through 2048. In addition, the Company provides delivery services of potable and non-potable water to West and Upcountry Maui areas. These operating leases generally provide for minimum rents. Leases may also include licensing fees, percentage rentals based on tenant revenues, and reimbursement of common area maintenance and other expenses. Certain leases allow the lessee an option to extend or terminate the agreement. There are no leases allowing a lessee an option to purchase the underlying asset. The impact of COVID-19 on tenants’ sales activity resulted in lower percentage rental income. Rent abatements of $0.4 million were also granted to tenants during 2020. Total leasing income for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Minimum rentals

  $ 2,719     $ 2,863  

Percentage rentals

    427       1,779  

Licensing fees

    456       912  

Other (primarily common area recoveries)

    1,236       1,353  

Water system sales

    1,110       1,241  
    $ 5,948     $ 8,148  

 

Leased property, net of accumulated depreciation, was $12.7 million and $14.1 million at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

 

Future minimum rental income during the next five years and thereafter is as follows:

 

   

(in thousands)

 

2021

  $ 2,849  

2022

  $ 2,215  

2023

  $ 1,334  

2024

  $ 788  

2025

  $ 769  

Thereafter

  $ 8,847  

  

 

 

6.

ACCRUED RETIREMENT BENEFITS

 

Accrued Retirement Benefits at December 31, 2020 and 2019 consisted of the following:

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Defined benefit pension plans

  $ 8,790     $ 7,658  

Non-qualified retirement plans

    2,301       2,209  

Total

    11,091       9,867  

Less current portion

    (165

)

    (165

)

Non-current portion of accrued retirement benefits

  $ 10,926     $ 9,702  

 

 

The Company had two defined benefit pension plans which covered substantially all of its former bargaining and non-bargaining full-time, part-time and intermittent employees. In 2011, pension benefits under both plans were frozen. The Company merged the two defined benefit pension plans to streamline the administration of the frozen plan in 2018. The Company also has unfunded non-qualified retirement plans covering nine of its former employees. The non-qualified retirement plans were frozen in 2009 and future vesting of additional benefits was discontinued.

 

The measurement date for the Company’s benefit plan disclosures is December 31st of each year. The changes in benefit obligations and plan assets for 2020 and 2019, and the funded status of the plans and assumptions used to determine benefit information at December 31, 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                     

Change in benefit obligations:

                   

Benefit obligations at beginning of year

  $ 54,128     $     51,306  

Interest cost

    1,633           2,096  

Actuarial loss

    3,588           4,706  

Benefits paid

    (4,694

)

        (3,980

)

                     

Benefit obligations at end of year

    54,655           54,128  
                     

Change in plan assets:

                   

Fair value of plan assets at beginning of year

    44,284           41,290  

Actual return on plan assets

    3,869           6,814  

Employer contributions

    128           160  

Benefits paid

    (4,694

)

        (3,980

)

                     

Fair value of plan assets at end of year

    43,587           44,284  
                     

Funded status

  $ (11,068

)

  $     (9,844

)

Accumulated benefit obligations

  $ 54,655     $     54,128  
                     

Weighted average assumptions to determine benefit obligations:

                   

Discount rate

    2.28 - 2.35%       3.10 - 3.14%  
Expected long-term return on plan assets       4.50%           4.75%    
Rate of compensation increase       n/a           n/a    

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss of $21.7 and $20.8 million at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively, represent the net actuarial loss which has not yet been recognized as a component of pension expense. In 2021, $0.9 million of net actuarial loss is expected to be recognized as a component of net pension expense.

 

Components of net periodic benefit cost and other amounts recognized in comprehensive income were as follows:

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Pension and other benefits:

               

Interest cost

  $ 1,633     $ 2,096  

Expected return on plan assets

    (2,020

)

    (1,965

)

Recognized net actuarial loss

    839       865  

Pension expense

  $ 452     $ 996  
                 

Other changes in plan assets and benefit obligations recognized in comprehensive income:

               

Net loss (gain)

  $ 1,739     $ (141

)

Amortization of recognized gain

    (839

)

    (865

)

Total recognized loss (gain) in comprehensive loss

  $ 900     $ (1,006

)

 

 

Weighted average assumptions used to determine net periodic benefit cost:

   

2020

     

2019

 
                     

Discount rate

    3.10 - 3.14%       4.28%  
Expected long-term return on plan assets       4.75%         5.00%  
Rate of compensation increase       n/a         n/a  

  

The expected long-term rate of return on plan assets was based on a building-block approach. Historical markets are studied and long-term historical relationships between equities and fixed income are presumed 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 markets are determined. Diversification and rebalancing of plan assets are properly considered as part of establishing long-term portfolio returns.

 

At December 31, 2020, the plan held shares of various Aon Collective Investment Trust (“ACIT”) funds offered through an offering statement. The fair values of the Company’s pension plan assets by category were as follows:

 

   

2020 Fair Value Measurements

(in thousands)

                 
   

Quoted Prices in

Active Markets

for

Identical Assets

(Level 1)

   

Significant Other Observable Inputs

(Level 2)

   

Measured at

NAV as a

practical

expedient

   

Total

 

ACIT equity funds

  $ -     $ 9,406       1,152     $ 10,558  

ACIT fixed income funds

    -       29,958       2,108       32,066  

Cash management funds

    -       963       -       963  
                                 
    $ -     $ 40,327       3,260     $ 43,587  

 

At December 31, 2019, the plan held units of various Aon Hewitt Group Trust (“AHGT”) funds offered through a private placement. The fair values of the Company’s pension plan assets by category were as follows:

 

   

2019 Fair Value Measurements(in thousands)

 
   

Quoted Prices in

Active Markets

for

Identical Assets

(Level 1)

   

Significant Other

Observable Inputs

(Level 2)

   

Total

 

AHGT equity funds

  $ -     $ 12,714     $ 12,714  

AHGT fixed income funds

    -       30,548       30,548  

Cash management funds

    -       1,022       1,022  
                         
    $ -     $ 44,284     $ 44,284  

 

Net asset values (“NAV”) of ACIT and AGHT funds included in Level 1 and Level 2 are readily determinable, measured daily and based on the fair value of each fund’s underlying investments. Level 1 assets are priced using quotes for trades occurring in active markets for the identical asset. Level 2 assets are priced using observable inputs for the asset (for example, interest rates and yield curves observable at commonly quoted intervals, volatilities, prepayment speeds, loss severities, credit risks, and default rates) or inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means (market-corroborated inputs).

 

Other investments determine NAV on a monthly or quarterly basis and/or have redemption restrictions. NAVs are based on the fair value of each fund’s underlying investments. For these investments, NAV is used as a practical expedient to estimate fair value and are not categorized in the fair value hierarchy. Redemptions may be requested at the fund’s NAV under the notification requirements of each fund.

 

An administrative committee consisting of certain senior management employees administers the Company’s defined benefit pension plan. The pension plan assets are allocated among approved asset types based on the plans current funded status and other characteristics set by the administrative committee, and subject to liquidity requirements of the plans.

 

Estimated future benefit payments are as follows (in thousands):

 

 

2021       $ 3,992  

 

2022       $ 3,878  

 

2023       $ 3,767  

 

2024       $ 3,660  

 

2025       $ 3,556  

2026

- 2030     $ 16,065  

 

The Company made a minimum required contribution of $0.6 million to its pension plan in January 2021. The CARES Act included limited funding relief provisions for single employer defined benefit plans allowing the deferral of required contributions that would otherwise be due in 2020.

 

  

 

7.

SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION

 

The Company’s directors and certain members of management receive a portion of their compensation in shares of the Company’s common stock granted under the Company’s 2017 Equity and Incentive Award Plan (Equity Plan). Share-based compensation is valued based on the average of the high and low share price on the date of grant. Shares are issued upon execution of agreements reflecting the grantee’s acceptance of the respective shares subject to the terms and conditions of the Equity Plan. Restricted shares issued under the Equity Plan vest quarterly and have voting and regular dividend rights but cannot be disposed of until such time as they are vested. All unvested restricted shares are forfeited upon the grantee’s termination of directorship or employment from the Company.

 

Share-based compensation is determined and awarded annually to certain of the Company’s officers and management based on their achievement of certain predefined performance goals and objectives under the Equity Plan. Such share-based compensation is comprised of an annual incentive paid in shares of common stock and a long-term incentive paid in restricted shares vesting quarterly over a period of three years.

 

Share-based compensation totaled $1.6 million and $1.7 million for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively. Included in these amounts were approximately $0.7 million of restricted shares of common stock which vested in both 2020 and 2019.

 

 

8.

INCOME TAXES

 

GAAP prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement attribute for the financial statement recognition and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return.

 

In December 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) was signed into law. In accordance with the TCJA, the Company eliminated $91.3 million of AMT NOL carry forwards in 2018 and recognized $5.0 million of income tax benefit from its unused AMT credit carry forwards. The Company received subsequent notices that refunds were applied by the U.S. Department of the Treasury toward a “Non-Tax Federal Debt.” The Company believes the refunds were misapplied in error and intends to pursue collection of the amount; however, the entire $5.0 million income tax benefit from its unused AMT credit carry forwards has been written off against the valuation allowance in 2020 until further clarification on this matter is received.

 

Reconciliations between the total income tax benefit and the amount computed using the statutory federal rate of 21% for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

 

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Federal income tax benefit at statutory rate

  $ (547

)

  $ (1,127

)

Adjusted for:

               

Valuation allowance

    475       6,111  

Permanent differences and other

    72       15  

Income tax expense

  $ -     $ 4,999  

 

 

Deferred tax assets were comprised of the following temporary differences as of December 31, 2020 and 2019:

 

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Net operating loss and tax credit carryforwards

  $ 24,956     $ 29,545  

Joint venture and other investments

    (27

)

    (27

)

Accrued retirement benefits

    3,329       3,010  

Property net book value

    3,357       3,300  

Deferred revenue

    715       697  

Reserves and other

    29       (10

)

Total deferred tax assets

    32,359       36,515  

Valuation allowance

    (32,359

)

    (36,515

)

Net deferred tax assets

  $ -     $ -  

 

 

Valuation allowances have been established to reduce future tax benefits not expected to be realized. The change in the deferred tax asset related to accrued retirement benefits and the valuation allowance includes the pension adjustment included in accumulated other comprehensive loss, which is not included in the current provision. Net Operating Loss (NOL) carryforwards created in tax years beginning after December 31, 2017 are limited by the TCJA. The Company had approximately $71.7 million in federal NOL carry forwards at December 31, 2020, that expire from 2029 through 2034. The Company had approximately $85.7 million in state NOL carry forwards at December 31, 2020, that expire from 2029 through 2034. The Company had approximately $5.2 million in federal and state NOL carry forwards at December 31, 2020 that do not expire.

  

 

 

9.

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

 

In December 2019, the Company entered into an Asset Purchase Agreement to sell the PUC-regulated assets of Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd. located in the Kapalua Resort for a purchase price of approximately $4.3 million, including a Capital Expenditures Adjustment, as defined in the agreement, to be determined at closing. The sale is subject to certain closing conditions, including PUC approval. As part of the agreement, the purchaser commits to serve the future expansion areas of Kapalua as they are developed. Furthermore, the Company agrees to deliver water from its wells and ditches to certain delivery points at defined rates over an initial period of 20 years from the date of closing.

 

Under terms of the agreement, the purchase price will not include approximately $3.6 million of water system infrastructure and other related assets conveyed to the Company by the owner of a 125-acre portion of the Kapalua Mauka project. Accordingly, upon classification of the Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd assets as held for sale, these assets were written down to fair value and included as part of the Company’s discontinued operations for the year ended December 31, 2019. The fair value of the assets is measured using Level 3 inputs.

   

The results related to the operation of these assets have been reported as discontinued operations in 2020 and 2019 as follows:

 

   

2020

   

2019

 
   

(in thousands)

 
                 

Operating revenues

  $ 2,646     $ 3,125  

Operating costs and expenses

    (2,787

)

    (2,585

)

Depreciation expense

    -       (283

)

Impairment loss

    (196

)

    (3,614

)

Loss from discontinued operations

  $ (337

)

  $ (3,357

)

 

There were no capital expenditures in discontinued operations during 2020. Capital expenditures were $0.6 million in 2019.

 

 

 

10.

SEGMENT INFORMATION

 

The Company’s reportable operating segments are comprised of the discrete business units whose operating results are regularly reviewed by the Company’s Chief Executive Officer – its chief decision maker – in assessing performance and determining the allocation of resources. Reportable operating segments in 2020 are as follows:

 

 

Real Estate includes the development and sale of real estate inventory and the operations of Kapalua Realty Company, a general brokerage real estate company located within the Kapalua Resort.

 

 

Leasing primarily includes revenues and expenses from real property leasing activities, license fees and royalties for the use of certain of the Company’s trademarks and brand names by third parties, and the cost of maintaining the Company’s real estate assets, including conservation activities. The operating segment also includes the management of ditch, reservoir and well systems that provide potable and non-potable water to West and Upcountry Maui areas.

  

 

Resort Amenities include a membership program that provides certain benefits and privileges within the Kapalua Resort for its members.

 

 

The results of discontinued operations discussed in Note 9 were included in a Utilities segment in prior periods. The Utilities segment previously included the operations of Kapalua Water Company, Ltd. and Kapalua Waste Treatment Company, Ltd., water and sewage transmission services for the Kapalua Resort, and the management of ditch, reservoir, and well systems in the West and Upcountry Maui areas.

 

The Company’s reportable operating segment results are measured based on operating income (loss), exclusive of interest, depreciation, general and administrative, share-based compensation, pension and other postretirement expenses.

  

Condensed consolidated financial information for each of the Company’s reportable segments for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

 

 

   

Real

           

Resort

                 
   

Estate

   

Leasing

   

Amenities

   

Other (2)

   

Consolidated

 

2020

                                       

Operating revenues (1)

  $ 772     $ 5,948     $ 820     $ -     $ 7,540  

Operating costs and expenses

    (600

)

    (2,933

)

    (1,193

)

    -       (4,726

)

Depreciation expense

    -       (1,278

)

    -       (11

)

    (1,289

)

General and administrative and other expenses

    (1,075

)

    (1,131

)

    (492

)

    (1,379

)

    (4,077

)

Operating income (loss)

    (903

)

    606       (865

)

    (1,390

)

    (2,552

)

Pension and other post-retirement expenses

                                    (475

)

Interest expense

                                    (134

)

Other Income

                                    894  

Loss from continuing operations

                                  $ (2,267

)

                                         

Capital expenditures (3)

  $ 436     $ 81     $ -     $ -     $ 517  

Assets (4)

  $ 14,851     $ 16,109     $ 830     $ 6,680     $ 38,470  

 

 

   

Real

           

Resort

                 
   

Estate

   

Leasing

   

Amenities

   

Other (2)

   

Consolidated

 

2019

                                       

Operating revenues (1)

  $ 915     $ 8,148     $ 982     $ -     $ 10,045  

Operating costs and expenses

    (1,185

)

    (3,228

)

    (1,030

)

    -       (5,443

)

Depreciation expense

    -       (1,352

)

    -       (60

)

    (1,412

)

General and administrative and other expenses

    (1,069

)

    (1,102

)

    (479

)

    (1,336

)

    (3,986

)

Operating income (loss)

    (1,339

)

    2,466       (527

)

    (1,396

)

    (796

)

Pension and other post-retirement expenses

                                    (1,016

)

Interest expense

                                    (198

)

Income tax expense

                                    (4,999

)

Loss from continuing operations

                                  $ (7,009

)

                                         

Capital expenditures (3)

  $ 278     $ 86     $ -     $ 626     $ 990  

Assets (4)

  $ 13,789     $ 17,432     $ 1,039     $ 6,859     $ 39,119  

 

(1)

Amounts are principally revenues from external customers and exclude equity in earnings of affiliates.

(2)

Includes assets related to discontinued operations of $4.7 million and $5.2 million at December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

(3)

Includes expenditures for property and deferred costs.

(4)

Segment assets are located in the United States.

 

  

 

11.

RESERVES

 

Allowance for doubtful accounts for 2020 and 2019 were as follows:

 

Description

 

Balance at

Beginning of Year

   

Increase

   

Balance at

End of Year

 
   

(in thousands)

         

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

                       

2020

  $ 35     $ 185     $ 220  

2019

  $ 34     $ 1     $ 35  

  

 

 

12.

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

On December 31, 2018, the State of Hawaii Department of Health (“DOH”) issued a Notice and Finding of Violation and Order (“Order”) for alleged wastewater effluent violations related to the Company’s Upcountry Maui wastewater treatment facility. The facility was built in the 1960’s to serve approximately 200 single-family homes developed for workers in the Company’s former agricultural operations. The facility is made up of two 1.5-acre wastewater stabilization ponds and surrounding disposal leach fields. The Order includes, among other requirements, payment of a $230,000 administrative penalty and development of a new wastewater treatment plant, which become final and binding – unless a hearing is requested to contest the alleged violations and penalties.

 

The DOH agreed to defer the Order without a hearing date while the Company continues working on a previously approved corrective action plan to resolve and remediate the facility’s wastewater effluent issues. The construction of additional leach fields was completed as of December 31, 2020. Additionally, the installation of a surface aerator, sludge removal system, and natural pond cover using water plants is currently in progress. No hearing date has been set as discussions with the DOH are still ongoing to address any other matters regarding the Order.

 

The Company is presently unable to estimate the amount, or range of amounts, of any probable liability, if any, related to the Order and no provision has been made in the accompanying consolidated financial statements.

 

In addition, from time to time, the Company is the subject of various other claims, complaints and other legal actions which arise in the normal course of the Company’s business activities. The Company believes the resolution of these other matters, in the aggregate, is not likely to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s consolidated financial position or operations.

 

In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of a novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic. As a result, public health measures were taken to minimize exposure to the virus. Quarantine, travel restrictions, and other governmental restrictions and guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19 has caused and is likely to continue to have an adverse impact on economic activity, including business closures, increased unemployment, financial market instability, and reduced tourism to Maui. The duration of the disruption on global, national, and local economies cannot be reasonably estimated at this time. However, should the existence of the COVID-19 pandemic continue for an extended period, the Company’s future business operations, including the results of operations, cash flows and financial position will be significantly affected.

  

 

 

13.

FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

 

GAAP establishes a framework for measuring fair value and requires certain disclosures about fair value measurements to enable the reader of the consolidated financial statements to assess the inputs used to develop those measurements by establishing a hierarchy for ranking the quality and reliability of the information used to determine fair values. GAAP requires that financial assets and liabilities be classified and disclosed in one of the following three categories:

 

Level 1: Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

Level 2: Observable market-based inputs or unobservable inputs that are corroborated by market data.

 

Level 3: Unobservable inputs that are not corroborated by market data.

 

The Company considers all cash on hand to be unrestricted cash for the purposes of the consolidated balance sheets and consolidated statements of cash flows. The fair value of receivables and payables approximate their carrying value due to the short-term nature of the instruments. The valuation is based on settlements of similar financial instruments all of which are short-term in nature and are generally settled at or near cost. The fair value of debt was estimated based on borrowing rates currently available to the Company for debt with similar terms and maturities. The carrying amount of debt at December 31, 2020 and 2019 was $0.2 million and $1.0 million, respectively, which approximated fair value. The fair value of debt was measured using the Level 2 inputs, noted above. See Note 6 for the classification of the fair value of pension assets. See Note 9 for the classification of the fair value of assets held for sale from discontinued operations.

 

  

 

14.

CONTRACT ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

 

Receivables from contracts with customers were $0.8 million, $0.7 million, and $0.6 million at December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018, respectively. Contract assets and liabilities were not considered significant to the Company at December 31, 2019 and 2018.

 

Deferred license fee revenue

 

The Company entered into a trademark license agreement with the owner of the Kapalua Plantation and Bay golf courses, effective April 1, 2020. Under the terms and conditions set forth in the agreement, the licensee is granted a perpetual, terminable on default, transferable, non-exclusive license to use the Company’s trademarks and service marks to promote its golf courses and to sell its licensed products. The Company received a single payment royalty of $2.0 million in March 2020. Revenue from the license agreement is recognized on a straight-line basis over its estimated economic useful life of 15 years.

 

  

 

Item 9.

CHANGES IN AND DISAGREEMENTS WITH ACCOUNTANTS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL DISCLOSURE

 

None.

 

Item 9A.

CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

EVALUATION OF DISCLOSURE CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Our management, with the participation of our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures (as such term is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Exchange Act) as of December 31, 2020. We maintain disclosure controls and procedures that are designed to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate, to allow for timely decisions regarding required disclosure. Our management recognizes that any controls and procedures, no matter how well designed and operated, can provide only reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives and management necessarily applies its judgment in evaluating the cost-benefit relationship of possible controls and procedures. Based on the evaluation of our disclosure controls and procedures as of December 31, 2020, our principal executive officer, principal financial officer, and principal accounting officer concluded that, as of such date, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

 

MANAGEMENT’S ANNUAL REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

Our management has the responsibility for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting. Internal control over financial reporting is defined in Rule 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) under the Exchange Act, as a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the Company’s principal executive, principal financial officer, principal accounting officer, and effected by our Board of Directors, management and other personnel to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Our internal controls over financial reporting include those policies and procedures that:

 

 

Pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of our assets;

 

 

Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America, and that receipts and expenditures of the Company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of our management and directors; and

 

 

Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of our assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

 

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting only provides reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement presentation and preparation. Projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risks that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

 

Our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, assessed the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020. In making this assessment, management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control—Integrated Framework (2013). Based on its assessments, management believes that, as of December 31, 2020, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting is effective.

 

As we are a smaller reporting company, our independent registered public accounting firm is not required to attest to the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting.

 

CHANGES IN INTERNAL CONTROLS OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

 

There has been no change in our internal controls over financial reporting (as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rule 13a-15(f) or 15d-15(f)) during the fiscal fourth quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal controls over financial reporting.

 

Item 9B.

OTHER INFORMATION

 

None.

 

 

PART III

 

Item 10.

DIRECTORS, EXECUTIVE OFFICERS AND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE

 

Incorporated herein by reference from the Company’s definitive proxy statement, which will be filed no later than 120 days after the close of our fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

 

Item 11.

EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION

 

The information set forth under “Executive Compensation,” and “Director Compensation” in the Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. Proxy Statement, to be filed no later than 120 days after the close of our fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 12.

SECURITY OWNERSHIP OF CERTAIN BENEFICIAL OWNERS AND MANAGEMENT AND RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS

 

The information set forth under “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners” in the Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. Proxy Statement, to be filed no later than 120 days after the close of our fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 13.

CERTAIN RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATED TRANSACTIONS, AND DIRECTOR INDEPENDENCE

 

The information set forth under “Certain Relationship and Related Transactions,” and “Director Independence” in the Maui Land & Pineapple Company, Inc. Proxy Statement, to be filed no later than 120 days after the close of our fiscal year ended December 31, 2020, is incorporated herein by reference.

 

Item 14.

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT FEES AND SERVICES

 

Inform