RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
|9 Months Ended|
May 31, 2022
|RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS [Abstract]|
|RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS||
NOTE 8 – RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
The Rangeview District
The Rangeview District and the Company’s agreements with the Rangeview District are described in greater detail in Note 14 to the 2021 Annual Report. Pursuant to these agreements, the Company provides funding to the Rangeview District for operations, construction and the Rangeview District’s participation in the “Wise Partnership.” The WISE Partnership and capitalized terms related to WISE not defined herein are defined in Note 7 to the 2021 Annual Report.
During the three months ended May 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company, through the Rangeview District, received metered water deliveries of 62 acre-feet and 100 acre-feet of WISE water, paying $0.1 million and $0.2 million for this water. During the nine months ended May 31, 2022 and 2021, the Company, through the Rangeview District, received metered water deliveries of 312 acre-feet and 301 acre-feet of WISE water, paying $0.6 million and $0.6 million for this water. The cost of WISE water to the members is based on the water rates charged by Aurora Water and can be adjusted each January 1. As of January 1, 2022, WISE water was $6.13 per thousand gallons and such rate will remain in effect through calendar 2022.
To date, the Company has capitalized the construction funding pursuant to the WISE Financing Agreement because the funding has been provided to build assets which provide capacity in the WISE infrastructure. The Company’s total investment in the WISE infrastructure as of May 31, 2022, is $6.3 million.
As detailed in Note 14 to the 2021 Annual Report, the Rangeview District and the Company have entered into two loan agreements. The first loan provided for borrowings of up to $250,000, is unsecured, and bears interest based on the prevailing prime rate plus 2% (6.0% at May 31, 2022). The maturity date of the loan is December 31, 2022, at which time it will automatically renew for anotherterm. The second loan allows the Company to continue to provide funding to the Rangeview District for day-to-day operations and accrue the funding into a note that bears interest at a rate of 8% per annum and remains in full force and effect for so long as the 2014 Amended and Restated Lease Agreement remains in effect. As of May 31, 2022, the principal and interest on both loan agreements totaled $1.1 million ($1.0 million of principal and less than $0.1 million of accrued interest). As of August 31, 2021, the principal and interest on both loan agreements totaled $1.2 million ($0.7 million of principal and $0.5 million of accrued interest). During the nine months ended May 31, 2022, the Company received interest and principal payments totaling $0.5 million from the Rangeview District.
Sky Ranch Community Authority Board
The Sky Ranch Districts and the Sky Ranch CAB are quasi-municipal corporations and political subdivisions of Colorado formed for the purpose of providing service to Sky Ranch. The Sky Ranch CAB was formed to, among other things, design, construct, finance, operate and maintain certain public improvements for the benefit of the property within the boundaries and/or service area of the Sky Ranch Districts. For the public improvements to be constructed and/or acquired, it is necessary for each Sky Ranch District, directly or through the Sky Ranch CAB, to be able to fund the improvements and pay its ongoing operations and maintenance expenses related to the provision of services that benefit the property. To fund these improvements, the Company and the Sky Ranch CAB entered into various funding agreements obligating the Company to advance funding to the Sky Ranch CAB for specified public improvements constructed from 2018 to 2023. All amounts owed under the agreements bear interest at a rate of 6% per annum. Any advances not paid or reimbursed by the Sky Ranch CAB by December 31, 2058 for the first phase and December 31, 2060 for the second phase shall be deemed forever discharged and satisfied in full.
As of May 31, 2022, the balance of the Company’s advances to the Sky Ranch CAB for improvements, including interest, net of reimbursements from the Sky Ranch CAB total $35.3 million. The advances have been used by the Sky Ranch CAB to pay for construction of public improvements. The Company submits specific costs for reimbursement to the Sky Ranch CAB that have been certified by an independent third-party. The Company anticipates providing additional funding of approximately $3.0 million for construction of public improvements to the Sky Ranch CAB during the remainder of fiscal 2022 related to Phase 2A of the second development phase at Sky Ranch.
Nelson Pipeline Constructors LLC
Through a competitive bidding process, the Sky Ranch CAB awarded Nelson Pipeline Constructors, LLC (Nelson), a contract to construct the wet utility pipelines in the second development phase of Sky Ranch. During the nine months ended May 31, 2022, the Sky Ranch CAB paid Nelson $8.1 million related to this contract. Nelson is majority owned by the chairman of the Company’s board of directors.
The entire disclosure for related party transactions. Examples of related party transactions include transactions between (a) a parent company and its subsidiary; (b) subsidiaries of a common parent; (c) and entity and its principal owners; and (d) affiliates.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/disclosureRef