Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)


9 Months Ended
May. 31, 2015
Fair Value Measurements  

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date in the principal or most advantageous market. The Company uses a fair value hierarchy that has three levels of inputs, both observable and unobservable, with use of the lowest possible level of input to determine fair value.


Level 1 — Valuations for assets and liabilities traded in active exchange markets, such as the NASDAQ Stock Market. The Company had one of these instruments as of May 31, 2015 and August 31, 2014. 


Level 2 — Valuations for assets and liabilities obtained from readily available pricing sources via independent providers for market transactions involving similar assets or liabilities. The Company had no Level 2 assets or liabilities as of May 31, 2015 or August 31, 2014.


Level 3 — Valuations for assets and liabilities that are derived from other valuation methodologies, including discounted cash flow models and similar techniques, and not based on market exchange, dealer, or broker traded transactions. Level 3 valuations incorporate certain assumptions and projections in determining the fair value assigned to such assets or liabilities. The Company had one Level 3 liability as of August 31, 2014, the TPF liability, which is described in greater detail in Note 4 – Long-Term Obligations and Operating Lease below. The Company had no Level 3 assets or liabilities as of May 31, 2015.


The Company maintains policies and procedures to value instruments using what management believes to be the best and most relevant data available.


The Company’s non-financial assets measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis consist entirely of its investments in water and water systems and other long-lived assets. See Note 3 –Water and Land Assets below.


Level 3 Liability – Tap Participation Fee. Prior to the Company’s settlement with HP A&M eliminating the TPF, the Company’s TPF liability was the Company’s only financial liability measured on a non-recurring basis. As further described in Note 4 – Long-Term Obligations and Operating Lease, the TPF liability was valued by projecting new home development in the Company’s targeted service area over an estimated development period.


Although not required, the Company deems the following table, which presents the changes in the TPF for the nine months ended May 31, 2015, to be helpful to the users of its consolidated financial statements:



Fair Value Measurement using Significant

Unobservable Inputs (Level 3)

    Gross Estimated Tap Participation Fee Liability     Tap Participation Fee Reported Liability     Discount - to be imputed as interest expense in future periods  
Balance at August 31, 2014   $ 12,038,300     $ 7,935,300     $ 4,103,000  
Total gains and losses (realized and unrealized):     -       -       -  
Imputed interest recorded as "Other Expense"     -       23,800       (23,800 )
Purchases, sales, issuances, payments, reductions resulting from foreclosures, and HP A&M settlement     (12,038,300 )     (7,959,100 )     (4,079,200 )
Transfers in and/or out of Level 3     -       -       -  
Balance at May 31, 2015   $ -     $ -     $ -