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Note 2 - Fair Value Measurements

Note 2 - Fair Value Measurements
3 Months Ended
Nov. 30, 2012
Fair Value Disclosures [Text Block]

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 New York Stock Exchange.  The Company had none of these instruments at November 30, 2012.

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 one Level 2 asset at November 30, 2012, its marketable securities.  The value of the Company’s marketable securities is based on observable market data obtained from the financial institutions at which the marketable securities are held.

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 at November 30, 2012, the Tap Participation Fee liability, which is described in greater detail in Note 4 – Long-Term Obligations and Operating Lease below.

The Company maintains policies and procedures to value instruments using 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-Investment in Water, Water Systems, Land and Improvements.

Level 2 Asset – Marketable Securities Measured on a Recurring Basis.  The Company’s marketable securities are the Company’s only financial asset measured on a recurring basis.  The fair value of the marketable securities is based on the values reported by the financial institutions where the funds are held. These securities include only federally insured certificates of deposit.

Level 3 Liability – Tap Participation Fee.  The Company’s Tap Participation Fee liability is 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 Tap Participation Fee liability is valued by projecting new home development in the Company’s targeted service area over an estimated development period.

The following table provides information on the assets and liabilities measured at fair value on a recurring basis as of November 30, 2012:

Fair Value Measurement Using
Fair Value
Cost / Other
Quoted Prices in Active Markets for Identical Assets
(Level 1)
Significant Other Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
Significant Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)
Total Unrealized
Gains and
Marketable securities
  $ 918,400     $ 919,300     $ -     $ 918,400     $ -     $ (900 )
Tap Participation Fee liability
  $ 69,163,800     $ 69,163,800     $ -     $ -     $ 69,163,800     $ -  

Although not required, the Company deems the following table, which  presents the changes in the Tap Participation Fee for the three months ended November 30, 2012, to be helpful to the users of its 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, 2012
  $ 112,958,000     $ 68,269,200     $ 44,688,800  
Total gains and losses (realized and unrealized):
Imputed interest recorded as "Other Expense"
    -       894,600       (894,600 )
Transfers in and/or out of Level 3
    -       -       -  
Balance at November 30, 2012
  $ 112,958,000     $ 69,163,800     $ 43,794,200