10-Q 1 a20153rdquarterform10-q.htm 10-Q 10-Q

UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 FORM 10-Q
 
 
 
þ
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2015
or
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from                     to                     
Commission File Number: 1-13461
 
 
 
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
 
 
 
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter) 
 
Delaware
 
76-0506313
 
 
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
 
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
800 Gessner, Suite 500
Houston, Texas 77024
(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip code)
 
 
 
 
(713) 647-5700
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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  þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted 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 and post such files).    Yes  þ    No  ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
Large accelerated filer
þ
 
¨
Accelerated filer
 
 
 
Non-accelerated filer
¨
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
¨
Smaller reporting company
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     
Yes  ¨    No  þ
As of October 27, 2015, the registrant had 23,694,561 shares of common stock, par value $0.01, outstanding.




TABLE OF CONTENTS
 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1. Financial Statements
GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
 
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
         (Unaudited)
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
21,968

 
$
40,975

Contracts-in-transit and vehicle receivables, net
 
205,636

 
237,448

Accounts and notes receivable, net
 
147,110

 
151,330

Inventories, net
 
1,634,421

 
1,556,705

Deferred income taxes
 
13,099

 
11,062

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
22,556

 
37,699

Total current assets
 
2,044,790

 
2,035,219

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net
 
978,892

 
950,388

GOODWILL
 
912,639

 
830,377

INTANGIBLE FRANCHISE RIGHTS
 
339,763

 
303,947

OTHER ASSETS
 
15,966

 
21,561

Total assets
 
$
4,292,050

 
$
4,141,492

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
 
 
 
 
Floorplan notes payable - credit facility and other
 
$
1,177,513

 
$
1,143,246

Offset account related to floorplan notes payable - credit facility
 
(28,073
)
 
(39,616
)
Floorplan notes payable - manufacturer affiliates
 
347,657

 
307,656

Offset account related to floorplan notes payable - manufacturer affiliates
 
(20,001
)
 
(22,500
)
Current maturities of long-term debt
 
55,959

 
72,630

Accounts payable
 
290,509

 
288,320

Accrued expenses
 
158,283

 
172,463

Total current liabilities
 
1,981,847

 
1,922,199

LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current maturities
 
1,084,161

 
1,008,837

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES
 
147,296

 
141,239

LIABILITIES FROM INTEREST RATE RISK MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
 
39,724

 
25,311

OTHER LIABILITIES
 
69,694

 
65,896

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding
 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 50,000 shares authorized; 25,720 and 25,724 issued, respectively
 
257

 
257

Additional paid-in capital
 
288,754

 
286,854

Retained earnings
 
964,703

 
852,057

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(145,805
)
 
(81,984
)
Treasury stock, at cost; 2,018 and 1,385 shares, respectively
 
(138,581
)
 
(79,174
)
Total stockholders’ equity
 
969,328

 
978,010

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
$
4,292,050

 
$
4,141,492


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)
REVENUES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New vehicle retail sales
 
$
1,601,213

 
$
1,521,246

 
$
4,468,200

 
$
4,256,146

Used vehicle retail sales
 
687,637

 
615,924

 
1,993,124

 
1,743,071

Used vehicle wholesale sales
 
100,483

 
100,347

 
302,186

 
284,491

Parts and service sales
 
303,557

 
291,816

 
888,939

 
844,340

Finance, insurance and other, net
 
107,679

 
97,115

 
307,454

 
270,901

Total revenues
 
2,800,569

 
2,626,448

 
7,959,903

 
7,398,949

COST OF SALES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
New vehicle retail sales
 
1,521,721

 
1,441,016

 
4,242,847

 
4,028,164

Used vehicle retail sales
 
641,055

 
571,613

 
1,854,361

 
1,610,293

Used vehicle wholesale sales
 
102,318

 
101,643

 
302,276

 
281,434

Parts and service sales
 
137,093

 
137,467

 
406,580

 
397,079

Total cost of sales
 
2,402,187

 
2,251,739

 
6,806,064

 
6,316,970

GROSS PROFIT
 
398,382

 
374,709

 
1,153,839

 
1,081,979

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES
 
289,012

 
264,233

 
841,050

 
793,761

DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION EXPENSE
 
11,811

 
10,746

 
35,441

 
31,424

ASSET IMPAIRMENTS
 
916

 
9,373

 
1,955

 
11,094

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS
 
96,643

 
90,357

 
275,393

 
245,700

OTHER EXPENSE:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Floorplan interest expense
 
(9,685
)
 
(10,452
)
 
(29,046
)
 
(31,695
)
Other interest expense, net
 
(13,922
)
 
(13,246
)
 
(42,061
)
 
(36,326
)
Loss on extinguishment of long-term debt
 

 
(22,790
)
 

 
(46,403
)
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES
 
73,036

 
43,869

 
204,286

 
131,276

PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES
 
(27,775
)
 
(17,707
)
 
(76,901
)
 
(56,949
)
NET INCOME
 
$
45,261

 
$
26,162

 
$
127,385

 
$
74,327

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE
 
$
1.88

 
$
1.07

 
$
5.26

 
$
3.06

Weighted average common shares outstanding
 
23,132

 
23,424

 
23,294

 
23,354

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE
 
$
1.88

 
$
1.03

 
$
5.26

 
$
2.82

Weighted average common shares outstanding
 
23,137

 
24,432

 
23,298

 
25,363

CASH DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE
 
$
0.21

 
$
0.17

 
$
0.61

 
$
0.51



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME 
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(Unaudited, in thousands)
NET INCOME
 
$
45,261

 
$
26,162

 
$
127,385

 
$
74,327

Other comprehensive loss, net of taxes:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation adjustment
 
(36,307
)
 
(21,938
)
 
(56,902
)
 
(7,329
)
Net unrealized (loss) gain on interest rate swaps:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Unrealized (loss) gain arising during the period, net of tax benefit (provision) of $4,919, ($346), $7,744, and $3,472, respectively
 
(8,199
)
 
577

 
(12,907
)
 
(5,787
)
Reclassification adjustment for loss included in interest expense, net of tax provision of $1,224, $1,074, $3,593, and $3,176, respectively
 
2,041

 
1,789

 
5,988

 
5,293

Net unrealized (loss) gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax
 
(6,158
)
 
2,366

 
(6,919
)
 
(494
)
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS, NET OF TAXES
 
(42,465
)
 
(19,572
)
 
(63,821
)
 
(7,823
)
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 
$
2,796

 
$
6,590

 
$
63,564

 
$
66,504



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY 
 
 
Common Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in Capital
 
Retained Earnings
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive Loss
 
Treasury Stock
 
 
 
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
 
 
 
 
Total
 
 
(Unaudited, in thousands)
BALANCE, December 31, 2014
 
25,724

 
$
257

 
$
286,854

 
$
852,057

 
$
(81,984
)
 
$
(79,174
)
 
$
978,010

Net income
 

 

 

 
127,385

 

 

 
127,385

Other comprehensive loss, net
 

 

 

 

 
(63,821
)
 

 
(63,821
)
Purchases of treasury stock
 

 

 

 

 

 
(72,664
)
 
(72,664
)
Net issuance of treasury shares to employee stock compensation plans
 
(3
)
 

 
(14,052
)
 

 

 
13,257

 
(795
)
Stock-based compensation, including tax effect of $1,827
 

 

 
15,952

 

 

 

 
15,952

Cash dividends, net of estimated forfeitures relative to participating securities
 

 

 

 
(14,739
)
 

 

 
(14,739
)
BALANCE, September 30, 2015
 
25,721

 
$
257

 
$
288,754

 
$
964,703

 
$
(145,805
)
 
$
(138,581
)
 
$
969,328



The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(Unaudited, in thousands)
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
127,385

 
$
74,327

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
 
35,441

 
31,424

Deferred income taxes
 
13,135

 
6,494

Asset impairments
 
1,955

 
11,094

Stock-based compensation
 
14,167

 
11,871

Amortization of debt discount and issue costs
 
2,727

 
9,661

Loss on 3.00% Convertible Notes repurchase
 

 
29,478

Loss on 2.25% Convertible Notes conversion and redemption
 

 
16,925

Gain on disposition of assets
 
(1,469
)
 
(17,363
)
Tax effect from stock-based compensation
 
(1,827
)
 
(1,145
)
Other
 
3,435

 
2,047

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and dispositions:
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses
 
30,858

 
54,911

Accounts and notes receivable
 
(6,821
)
 
(6,562
)
Inventories
 
(68,454
)
 
79,265

Contracts-in-transit and vehicle receivables
 
29,470

 
33,839

Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
1,501

 
12,923

Floorplan notes payable - manufacturer affiliates
 
49,986

 
(77,155
)
Deferred revenues
 
(621
)
 
(198
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
 
230,868

 
271,836

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
Cash paid in acquisitions, net of cash received
 
(212,252
)
 
(309,257
)
Proceeds from disposition of franchises, property and equipment
 
9,684

 
138,800

Purchases of property and equipment, including real estate
 
(78,339
)
 
(91,345
)
Other
 
6,047

 
(5,832
)
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(274,860
)
 
(267,634
)
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
 
 
 
 
Borrowings on credit facility - floorplan line and other
 
5,529,338

 
6,047,392

Repayments on credit facility - floorplan line and other
 
(5,479,152
)
 
(6,086,414
)
Borrowings on credit facility - acquisition line
 
584,643

 
314,963

Repayment on credit facility - acquisition line
 
(515,944
)
 
(374,989
)
Borrowings on real estate credit facility
 

 
200

Principal payments on real estate credit facility
 
(2,505
)
 
(9,081
)
Net borrowings on 5.00% Senior Unsecured Notes
 

 
539,600

Debt issue costs
 

 
(1,881
)
Repurchase of 3.00% Convertible Notes
 

 
(260,074
)
Proceeds from Call/Warrant Unwind related to 3.00% Convertible Notes
 

 
32,697

Conversion and redemption of 2.25% Convertible Notes
 

 
(182,756
)
Borrowings on other debt
 
33,375

 
78,710

Principal payments on other debt
 
(42,929
)
 
(70,267
)
Borrowings on debt related to real estate
 
22,430

 
65,628

Principal payments on debt related to real estate
 
(18,536
)
 
(39,024
)
Employee stock purchase plan purchases, net of employee tax withholdings
 
(789
)
 
187

Repurchases of common stock, amounts based on settlement date
 
(66,746
)
 
(16,947
)
Tax effect from stock-based compensation
 
1,827

 
1,145

Dividends paid
 
(14,781
)
 
(12,291
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
 
30,231

 
26,798

EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH
 
(5,246
)
 
(563
)
NET (DECREASE) INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
 
(19,007
)
 
30,437

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of period
 
40,975

 
20,215

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of period
 
$
21,968

 
$
50,652

SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW INFORMATION:
 
 
 
 
Purchases of property and equipment, including real estate, accrued in accounts payable
 
$
3,225

 
$
3,440

Purchases of common stock accrued in accounts payable
 
$
4,375

 
$
16,824


The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.
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GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS


1. INTERIM FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Business and Organization
Group 1 Automotive, Inc., a Delaware corporation, is a leading operator in the automotive retailing industry with business activities in 14 states in the United States of America ("U.S."), 15 towns in the United Kingdom ("U.K.") and three states in Brazil. Group 1 Automotive, Inc. and its subsidiaries are collectively referred to as the "Company" in these Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
The Company, through its regions, sells new and used cars and light trucks; arranges related vehicle financing; sells service and insurance contracts; provides automotive maintenance and repair services; and sells vehicle parts. As of September 30, 2015, the Company’s U.S. retail network consisted of the following two regions (with the number of dealerships they comprised): (a) the East (40 dealerships in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, and South Carolina), and (b) the West (77 dealerships in California, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, and Texas). The U.S. regional vice presidents report directly to the Company's Chief Executive Officer and are responsible for the overall performance of their regions, as well as for overseeing the market directors and dealership general managers that report to them. In addition, as of September 30, 2015, the Company had two international regions: (a) the U.K. region, which consisted of 17 dealerships in the U.K. and (b) the Brazil region, which consisted of 19 dealerships in Brazil. The operations of the Company's international regions are structured similarly to the U.S. regions, each with a regional vice president reporting directly to the Company's Chief Executive Officer.
The Company's operating results are generally subject to seasonal variations, as well as changes in the economic environment. This seasonality is generally attributable to consumer buying trends and the timing of manufacturer new vehicle model introductions. In addition, in some markets within the U.S., vehicle purchases decline during the winter months due to inclement weather. As a result, U.S. revenues and operating income are typically lower in the first and fourth quarters and higher in the second and third quarters. For the U.K., the first and third calendar quarters tend to be stronger, driven by plate change months of March and September. For Brazil, the Company expects higher volumes in the third and fourth calendar quarters. The first quarter is generally the weakest, driven by heavy consumer vacations and activities associated with Carnival. Other factors unrelated to seasonality, such as changes in economic condition, manufacturer incentive programs, or shifts in governmental taxes or regulations may exaggerate seasonal or cause counter-seasonal fluctuations in the Company's revenues and operating income.
Basis of Presentation
The accompanying unaudited condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the U.S. ("U.S. GAAP") for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments of a normal and recurring nature considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included in the accompanying unaudited condensed Consolidated Financial Statements. Due to seasonality and other factors, the results of operations for the interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results that will be realized for any other interim period or for the entire fiscal year. For further information, refer to the Consolidated Financial Statements and footnotes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (“2014 Form 10-K”).
All business acquisitions completed during the periods presented have been accounted for using the purchase method of accounting, and their results of operations are included from the effective dates of the closings of the acquisitions. The allocations of purchase price to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed are subject to change within the purchase price allocation period (generally one year from the respective acquisition date) and are assigned and recorded based on estimates of fair value. All intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

Business Segment Information
The Company, through its regions, conducts business in the automotive retailing industry including selling new and used cars and light trucks, arranging related vehicle financing, selling service and insurance contracts, providing automotive maintenance and repair services and selling vehicle parts. The Company's operations are aligned into four geographic regions: the East and West Regions in the U.S., the U.K. Region, and the Brazil Region. The East and West Regions of the U.S. are economically similar in that they deliver the same products and services to a common customer group, their customers are generally individuals, they follow the same procedures and methods in managing their operations, and they operate in similar regulatory environments. As a result, the Company aggregates the East and West Regions of the U.S. into one reportable segment. As such, the Company has three reportable segments: the U.S., which includes the activities of the Company's corporate office, the U.K. and Brazil. See Note 14, "Segment Information," for additional details regarding the Company's reportable segments.
Variable Interest Entity
In 2013, the Company entered into arrangements to provide a related-party entity, which owns and operates retail automotive dealerships, a fixed-interest-rate working capital loan and various administrative services for a variable fee, both of which constitute variable interests in the entity. The Company's exposure to loss as a result of its involvement in the entity includes the balance outstanding under the loan arrangement. The Company holds an 8% equity ownership interest in the entity. The Company has determined that the entity meets the criteria of a variable interest entity ("VIE"). The terms of the loan and services agreements provide the Company with the right to control the activities of the VIE that most significantly impact the VIE's economic performance, the obligation to absorb potentially significant losses of the VIE and the right to receive potentially significant benefits from the VIE. Accordingly, the Company qualified as the VIE's primary beneficiary and consolidated the assets and liabilities of the VIE as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, as well as the results of operations of the VIE beginning on the effective date of the variable interests arrangements to September 30, 2015. The floorplan notes payable liability of the VIE is securitized by the new and used vehicle inventory of the VIE. The carrying amounts and classification of assets (which can only be used to settle the liabilities of the VIE) and liabilities (for which creditors do not have recourse to the general credit of the Company) that are included in the Company's consolidated statements of financial position for the consolidated VIE as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, are as follows (in thousands):
 
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
Current assets
 
$
12,280

 
$
19,049

Non-current assets
 
20,764

 
31,783

Total assets
 
$
33,044

 
$
50,832

Current liabilities
 
$
9,259

 
$
16,374

Non-current liabilities
 
15,215

 
15,955

Total liabilities
 
$
24,474

 
$
32,329

Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In May 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standard Update ("ASU") 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606), that amends the accounting guidance on revenue recognition. The amendments in this ASU are intended to provide a framework for addressing revenue issues, improve comparability of revenue recognition practices, and improve disclosure requirements. The amendments in this accounting standard update are effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017. The Company is currently evaluating the method of adoption and the impact the provisions of the ASU will have on its consolidated financial statements.
In February 2015, the FASB issued ASU No. 2015-02, Consolidation (Topic 810) Amendments to the Consolidation Analysis, that amends existing requirements applicable to reporting entities that are required to evaluate whether certain legal entities should be consolidated. The ASU is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. Early adoption is permitted. Entities may choose to adopt the standard using either a full retrospective approach or a modified retrospective approach. At this time, the Company does not expect the adoption of this ASU to impact its financial statements.
In April 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-03, Interest-Imputation of Interest (Subtopic 835-30) Simplifying the Presentation of Debt Issuance Costs. The amendments in the accounting standard require debt issuance costs to be presented on the balance sheet as a direct reduction from the carrying amount of the related debt liability. The amendments in this ASU are to be applied retrospectively and are effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. The Company does not expect the adoption to materially impact its financial statements.

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

    In July 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-11, Inventory (Topic 330) Simplifying the Measurement of Inventory. The amendments in the accounting standard replace the lower of cost or market test with a lower of cost and net realizable value test. The amendments in this ASU should be applied prospectively and are effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2016. Earlier application is permitted as of the beginning of an interim or annual reporting period. The Company does not expect the adoption to materially impact its financial statements.
    In September 2015, the FASB issued ASU 2015-16, Business Combinations (Topic 805) Simplifying the Accounting for Measurement-Period Adjustments. The amendments in the accounting standard eliminate the requirement for an acquirer in a business combination to account for measurement-period adjustments retrospectively. The amendments also require that the acquirer must recognize adjustments to provisional amounts that are identified during the measurement period in the reporting period in which the adjustment amount is determined, including the effect on earnings of any amounts they would have recorded in previous periods if the accounting had been completed at the acquisition date. The amendments in this ASU are to be applied prospectively to adjustments to provisional amounts that occur after the effective date and are effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2015. The Company does not expect the adoption to materially impact its financial statements.
2. ACQUISITIONS AND DISPOSITIONS
During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company acquired three U.S. dealerships, sold one U.S. dealership and terminated one U.S. dealership franchise. The Company also terminated two franchises in Brazil. As a result of these dispositions, a net pretax gain of $0.7 million, including related asset impairments, was recognized for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.
During 2014, the Company acquired seven dealerships and was granted two franchises in the U.S. and also acquired one dealership and opened one dealership for an awarded franchise in Brazil. In addition, the Company acquired three dealerships in the U.K. (collectively, the "2014 Acquisitions"). Aggregate consideration paid for these acquisitions totaled $336.6 million, including associated real estate and new vehicle inventory. The U.S. vehicle inventory associated with the acquisitions was subsequently financed through borrowings under the Company's FMCC Facility and the Floorplan Line (each as defined in Note 8, “Credit Facilities”), and the Brazil vehicle inventory associated with the acquisitions was subsequently financed through individual manufacturer captive finance companies. The purchase prices for the 2014 Acquisitions have been allocated as set forth below based upon the consideration paid and the estimated fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed at the acquisition date. The allocation of the purchase prices is preliminary and based on estimates and assumptions that are subject to change within the purchase price allocation period (generally one year from the respective acquisition date). Goodwill associated with the acquisitions was assigned to the U.S., U.K. and Brazil reportable segments in the amounts of $103.8 million, $18.5 million and zero, respectively.
 
 
As of Acquisition Date
 
 
(In thousands)
Inventory
 
$
132,180

Other current assets
 
6,601

Property and equipment
 
78,564

Goodwill and intangible franchise rights
 
185,103

Deferred tax asset
 
7,265

Total assets
 
$
409,713

Current liabilities
 
$
59,912

Long-term debt
 
13,250

Total liabilities
 
$
73,162

The intangible franchise rights are expected to continue for an indefinite period, therefore these rights are not amortized. These intangible assets will be evaluated on an annual basis in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") 350. Goodwill represents the excess of consideration paid compared to the fair value of net assets received in the acquisitions. The goodwill associated with the 2014 Acquisitions relative to the U.S. reportable segment is deductible for tax purposes; however, the goodwill associated with the 2014 Acquisitions relative to the U.K. reportable segment is not currently deductible for tax purposes.

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3. DERIVATIVE INSTRUMENTS AND RISK MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES
The periodic interest rates of the Revolving Credit Facility (as defined in Note 8, “Credit Facilities”), the Real Estate Credit Facility (as defined in Note 9, “Long-term Debt”) and certain variable-rate real estate related borrowings are indexed to the one-month London Inter Bank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), plus an associated company credit risk rate. In order to minimize the earnings variability related to fluctuations in these rates, the Company employs an interest rate hedging strategy, whereby it enters into arrangements with various financial institutional counterparties with investment grade credit ratings, swapping its variable interest rate exposure for a fixed interest rate over terms not to exceed the related variable-rate debt.
The Company presents the fair value of all derivatives on its Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company measures the fair value of its interest rate derivative instruments utilizing an income approach valuation technique, converting future amounts of cash flows to a single present value in order to obtain a transfer exit price within the bid and ask spread that is most representative of the fair value of its derivative instruments. In measuring fair value, the Company utilizes the option-pricing Black-Scholes present value technique for all of its derivative instruments. This option-pricing technique utilizes a one-month LIBOR forward yield curve, obtained from an independent external service provider, matched to the identical maturity term of the instrument being measured. Observable inputs utilized in the income approach valuation technique incorporate identical contractual notional amounts, fixed coupon rates, periodic terms for interest payments and contract maturity. The fair value estimate of the interest rate derivative instruments also considers the credit risk of the Company for instruments in a liability position or the counterparty for instruments in an asset position. The credit risk is calculated by using the spread between the one-month LIBOR yield curve and the relevant average 10 and 20-year rate according to Standard and Poor’s. The Company has determined the valuation measurement inputs of these derivative instruments to maximize the use of observable inputs that market participants would use in pricing similar or identical instruments and market data obtained from independent sources, which is readily observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the derivative instrument. Further, the valuation measurement inputs minimize the use of unobservable inputs. Accordingly, the Company has classified the derivatives within Level 2 of the hierarchy framework as described by the Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures Topic of the FASB ASC.
The related gains or losses on these interest rate derivatives are deferred in stockholders’ equity as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss. These deferred gains and losses are recognized in income in the period in which the related items being hedged are recognized in expense. However, to the extent that the change in value of a derivative contract does not perfectly offset the change in the value of the items being hedged, that ineffective portion is immediately recognized in other income or expense. Monthly contractual settlements of these swap positions are recognized as floorplan or other interest expense in the Company’s accompanying Consolidated Statements of Operations. All of the Company’s interest rate hedges are designated as cash flow hedges. At September 30, 2015, all of the Company’s derivative contracts that were in effect were determined to be effective. The Company had no gains or losses related to ineffectiveness or amounts excluded from effectiveness testing recognized in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for either the three or nine months ended September 30, 2015 or 2014, respectively.
The Company held interest rate swaps in effect as of September 30, 2015 of $562.3 million in notional value that fixed its underlying one-month LIBOR at a weighted average rate of 2.8%. The Company records the majority of the impact of the periodic settlements of these swaps as a component of floorplan interest expense. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, the impact of the Company’s interest rate hedges in effect increased floorplan interest expense by $2.8 million and $8.3 million, respectively. For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, the impact of the Company's interest rate hedges in effect increased floorplan interest expense by $2.4 million and $7.3 million, respectively. Total floorplan interest expense was $9.7 million and $10.5 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $29.0 million and $31.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. For the three months ended September 30, 2015, four interest rate swaps with an aggregate notional value of $225.0 million became effective and eight interest rate swaps with an aggregate notional value of $225.0 million expired.
In addition to the $562.3 million of swaps in effect as of September 30, 2015, the Company held 13 additional interest rate swaps with forward start dates between December 2016 and January 2019 and expiration dates between December 2019 and December 2021. The aggregate notional value of these 13 forward-starting swaps was $650.0 million, and the weighted average interest rate was 2.6%. The combination of the interest rate swaps currently in effect and these forward-starting swaps is structured such that the notional value in effect at any given time through December 2021 does not exceed $761.0 million, which is less than the Company's expectation for variable rate debt outstanding during such period.
As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the Company reflected liabilities from interest rate risk management activities of $39.7 million and $28.7 million, respectively, in its Consolidated Balance Sheets. Included in Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss at September 30, 2015 and 2014 were accumulated unrealized losses, net of income taxes, totaling $24.8 million and $14.3 million, respectively, related to these interest rate swaps.

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The following table presents the impact during the current and comparative prior year periods for the Company's derivative financial instruments on its Consolidated Statements of Operations and Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
 
Amount of Unrealized Loss, Net of Tax, Recognized in Other Comprehensive Income (Loss)

 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
Derivatives in Cash Flow Hedging Relationship
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(In thousands)
Interest rate swap contracts
 
$
(12,907
)
 
$
(5,787
)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Amount of Loss Reclassified from Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) into Statements of Operations

Location of Loss Reclassified from Other Comprehensive Income (Loss) into Statements of Operations
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(In thousands)
Floorplan interest expense
 
$
(8,306
)
 
$
(7,331
)
Other interest expense
 
(1,275
)
 
(1,138
)
The amount expected to be reclassified out of other comprehensive income (loss) into earnings as additional floorplan interest expense or other interest expense in the next twelve months is $13.3 million.
4. STOCK-BASED COMPENSATION PLANS
The Company provides stock-based compensation benefits to employees and non-employee directors pursuant to its 2014 Long Term Incentive Plan (the "Incentive Plan"), as well as to employees pursuant to its Employee Stock Purchase Plan, as amended (the "Purchase Plan", formerly named the 1998 Employee Stock Purchase Plan).
Long Term Incentive Plan
The Incentive Plan provides for the grant of options (including options qualified as incentive stock options under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and options that are non-qualified), restricted stock, performance awards, bonus stock, and phantom stock to the Company's employees, consultants, non-employee directors and officers. The Incentive Plan expires on May 21, 2024. The terms of the awards (including vesting schedules) are established by the Compensation Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors. As of September 30, 2015, there were 1,475,545 shares available for issuance under the Incentive Plan.
Restricted Stock Awards
Under the Incentive Plan, the Company grants to non-employee directors and certain employees restricted stock awards or, at their election, restricted stock units at no cost to the recipient. Restricted stock awards qualify as participating securities as each award contains non-forfeitable rights to dividends. As such, the two-class method is required for the computation of earnings per share. See Note 5, “Earnings Per Share,” for further details. Restricted stock awards are considered outstanding at the date of grant but are subject to vesting periods upon issuance up to five years. Restricted stock units are considered vested at the time of issuance, however, since they cannot vote, they are not considered outstanding when issued. Restricted stock units settle in shares of common stock upon the termination of the grantees’ employment or directorship. In the event an employee or non-employee director terminates his or her employment or directorship with the Company prior to the lapse of the restrictions, the shares, in most cases, will be forfeited to the Company. Compensation expense for restricted stock awards is calculated based on the market price of the Company’s common stock at the date of grant and recognized over the requisite service period. Forfeitures are estimated at the time of valuation and reduce expense ratably over the vesting period. This estimate is adjusted annually based on the extent to which actual or expected forfeitures differ from the previous estimate.
A summary of the restricted stock awards as of September 30, 2015, along with the changes during the nine months then ended, is as follows:

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Awards
 
Weighted Average
Grant Date
Fair Value
Nonvested at December 31, 2014
 
911,350

 
$
58.86

Granted
 
267,123

 
84.12

Vested
 
(237,633
)
 
50.82

Forfeited
 
(32,870
)
 
67.14

Nonvested at September 30, 2015
 
907,970

 
$
68.12

Employee Stock Purchase Plan
During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, our shareholders and the Board of Directors approved an additional 1.0 million shares of common stock for issuance under the Purchase Plan. As a result, the Purchase Plan authorizes the issuance of up to 4.5 million shares of common stock and provides that no options to purchase shares may be granted under the Purchase Plan after May 19, 2025. The Purchase Plan is available to all employees of the Company and its participating subsidiaries and is a qualified plan as defined by Section 423 of the Internal Revenue Code. At the end of each fiscal quarter (the “Option Period”) during the term of the Purchase Plan, employees can acquire shares of common stock from the Company at 85% of the fair market value of the common stock on the first or the last day of the Option Period, whichever is lower. As of September 30, 2015, there were 1,440,016 shares available for issuance under the Purchase Plan. During the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, the Company issued 76,694 and 80,938 shares, respectively, of common stock to employees participating in the Purchase Plan.
The weighted average fair value of employee stock purchase rights issued pursuant to the Purchase Plan was $18.66 and $15.07 during the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The fair value of stock purchase rights is calculated using the grant date stock price, the value of the embedded call option and the value of the embedded put option.
Stock-Based Compensation
Total stock-based compensation cost was $4.7 million and $4.0 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively, and $14.2 million and $11.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
Cash received from Purchase Plan purchases was $5.6 million and $4.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively. The tax benefit realized for tax deductions associated with the vesting of restricted shares totaled $1.8 million and $1.1 million and increased additional paid-in capital for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, respectively.
The Company issues new shares or treasury shares, if available, when restricted stock vests. With respect to shares issued under the Purchase Plan, the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized specific share repurchases to fund the shares issuable under the Purchase Plan.
5. EARNINGS PER SHARE
The two-class method is utilized for the computation of the Company's earnings per share (“EPS”). The two-class method requires a portion of net income to be allocated to participating securities, which are unvested awards of share-based payments with non-forfeitable rights to receive dividends or dividend equivalents, including the Company’s restricted stock awards. Income allocated to these participating securities is excluded from net earnings available to common shares, as shown in the table below. Basic EPS is computed by dividing net income available to basic common shares by the weighted average number of basic common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS is computed by dividing net income available to diluted common shares by the weighted average number of dilutive common shares outstanding during the period.

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The following table sets forth the calculation of EPS for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014.
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
2015
 
2014
 
2015
 
2014
 
 
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding
 
23,132

 
23,424

 
23,294

 
23,354

Dilutive effect of contingently convertible notes and warrants
 

 
1,003

 

 
2,004

Dilutive effect of employee stock purchases, net of assumed repurchase of treasury stock
 
5

 
5

 
4

 
5

Weighted average dilutive common shares outstanding
 
23,137

 
24,432

 
23,298

 
25,363

Basic:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income
 
$
45,261

 
$
26,162

 
$
127,385

 
$
74,327

Less: Earnings allocated to participating securities
 
1,729

 
1,035

 
4,906

 
2,958

 Earnings available to basic common shares
 
$
43,532

 
$
25,127

 
$
122,479

 
$
71,369

 Basic earnings per common share
 
$
1.88

 
$
1.07

 
$
5.26

 
$
3.06

Diluted:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net Income
 
$
45,261

 
$
26,162

 
$
127,385

 
$
74,327

Less: Earnings allocated to participating securities
 
1,729

 
1,000

 
4,905

 
2,769

 Earnings available to diluted common shares
 
$
43,532

 
$
25,162

 
$
122,480

 
$
71,558

 Diluted earnings per common share
 
$
1.88

 
$
1.03

 
$
5.26

 
$
2.82

For the periods during which the Company's 2.25% Convertible Senior Notes due 2036 ("2.25% Notes") were outstanding, the Company was required to include the dilutive effect, if applicable, of the net shares issuable under the 2.25% Notes and the warrants sold in connection with the 2.25% Notes (“2.25% Warrants”) in its diluted common shares outstanding for the diluted earnings per common share calculation. The average adjusted closing price of the Company's common stock for the periods prior to the conversion and redemption of the 2.25% Notes during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 was more than the conversion price then in effect at the end of the periods. Therefore, the dilutive effect of the 2.25% Notes was included in the computation of diluted EPS for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2014. The 2.25% Notes and 2.25% Warrants were converted or redeemed and settled, respectively, during the three months ended September 30, 2014.
In addition, for the periods during which the Company's 3.00% Convertible Senior Notes due 2020 ("3.00% Notes") were outstanding, the Company was required to include the dilutive effect, if applicable, of the net shares issuable under the 3.00% Notes and the warrants sold in connection with the 3.00% Notes (“3.00% Warrants”) in its diluted common shares outstanding for the diluted earnings calculation. The average adjusted closing price of the Company's common stock for the periods prior to the conversion and redemption of the 3.00% Notes during the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 was more than the conversion price then in effect at the end of the periods. Therefore, the respective dilutive effect of the 3.00% Notes and 3.00% Warrants was included in the computation of diluted EPS for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014. On June 25, 2014, the Company repurchased $92.5 million of the then outstanding $115.0 million principal. The remaining 3.00% Notes and 3.00% Warrants were repurchased and settled, respectively, during the three months ended September 30, 2014.
6. INCOME TAXES
The Company is subject to U.S. federal income taxes and income taxes in numerous U.S. states. In addition, the Company is subject to income tax in the U.K. and Brazil relative to its foreign subsidiaries. The Company's effective income tax rates of 38.0% and 37.6% of pretax income for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, respectively, differed from the U.S. federal statutory rate of 35.0% due primarily to taxes provided for in U.S. state and foreign jurisdictions in which the Company operates, as well as valuation allowances provided for net operating losses in certain U.S. states and in Brazil.
For the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company's effective tax rate decreased compared to the same periods in 2014 to 38.0% and 37.6% from 40.4% and 43.4%, respectively. These decreases were primarily due to the tax deductible loss recognized in 2014 on the purchase of the majority of the 2.25% Notes and the 3.00% Notes that was less than the loss recognized for U.S. GAAP.
As of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, the Company had no unrecognized tax benefits with respect to uncertain tax positions and did not incur any interest and penalties nor did it accrue any interest for the nine months ended

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September 30, 2015. When applicable, consistent with prior practice, the Company recognizes interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions in income tax expense.
Taxable years 2010 and subsequent remain open for examination by the Company’s major taxing jurisdictions.
7. DETAIL OF CERTAIN BALANCE SHEET ACCOUNTS
Accounts and notes receivable consisted of the following: 
 
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
(unaudited)
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
Amounts due from manufacturers
 
$
88,153

 
$
86,062

Parts and service receivables
 
31,305

 
35,034

Finance and insurance receivables
 
20,555

 
20,898

Other
 
11,040

 
12,977

Total accounts and notes receivable
 
151,053

 
154,971

Less allowance for doubtful accounts
 
3,943

 
3,641

Accounts and notes receivable, net
 
$
147,110

 
$
151,330

Inventories consisted of the following: 
 
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
(unaudited)
 
 
 
 
(In thousands)
New vehicles
 
$
1,142,441

 
$
1,137,478

Used vehicles
 
295,281

 
254,939

Rental vehicles
 
133,344

 
103,184

Parts, accessories and other
 
70,203

 
67,466

Total inventories
 
1,641,269

 
1,563,067

Less lower of cost or market reserves
 
6,848

 
6,362

Inventories, net
 
$
1,634,421

 
$
1,556,705

New and used vehicles are valued at the lower of specific cost or market and are removed from inventory using the specific identification method. Parts and accessories are valued at lower of cost (determined on either a first-in, first-out or an average cost basis) or market.

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Property and equipment consisted of the following:
 
 
Estimated Useful Lives in Years
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
(unaudited)
 
 
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
Land
 
 
$
352,932

 
$
328,474

Buildings
 
30 to 40
 
489,187

 
482,496

Leasehold improvements
 
varies
 
141,288

 
134,658

Machinery and equipment
 
7 to 20
 
90,521

 
87,728

Furniture and fixtures
 
3 to 10
 
81,092

 
77,581

Company vehicles
 
3 to 5
 
11,596

 
10,706

Construction in progress
 
 
40,749

 
32,115

Total
 
 
 
1,207,365

 
1,153,758

Less accumulated depreciation
 
 
 
228,473

 
203,370

Property and equipment, net
 
 
 
$
978,892

 
$
950,388

During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company incurred $44.1 million of capital expenditures for the construction of new or expanded facilities and the purchase of equipment and other fixed assets in the maintenance of the Company’s dealerships and facilities, excluding capital expenditures accrued as of December 31, 2014. In addition, the Company purchased real estate (including land and buildings) during the nine months ended September 30, 2015 associated with existing dealership operations totaling $16.3 million. And, in conjunction with the acquisition of dealerships and franchises in the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company acquired $9.8 million of real estate and other property and equipment.
As of December 31, 2014, the Company determined that certain real estate investments qualified for held-for-sale treatment. As a result, the Company classified the carrying value of the real estate, totaling $4.0 million, in prepaid and other current assets in its Consolidated Balance Sheet.
8. CREDIT FACILITIES
In the U.S., the Company has a $1.7 billion revolving syndicated credit arrangement with 24 financial institutions including six manufacturer-affiliated finance companies (“Revolving Credit Facility”). The Company also has a $300.0 million floorplan financing arrangement (“FMCC Facility”) with Ford Motor Credit Company (“FMCC”) for financing of new Ford vehicles in the U.S. and other floorplan financing arrangements with several other automobile manufacturers for financing of a portion of its U.S. rental vehicle inventory. In the U.K., the Company has financing arrangements with BMW Financial Services, Volkswagen Finance and FMCC for financing of its new and used vehicles. In Brazil, the Company has financing arrangements for new, used, and rental vehicles with several financial institutions, most of which are manufacturer affiliated. Within the Company's Consolidated Balance Sheets, Floorplan notes payable - credit facility and other primarily reflects amounts payable for the purchase of specific new, used and rental vehicle inventory (with the exception of new and rental vehicle purchases financed through lenders affiliated with the respective manufacturer) whereby financing is provided by the Revolving Credit Facility. Floorplan notes payable - manufacturer affiliates reflects amounts related to the purchase of vehicles whereby financing is provided by the FMCC Facility, the financing of rental vehicles in the U.S., as well as the financing of new, used, and rental vehicles in both the U.K. and Brazil. Payments on the floorplan notes payable are generally due as the vehicles are sold. As a result, these obligations are reflected in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets as current liabilities.

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Revolving Credit Facility
The Company's Revolving Credit Facility provides a total borrowing capacity of $1.7 billion and expires on June 20, 2018. The Revolving Credit Facility consists of two tranches, providing a maximum of $1.6 billion for U.S. vehicle inventory floorplan financing (“Floorplan Line”), as well as a maximum of $320.0 million and a minimum of $100.0 million for working capital and general corporate purposes, including acquisitions (“Acquisition Line”). The capacity under these two tranches can be re-designated within the overall $1.7 billion commitment, subject to the aforementioned limits. Up to $125.0 million of the Acquisition Line can be borrowed in either euros or British pound sterling. The Revolving Credit Facility can be expanded to a maximum commitment of $1.95 billion, subject to participating lender approval. The Floorplan Line bears interest at rates equal to the LIBOR plus 125 basis points for new vehicle inventory and the LIBOR plus 150 basis points for used vehicle inventory. The Acquisition Line bears interest at the LIBOR plus 150 basis points plus a margin that ranges from zero to 100 basis points for borrowings in U.S. dollars and LIBOR equivalent plus 150 to 250 basis points on borrowings in euros or British pound sterling, depending on the Company’s total adjusted leverage ratio. The Floorplan Line requires a commitment fee of 0.20% per annum on the unused portion. Amounts borrowed by the Company under the Floorplan Line for specific vehicle inventory are to be repaid upon the sale of the vehicle financed, and in no case is a borrowing for a vehicle to remain outstanding for greater than one year. The Acquisition Line also requires a commitment fee ranging from 0.25% to 0.45% per annum, depending on the Company’s total adjusted leverage ratio, based on a minimum commitment of $100.0 million less outstanding borrowings. In conjunction with the Revolving Credit Facility, the Company has $4.1 million of related unamortized costs as of September 30, 2015, which are included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets and Other Assets on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet and amortized over the term of the facility.
After considering the outstanding balance of $1,148.3 million at September 30, 2015, the Company had $231.7 million of available floorplan borrowing capacity under the Floorplan Line. Included in the $231.7 million available borrowings under the Floorplan Line was $28.1 million of immediately available funds. The weighted average interest rate on the Floorplan Line was 1.4% as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, excluding the impact of the Company’s interest rate swaps. With regards to the Acquisition Line, borrowings outstanding as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 were $138.2 million and $69.7 million, respectively. After considering $45.7 million of outstanding letters of credit and other factors included in the Company’s available borrowing base calculation, there was $122.0 million of available borrowing capacity under the Acquisition Line as of September 30, 2015. The amount of available borrowing capacity under the Acquisition Line is limited from time to time based upon certain debt covenants.
All of the U.S. dealership-owning subsidiaries are co-borrowers under the Revolving Credit Facility. The Company’s obligations under the Revolving Credit Facility are secured by essentially all of the Company's U.S. personal property (other than equity interests in dealership-owning subsidiaries), including all motor vehicle inventory and proceeds from the disposition of dealership-owning subsidiaries, excluding inventory financed directly with manufacturer-affiliates and other third-party financing institutions. The Revolving Credit Facility contains a number of significant covenants that, among other things, restrict the Company’s ability to make disbursements outside of the ordinary course of business, dispose of assets, incur additional indebtedness, create liens on assets, make investments and engage in mergers or consolidations. The Company is also required to comply with specified financial tests and ratios defined in the Revolving Credit Facility, such as the fixed charge coverage, total adjusted leverage, and senior secured adjusted leverage ratios. Further, the Revolving Credit Facility restricts the Company’s ability to make certain payments, such as dividends or other distributions of assets, properties, cash, rights, obligations or securities (“Restricted Payments”). The Restricted Payments cannot exceed the sum of $125.0 million plus (or minus if negative) (a) one-half of the aggregate consolidated net income for the period beginning on January 1, 2013 and ending on the date of determination and (b) the amount of net cash proceeds received from the sale of capital stock on or after January 1, 2013 and ending on the date of determination less (c) cash dividends and share repurchases (“Restricted Payment Basket”). For purposes of the calculation of the Restricted Payment Basket, net income represents such amounts per the consolidated financial statements adjusted to exclude the Company’s foreign operations, non-cash interest expense, non-cash asset impairment charges, and non-cash stock-based compensation. As of September 30, 2015, the Restricted Payment Basket totaled $162.1 million. As of September 30, 2015, the Company was in compliance with all applicable covenants and ratios under the Revolving Credit Facility.
Ford Motor Credit Company Facility
The FMCC Facility provides for the financing of, and is collateralized by, the Company’s Ford new vehicle inventory in the U.S., including affiliated brands. This arrangement provides for $300.0 million of floorplan financing and is an evergreen arrangement that may be canceled with 30 days' notice by either party. As of September 30, 2015, the Company had an outstanding balance of $126.8 million under the FMCC Facility with an available floorplan borrowing capacity of $173.2 million. Included in the $173.2 million available borrowings under the FMCC Facility was $20.0 million of immediately

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available funds. This facility bears interest at a rate of Prime plus 150 basis points minus certain incentives. The interest rate on the FMCC Facility was 4.75% before considering the applicable incentives as of September 30, 2015.
Other Credit Facilities
The Company has credit facilities with BMW Financial Services, Volkswagen Finance and FMCC for the financing of new, used and rental vehicle inventories related to its U.K. operations. These facilities are denominated in British pound sterling and are evergreen arrangements that may be canceled with notice by either party and bear interest at a base rate, plus a surcharge that varies based upon the type of vehicle being financed. The annual interest rates charged on borrowings outstanding under these facilities ranged from 1.15% to 3.95% as of September 30, 2015.
The Company has credit facilities with financial institutions in Brazil, most of which are affiliated with the manufacturers, for the financing of new, used and rental vehicle inventories related to its Brazil operations. These facilities are denominated in Brazilian real and have renewal terms ranging from one month to twelve months. They may be canceled with notice by either party and bear interest at a benchmark rate, plus a surcharge that varies based upon the type of vehicle being financed. As of September 30, 2015, the annual interest rates charged on borrowings outstanding under these facilities ranged from 16.77% to 23.73%.
Excluding rental vehicles financed through the Revolving Credit Facility, financing for U.S. rental vehicles is typically obtained directly from the automobile manufacturers. These financing arrangements generally require small monthly payments and mature in varying amounts over a period of two years. As of September 30, 2015, the interest rate charged on borrowings related to the Company’s rental vehicle fleet varied up to 4.75%. Rental vehicles are typically transferred to used vehicle inventory when they are removed from service and repayment of the borrowing is required at that time.
9. LONG-TERM DEBT
The Company carries its long-term debt at face value, net of applicable discounts. Long-term debt consisted of the following:
 
 
September 30, 2015
 
December 31, 2014
 
 
(dollars in thousands)
5.00% Senior Notes (aggregate principal of $550,000 at September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014)
 
$
540,957

 
$
540,100

Acquisition Line
 
138,201

 
69,713

Real Estate Credit Facility
 
55,498

 
58,003

Other Real Estate Related and Long-Term Debt
 
352,576

 
358,271

Capital lease obligations related to real estate, maturing in varying amounts through June 2034 with a weighted average interest rate of 9.7%
 
52,888

 
55,380

 
 
1,140,120

 
1,081,467

Less current maturities of real estate credit facility and other long-term debt
 
55,959

 
72,630

 
 
$
1,084,161

 
$
1,008,837

5.00% Senior Notes
On June 2, 2014, the Company issued $350.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 5.00% Senior Notes due 2022("5.00% Notes") . Subsequently, on September 9, 2014, the Company issued an additional $200.0 million of 5.00% Notes at a discount of 1.5% from face value. The 5.00% Notes will mature on June 1, 2022 and pay interest semiannually, in arrears, in cash on each June 1 and December 1, beginning December 1, 2014. Using proceeds of certain equity offerings, the Company may redeem up to 35.0% of the 5.00% Notes prior to June 1, 2017, subject to certain conditions, at a redemption price equal to 105% of principal amount of the 5.00% Notes plus accrued and unpaid interest. Otherwise, the Company may redeem some or all of the 5.00% Notes prior to June 1, 2017 at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the 5.00% Notes redeemed, plus an applicable premium, and plus accrued and unpaid interest. On or after June 1, 2017, the Company may redeem some or all of the 5.00% Notes at specified prices, plus accrued and unpaid interest. The Company may be required to purchase the 5.00% Notes if it sells certain assets or triggers the change in control provisions defined in the 5.00% Notes indenture. The 5.00% Notes are senior unsecured obligations and rank equal in right of payment to all of the Company's existing and future senior unsecured debt and senior in right of payment to all of its future subordinated debt.
The 5.00% Notes are guaranteed by substantially all of the Company's U.S. subsidiaries. The U.S. subsidiary guarantees rank equally in the right of payment to all of the Company's U.S. subsidiary guarantor’s existing and future subordinated debt. In addition, the 5.00% Notes are structurally subordinated to the liabilities of its non-guarantor subsidiaries.

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In connection with the issuance of the 5.00% Notes, the Company entered into registration rights agreements (the “Registration Rights Agreements”) with the initial purchasers. Pursuant to the Registration Rights Agreements, the Company agreed to file a registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission, so that holders of the 5.00% Notes could exchange the 5.00% Notes for registered 5.00% Notes that have substantially identical terms as the 5.00% Notes. The Company also agreed to use commercially reasonable efforts to cause the exchange to be completed by June 2, 2015, or be required to pay additional interest. In June 2015, the Company completed the exchange.
Underwriters' fees and the discount relative to the $550.0 million totaled $10.4 million, which were recorded as a reduction of the 5.00% Notes principal balance and are being amortized over a period of eight years. The 5.00% Notes are presented net of unamortized underwriter fees and discount of $9.0 million as of September 30, 2015. In connection with the issuance of the 5.00% Notes, the Company capitalized $2.6 million of debt issuance costs, which are included in Other Assets on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet and amortized over a period of eight years. Unamortized debt issuance costs as of September 30, 2015 totaled $2.1 million.
Real Estate Credit Facility
Group 1 Realty, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, is party to a real estate credit facility with Bank of America, N.A. and Comerica Bank (the “Real Estate Credit Facility”) providing the right for term loans to finance real estate purchases. As of September 30, 2015, $25.0 million of term loan borrowings remained available. The term loans can be expanded provided that (a) no default or event of default exists under the Real Estate Credit Facility; (b) the Company obtains commitments from the lenders who would qualify as assignees for such increased amounts; and (c) certain other agreed upon terms and conditions have been satisfied. The Real Estate Credit Facility is guaranteed by the Company and substantially all of the existing and future domestic subsidiaries of the Company and is secured by the real property owned by the Company that is mortgaged under the Real Estate Credit Facility. The Company capitalized $1.1 million of debt issuance costs related to the Real Estate Credit Facility which are included in Prepaid expenses and other current assets and Other Assets on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet that are being amortized over the term of the facility, $0.2 million of which were still unamortized as of September 30, 2015.
The interest rate on the Real Estate Credit Facility is equal to (a) the per annum rate equal to one-month LIBOR plus 2.00% per annum, determined on the first day of each month; or (b) 0.95% per annum in excess of the higher of (i) the Bank of America prime rate (adjusted daily on the day specified in the public announcement of such price rate), (ii) the Federal Funds Rate adjusted daily, plus 0.50% or (iii) the per annum rate equal to the one-month LIBOR plus 1.05% per annum. The Federal Funds Rate is the weighted average of the rates on overnight Federal funds transactions with members of the Federal Reserve System arranged by Federal funds brokers on such day, as published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on the business day succeeding such day.
The Company is required to make quarterly principal payments equal to 1.25% of the principal amount outstanding and is required to repay the aggregate amount outstanding on the maturity dates of the individual property borrowings, ranging, from December 29, 2015 through February 27, 2017. During the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made no additional borrowings and made principal payments of $2.5 million on outstanding borrowings from the Real Estate Credit Facility. As of September 30, 2015, borrowings outstanding under the Real Estate Credit Facility totaled $55.5 million, with $30.9 million recorded as a current maturity of long-term debt in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet.
The Real Estate Credit Facility also contains usual and customary provisions limiting the Company’s ability to engage in certain transactions, including limitations on the Company’s ability to incur additional debt, additional liens, make investments, and pay distributions to its stockholders. In addition, the Real Estate Credit Facility requires certain financial covenants that are identical to those contained in the Company’s Revolving Credit Facility. As of September 30, 2015, the Company was in compliance with all applicable covenants and ratios under the Real Estate Credit Facility.
Acquisition Line
See Note 8, "Credit Facilities," for further discussion on the Company's Revolving Credit Facility and Acquisition Line.
Other Real Estate Related and Long-Term Debt
The Company, as well as certain of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, has entered into separate term mortgage loans in the U.S. with four of its manufacturer-affiliated finance partners, Toyota Motor Credit Corporation (“TMCC”), Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA, LLC (“MBFS”), BMW Financial Services NA, LLC (“BMWFS”) and FMCC, as well as several third-party financial institutions (collectively, “Real Estate Notes”). The Real Estate Notes are on specific buildings and/or properties and are guaranteed by the Company. Each loan was made in connection with, and is secured by mortgage liens on, the real property owned by the Company that is mortgaged under the Real Estate Notes. The Real Estate Notes bear interest at fixed rates between 3.00% and 5.47%, and at variable indexed rates plus a spread between 1.50% and 2.55% per annum. The Company capitalized $1.3 million of related debt issuance costs related to the Real Estate Notes which are included in Prepaid

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expenses and other current assets and Other Assets on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet that are being amortized over the terms of the notes, $0.3 million of which were still unamortized as of September 30, 2015.
The loan agreements with TMCC consist of eight term loans. As of September 30, 2015, $48.5 million was outstanding under the TMCC term loans, with $2.2 million classified as a current maturity of long-term debt. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made no additional borrowings and made principal payments of $1.5 million. These loans will mature by August 2022 and provide for monthly payments based on a 20-year amortization schedule. These eight loans are cross-collateralized and cross-defaulted with each other and are cross-defaulted with the Revolving Credit Facility.
The loan agreements with MBFS consist of two term loans. As of September 30, 2015, $26.5 million was outstanding under the MBFS term loans, with $1.2 million classified as a current maturity of long-term debt. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made no additional borrowings and made principal payments of $0.8 million. The agreements provide for monthly payments based on a 20-year amortization schedule and will mature by January 2031. These two loans are cross-collateralized and cross-defaulted with each other and are also cross-defaulted with the Revolving Credit Facility.
The loan agreements with BMWFS consist of 14 term loans. As of September 30, 2015, $62.6 million was outstanding under the BMWFS term loans, with $4.6 million classified as a current maturity of long-term debt. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made no additional borrowings and made principal payments of $3.3 million. The agreements provide for monthly payments based on a 15-year amortization schedule and will mature by October 2021. In the case of three properties owned by subsidiaries, the applicable loan is also guaranteed by the subsidiary real property owner. These 14 loans are cross-collateralized with each other. In addition, they are cross-defaulted with each other, the Revolving Credit Facility, and certain dealership franchising agreements with BMW of North America, LLC.
The loan agreements with FMCC consist of four term loans. As of September 30, 2015, $34.0 million was outstanding under the FMCC term loans, with $1.5 million classified as a current maturity of long-term debt. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made no additional borrowings and made principal payments of $1.1 million. The agreements provide for monthly payments based on a 20-year amortization schedule that will mature by December 2024. These four loans are cross-defaulted with the Revolving Credit Facility.
In addition, agreements with third-party financial institutions consist of 18 term loans for an aggregate principal amount of $121.2 million, to finance real estate associated with the Company’s dealerships. The loans are being repaid in monthly installments that will mature by November 2022. As of September 30, 2015, borrowings under these notes totaled $108.7 million, with $6.1 million classified as a current maturity of long-term debt. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made no additional borrowings and made principal payments of $6.5 million. These 18 loans are cross-defaulted with the Revolving Credit Facility.
The Company has entered into separate term mortgage loans in the U.K. with other third-party financial institutions which are secured by the Company’s U.K. properties. These mortgage loans (collectively, “U.K. Notes”) are being repaid in monthly installments that will mature by September 2034. As of September 30, 2015, borrowings under the U.K. Notes totaled $59.7 million, with $4.6 million classified as a current maturity of long-term debt in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made additional borrowings and principal payments of $17.4 million and $2.6 million, respectively.
The Company has also entered into a separate term mortgage loan in Brazil with a third-party financial institution to finance the purchase and construction of dealership properties (the "Brazil Note"). The Brazil Note is secured by the Company’s Brazilian properties as purchased and/or constructed, as well as a guarantee from the Company. The Brazil Note is being repaid in monthly installments that will mature by April 2025. As of September 30, 2015, borrowings under the Brazil Note totaled $3.7 million, with $0.4 million classified as a current maturity of long-term debt in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets.
The Company has working capital loan agreements with third-party financial institutions in Brazil that will mature by February 2017. As of September 30, 2015, borrowings under the Brazilian third-party loans totaled $5.5 million classified as long-term debt in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. For the nine months ended September 30, 2015, the Company made no additional borrowings and principal payments of $9.3 million.
Fair Value of Long-Term Debt
The Company's outstanding 5.00% Notes had a fair value of $539.0 million and $534.9 million as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. The Company's fixed interest rate borrowings included in other real estate related and long-term debt totaled $147.3 million and $158.1 million as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. The fair value of such fixed interest rate borrowings was $170.8 million and $186.4 million as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively. The fair value estimates are based on Level 2 inputs of the fair value hierarchy available as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014. The Company determined the estimated fair value of its long-term debt using

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available market information and commonly accepted valuation methodologies. Considerable judgment is required in interpreting market data to develop the estimates of fair value. Accordingly, these estimates are not necessarily indicative of the amounts that the Company, or holders of the instruments, could realize in a current market exchange. The use of different assumptions and/or estimation methodologies could have a material effect on estimated fair values. The carrying value of the Company’s variable rate debt approximates fair value due to the short-term nature of the interest rates.
10. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS
ASC 820 defines fair value as the price that would be received in the sale of an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date; requires disclosure of the extent to which fair value is used to measure financial and non-financial assets and liabilities, the inputs utilized in calculating valuation measurements, and the effect of the measurement of significant unobservable inputs on earnings, or changes in net assets, as of the measurement date; and establishes a three-level valuation hierarchy based upon the transparency of inputs utilized in the measurement and valuation of financial assets or liabilities as of the measurement date:
Level 1 — unadjusted, quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets;
Level 2 — quoted prices for similar assets and liabilities in active markets, quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in markets that are not active, and inputs other than quoted market prices that are observable or that can be corroborated by observable market data by correlation; and
Level 3 — unobservable inputs based upon the reporting entity’s internally developed assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the asset or liability.
The Company’s financial instruments consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents, contracts-in-transit and vehicle receivables, accounts and notes receivable, investments in debt and equity securities, accounts payable, credit facilities, long-term debt and interest rate swaps. The fair values of cash and cash equivalents, contracts-in-transit and vehicle receivables, accounts and notes receivable, accounts payable, and credit facilities approximate their carrying values due to the short-term nature of these instruments or the existence of variable interest rates. The Company evaluated its assets and liabilities for those that met the criteria of the disclosure requirements and fair value framework of ASC 820 and identified debt instruments, interest rate derivative instruments, and investment balances in certain financial institutions as having met such criteria.
The Company periodically invests in unsecured, corporate demand obligations with manufacturer-affiliated finance companies, which bear interest at a variable rate and are redeemable on demand by the Company. Therefore, the Company has classified these demand obligations as cash and cash equivalents in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company determined that the valuation measurement inputs of these instruments include inputs other than quoted market prices, that are observable or that can be corroborated by observable data by correlation. Accordingly, the Company has classified these instruments within Level 2 of the hierarchy framework.
In addition, the Company maintains an investment balance with certain of the financial institutions in Brazil that provide credit facilities for the financing of new, used and rental vehicle inventories. The investment balances bear interest at a variable rate and are redeemable by the Company in the future under certain conditions. The Company has classified these investment balances as other current and long-term assets in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. The Company determined that the valuation measurement inputs of these instruments include inputs other than quoted market prices, that are observable or that can be corroborated by observable data by correlation. Accordingly, the Company has classified these instruments within Level 2 of the hierarchy framework.
The Company's derivative financial instruments are recorded at fair market value. See Note 3, "Derivative Instruments and Risk Management Activities" for further details regarding the Company's derivative financial instruments. See Note 9, "Long-term Debt" for details regarding the fair value of the Company's long-term debt.

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Assets and liabilities recorded at fair value in the accompanying balance sheets as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively, were as follows:
 
 
As of September 30, 2015
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investments
 
$

 
$
5,253

 
$
5,253

Demand obligations
 
$

 
$
88

 
$
88

Total
 
$

 
$
5,341

 
$
5,341

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate derivative financial instruments
 
$

 
$
39,724

 
$
39,724

Total
 
$

 
$
39,724

 
$
39,724

 
 
As of December 31, 2014
 
 
Level 1
 
Level 2
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Investments
 
$

 
$
12,283

 
$
12,283

Demand obligations
 
$

 
$
20,304

 
$
20,304

Total
 
$

 
$
32,587

 
$
32,587

Liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest rate derivative financial instruments
 
$

 
$
28,653

 
$
28,653

Total
 
$

 
$
28,653

 
$
28,653

11. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
From time to time, the Company’s dealerships are named in various types of litigation involving customer claims, employment matters, class action claims, purported class action claims, as well as claims involving the manufacturer of automobiles, contractual disputes and other matters arising in the ordinary course of business. Due to the nature of the automotive retailing business, the Company may be involved in legal proceedings or suffer losses that could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business. In the normal course of business, the Company is required to respond to customer, employee and other third-party complaints. Amounts that have been accrued or paid related to the settlement of litigation are included in selling, general and administrative expenses in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. In addition, the manufacturers of the vehicles that the Company sells and services have audit rights allowing them to review the validity of amounts claimed for incentive, rebate or warranty-related items and charge the Company back for amounts determined to be invalid payments under the manufacturers’ programs, subject to the Company’s right to appeal any such decision. Amounts that have been accrued or paid related to the settlement of manufacturer chargebacks of recognized incentives and rebates are included in cost of sales in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations, while such amounts for manufacturer chargebacks of recognized warranty-related items are included as a reduction of revenues in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations.
Legal Proceedings
Currently, the Company is not party to any legal proceedings that, individually or in the aggregate, are reasonably expected to have a material adverse effect on the Company's results of operations, financial condition, or cash flows, including class action lawsuits. However, the results of current, or future, matters cannot be predicted with certainty, and an unfavorable resolution of one or more of such matters could have a material adverse effect on the Company's results of operations, financial condition, or cash flows.

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Other Matters
The Company, acting through its subsidiaries, is the lessee under many real estate leases that provide for the use by the Company’s subsidiaries of their respective dealership premises. Pursuant to these leases, the Company’s subsidiaries generally agree to indemnify the lessor and other parties from certain liabilities arising as a result of the use of the leased premises, including environmental liabilities, or a breach of the lease by the lessee. Additionally, from time to time, the Company enters into agreements in connection with the sale of assets or businesses in which it agrees to indemnify the purchaser, or other parties, from certain liabilities or costs arising in connection with the assets or business. Also, in the ordinary course of business in connection with purchases or sales of goods and services, the Company enters into agreements that may contain indemnification provisions. In the event that an indemnification claim is asserted, liability would be limited by the terms of the applicable agreement.
From time to time, primarily in connection with dealership dispositions, the Company’s subsidiaries sublet to the dealership purchaser the subsidiaries’ interests in any real property leases associated with such dealerships and continue to be primarily obligated on the lease. In these situations, the Company’s subsidiaries retain primary responsibility for the performance of certain obligations under such leases. To the extent that the Company remains primarily responsible under such leases, a quantification of such lease obligations is included in the Company's disclosure of future minimum lease payments for non-cancelable operating leases in Note 18, Operating Leases of the Company's Annual Report for the year ended December 31, 2014 filed on Form 10-K.
In certain instances, also in connection with dealership dispositions, the Company’s subsidiaries assign to the dealership purchaser the subsidiaries’ interests in any real property leases associated with such dealerships. The Company’s subsidiaries may retain secondary responsibility for the performance of certain obligations under such leases to the extent that the assignee does not perform, if such performance is required following the assignment of the lease. Additionally, the Company and its subsidiaries may remain subject to the terms of a guaranty made by the Company and its subsidiaries in connection with such leases. In these circumstances, the Company generally has indemnification rights against the assignee in the event of non-performance under these leases, as well as certain defenses. The Company and its subsidiaries also may be called on to perform other obligations under these leases, such as environmental remediation of the leased premises or repair of the leased premises upon termination of the lease. However, potential environmental liabilities are generally known at the time of the sale of the dealership if not previously remediated. The Company does not have any known material environmental commitments or contingencies and presently has no reason to believe that it or its subsidiaries will be called on to so perform. Although not estimated to be material, the Company’s exposure under these leases is difficult to estimate and there can be no assurance that any performance of the Company or its subsidiaries required under these leases would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business, financial condition, or cash flows.


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12. INTANGIBLE FRANCHISE RIGHTS AND GOODWILL
The following is a roll-forward of the Company’s intangible franchise rights and goodwill accounts by reportable segment:
 
Intangible Franchise Rights
 
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
 
BALANCE, December 31, 2014
$
257,502

 
$
8,157

 
$
38,288

 
$
303,947

 
Additions through acquisitions
49,432

 

 

 
49,432

 
Disposals
(188
)
 

 

 
(188
)
 
Currency translation

 
(193
)
 
(13,235
)
 
(13,428
)
 
BALANCE, September 30, 2015
$
306,746

 
$
7,964

 
$
25,053

 
$
339,763

 
 
Goodwill
 
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
 
BALANCE, December 31, 2014
$
700,642

 
$
35,138

 
$
94,597

 
$
830,377

(1) 
Additions through acquisitions
115,317

 

 

 
115,317

 
Purchase price allocation adjustments
(74
)
 
1,729

 

 
1,655

 
Disposals
(1,109
)
 

 

 
(1,109
)
 
Currency translation

 
(885
)
 
(32,698
)
 
(33,583
)
 
Tax adjustments
(18
)
 

 

 
(18
)
 
BALANCE, September 30, 2015
$
814,758

 
$
35,982

 
$
61,899

 
$
912,639

(1) 
(1) Net of accumulated impairment of $42.4 million.

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13. ACCUMULATED OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
Changes in the balances of each component of accumulated other comprehensive loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014 were as follows: 
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
 
Accumulated foreign currency translation loss
 
Accumulated loss on interest rate swaps
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Balance, December 31, 2014
 
$
(64,075
)
 
$
(17,909
)
 
$
(81,984
)
Other comprehensive loss before reclassifications:
 
 
 
 
 

Pre-tax
 
(56,902
)
 
(20,651
)
 
(77,553
)
Tax effect
 

 
7,744

 
7,744

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss to:
 
 
 
 
 


Floorplan interest expense
 

 
8,306

 
8,306

Other interest expense
 

 
1,275

 
1,275

Tax effect
 

 
(3,593
)
 
(3,593
)
Net current period other comprehensive loss
 
(56,902
)
 
(6,919
)
 
(63,821
)
Balance, September 30, 2015
 
$
(120,977
)
 
$
(24,828
)
 
$
(145,805
)
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
 
 
Accumulated foreign currency translation loss
 
Accumulated loss on interest rate swaps
 
Total
 
 
(In thousands)
Balance, December 31, 2013
 
$
(37,827
)
 
$
(13,850
)
 
$
(51,677
)
Other comprehensive loss before reclassifications:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pre-tax
 
(7,329
)
 
(9,259
)
 
(16,588
)
Tax effect
 

 
3,472

 
3,472

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive loss to:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Floorplan interest expense
 

 
7,331

 
7,331

Other interest expense
 

 
1,138

 
1,138

Tax effect
 

 
(3,176
)
 
(3,176
)
Net current period other comprehensive loss
 
(7,329
)
 
(494
)
 
(7,823
)
Balance, September 30, 2014
 
$
(45,156
)
 
$
(14,344
)
 
$
(59,500
)

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14. SEGMENT INFORMATION
As of September 30, 2015, the Company had three reportable segments: (1) the U.S., (2) the U.K., and (3) Brazil. Each of the reportable segments is comprised of retail automotive franchises, which sell new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and automotive services, finance and insurance products, and collision centers. The vast majority of the Company's corporate activities are associated with the operations of the U.S. operating segments and therefore the corporate financial results are included within the U.S. reportable segment.
The reportable segments identified above are the business activities of the Company for which discrete financial information is available and for which operating results are regularly reviewed by its chief operating decision maker to allocate resources and assess performance. The Company's chief operating decision maker is its Chief Executive Officer.
Reportable segment revenue, income (loss) before income taxes, provision for income taxes and net income (loss) were as follows for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014:
 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
 
 
(In thousands)
Total revenues
$
2,343,566

 
$
327,431

 
$
129,572

 
$
2,800,569

 
 
$
6,629,513

 
$
935,139

 
$
395,251

 
$
7,959,903

Income (loss) before income taxes
67,182

 
5,328

 
526

 
73,036

 
 
189,773

 
15,278

 
(765
)
 
204,286

Provision for income taxes
(26,432
)
 
(1,207
)
 
(136
)
 
(27,775
)
 
 
(73,085
)
 
(3,215
)
 
(601
)
 
(76,901
)
Net income (loss)
40,750

 
4,121

 
390

 
45,261

 
 
116,688

 
12,063

 
(1,366
)
 
127,385

 
Three Months Ended September 30, 2014
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
 
 
(In thousands)
Total revenues
$
2,175,605

 
$
252,201

 
$
198,642

 
$
2,626,448

 
 
$
6,070,827

 
$
751,226

 
$
576,896

 
$
7,398,949

Income (loss) before income taxes
43,146

 
5,840

 
(5,117
)
 
43,869

 
 
123,474

 
15,974

 
(8,172
)
 
131,276

Provision for income taxes
(20,375
)
 
(1,159
)
 
3,827

 
(17,707
)
 
 
(57,439
)
 
(2,814
)
 
3,304

 
(56,949
)
Net income (loss) (1)
22,771

 
4,681

 
(1,290
)
 
26,162

 
 
66,035

 
13,160

 
(4,868
)
 
74,327

(1) Includes the following, after tax: loss due to extinguishment of long-term debt of $17.9 million and $38.7 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively, in the U.S.; asset impairment charges of $2.6 million and $3.6 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively, in the U.S., and $4.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, in Brazil; gain on real estate and dealership transactions of $8.6 million and $8.9 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, respectively, in the U.S.; and the tax benefit of deductible goodwill of $3.4 million for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014, in Brazil.

Reportable segment total assets as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014 were as follows:
 
As of September 30, 2015
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
Total assets
$
3,736,130

 
$
378,978

 
$
176,942

 
$
4,292,050

 
As of December 31, 2014
 
U.S.
 
U.K.
 
Brazil
 
Total
 
(In thousands)
Total assets
$
3,529,643

 
$
327,644

 
$
284,205

 
$
4,141,492





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Table of Contents GROUP 1 AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS – (Continued)

15. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATING FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The following tables include condensed consolidating financial information as of September 30, 2015 and December 31, 2014, and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015 and 2014, for Group 1 Automotive, Inc.’s (as issuer of the 5.00% Notes), guarantor subsidiaries and non-guarantor subsidiaries (representing foreign entities). The condensed consolidating financial information includes certain allocations of balance sheet, statement of operations and cash flows items that are not necessarily indicative of the financial position, results of operations or cash flows of these entities had they operated on a stand-alone basis.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
September 30, 2015
 
Group 1 Automotive, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Elimination
 
Total Company
 
(In thousands)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$

 
$
4,397

 
$
17,571

 
$

 
$
21,968

Contracts-in-transit and vehicle receivables, net

 
173,859

 
31,777

 

 
205,636

Accounts and notes receivable, net

 
118,137

 
28,973

 

 
147,110

Intercompany accounts receivable

 
263,906

 

 
(263,906
)
 

Inventories, net

 
1,438,310

 
196,111

 

 
1,634,421

Deferred income taxes
288

 
12,811

 

 

 
13,099

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
785

 
8,000

 
13,771

 

 
22,556

Total current assets
1,073

 
2,019,420

 
288,203

 
(263,906
)
 
2,044,790

PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, net

 
863,526

 
115,366

 

 
978,892

GOODWILL

 
814,759

 
97,880

 

 
912,639

INTANGIBLE FRANCHISE RIGHTS

 
306,745

 
33,018

 

 
339,763

INVESTMENT IN SUBSIDIARIES
2,162,133

 

 

 
(2,162,133
)
 

OTHER ASSETS

 
8,683

 
7,283

 

 
15,966

Total assets
$
2,163,206

 
$
4,013,133

 
$
541,750

 
$
(2,426,039
)
 
$
4,292,050

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Floorplan notes payable — credit facility and other
$

 
$
1,176,385

 
$
1,128

 
$

 
$
1,177,513

Offset account related to floorplan notes payable - credit facility

 
(28,073
)
 

 

 
(28,073
)
Floorplan notes payable — manufacturer affiliates

 
253,361

 
94,296

 

 
347,657

Offset account related to floorplan notes payable - manufacturer affiliates

 
(20,001
)
 

 

 
(20,001
)
Current maturities of long-term debt

 
50,756

 
5,203

 

 
55,959

Accounts payable

 
177,270

 
113,239

 

 
290,509

Intercompany accounts payable
368,915

 

 
263,906

 
(632,821
)
 

Accrued expenses

 
137,675

 
20,608

 

 
158,283

Total current liabilities
368,915

 
1,747,373

 
498,380

 
(632,821
)
 
1,981,847

LONG-TERM DEBT, net of current maturities
679,158

 
337,858

 
67,145

 

 
1,084,161

LIABILITIES FROM INTEREST RATE RISK MANAGEMENT ACTIVITIES

 
39,724

 

 

 
39,724

DEFERRED INCOME TAXES AND OTHER LIABILITIES

 
206,938

 
10,052

 

 
216,990

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Group 1 stockholders’ equity
1,115,133

 
2,050,155

 
(33,827
)