Income taxes payable reflects amounts owing for current corporate income taxes less instalments made to date.
Higher dividends payable year-over-year reflect the higher dividend rate. In 2012, the quarterly dividend rate was increased from $0.11 per share to $0.12 per share, a 9% increase.
Deferred revenues represent billings to customers in excess of revenue recognized. In the Equipment Group, deferred revenues arise on sales of equipment with residual value guarantees, extended warranty contracts and other long-term customer support agreements as well as on progress billings on long-term construction contracts. Equipment Group deferred revenues were 2% higher than this time last year. In CIMCO, deferred revenues arise on progress billings in advance of revenue recognition. CIMCO deferred revenues increased 52% on advance payments from customers related to increased industrial projects.
The current portion of long-term debt reflects scheduled principal repayments due in 2013.
Goodwill and Intangibles
The Company performs impairment tests on its goodwill and intangibles on an annual basis or as warranted by events or circumstances. The assessment of goodwill entails estimating the fair value of operations to which the goodwill relates using the present value of expected discounted future cash flows. This assessment affirmed goodwill values as at December 31, 2012.
Employee Share Ownership
The Company employs a variety of stock-based compensation plans to align employees' interests with corporate objectives.
The Company maintains an Executive Stock Option Plan for certain employees and directors. Stock options have a seven-year term, vest 20% cumulatively on each anniversary date of the grant and are exercisable at the designated common share price. At December 31, 2012, 2.6 million options to purchase common shares were outstanding, of which 1.0 million were exercisable.
The Company offers an Employee Share Ownership Plan whereby employees can purchase shares by way of payroll deductions. Under the terms of this plan, eligible employees may purchase common shares of the Company in the open market at the then current market price. The Company pays a portion of the purchase price, matching contributions at a rate of $1 for every $3 dollars contributed, to a maximum of $1,000 per annum per employee. Company contributions vest to the employee immediately. Company contributions amounting to $0.9 million in 2012 (2011 - $1.1 million) were charged to selling and administrative expense when paid. A third party administers the Plan.
The Company also offers a deferred share unit (DSU) plan for certain employees and non-employee directors, whereby they may elect, on an annual basis, to receive all or a portion of their performance incentive bonus or fees, respectively, in deferred share units. A DSU is a notional unit that reflects the market value of a single Toromont common share and generally vests immediately. DSUs will be redeemed on cessation of employment or directorship. DSUs have dividend equivalent rights, which are expensed as earned. The Company records the cost of the DSU Plan as compensation expense.
As at December 31, 2011, DSUs outstanding were 211,872 at a total value of $4.3 million (2011 - 193,728 units at a value of $4.1 million). The liability for DSUs is included in Accounts Payable and Accrued Liabilities.
Employee Future Benefits
The Company sponsors pension arrangements for substantially all of its employees, primarily through defined contribution plans in Canada and a 401(k) matched savings plan in the United States. Certain unionized employees do not participate in Company-sponsored plans, and contributions are made to these union-sponsored plans in accordance with respective collective bargaining agreements. In the case of the defined contribution plans, regular contributions are made to the employees' individual accounts, which are administered by a plan trustee, in accordance with the plan document. Future expense for these plans will vary based on future participation rates.
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