State of Connecticut

Notes to the Financial Statements

June 30, 2010

Note 16 Capital and Operating Leases

The State leases building space, land, and equipment to private individuals. The minimum future lease revenues for the next five years and thereafter are as follows (amounts in thousands): 

2011    $29,987
2012    19,119
2013    19,012
2014    19,142
2015    19,917
Thereafter    106,691
Total    $213,868 

Contingent revenues for the year ended June 30, 2010, were $.3 million.

State as Lessee
Obligations under capital and operating leases as of June 30, 2010, were as follows (amounts in thousands):

   Noncancelable    Capital
   Operating Leases    Leases
2011    $77,403    $7,855
2012    61,546    7,300
2013    47,758    7,168
2014    46,816    4,008
2015    32,522    3,157
2016-2020    69,382    14,537
2021-2025    3,440    6,135
2026-2030    -    6,103
2031-2035    -    1,215
Total minimum lease payments    $338,867    57,478
Less: Amount representing interest costs       15,776
Present value of minimum lease payments       $41,702

Minimum capital lease payments were discounted using an interest rate of approximately 6 percent.

Rental payments on noncancelable operating leases charged to expenses during the year ended June 30, 2010, were $77.4 million.

Lease/Lease Back Transaction
On September 30, 2003 the State executed a U.S. Lease-to-Service Contract of Rolling Stock Agreement (Agreement) whereby the state entered into a head lease of certain rolling stock consisting of rail coaches and locomotives to statutory trusts established for the benefit of three equity investors. Simultaneously, the State executed sublease agreements to lease back the rolling stock in order to allow the State to have continued use of the property. The terms of the head leases are for periods ranging from 40 years to 67 years, expiring through March 2071, while the subleases have terms ranging from 18 years to 28 years, expiring through January 2032. At the end of the respective sublease terms, the State will have the option to purchase the statutory trustsí interest in the rolling stock for an aggregate fixed price.

Proceeds from the prepayment of the head lease rents were paid to debt payment undertakers and custodians in amounts sufficient, together with investment earning thereon, to provide for all future obligations of the State under the sublease agreements and the end of lease term purchase options. Although it is remote that the State will be required to make any additional payments under the sublease, the State is and shall remain liable for all of its obligations under the subleases. The aggregate remaining commitment under the subleases totaled approximately $224 million at June 30, 2010.

The State is obligated to insure and maintain the rolling stock. In addition, if an equity investor suffers a loss of tax deductions or incurs additional taxable income as a result of certain circumstances, as defined in the Agreement, then the State must indemnify the equity investor for the additional tax incurred, including interest and penalties thereon. The State has the right to terminate the sublease early under certain circumstances and upon payment of a termination value to the equity investors. If the State chooses early termination, then the termination value would be paid from funds available from the debt payment undertakers and the custodians, and if such amounts are insufficient, then the State would be required to pay the difference.