Commitments and Contingencies
|12 Months Ended|
May 31, 2016
|Commitments and Contingencies [Abstract]|
|Commitments and Contingencies||
Note N — Commitments and Contingencies
Lines of credit: As of May 31, 2016, the Company had unused borrowing capacity available under uncommitted, secured, short-term lines of credit at market rates of interest with financial institutions as follows:
The credit facilities are evidenced by promissory notes and are secured by separate pledge security agreements by and between Paychex and each of the financial institutions (the “Lenders”), pursuant to which the Company has granted each of the Lenders a security interest in certain investment securities accounts. The collateral is maintained in a pooled custody account pursuant to the terms of a control agreement and is to be administered under an intercreditor agreement among the Lenders. Under certain circumstances, individual Lenders may require that collateral be transferred from the pooled account into segregated accounts for the benefit of such individual Lenders.
The primary uses of the lines of credit would be to meet short-term funding requirements related to deposit account overdrafts and client fund obligations arising from electronic payment transactions on behalf of clients in the ordinary course of business, if necessary. No amounts were outstanding against these lines of credit during fiscal 2016 or as of May 31, 2016.
Certain of the financial institutions are also parties to the Company’s credit facility and irrevocable standby letters of credit, which are discussed below.
Credit facilities: On August 5, 2015, the Company entered into a committed, unsecured, five-year syndicated credit facility, expiring on August 5, 2020. Under the credit facility, Paychex of New York LLC (the “Borrower”) may, subject to certain restrictions, borrow up to $1 billion to meet short-term funding requirements. The obligations under this facility have been guaranteed by the Company and certain of its subsidiaries. The outstanding obligations under this credit facility will bear interest at competitive rates to be elected by the Borrower. Upon expiration of the commitment in August 2020, any borrowings outstanding will mature and be payable on such date. This agreement supersedes the $750 million credit facility agreement set to expire on June 21, 2018, which was terminated as part of the new agreement.
There were no amounts outstanding under this credit facility as of May 31, 2016. During fiscal 2016, the Company borrowed against this facility, and its predecessor facility, for one-day periods each, from one to two times a quarter as follows:
The Company subsequently borrowed $100 million for one day under this line in June 2016.
The credit facility contains various financial and operational covenants that are usual and customary for such arrangements. The Borrower was in compliance with these covenants during fiscal 2016.
Certain lenders under this credit facility, and their respective affiliates, have performed, and may in the future perform for the Company and its subsidiaries, various commercial banking, investment banking, underwriting, and other financial advisory services, for which they have received, and will continue to receive in the future, customary fees and expenses.
In March 2016, the Company entered into a committed, unsecured, three-year credit facility with PNC Bank, National Association, expiring on March 17, 2019. Under the credit facility, Paychex Advance LLC may, subject to certain restrictions, borrow up to $150 million to finance working capital needs and general corporate purposes. The obligations under this facility have been guaranteed by the Company and certain of its subsidiaries. The outstanding obligations under this credit facility will bear interest at competitive rates to be elected by the Borrower. Upon expiration of the commitment in March 2019, any borrowings outstanding will mature and be payable on such date.
There were no amounts outstanding under this credit facility as of May 31, 2016. Paychex Advance subsequently borrowed approximately $56 million under this line, which remains outstanding as of the date of this report.
Letters of credit: The Company had irrevocable standby letters of credit outstanding totaling $43.0 million both as of May 31, 2016 and May 31, 2015, required to secure commitments for certain insurance policies. The letters of credit expire at various dates between July 2016 and April 2017, and are collateralized by securities held in the Company’s investment portfolios. No amounts were outstanding on these letters of credit during fiscal 2016 or as of May 31, 2016. Subsequent to May 31, 2016, the letter of credit expiring in July 2016 was renewed through July 2017.
Contingencies: The Company is subject to various claims and legal matters that arise in the normal course of its business. These include disputes or potential disputes related to breach of contract, tort, breach of fiduciary duty, employment-related claims, tax claims, and other matters.
The Company’s management currently believes that resolution of outstanding legal matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations. However, legal matters are subject to inherent uncertainties and there exists the possibility that the ultimate resolution of these matters could have a material adverse impact on the Company’s financial position and the results of operations in the period in which any such effect is recorded.
Lease commitments: The Company leases office space and data processing equipment under terms of various operating leases. Rent expense for fiscal years 2016, 2015, and 2014 was $39.8 million, $39.4 million, and $39.1 million, respectively. As of May 31, 2016, future minimum lease payments under various non-cancelable operating leases with terms of more than one year are as follows:
Other commitments: As of May 31, 2016, the Company had outstanding commitments under purchase orders and legally binding contractual arrangements with minimum future payment obligations of approximately $109.6 million, including $6.8 million of commitments to purchase capital assets. These minimum future payment obligations relate to the following fiscal years:
In the normal course of business, the Company makes representations and warranties that guarantee the performance of services under service arrangements with clients. Historically, there have been no material losses related to such guarantees. In addition, the Company has entered into indemnification agreements with its officers and directors, which require the Company to defend and, if necessary, indemnify these individuals for certain pending or future claims as they relate to their services provided to the Company.
Paychex currently self-insures the deductible portion of various insured exposures under certain employee benefit plans. The Company’s estimated loss exposure under these insurance arrangements is recorded in other current liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets. Historically, the amounts accrued have not been material and are not material as of the reporting date. The Company also maintains insurance coverage in addition to its purchased primary insurance policies for gap coverage for employment practices liability, errors and omissions, warranty liability, theft and embezzlement, cyber threats, and acts of terrorism; and capacity for deductibles and self-insured retentions through its captive insurance company.
The entire disclosure for commitments and contingencies.
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