SEC Filings

AECOM filed this Form 10-Q on 02/06/2019
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New York Department of Environmental Conservation


The following separate matters pertain to government environmental allegations against an AECOM affiliate.


·                  In September 2017, AECOM USA, Inc., one of the Company’s wholly-owned subsidiaries, was advised by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) of allegations that it committed environmental permit violations pursuant to the New York Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) associated with AECOM USA, Inc.’s oversight of a stream restoration project for Schoharie County which could result in substantial penalties if calculated under the ECL’s maximum civil penalty provisions. AECOM USA, Inc. disputes this claim and intends to continue to defend this matter vigorously; however, AECOM USA, Inc. cannot provide assurances that it will be successful in these efforts. The potential range of loss in excess of any current accrual cannot be reasonably estimated at this time primarily because the matter involves complex and unique environmental and regulatory issues; the project site involves the oversight and involvement of various local, state and federal government agencies; there is substantial uncertainty regarding any alleged damages; and the matter is in its preliminary stage of the government’s claims and any negotiations of a consent order or other resolution.


·                  In December 2018, AECOM USA, Inc. was advised by DEC of allegations that, during AECOM USA, Inc.’s oversight of a remedial construction project in Poughkeepsie, New York, sheen escaped a containment boom line near the east bank of the Hudson River without proper notification to DEC and an unapproved dispersant was sprayed onto the Hudson River to control odors in violation of ECL. AECOM USA, Inc. denies these allegations but is working cooperatively with DEC to resolve the matter.


Illinois Power Generating Company


Advatech, LLC, a joint venture 60% owned by AECOM Energy & Construction, Inc., executed a fixed-cost engineering, procurement and construction contract for a flue-gas-desulfurization system at a coal-fired power plant owned by Illinois Power Generating Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Dynegy, Inc. (Genco). On September 2, 2016, Genco terminated Advatech’s contract for convenience and Advatech subsequently submitted its final contractual invoice of approximately $81 million. Advatech filed and perfected a mechanics lien on the Genco power plant property on October 17, 2016. On December 9, 2016, Genco filed a voluntary petition under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas and its plan of reorganization was approved by the Bankruptcy Court on January 25, 2017 (the Bankruptcy Plan). Advatech’s contractual invoice and mechanics lien were not extinguished per the terms of the Bankruptcy Plan and remain outstanding claims. On March 15, 2017, Advatech filed a demand for arbitration and on July 21, 2017 submitted a Statement of Claim seeking reimbursement of approximately $81 million for Genco’s breach of contract and failure to reimburse Advatech for all of the cost of work performed under the contract. Arbitration proceedings occurred in October 2018.


Advatech intends to vigorously prosecute this matter and seeks to collect all claimed amounts under the terms of the contract; however, Advatech cannot provide assurance that it will be successful in these efforts. The resolution of this matter and any potential range of loss in excess of any current accrual cannot be reasonably determined or estimated at this time primarily because the matter has not been fully arbitrated and presents unique regulatory, bankruptcy and contractual interpretation issues.


15.       Reportable Segments


The Company’s operations are organized into four reportable segments: Design and Consulting Services (DCS), Construction Services (CS), Management Services (MS), and AECOM Capital (ACAP). The Company’s DCS reportable segment delivers planning, consulting, architectural, environmental, and engineering design services to commercial and government clients worldwide. The Company’s CS reportable segment provides construction services primarily in the Americas. The Company’s MS reportable segment provides program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance, and systems integration and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the U.S. government. The Company’s ACAP segment invests in real estate and public-private partnership (P3) projects. These reportable segments are organized by the types of services provided, the differing specialized needs of the respective clients, and how the Company manages its business. The Company has aggregated various operating segments into its reportable segments based on their similar characteristics, including similar long term financial performance, the nature of services provided, internal processes for delivering those services, and types of customers.