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Business and Organization

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Business and Organization
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
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Business and Organization
1. BUSINESS AND ORGANIZATION:

Quanta Services, Inc. (Quanta) is a leading provider of specialty contracting services, offering infrastructure solutions primarily to the electric power and oil and gas industries in the United States, Canada and Australia and select other international markets. Quanta reports its results under three reportable segments: (1) Electric Power Infrastructure Services, (2) Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services and (3) Fiber Optic Licensing and Other.

Electric Power Infrastructure Services Segment

The Electric Power Infrastructure Services segment provides comprehensive network solutions to customers in the electric power industry. Services performed by the Electric Power Infrastructure Services segment generally include the design, installation, upgrade, repair and maintenance of electric power transmission and distribution infrastructure and substation facilities along with other engineering and technical services. This segment also provides emergency restoration services, including the repair of infrastructure damaged by inclement weather, the energized installation, maintenance and upgrade of electric power infrastructure utilizing unique bare hand and hot stick methods and Quanta’s proprietary robotic arm technologies, and the installation of “smart grid” technologies on electric power networks. In addition, this segment designs, installs and maintains renewable energy generation facilities, consisting of solar, wind and certain types of natural gas generation facilities, and related switchyards and transmission infrastructure to transport power to demand centers. To a lesser extent, this segment provides services such as the construction of electric power generation facilities, the design, installation, maintenance and repair of commercial and industrial wiring, installation of traffic networks and the installation of cable and control systems for light rail lines.

Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services Segment

The Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services segment provides comprehensive network solutions to customers involved in the development and transportation of natural gas, oil and other pipeline products. Services performed by the Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services segment generally include the design, installation, repair and maintenance of pipeline transmission and distribution systems, gathering systems, production systems and compressor and pump stations, as well as related trenching, directional boring and automatic welding services. In addition, this segment’s services include pipeline protection, integrity testing, rehabilitation and replacement and fabrication of pipeline support systems and related structures and facilities. Quanta also serves the offshore and inland water energy markets, primarily providing services to oil and gas exploration platforms, including mechanical installation (or “hook-ups”), electrical and instrumentation, pre-commissioning and commissioning, coatings, fabrication, pipeline construction, integrity services and marine asset repair. To a lesser extent, this segment designs, installs and maintains fueling systems, as well as water and sewer infrastructure.

Fiber Optic Licensing and Other Segment

The Fiber Optic Licensing and Other segment designs, procures, constructs, maintains and owns fiber optic telecommunications infrastructure in select markets and licenses the right to use these point-to-point fiber optic telecommunications facilities to its customers pursuant to licensing agreements, typically with terms from five to twenty-five years, inclusive of certain renewal options. Under those agreements, customers are provided the right to use a portion of the capacity of a fiber optic network, with the network owned and maintained by Quanta. Additionally, the Fiber Optic Licensing and Other segment provides lit services, with Quanta providing network management services to customers, as well as owning the electronic equipment necessary to make the fiber optic network operational. This segment serves customers in multiple institutional sectors, including communications carriers, as well as education, financial services, healthcare and other business enterprises with high bandwidth telecommunication needs. The telecommunication services provided through this segment are subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission and certain state public utility commissions. The Fiber Optic Licensing and Other segment also provides various telecommunication infrastructure services on a limited and ancillary basis, primarily to Quanta’s customers in the electric power industry.

Potential Disposition - Fiber Optic Licensing Operations

On April 29, 2015, Quanta entered into a definitive agreement to sell its fiber optic licensing operations for a purchase price of approximately $1 billion in cash, subject to certain limited adjustments. Quanta anticipates that the sale will close by December 31, 2015; however, the transaction is subject to various regulatory approvals and other customary conditions prior to closing. The potential sale of the fiber optic licensing operations did not meet the requirements of the related authoritative guidance to qualify for held for sale or discontinued operations reporting as of March 31, 2015. Quanta will continue to evaluate whether the potential sale of its fiber optic licensing operations meets the requirements for held for sale or discontinued operations reporting in future reporting periods.

Acquisitions

During the first quarter of 2015, Quanta completed the acquisition of three companies. These acquisitions included an underground utility distribution contractor that provides services to gas and electric utilities in Canada, which is generally included in Quanta’s Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services segment, a supplier and material procurement specialist for the power and utility industry in Canada, which is generally included in Quanta’s Electric Power Infrastructure Services segment, and a company that specializes in the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of compression and surface facilities for the high pressure gas industry in Australia, which is generally included in Quanta’s Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services segment.

During 2014, Quanta completed nine acquisitions, which enabled Quanta to further enhance its electric power and oil and gas infrastructure service offerings in the United States and Canada and expand its capabilities in Australia to include electric power infrastructure service offerings. These acquisitions included four electric power infrastructure services companies located in Canada; two oil and gas infrastructure services businesses located in Canada; an electric power infrastructure services company located in Australia; a U.S.-based general engineering and construction company specializing in hydrant fueling, waterfront and utility construction for the U.S. Department of Defense that is generally included in Quanta’s Oil and Gas Infrastructure Services segment; and a geotechnical and geological engineering services company based in the United States that is generally included in Quanta’s Electric Power Infrastructure Services segment.