Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Equity

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3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2015
Equity [Abstract]  
Equity
8. EQUITY:

Exchangeable Shares and Series F and Series G Preferred Stock

In connection with certain Canadian acquisitions, the former owners of the acquired companies received exchangeable shares of certain Canadian subsidiaries of Quanta, which may be exchanged at the option of the holders for Quanta common stock on a one-for-one basis. The holders of exchangeable shares can make an exchange only once in any calendar quarter and must exchange a minimum of either 50,000 shares or, if less, the total number of remaining exchangeable shares registered in the name of the holder making the request. Additionally, in connection with two of such acquisitions, Quanta issued one share of Quanta Series F preferred stock and one share of Quanta Series G preferred stock (the Preferred Stock) to voting trusts on behalf of the respective holders of the exchangeable shares issued in such acquisitions. Each share of Preferred Stock provides the holders of such exchangeable shares voting rights in Quanta common stock equivalent to the number of exchangeable shares outstanding at that time.

The combination of the exchangeable shares and Preferred Stock gives the holders of such exchangeable shares rights equivalent to Quanta common stockholders with respect to voting, dividends and other economic rights. The holders of exchangeable shares not associated with the Preferred Stock have rights equivalent to Quanta common stockholders with respect to dividends and other economic rights but do not have voting rights. As of March 31, 2015, both shares of the Preferred Stock remained outstanding and 7,325,971 exchangeable shares remained outstanding, of which 4,399,858 were associated with the Preferred Stock.

Treasury Stock

Under the stock incentive plans described in Note 9, the tax withholding obligations of employees upon vesting of restricted stock awards and RSUs settled in common stock are typically satisfied by Quanta making such tax payments and withholding a number of vested shares having a value on the date of vesting equal to the tax withholding obligation. For the settlement of these employee tax liabilities, Quanta withheld 0.3 million shares of Quanta common stock during each of the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, with a total market value of $9.5 million and $11.4 million. These shares and the related costs to acquire them were accounted for as adjustments to the balance of treasury stock. Under Delaware corporate law, treasury stock is not counted for quorum purposes or entitled to vote.

During the fourth quarter of 2013, Quanta’s board of directors approved a stock repurchase program authorizing Quanta to purchase, from time to time through December 31, 2016, up to $500.0 million of its outstanding common stock. During the three months ended March 31, 2015, Quanta purchased 6.7 million shares of its common stock under this program at a cost of $182.0 million. As of March 31, 2015, Quanta had purchased an aggregate of approximately 9.7 million shares of its common stock under this program at a cost of $275.5 million. The shares and the related cost to acquire them have been accounted for as an adjustment to the balance of treasury stock.

Non-controlling Interests

Quanta holds investments in several joint ventures that provide infrastructure services under specific customer contracts. Quanta has determined that certain of these joint ventures are VIEs, with Quanta providing the majority of the infrastructure services to the joint venture, which management believes most significantly influences the economic performance of the joint venture. Management has concluded that Quanta is the primary beneficiary of each of these joint ventures and has accounted for each on a consolidated basis. The other parties’ equity interests in these joint ventures have been accounted for as non-controlling interests in the condensed consolidated financial statements. Income attributable to the other joint venture members in the amounts of $4.7 million and $4.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 has been accounted for as a reduction of net income in deriving net income attributable to common stock. Equity in the consolidated assets and liabilities of these joint ventures that is attributable to the other joint venture members has been accounted for as non-controlling interests within total equity in the accompanying balance sheets.

The carrying value of the investments held by Quanta in all of its VIEs was approximately $13.3 million and $11.1 million at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014. The carrying value of investments held by the non-controlling interests in these variable interest entities at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014 was $13.3 million and $11.1 million. During the three months ended March 31, 2015 and 2014, distributions to non-controlling interests were $2.5 million and $0.5 million. There were no other changes in equity as a result of transfers to/from the non-controlling interests during the three months ended March 31, 2015 or 2014. See Note 10 for further disclosures related to Quanta’s joint venture arrangements.