Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

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12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2015
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11. 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 the 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 holders of exchangeable shares associated with the Preferred Stock have 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. During 2015 and 2013, 449,929 and 409,110 exchangeable shares associated with the Preferred Stock were exchanged for Quanta common stock. As of December 31, 2015, both shares of the Preferred Stock remained outstanding and 6,876,042 exchangeable shares remained outstanding, of which 3,949,929 were associated with the Preferred Stock.

Treasury Stock

Under the stock incentive plans described in Note 12, 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 365,070 shares of Quanta common stock during the year ended December 31, 2015, with a total market value of $10.4 million, 352,558 shares of Quanta common stock during the year ended December 31, 2014 with a total market value of $12.3 million, and 379,566 shares of Quanta common stock during the year ended December 31, 2013 with a total market value of $12.1 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 third quarter of 2015, Quanta’s board of directors approved a new stock repurchase program authorizing Quanta to purchase, from time to time through February 28, 2017, up to $1.25 billion of its outstanding common stock (the 2015 Repurchase Program). Repurchases under the 2015 Repurchase Program can be made in open market or privately negotiated transactions, including pursuant to an accelerated share repurchase arrangement, an issuer repurchase plan or otherwise, at management’s discretion, based on market and business conditions, applicable contractual and legal requirements and other factors. The 2015 Repurchase Program does not obligate Quanta to acquire any specific amount of common stock and may be modified or terminated by Quanta’s board of directors at any time at its sole discretion and without notice.

On August 7, 2015, Quanta entered into an accelerated share repurchase arrangement (the ASR) to repurchase $750.0 million of its common stock under the 2015 Repurchase Program. Under the terms of the ASR, Quanta paid $750.0 million to JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association, London Branch (JPMorgan) and initially received 25.7 million shares of its common stock. The fair market value of these 25.7 million shares at the time of delivery was approximately $600.0 million, and the repurchased shares and the related cost to acquire them were accounted for as an adjustment to the balance of treasury stock during the quarter ended September 30, 2015, reducing the weighted-average number of basic and diluted common shares used to calculate Quanta’s earnings per share for the year ended December 31, 2015. The $150.0 million remaining under the ASR was recorded as an adjustment to additional paid-in capital (APIC) during the quarter ended September 30, 2015 and will be reclassified from APIC to treasury stock upon final settlement of the ASR.

The final number of shares that Quanta will repurchase under the ASR will be based on a volume-weighted average share price of its common stock during the term of the ASR, minus a discount and subject to other adjustments pursuant to the terms and conditions of the ASR. Final settlement of the ASR is scheduled to occur in the second quarter of 2016, but the ASR may be terminated early or extended in certain circumstances. At settlement, based on the final volume-weighted average share price, Quanta may be entitled to receive additional shares of its common stock from JPMorgan or, under certain circumstances, may be required to deliver shares or make a cash payment (at its option) to JPMorgan. In addition to the initial share delivery under the ASR, during the third and fourth quarters of 2015, Quanta repurchased 19.2 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $449.9 million in the open market under the 2015 Repurchase Program.

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 (the 2013 Repurchase Program). During the year ended December 31, 2015, Quanta repurchased 14.4 million shares of its common stock at a cost of $406.5 million in the open market under the 2013 Repurchase Program. During the third quarter of 2015, Quanta completed the 2013 Repurchase Program.

During the year ended December 31, 2015, Quanta repurchased a total of 59.3 million shares valued at $1.46 billion pursuant to both the 2013 Repurchase Program and the 2015 Repurchase Program. During the year ended December 31, 2014, Quanta repurchased approximately 3.0 million shares of its common stock under the 2013 Repurchase Program at a cost of $93.5 million. During the year ended December 31, 2013, Quanta did not repurchase any of its common stock. 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 the joint ventures determined to be VIEs 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 consolidated financial statements. Income attributable to the other joint venture members in the amounts of $10.9 million, $18.4 million and $19.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013, respectively, 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 $2.3 million and $11.1 million at December 31, 2015 and 2014. The carrying value of investments held by the non-controlling interests in these variable interest entities at December 31, 2015 and 2014 was $2.3 million and $11.1 million. During the years ended December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013, distributions to non-controlling interests were $21.2 million, $14.4 million and $17.6 million. There were also contributions received from a joint venture partner of $2.3 million during the year ended December 31, 2015. There were no other changes in equity as a result of transfers to/from the non-controlling interests during the years ended December 31, 2015, 2014 and 2013. See Note 15 for further disclosures related to Quanta’s joint venture arrangements.