(1) The maximum capacity rating shall be determined by multiplying the contractor's reported net worth by a factor of 5.0. The factor may be increased at a rate of 0.5 annually, provided the contractor has maintained a satisfactory performance record with the department and has completed a contract of fifty thousand dollars or more within the preceding prequalification year. The maximum factor shall be 7.5. The department may at any time decrease the rating factor if the contractor's performance becomes less than standard, however no decrease in the bidding capacity will become effective until action to appeal, as specified in these rules, has been completed.
(2) For the purpose of prequalification and establishing the maximum capacity rating, the following additional resources may be added to net worth if supported with documentation as specified:
(a) An operating line of credit - Documentation from an acceptable financial institution stating the amount of credit authorized, its expiration date, and the amount currently available. The document must be authenticated by an official authorized to execute lines of credit on behalf of the institution. Should the operating line of credit be revoked, it shall be deducted before computing a new annual maximum capacity rating.
(b) A parent firm guarantee of net worth - A sworn statement from the parent firm that guarantees the performance of the subsidiary for any contracts awarded it. The document shall include a parent firm guarantee in an amount such that when calculated in subsection (1) of this section will not be less than the value of uncompleted contracts of the subsidiary. An audited financial statement, as prescribed in WAC 468-16-090
(9), may be requested from the parent firm when deemed appropriate.
(3) Resources listed above will not be accepted in lieu of a minimum net worth of fifty thousand dollars.
(4) For the purpose of prequalification and establishing the maximum capacity rating, a bidding company which has established a leveraged ESOP (Employee Stock Ownership Plan) may use, in place of its net worth, the lesser of:
(a) The company's net worth, as adjusted by eliminating any contra-equity or unearned compensation entry in the net worth section of the balance sheet which is directly related to the ESOP loan; or
(b) The company value as established by the company's most recent valuation for ESOP purposes provided the valuation was performed within the last twelve months which meets federal guidelines for ESOP-related valuations. The department may require submission of a copy of this valuation report for documentation purposes.
(5) When the value of a firm's uncompleted work for the department exceeds its maximum capacity rating, a bidding proposal shall be denied that firm.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 47.01.101
, and 47.28.070
. WSR 15-01-170, § 468-16-140, filed 12/23/14, effective 1/23/15; WSR 97-09-045 (Order 168), § 468-16-140, filed 4/15/97, effective 5/16/97; WSR 93-03-020 (Order 134), § 468-16-140, filed 1/12/93, effective 2/12/93; WSR 91-04-014 (Order 128), § 468-16-140, filed 1/28/91, effective 2/28/91.]