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3Com 8-K 2006

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  1. 8-K
  2. Ex-99.1
  3. Ex-99.1
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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 8-K
CURRENT REPORT
Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported):
September 21, 2006
3COM CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
         
Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation)
  0-12867
(Commission
File Number)
  94-2605794
(IRS Employer
Identification No.)
350 Campus Drive
Marlborough, Massachusetts
01752

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
(Zip Code)
Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (508) 323-1000
(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)
Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instruction A.2. below):
o   Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)
 
o   Soliciting material pursuant to Rule 14a-12 under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14a-12)
 
o   Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 14d-2(b) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.14d-2(b))
 
o   Pre-commencement communications pursuant to Rule 13e-4(c) under the Exchange Act (17 CFR 240.13e-4(c))
 
 

 


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ITEM 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition
ITEM 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
SIGNATURE
EXHIBIT INDEX
EX-99.1 Press Release dated September 21, 2006


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ITEM 2.02 Results of Operations and Financial Condition
Financial Results.
     On September 21, 2006, 3Com Corporation (the “Company”) issued a press release regarding its financial results for its fiscal quarter ended September 1, 2006. The full text of the press release is attached hereto as Exhibit 99.1.
     The information in Item 2.02 of this Form 8-K and the exhibit attached hereto shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), or incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
     The attached press release and the related conference call contain non-GAAP financial measures. In evaluating the Company’s performance, management uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to supplement consolidated financial statements prepared under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”).
     Non-GAAP Operating Loss Measure. The Company uses a non-GAAP operating loss measure in its public statements. Management believes this non-GAAP measure helps indicate the Company’s baseline performance before gains, losses or charges that are considered by management to be outside on-going operating results. Accordingly, management uses this non-GAAP measure to gain a better understanding of the Company’s comparative operating performance from period-to-period and as a basis for planning and forecasting future periods. Management believes this non-GAAP measure, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provides useful information to investors by offering:
    the ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s on-going operating results;
 
    the ability to better identify trends in the Company’s underlying business and perform related trend analysis;
 
    a higher degree of transparency for certain expenses (particularly when a specific charge impacts multiple line items);
 
    a better understanding of how management plans and measures the Company’s underlying business; and
 
    an easier way to compare the Company’s most recent results of operations against investor and analyst financial models.
     The non-GAAP operating loss measure used by the Company is defined to exclude the following charges and benefits: restructuring, amortization, in-process research and development, stock-based compensation expense and special items that management believes are unusual and outside of the Company’s on-going operations. There are no special items for the periods presented in the press release. Management believes the costs related to restructuring activities are not indicative of the Company’s normal operating costs. The restructuring charge consists primarily of severance expense and facility closure costs. Management also believes that the expense associated with the amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets is appropriate to be excluded because a significant portion of the purchase price for acquisitions may be allocated to intangible assets that have short lives and exclusion of the amortization expense allows comparisons of operating results that are consistent over time for both the Company’s newly acquired and long-held businesses. Also, amortization is a non-cash charge for several of the periods presented. In addition, the Company has non-recurring in-process research and development expenses which are non-cash and related to acquisitions as opposed to the Company’s core operations. Finally, stock-based compensation expenses are non-cash charges that relate to restricted stock amortization and stock-based compensation costs associated with acquisitions, as well as additional stock-based compensation expense that

 


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represents the fair value of stock-based compensation required pursuant to the adoption in the current period of FAS 123 (R). The expense related to acquisitions is not part of the Company’s normal operating costs and is non-cash. The FAS 123 (R)-related expense is excluded because management believes as a non-cash charge it does not provide a meaningful indicator of the core operating business results. Management manages the business primarily without regard to these non-cash expenses. In addition, because the calculation of these expenses is dependent on factors such as forfeiture rate, volatility of the Company’s stock and a risk-free interest rate, all of which are subject to fluctuation, these charges are expected to be variable over time, and therefore may not provide a meaningful comparison of core operating results among periods. It is useful to note that these factors are generally outside the Company’s control.
     General. These non-GAAP measures have limitations, however, because they do not include all items of income and expense that impact the Company’s operations. Management compensates for these limitations by also considering the Company’s GAAP results. The non-GAAP financial measures the Company uses are not prepared in accordance with, and should not be considered an alternative to, measurements required by GAAP, such as operating loss, net loss and loss per share, and should not be considered measures of the Company’s liquidity. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures reported by other companies.
ITEM 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits
          (c) Exhibits
     
Exhibit Number   Description
 
   
99.1
  Text of Press Release, dated September 21, 2006, titled “3Com Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2007 Results.”

 


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SIGNATURE
     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
         
  3COM CORPORATION
 
 
Date: September 21, 2006  By:   /S/ DONALD M. HALSTED, III    
    Donald M. Halsted, III
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer 
 
 

 


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EXHIBIT INDEX
     
Exhibit Number   Description
 
   
99.1
  Text of Press Release, dated September 21, 2006, titled “3Com Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2007 Results.”

 

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