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This excerpt taken from the ATU 10-K filed Nov 10, 2005.

Fiscal 2004 compared to Fiscal 2003


General corporate SAE increased by $6.0 million, from $7.0 million in fiscal 2003, to $13.0 million in fiscal 2004. This increase resulted from a $1.6 million increase in incentive compensation provisions due to favorable fiscal 2004 results, a $1.0 million charge recorded during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004 to reflect new information for a pre-existing environmental matter, and increased spending due to additional headcount and costs related to Sarbanes-Oxley Section 404 compliance, severance costs, increased staffing to support our growth initiatives, and increased spending on tax planning services and acquisition advice.


Although net debt levels increased during fiscal 2004 to fund acquisitions and pay premiums to retire the 13% Notes, net financing costs decreased by $7.8 million. This decline is the result of the gradual replacement, via open market and negotiated repurchases and the completion of the August 2004 tender offer, of the 13% Notes with lower interest rate debt, and lower market interest rates during fiscal 2004 as compared to fiscal 2003. See “Liquidity and Capital Resources” below for further information.



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During the first quarter of fiscal 2003, the Company retired $9.4 million of its 13% Notes acquired through a negotiated purchase. The Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $2.0 million related to the redemption of the 13% Notes. The pre-tax charge consisted of $1.7 million of bond redemption premium payments and a $0.3 million non-cash write-off of the associated debt discount and debt issuance costs.


In fiscal 2003, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $6.5 million to recognize the impact of adverse developments in two separate litigation matters associated with businesses divested prior to the spin-off of the Electronics Segment in July 2000, for which the Company retained indemnification risk. Both matters were resolved and funded during fiscal year 2003.


Other income of $1.4 million in fiscal 2003 including a $1.0 million net foreign currency translation gain related to the liquidation of two foreign subsidiaries.


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