This excerpt taken from the AP 10-K filed Mar 13, 2009.
NOTE 2 INVESTMENTS IN JOINT VENTURES:
During 2007, a subsidiary of UES entered into an agreement with Maanshan Iron & Steel Company Limited (Maanshan) to form a joint venture company in China. The joint venture will principally manufacture and sell forged backup rolling-mill
rolls of a size and weight currently not able to be produced by UES. The initial annual capacity of the joint venture was expected to approximate 10,000 metric tons; however, the global slowdown in consumption of rolls has caused the joint venture to reduce its initial capacity by approximately fifty percent. Production is expected to begin by mid-2010 and UES will have exclusive marketing and sales rights. Each party will contribute cash for their respective interests. UES contributed $2,940 in each of 2008 and 2007, $4,410 in January 2009 and will contribute the balance of $4,410 by the end of 2009. UES has not guaranteed any of the obligations of the joint venture and its maximum exposure of loss is limited to its investment. Since UES is the minority shareholder and allocation of earnings and voting rights are proportional to ownership interests, UES is not considered the primary beneficiary and, accordingly, accounts for its 49% interest in the joint venture under the equity method of accounting.
Additionally, the Corporation has a 25% investment in a U.K./Chinese cast-roll joint venture company which is recorded at cost, or $1,340. The Corporation does not participate in the management or daily operation of the joint venture company, has not guaranteed any of its obligations and has no ongoing responsibilities to it. Dividends may be declared by the Board of Directors of the joint venture company after allocation of after-tax profits to various funds equal to the minimum amount required under Chinese law. Dividends declared and received approximated $800 in 2008, $540 in 2007 of which $340 was reinvested in the joint venture and $170 in 2006.