Amphenol 10-K 2010
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
x ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the Fiscal Year Ended December 31, 2009
o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from to
Commission file number 1-10879
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
358 Hall Avenue, Wallingford, Connecticut 06492
(Address of Principal Executive Offices, Zip Code, Registrants Telephone
Number, including Area Code)
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Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o
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Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K (§229.405) is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrants knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. x
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The aggregate market value of Amphenol Corporation Class A Common Stock, $.001 par value, held by non-affiliates was approximately $4,697 million based on the reported last sale price of such stock on the New York Stock Exchange on June 30, 2009.
As of January 31, 2010, the total number of shares outstanding of Registrants Class A Common Stock was 173,232,601.
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
Portions of the Registrants definitive proxy statement, which is expected to be filed within 120 days following the end of the fiscal year covered by this report, are incorporated by reference into Part III hereof.
Amphenol Corporation (Amphenol or the Company) is one of the worlds largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of electrical, electronic and fiber optic connectors, interconnect systems and coaxial and high-speed specialty cable. The Company was incorporated in 1987. Certain predecessor businesses, which now constitute part of the Company, have been in business since 1932. The primary end markets for the Companys products are:
· communication systems for the converging technologies of voice, video and data communications;
· a broad range of industrial applications including factory automation and motion control systems, medical and industrial instrumentation, mass transportation, alternative energy, natural resource exploration and traditional and hybrid- electrical automotive applications; and
· commercial aerospace and military applications.
The Companys strategy is to provide its customers with comprehensive design capabilities, a broad selection of products and a high level of service on a worldwide basis while maintaining continuing programs of productivity improvement and cost control. For 2009, the Company reported net sales, operating income and net income attributable to Amphenol Corporation of $2,820.1 million, $488.9 million and $317.8 million, respectively. The table below summarizes information regarding the Companys primary markets and end applications for the Companys products:
The Company designs and manufactures connectors and interconnect systems, which are used primarily to conduct electrical and optical signals for a wide range of sophisticated electronic applications. The Company believes, based primarily on published market research, that it is the second largest connector and interconnect product manufacturer in the world. The Company has developed a broad range of connector and interconnect products for the information technology and communications equipment applications including the converging voice, video and data communications markets. The Company offers a broad range of interconnect products for factory automation and motion control systems, machine tools, instrumentation and medical systems, mass transportation applications and automotive applications, including airbags, seatbelt pretensioners and other on-board automotive electronics. In addition, the Company is the leading supplier of high performance, military-specification, circular environmental connectors that require superior reliability and performance under conditions of stress and in hostile environments. These conditions are frequently encountered in commercial and military aerospace applications and other demanding industrial applications such as solar and wind power generation, oil exploration, medical equipment, hybrid-electrical vehicles and off-road construction.
The Company is a global manufacturer employing advanced manufacturing processes. The Company designs, manufactures and assembles its products at facilities in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. The Company sells its products through its own global sales force, independent manufacturers representatives and a global network of electronics distributors to thousands of Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in approximately 60 countries throughout the world. The Company also sells certain products to electronic manufacturing services (EMS), to original design manufacturing (ODM) companies and to communication network operators. For 2009, approximately 39% of the Companys net sales were in North America, 19% were in Europe and 42% were in Asia and other countries.
The Company generally implements its product development strategy through product design teams and collaboration arrangements with customers which result in the Company obtaining approved vendor status for its customers new products and programs. The Company seeks to have its products become widely accepted within the industry for similar applications and products manufactured by other potential customers, which the Company believes will provide additional sources of future revenue. By developing application specific products, the Company has decreased its exposure to standard products which generally experience greater pricing pressure. In addition to product design teams and customer collaboration arrangements, the Company uses key account managers to manage customer relationships on a global basis such that it can bring to bear its total resources to meet the worldwide needs of its multinational customers.
The Company and industry analysts estimate that the worldwide sales of interconnect products were approximately $35 billion in 2009. The Company believes that the worldwide industry for interconnect products and systems is highly fragmented with over 2,000 producers of connectors and interconnect systems worldwide, of which the 10 largest, including Amphenol, accounted for a combined market share of approximately 49% in 2009.
The Companys acquisition strategy is focused on the consolidation of this highly fragmented industry. The Company targets acquisitions on a global basis in high growth segments that have complementary capabilities to the Company from a product, customer and/or geographic standpoint. The Company looks to add value to smaller companies through its global capabilities and generally expects acquisitions to be accretive to performance in the first year. In 2009, the Company invested approximately $280 million on acquisitions, including payments for performance-based additional cash consideration. A significant portion of this investment was made on two acquisitions in target markets, including the military aerospace, wireless infrastructure and telecommunications and data communications markets, which broadened and enhanced its product offerings in these areas.
The following table sets forth the dollar amounts of the Companys net trade sales for its business segments. For a discussion of factors affecting changes in sales by business segment and additional segment financial data, see Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
(1) Based on customer location to which product is shipped.
Interconnect Products and Assemblies. The Company produces a broad range of interconnect products and assemblies primarily for voice, video and data communication systems, commercial aerospace and military systems, automotive and mass transportation applications, and industrial and factory automation equipment. Interconnect products include connectors, which when attached to an electronic or fiber optic cable, a printed circuit board or other device, facilitate electronic or fiber optic transmission. Interconnect assemblies generally consist of a system of cable and connectors for linking electronic and fiber optic equipment. The Company designs and produces a broad range of connector and cable assembly products used in communication applications, such as: engineered cable assemblies used in base stations for wireless communication systems and internet networking equipment; smart card acceptor and other interconnect devices used in mobile telephones; set top boxes and other applications to facilitate reading data from smart cards; fiber optic connectors used in fiber optic signal transmission; backplane and input/output connectors and assemblies used for servers and data storage devices and linking personal computers and peripheral equipment; sculptured flexible circuits used for integrating printed circuit boards in communication applications and hinge products used in mobile phone and other mobile communication devices. The Company also designs and produces a broad range of radio frequency connector products and antennas used in telecommunications, computer and office equipment, instrumentation equipment, local area networks and automotive electronics. The Companys radio frequency interconnect products and assemblies are also used in base stations, mobile communication devices and other components of cellular and personal communications networks.
The Company believes that it is the largest supplier of high performance, military-specification, circular environmental connectors. Such connectors require superior performance and reliability under conditions of stress and in hostile environments. High performance environmental connectors and interconnect systems are generally used to interconnect electronic and fiber optic systems in sophisticated aerospace, military, commercial and industrial equipment. These applications present demanding technological requirements in that the connectors are subject to rapid and severe temperature changes, vibration, humidity and nuclear radiation. Frequent applications of these connectors and interconnect systems include aircraft, guided missiles, radar, military vehicles, equipment for spacecraft, energy, medical instrumentation, geophysical applications and off-road construction equipment. The Company also designs and produces industrial interconnect products used in a variety of applications such as factory automation equipment, mass transportation applications including railroads and marine transportation; and automotive safety products including interconnect devices and systems used in automotive airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, antilock braking systems and other on-board automotive electronic systems. The Company also designs and produces highly-engineered cable and backplane assemblies. Such assemblies are specially designed by the Company in conjunction with Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) customers for specific applications, primarily for computer, wired and wireless communication systems, office equipment, industrial and aerospace applications. The cable assemblies utilize the Companys connector and cable products as well as components purchased from others.
Cable Products. The Company designs, manufactures and markets coaxial cable primarily for use in the cable television industry. The Companys Times Fiber Communications subsidiary is the worlds second largest producer of coaxial cable for the cable television market. The Company believes that its Times Fiber Communications unit is one of the lowest cost producers of coaxial cable for cable television. The Companys coaxial cable and connector products are used in cable television systems including full service cable television/telecommunication systems being installed by cable operators and telecommunication companies offering video, voice and data services. The Company is also a major supplier of coaxial cable to the international cable television market. The Company manufactures two primary types of coaxial cable: semi-flexible, which has an aluminum tubular shield, and flexible, which has one or more braided metallic shields. Semi-flexible coaxial cable is used in the trunk and feeder distribution portion of cable television systems, and flexible cable (also known as drop cable) is used primarily for hookups from the feeder cable to the cable television subscribers residence. Flexible cable is also used in other communication applications. The Company has also developed a broad line of radio frequency and fiber optic interconnect components for full service cable television/ telecommunication networks.
The Company is also a leading producer of high speed data cables and specialty cables, which are used to connect internal components in systems with space and component configuration limitations. Such products are used in computer and office equipment applications as well as in a variety of telecommunication applications.
The Company believes that its global presence is an important competitive advantage, as it allows the Company to provide quality products on a timely and worldwide basis to its multinational customers. Approximately 64% of the Companys sales for the year ended December 31, 2009 were outside the United States and approximately 22% of the Companys sales were sold to customers in China. The Company has international manufacturing and assembly facilities in China, Taiwan, Korea, India, Japan, Malaysia, Europe, Canada, Latin America, Africa and Australia. European operations include manufacturing and assembly facilities in the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Estonia and sales offices in most European markets. The Companys international manufacturing and assembly facilities generally serve the respective local markets and coordinate product design and manufacturing responsibility with the Companys other operations around the world. The Company has low cost manufacturing and assembly facilities in China, Malaysia, Mexico, India, Eastern Europe and Africa to serve regional and world markets.
The Companys products are used in a wide variety of applications by numerous customers, the largest of which accounted for approximately 7% of net sales for the year ended December 31, 2009. The Company sells its products to over 10,000 customer locations worldwide. The Companys products are sold directly to OEMs, contract manufacturers, cable system operators, telecommunication companies and through manufacturers representatives and distributors. There has been a trend on the part of OEM customers to consolidate their lists of qualified suppliers to companies that have a broad portfolio of leading technology solutions, design capability, global presence, can meet quality and delivery standards and have competitive prices.
The Company has focused its global resources to position itself to compete effectively in this environment. The Company has concentrated its efforts on service and productivity improvements including advanced computer aided design and manufacturing systems, statistical process controls and just-in-time inventory programs to increase product quality and shorten product delivery schedules. The Companys strategy is to provide comprehensive design capabilities, a broad selection of products and a high level of service in the areas in which it competes. The Company has achieved a preferred supplier designation from many of its customers.
The Companys sales to distributors represented approximately 13% of the Companys 2009 sales. The Companys recognized brand names, including Amphenol, Times Fiber, Tuchel, Socapex, Sine, Spectra-Strip, Pyle-National, Matrix, Kai Jack and others, together with the Companys strong connector design-in position (products that are specified in customer drawings), enhance its ability to reach the secondary market through its network of distributors.
The Company employs advanced manufacturing processes including molding, stamping, plating, turning, extruding, die casting and assembly operations as well as proprietary process technology for specialty and coaxial cable production. The Companys manufacturing facilities are generally vertically integrated operations from the initial design stage through final design and manufacturing. Outsourcing of certain fabrication processes is used when cost-effective. Substantially all of the Companys manufacturing facilities are certified to the ISO9000 series of quality standards, and many of the Companys manufacturing facilities are certified to
other quality standards, including QS9000, ISO14000 and TS16469.
The Company employs a global manufacturing strategy to lower its production costs and to improve service to customers. The Company sources its products on a worldwide basis with manufacturing and assembly operations in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. To better serve certain high volume customers, the Company has established just-in-time facilities near these major customers.
The Companys policy is to maintain strong cost controls in its manufacturing and assembly operations. The Company is continually evaluating and adjusting its expense levels and workforce to reflect current business conditions and maximize the return on capital investments.
The Company purchases a wide variety of raw materials for the manufacture of its products, including precious metals such as gold and silver used in plating, aluminum, brass, steel, copper and bimetallic products used for cable, contacts and connector shells, and plastic materials used for cable and connector bodies and inserts. Such raw materials are generally available throughout the world and are purchased locally from a variety of suppliers. The Company is generally not dependent upon any one source for raw materials, or if one source is used the Company attempts to protect itself through long-term supply agreements.
The Companys research and development expense for the creation of new and improved products and processes was $64.0 million, $68.1 million and $62.4 million for 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The Companys research and development activities focus on selected product areas and are performed by individual operating divisions. Generally, the operating divisions work closely with OEM customers to develop highly-engineered products and systems that meet specific customer needs. The Company focuses its research and development efforts primarily on those product areas that it believes have the potential for broad market applications and significant sales within a one-to-three year period.
The Company owns a number of active patents worldwide. The Company also regards its trademarks Amphenol, Times Fiber, Tuchel, Socapex and Spectra-Strip to be of material value in its businesses. The Company has exclusive rights in all its major markets to use these registered trademarks. The Company has rights to other registered and unregistered trademarks which it believes to be of value to its businesses. While the Company considers its patents and trademarks to be valuable assets, the Company does not believe that its competitive position is dependent on patent or trademark protection or that its operations are dependent on any individual patent or trademark.
The Company encounters competition in substantially all areas of its business. The Company competes primarily on the basis of technology innovation, product quality, price, customer service and delivery time. Competitors include large, diversified companies, some of which have substantially greater assets and financial resources than the Company, as well as medium to small companies. In the area of coaxial cable for cable television, the Company believes that it and CommScope are the primary world providers of such cable; however, CommScope is larger than the Company in this market. In addition, the Company faces competition from other companies that have concentrated their efforts in one or more areas of the coaxial cable market.
The Company estimates that its backlog of unfilled orders was $534 million and $505 million at December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. Orders typically fluctuate from quarter to quarter based on customer demand and general business conditions. Unfilled orders may be cancelled prior to shipment of goods. It is expected that all or a substantial portion of the backlog will be filled within the next 12 months. Significant elements of the Companys business, such as sales to the communications related markets (including wireless communications, telecom & data communications and broadband communications) and sales to distributors, generally have short lead times. Therefore, backlog may not be indicative of future demand.
As of December 31, 2009, the Company had approximately 32,200 full-time employees worldwide of which approximately 24,800 were located in low cost regions. Of these employees, approximately 26,400 were hourly employees and the remainder were
salaried employees. The Company believes that it has a good relationship with its unionized and non-unionized employees.
Certain operations of the Company are subject to environmental laws and regulations which govern the discharge of pollutants into the air and water, as well as the handling and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. The Company believes that its operations are currently in substantial compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations and that the costs of continuing compliance will not have a material effect on the Companys financial condition or results of operations.
Subsequent to the acquisition of Amphenol from Allied Signal Corporation (Allied Signal) in 1987 (Allied Signal merged with Honeywell International Inc. in December 1999 (Honeywell)), the Company and Honeywell were named jointly and severally liable as potentially responsible parties in connection with several environmental cleanup sites. The Company and Honeywell jointly consented to perform certain investigations and remediation and monitoring activities at two sites, the Route 8 landfill and the Richardson Hill Road landfill, and they were jointly ordered to perform work at another site, the Sidney landfill. The costs incurred relating to these three sites are currently reimbursed by Honeywell based on an agreement (the Honeywell Agreement) entered into in connection with the acquisition in 1987. For sites covered by the Honeywell Agreement, to the extent that conditions or circumstances occurred or existed at the time of or prior to the acquisition in 1987, Honeywell is obligated to reimburse the Company 100% of such costs. Honeywell representatives continue to work closely with the Company in addressing the most significant environmental liabilities covered by the Honeywell Agreement. Management does not believe that the costs associated with resolution of these or any other environmental matters will have a material adverse effect on the Companys consolidated financial condition or results of operations. The environmental investigation, remediation and monitoring activities identified by the Company, including those referred to above, are covered under the Honeywell Agreement.
Owners and occupiers of sites containing hazardous substances, as well as generators of hazardous substances, are subject to broad liability under various federal and state environmental laws and regulations, including expenditures for cleanup and monitoring costs and potential damages arising out of past disposal activities. Such liability in many cases may be imposed regardless of fault or the legality of the original disposal activity. The Company has performed remediation activities and is currently performing operations and maintenance and monitoring activities at three off-site disposal sites previously utilized by the Companys Sidney facility and others, to wit the Richardson Hill Road landfill, the Route 8 landfill and the Sidney landfill. Actions at the Richardson Hill Road and Sidney landfills were undertaken subsequent to designation as Superfund sites on the National Priorities List under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act of 1980. The Route 8 landfill was designated as a New York State Inactive Hazardous Waste Disposal Site, with remedial actions taken pursuant to Chapter 6, Section 375-1 of the New York Code of Rules and Regulations. In addition, the Company is currently performing monitoring activities at, and in proximity to, its manufacturing site in Sidney, New York. The Company is also engaged in remediating or monitoring environmental conditions at certain of its other manufacturing facilities and has been named as a potentially responsible party for cleanup costs at other off-site disposal sites. All such environmental matters referred to in this paragraph are covered by the Honeywell Agreement.
Since 1987, the Company has not been identified nor has it been named as a potentially responsible party with respect to any other significant on-site or off-site hazardous waste matters. In addition, the Company believes that its manufacturing activities and disposal practices since 1987 have been in material compliance with applicable environmental laws and regulations. Nonetheless, it is possible that the Company will be named as a potentially responsible party in the future with respect to additional Superfund or other sites. Although the Company is unable to predict with any reasonable certainty the extent of its ultimate liability with respect to any pending or future environmental matters, the Company believes, based upon information currently known by management about the Companys manufacturing activities, disposal practices and estimates of liability with respect to known environmental matters, that any such liability will not be material to its financial condition or results of operations.
The Companys annual report on Form 10-K and all other SEC filings are available, without charge, on the Companys web site, www.amphenol.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed electronically with the SEC. Copies are also available without charge, from Amphenol Corporation, Investor Relations, 358 Hall Avenue, Wallingford, CT 06492.
Statements made by the Company in written or oral form to various persons, including statements made in this annual report on Form 10-K and other filings with the SEC, that are not strictly historical facts are forward looking statements. Such statements should be considered as subject to uncertainties that exist in the Companys operations and business environment. Certain of the risk
factors, assumptions or uncertainties that could cause the Company to fail to conform with expectations and predictions are described below under the caption Risk Factors in Part I, Item IA and elsewhere in this Form 10-K. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties occur, or should our assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in this Form 10-K as anticipated, believed, estimated or expected. We do not intend to update these forward looking statements.
Investors should carefully consider the risks described below and all other information in this Form 10-K. The risks and uncertainties described below are not the only ones facing the Company. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to the Company or that it currently deems immaterial may also impair the Companys business and operations.
If any of the following risks actually occur, the Companys business and consolidated financial statements could be materially adversely affected. In such case, the trading price of the Companys common stock could decline and investors may lose all or part of their investment.
The Company is dependent on the communications industry, including telecommunication and data communication, wireless communications and broadband communications.
Approximately 61% of the Companys revenues for the year ended December 31, 2009 came from sales to the communications industry, including telecommunication and data communication, wireless communications and broadband communications. Demand for these products is subject to rapid technological change (see belowThe Company is dependent on the acceptance of new product introductions for continued revenue growth). These markets are dominated by several large manufacturers and operators who regularly exert significant price pressure on their suppliers, including the Company. The loss of one or more of the large communications customers could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to continue to compete successfully in the communications industry, and the Companys failure to do so could have an adverse effect on the Companys results of operations.
Approximately 10% of the Companys 2009 revenues came from sales to the broadband communications industry. Demand for the Companys broadband communications products depends primarily on capital spending by cable television operators for constructing, rebuilding or upgrading their systems. The amount of this capital spending, and, therefore, the Companys sales and profitability will be affected by a variety of factors, including general economic conditions, acquisitions of cable television operators by non-cable television operators, cable system consolidation within the industry, the financial condition of domestic cable television operators and their access to financing, competition from satellite, telephone and television providers and telephone companies, technological developments and new legislation and regulation of cable television operators. There can be no assurance that existing levels of cable television capital spending will continue or that cable television spending will not decrease.
Changes in defense expenditures may reduce the Companys sales.
Approximately 18% of the Companys 2009 revenues came from sales to the military market. The Company participates in a broad spectrum of defense programs and believes that no one program accounted for more than 1% of its 2009 revenues. The substantial majority of these sales are related to both U.S. and foreign military and defense programs. However, the Companys sales are generally to contractors and subcontractors of the U.S. or foreign governments or to distributors that in turn sell to the contractors and subcontractors. Nevertheless, the Companys sales are affected by changes in the defense budgets of the U.S. and foreign governments. A decline in U.S. defense expenditures and defense expenditures generally could adversely affect the Companys business.
The Company encounters competition in substantially all areas of its business.
The Company competes primarily on the basis of technology innovation, product quality, price, customer service and delivery time. Competitors include large, diversified companies, some of which have substantially greater assets and financial resources than the Company, as well as medium to small companies. There can be no assurance that additional competitors will not enter the Companys existing markets, nor can there be any assurance that the Company will be able to compete successfully against existing or new competition, and the inability to do so could have an adverse effect on the Companys business and operations.
The Company is dependent on the acceptance of new product introductions for continued revenue growth.
The Company estimates that products introduced in the last two years accounted for approximately 25% of 2009 net sales. The Companys long-term results of operations depend substantially upon its ability to continue to conceive, design, source and market new products and upon continuing market acceptance of its existing and future product lines. In the ordinary course of
business, the Company continually develops or creates new product line concepts. If the Company fails to or is significantly delayed in introducing new product line concepts or if the Companys new products do not meet with market acceptance, our results of operations may be adversely affected.
Covenants in the Companys credit agreements may adversely affect the Company.
The Companys Revolving Credit Facility contains financial and other covenants, such as a limit on the ratio of debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, minimum levels of net worth and limits on incurrence of liens. Although the Company believes none of these covenants are presently restrictive to the Companys operations, the ability to meet the financial covenants can be affected by events beyond the Companys control, and the Company cannot provide assurance that the Company will meet those tests. A breach of any of these covenants could result in a default under the Companys credit agreements. Upon the occurrence of an event of default under any of the Companys credit facilities, the lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding there under to be immediately due and payable and terminate all commitments to extend further credit. If the lenders accelerate the repayment of borrowings, the Company may not have sufficient assets to repay the Companys credit facilities and other indebtedness. See Liquidity and Capital Resources.
Downgrades of the Companys debt rating could adversely affect the Companys results of operations and financial position.
If the credit rating agencies that rate the Companys debt were to downgrade the Companys credit rating in conjunction with a deterioration of the Companys performance, it may increase the Companys cost of capital and make it more difficult for the Company to obtain new financing, which could adversely affect the Companys business.
The Company is subject to market risk from exposure to changes in interest rates based on the Companys financing activities. In November 2009, the Company issued $600.0 million of unsecured Senior Notes at a discount of 99.813% due in November 2014 with a fixed interest rate of 4.75%. The Company also utilizes interest rate swap agreements to manage and mitigate its exposure to changes in interest rates for amounts outstanding on its Revolving Credit Facility. As of December 31, 2009, the Company had interest rate protection in the form of swaps that effectively fixed the Companys LIBOR interest rate on $150.0 million at 4.73%, expiring in July 2010.
A 10% change in the LIBOR interest rate at December 31, 2009 would have no material effect on interest expense. The Company does not expect changes in interest rates to have a material effect on income or cash flows in 2010, although there can be no assurances that interest rates will not significantly change.
The Companys results may be negatively affected by foreign currency exchange rates.
The Company conducts business in several international currencies through its worldwide operations, and as a result is subject to foreign exchange exposure due to changes in exchange rates of the various currencies. Changes in exchange rates can positively or negatively affect the Companys sales, gross margins and shareholders equity. The Company attempts to minimize currency exposure risk by producing its products in the same country or region in which the products are sold, thereby generating revenues and incurring expenses in the same currency and by managing its working capital. There can be no assurance that this approach will be successful, especially in the event of a significant and sudden decline in the value of any of the international currencies of the Companys worldwide operations, which could have an adverse effect on the results of the Companys operations.
The Company is subject to the risks of political, economic and military instability in countries outside the United States.
Non-U.S. markets account for a substantial portion of the Companys business. During 2009, non-U.S. markets constituted approximately 64% of the Companys net sales. The Company employs more than 88% of its workforce outside the United States. The Companys customers are located throughout the world and it has many manufacturing, administrative and sales facilities outside the United States. Because of the Companys extensive non-U.S. operations, it is exposed to risks that could negatively affect sales or profitability, including:
· tariffs, trade barriers and trade disputes;
· regulations related to customs and import/export matters;
· longer payment cycles;
· tax issues, such as tax law changes, examinations by taxing authorities, variations in tax laws from country to country as compared to the United States and difficulties in repatriating in a tax-efficient manner cash generated or held abroad;
· challenges in collecting accounts receivable;
· employment regulations and local labor conditions;
· difficulties protecting intellectual property;
· instability in economic or political conditions, including inflation, recession and actual or anticipated military or political conflicts; and
· the impact of each of the foregoing on outsourcing and procurement arrangements.
The Company may experience difficulties and unanticipated expense of assimilating newly acquired businesses, including the potential for the impairment of goodwill.
The Company has completed a number of acquisitions in the past few years. It is possible the Company may experience difficulty integrating such acquisitions and further that the acquisitions may not perform as expected. At December 31, 2009, the total assets of the Company were $3,219.2 million, which included $1,368.7 million of goodwill. The goodwill arose as the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of net assets of businesses acquired. The Company performs annual evaluations for the potential impairment of the carrying value of goodwill in accordance with the Intangibles- Goodwill and Other Topic of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC). Such evaluations have not resulted in the need to recognize an impairment. However, if the financial performance of the Companys businesses were to decline significantly, the Company could incur a non-cash charge to its income statement for the impairment of goodwill.
The Company may experience difficulties in obtaining a consistent supply of materials at stable pricing levels, which could adversely affect its results of operations.
The Company uses basic materials like steel, aluminum, brass, copper, bi-metallic products, silver, gold and plastic resins in its manufacturing process. Volatility in the prices of such material and availability of supply may have a substantial impact on the price the Company pays for such materials. In addition, to the extent such cost increases cannot be recovered through sales price increases or productivity improvements, the Companys margin may decline.
The Company may not be able to attract and retain key employees.
The Companys continued success depends upon its continued ability to hire and retain key employees at its operations around the world. Any difficulties in obtaining or retaining the management and other human resource competencies that the Company needs to achieve its business objectives may have adverse effects on the Companys performance.
Changes in general economic conditions and other factors beyond the Companys control may adversely impact its business.
The following factors could adversely impact the Companys business:
· A global economic slowdown in any of the Companys market segments.
· The effects of significant changes in monetary and fiscal policies in the U.S. and abroad including significant income tax changes, currency fluctuations and unforeseen inflationary pressures.
· Rapid material escalation of the cost of regulatory compliance and litigation.
· Unexpected government policies and regulations affecting the Company or its significant customers.
· Unforeseen intergovernmental conflicts or actions, including but not limited to armed conflict and trade wars.
· Unforeseen interruptions to the Companys business with its largest customers, distributors and suppliers resulting from but not limited to, strikes, financial instabilities, computer malfunctions, inventory excesses or natural disasters.
The Companys fixed assets include plants and warehouses and a substantial quantity of machinery and equipment, most of which is general purpose machinery and equipment using tools and fixtures and in many instances having automatic control features and special adaptations. The Companys plants, warehouses, machinery and equipment are in good operating condition, are well maintained, and substantially all of its facilities are in regular use. The Company considers the present level of fixed assets along with planned capital expenditures as suitable and adequate for operations in the current business environment. At December 31, 2009, the Company operated a total of 213 plants, warehouses and offices of which (a) the locations in the U.S. had approximately 2.4 million square feet, of which 1.0 million square feet were leased; (b) the locations outside the U.S. had approximately 6.2 million square feet, of which 4.6 million square feet were leased; and (c) the square footage by segment was approximately 7.6 million square feet and 1.0 million square feet for the Interconnect Products and Assemblies segment and the Cable Products segment, respectively.
The Company believes that its facilities are suitable and adequate for the business conducted therein and are being appropriately utilized for their intended purposes. Utilization of the facilities varies based on demand for the products. The Company continuously reviews its anticipated requirements for facilities and, based on that review, may from time to time acquire or lease additional facilities and/or dispose of existing facilities.
The Company and its subsidiaries have been named as defendants in several legal actions in which various amounts are claimed arising from normal business activities. Although the amount of any ultimate liability with respect to such matters cannot be precisely determined, in the opinion of management, such matters are not expected to have a material effect on the Companys financial condition or results of operations.
No matters were submitted to a vote of our shareholders during the last quarter of the year ended December 31, 2009.
On January 17, 2007, the Company announced a 2-for-1 stock split that was effective for stockholders of record as of March 16, 2007 and these additional shares were distributed on March 30, 2007. The share information included herein reflects the effect of such stock split.
The Company effected the initial public offering of its Class A Common Stock in November 1991. The Companys common stock has been listed on the New York Stock Exchange since that time under the symbol APH. The following table sets forth on a per share basis the high and low sales prices for the common stock for both 2009 and 2008 as reported on the New York Stock Exchange.
As of January 31, 2010, there were 42 holders of record of the Companys common stock. A significant number of outstanding shares of common stock are registered in the name of only one holder, which is a nominee of The Depository Trust Company, a securities depository for banks and brokerage firms. The Company believes that there are a significant number of beneficial owners of its common stock.
The Company pays a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.015 per share. Cumulative dividends declared and paid during 2009 were $10.3 million, including those declared in 2008 and paid in 2009. The Company intends to retain the remainder of its earnings not used for dividend payments to provide funds for the operation and expansion of the Companys business (including acquisition related activity), to repurchase shares of its common stock and to repay outstanding indebtedness.
The following table summarizes the Companys equity compensation plan information as of December 31, 2009.
Purchases of Equity Securities
The Company had an open-market stock repurchase program (the Program) to repurchase up to 20 million shares of its common stock which expired on January 31, 2010. The Company did not purchase any shares of its common stock under the Program during the year ended December 31, 2009. When the program expired on January 31, 2010, there were approximately 1.8 million shares of common stock available to be purchased under the Program.
(dollars in thousands, except per share data)
(1) Includes a one-time charge for expenses incurred in the early extinguishment of interest rate swaps of $4,575, less tax benefit of $1,221, or $0.02 per share after taxes.
(2) Includes a one-time charge for expenses incurred in connection with a flood at the Companys Sidney, NY facility of $20,747, less tax benefit of $6,535, or $0.08 per share after taxes.
The following discussion and analysis of the results of operations for the three fiscal years ended December 31, 2009, 2008 and 2007 has been derived from and should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this document.
The Company is a global designer, manufacturer and marketer of interconnect and cable products. In 2009, approximately 64% of the Companys sales were outside the U.S. The primary end markets for our products are:
· communication systems for the converging technologies of voice, video and data communications;
· a broad range of industrial applications including factory automation and motion control systems, medical and industrial instrumentation, mass transportation, alternative energy, natural resource exploration, and traditional and hybrid-electrical automotive applications; and
· commercial aerospace and military applications.
The Companys products are used in a wide variety of applications by numerous customers, the largest of which accounted for approximately 7% of net sales in 2009. The Company encounters competition in its markets and competes primarily on the basis of technology innovation, product quality, price, customer service and delivery time. There has been a trend on the part of OEM customers to consolidate their lists of qualified suppliers to companies that have a global presence, can meet quality and delivery standards, have a broad product portfolio and design capability and have competitive prices. The Company has focused its global resources to position itself to compete effectively in this environment. The Company believes that its global presence is an important competitive advantage as it allows the Company to provide quality products on a timely and worldwide basis to its multinational customers.
The Companys strategy is to provide comprehensive design capabilities, a broad selection of products and a high level of service in the areas in which it competes. The Company focuses its research and development efforts through close collaboration with its OEM customers to develop highly-engineered products that meet customer needs and have the potential for broad market applications and significant sales within a one-to-three year period. The Company is also focused on controlling costs. The Company does this by investing in modern manufacturing technologies, controlling purchasing processes and expanding into low cost areas.
The Companys strategic objective is to further enhance its position in its served markets by pursuing the following success factors:
· Focus on customer needs
· Design and develop performance-enhancing interconnect solutions
· Establish a strong global presence in resources and capabilities
· Preserve and foster a collaborative, entrepreneurial management structure
· Maintain a culture of controlling costs
· Pursue strategic acquisitions
For the year ended December 31, 2009, the Company reported net sales, operating income and net income attributable to Amphenol Corporation of $2,820.1 million, $488.9 million and $317.8 million, respectively; down 13%, 23% and 24%, respectively, from 2008. Sales of interconnect products and assemblies and sales of cable products decreased in all of the Companys major markets and geographic regions. Sales and profitability trends are discussed in detail in Results of Operations below. In addition, a strength of the Company is its ability to consistently generate cash. The Company uses cash generated from operations to fund capital expenditures and acquisitions, repurchase shares of its common stock, pay dividends and reduce indebtedness. In 2009, the Company generated operating cash flow of $582.3 million.
Results of Operations
The following table sets forth the components of net income attributable to Amphenol Corporation as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated.
2009 Compared to 2008
Net sales were $2,820.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2009 compared to $3,236.5 million for 2008, a decrease of 13% in U.S. dollars, 12% in local currencies and 16% organically (excluding both currency and acquisition impacts). Sales of interconnect products and assemblies in 2009 (approximately 91% of net sales) decreased 13% in U.S. dollars and 12% in local currencies compared to 2008 ($2,566.6 million in 2009 versus $2,950.6 million in 2008). Sales decreased in the Companys major end markets, including the industrial, telecommunications and data communications, automotive, wireless communications and military/aerospace markets as a result of the global economic downturn. The industrial market sales decreased (approximately $113.9 million) reflecting significantly lower demand for a broad range of industrial equipment including factory automation, natural resource exploration, heavy equipment and railway/mass transit. The telecommunications and data communications market sales decreased (approximately $164.8 million) primarily due to reduced sales of high speed interconnect products for servers and switching as well as network and storage equipment reflecting significantly lower enterprise and data center equipment demand. Sales to the automotive market decreased (approximately $42.3 million) primarily due to the general softness in the domestic and European automotive markets. The wireless communications market sales decreased (approximately $46.1 million) in primarily all areas, including the mobile device market, primarily related to lower handset demand and the wireless infrastructure market due to lower demand at base station/equipment manufacturers, partially offset by increased sales to cell site installation customers primarily due to the impact of acquisitions. Sales to the military/aerospace markets decreased (approximately $20.8 million), primarily due to lower demand in the commercial aircraft market and to a lesser extent the defense market, partially offset by the impact of acquisitions. Sales of cable products in 2009 (approximately 9% of net sales) decreased 11% in U.S. dollars and 9% in local currencies compared to 2008 ($253.5 million in 2009 versus $285.9 million in 2008). This decrease is primarily attributable to a slowdown in spending in domestic and international broadband and cable television markets resulting from weak economic conditions.
Geographically, sales in the U.S. in 2009 decreased approximately 14% in U.S. dollars ($1,001.7 million in 2009 versus $1,159.3 million in 2008) and decreased approximately 13% in local currencies. International sales for 2009 decreased approximately 12% in U.S. dollars ($1,818.3 million in 2009 versus $2,077.2 million in 2008) and decreased approximately 11% in local currencies compared to 2008. The comparatively stronger U.S. dollar in 2009 had the effect of decreasing net sales by approximately $38.2 million when compared to foreign currency translation rates in 2008.
The gross profit margin as a percentage of net sales was 31.4% in 2009 compared to 32.4% in 2008. The operating margin for interconnect products and assemblies decreased approximately 2.3% compared to the prior year, primarily as a result of reduced volume levels given the current economic environment, partially offset by effective cost control programs. Cable operating margins increased 3.9% primarily as a result of the positive impacts of lower material costs and operational cost reduction actions, which more than offset the impact of lower sales volume.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $397.6 million and $416.9 million in 2009 and 2008, or approximately 14% and 13% of net sales for 2009 and 2008, respectively. The decrease in expense in 2009 is primarily attributable to lower sales volume and the positive effects of cost reduction actions. Selling and marketing expenses decreased approximately $12.9 million in 2009 due primarily to the lower sales volume and the impact on sales related costs such as freight and employee related costs. Research and development expenditures decreased approximately $4.1 million. Administrative expenses decreased approximately $2.3 million and represented approximately 5.0% and 4.5% of sales for 2009 and 2008, respectively.
Interest expense was $36.6 million for 2009 compared to $39.6 million for 2008. The decrease is primarily attributable to lower average interest rates in 2009 partially offset by higher average debt levels. The Company incurred a $4.6 million charge (or $.02 per share) for the early extinguishment of certain interest rate swaps in 2009. Refer to Liquidity and Capital Resources for further discussion.
The provision for income taxes was at an effective rate of 26.7% in 2009 and 27.5% in 2008. The lower effective tax rate in 2009 results primarily from a smaller decrease in income during 2009 in lower rate jurisdictions.
2008 Compared to 2007
Net sales were $3,236.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2008 compared to $2,851.0 million for 2007, an increase of 14% in U.S. dollars and 12% in local currencies. The increase in sales in 2008 over 2007 excluding acquisitions was 10% in U.S. dollars and 9% in local currencies. Sales of interconnect products and assemblies in 2008 (approximately 91% of net sales) increased 15% in U.S. dollars and 13% in local currencies compared to 2007 ($2,950.6 million in 2008 versus $2,569.3 million in 2007). Sales increased in all of the Companys major end markets, except automotive, including the wireless communications, military/aerospace, telecommunications and data communications and industrial markets. The increase in sales in the wireless communications markets (approximately $205.2 million) is attributable to increased sales to the mobile device market primarily relating to new products for mobile phones, increased demand in the wireless infrastructure market from base station/equipment manufacturers and to a lesser extent increased sales to cell site installation customers. Sales to the military/aerospace markets increased approximately $90.8 million, primarily due to increased sales to military customers for various defense related programs, including war related spending, an increase in sales to commercial aerospace customers and the impact of acquisitions. The increase in sales to the telecommunications and data communications related markets (approximately $53.9 million) reflects increased sales of high speed interconnect products for servers and switching and network equipment for data centers as well as the impact of acquisitions. The increase in sales in the industrial market (approximately $20.1 million) primarily reflects the impact of acquisitions as well as increased sales to the natural resource exploration and railway/mass transit markets. The automotive market was slightly down in 2008 (approximately $3.0 million) versus 2007 reflecting the general softness in the domestic and European automotive markets. Sales of cable products in 2008 (approximately 9% of net sales) increased 1% in U.S. dollars and 3% in local currencies compared to 2007 ($285.9 million in 2008 versus $281.8 million in 2007). Such increase is primarily due to the impact of price increases.
Geographically, sales in the U.S. in 2008 and 2007 were relatively flat ($1,159.3 million in 2008 versus $1,155.8 million in 2007); international sales for 2008 increased approximately 23% in U.S. dollars ($2,077.2 million in 2008 versus $1,695.2 million in 2007) and increased approximately 21% in local currency compared to 2007. The comparatively weak U.S. dollar in 2008 had the effect of increasing net sales by approximately $34.3 million when compared to foreign currency translation rates in 2007.
The gross profit margin as a percentage of net sales was relatively flat at 32.4% in 2008 compared to 32.6% in 2007. The operating margin for interconnect products and assemblies increased approximately 0.3% compared to the prior year, mainly as a result of the continuing development of new higher margin application specific products, excellent operating leverage on incremental volume and aggressive programs of cost control. Cable operating margins decreased 1.0% due primarily to the impact of higher material costs for the majority of 2008 partially offset by the impact of price increases.
Selling, general and administrative expenses were $416.9 million and $377.3 million in 2008 and 2007, respectively, or approximately 13% of net sales in both 2008 and 2007. The increase in expense in 2008 is attributable to increases in the major components of selling, general and administrative expenses. Research and development expenditures increased approximately $5.7 million, reflecting increases in expenditures for new product development and represented approximately 2% of sales for both 2008 and 2007. Selling and marketing expense remained approximately 6.5% of sales for both 2008 and 2007. Administrative expense, which represented approximately 4.5% of sales for both 2008 and 2007, increased by approximately $16.1 million, due primarily to increases in stock-based compensation expense of $3.9 million as well as cost increases relating to salaries and employee-related benefits.
Interest expense was $39.6 million for 2008 compared to $36.9 million for 2007. The increase is primarily attributable to the higher average debt levels in 2008.
Other expenses, net for 2008 were not significant. Other expenses, net for 2007 were $4.5 million and are comprised primarily of program fees on the sale of accounts receivable of $5.2 million, and agency and commitment fees on the Companys credit facilities of $1.8 million offset by interest income of $2.7 million.
The provision for income taxes was at an effective rate of 27.5% in 2008 and 28.9% in 2007. The lower effective tax rate results primarily from an increase in income in lower tax jurisdictions and changes in the Companys income repatriation plans. The total effective rate reduction lowered tax expense in 2008 by approximately $8.3 million, or an additional $.04 per share.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Cash provided by operating activities totaled $582.3 million, $481.5 million and $387.9 million for 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The increase in cash from operating activities in 2009 compared to 2008 is primarily attributable to decreases in the components of working capital compared to increases in these components in 2008 and an increase in depreciation and amortization partially offset by a decrease in net income. The increase in cash from operating activities in 2008 compared to 2007 is primarily attributable to an increase in net income, an increase in depreciation and amortization and a lower increase in the components of working capital compared to the increase in 2007.
The components of working capital as presented on the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow decreased $125.6 million in 2009 due primarily to decreases in accounts receivable, inventory and other current assets of $96.6 million, $76.3 million and $6.0 million, respectively, offset by a $31.7 million decrease in accounts payable, $16.1 million in excess tax benefits from stock-based payment arrangements, a $3.0 million decrease in accounts receivable sold under the Companys receivable securitization program and a $2.6 million decrease in accrued liabilities.
The components of working capital increased $40.0 million in 2008 due primarily to increases in inventory of $47.6 million, $21.3 million in excess tax benefits from stock-based payment arrangements and $7.5 million of other current assets partially offset by a $32.2 million increase in accrued liabilities, a $2.7 million increase in accounts payable and a $1.5 million decrease in accounts receivable.
The components of working capital increased $63.0 million in 2007 due primarily to increases in accounts receivable of $87.0 million, $23.7 million in excess tax benefits from stock-based payment arrangements, $22.7 million in inventory and $7.2 million of prepaid expenses and other assets partially offset by a $43.7 million increase in accounts payable and an increase of $33.9 million in accrued liabilities.
The following represents the significant changes in the amounts as presented on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets in 2009. Accounts receivable decreased $66.4 million to $449.6 million, primarily reflecting the impact of lower sales levels and a reduction in days sales outstanding, partially offset by the impact of acquisitions of $18.8 million and translation resulting from the comparatively weaker U.S. dollar at December 31, 2009 compared to December 31, 2008 (Translation). Days sales outstanding decreased to approximately 64 days from 72 days in 2008. Inventory decreased $50.8 million to $461.8 million, primarily due to adjustments to production activity in response to lower demand levels offset by the impact of acquisitions of $20.1 million and Translation. Inventory days at December 31, 2009 and 2008 were 80 and 88, respectively. Other current assets increased $32.1 million to $124.4 million primarily due to higher short-term investments purchases during 2009. Land and depreciable assets, net, decreased $11.6 million to $332.9 million reflecting capital expenditures of $63.1 million, as well as assets from acquisitions of approximately $10.0 million and Translation of $5.9 million offset by depreciation of $85.1 million and disposals of $5.5 million. Goodwill increased $136.3 million to $1,368.7 million primarily as a result of two acquisitions in the Interconnect Products and Assemblies segment completed during the year. Other long-term assets increased $15.8 million to $97.2 million primarily due to an increase in identifiable intangible assets resulting from 2009 acquisitions partially offset by a decrease in long-term deferred tax assets of $9.5 million. Accounts payable decreased $13.8 million to $292.1 million primarily as a result of a decrease in purchasing activity during the year related to lower sales levels offset by the impact of acquisitions of $10.7 and Translation. Total accrued liabilities decreased $117.8 million, primarily as a result of payments and adjustments made related to accrued acquisition-related obligations of $113.1 million as well as a decrease in accrued foreign income taxes. Accrued pension and post employment benefit obligations increased $10.6 million to $172.2 million due primarily to a higher projected benefit obligation as a result of a lower discount rate assumption offset by an increase in plan assets during the year. Other long-term liabilities decreased $15.2 million to $27.9 million due to the reclassification of the fair value of short-term interest rate swaps to other accrued expenses in 2009.
In 2009, cash from operating activities of $582.3 million, proceeds from the issuance of Senior Notes of $598.9 million, proceeds from the exercise of stock options including excess tax benefits from stock-based payment arrangements of $41.6 million and proceeds from disposal of fixed assets of $3.2 million were used to fund $280.0 million of acquisitions, including payments for performance-based additional cash consideration, capital expenditures of $63.1 million, purchases of short-term investments of $33.3 million, payments to noncontrolling interests of $23.3 million, dividend payments of $10.3 million, net repayments of the Revolving Credit Facility and foreign debt of $631.9 million, costs related to the issuance of Senior Notes and the early extinguishment of interest rate swap agreements of $4.7 million and $4.6 million, respectively, which resulted in an increase in cash and cash equivalents on hand of $169.6 million. In 2008, cash from operating activities of $481.5 million, net borrowings of $61.9 million, proceeds from the exercise of stock options including excess tax benefits from stock-based payment arrangements of $48.4 million and proceeds from disposal of fixed assets of $0.9 million were used to fund purchases of treasury stock of $293.6 million, $135.8 million of acquisitions, including payments for performance-based additional cash consideration,
capital expenditures of $108.3 million, dividend payments of $10.6 million, purchases of short-term investments of $2.9 million, which resulted in an increase in cash and cash equivalents on hand of $31.3 million.
In November 2009, the Company issued $600.0 million of unsecured 4.75% Senior Notes due in November, 2014 at a discount of 99.813% ($1.1 million unamortized at December 31, 2009). Net proceeds from the sale of the Senior Notes were used to repay borrowings under the Companys Revolving Credit Facility. In addition, the Company incurred fees and expenses related to the Senior Notes of $4.7 million, which were capitalized and will be amortized over the term of the Senior Notes. Interest on the Senior Notes is payable semi-annually on May 15 and November 15 of each year, beginning on May 15, 2010. The Company will make each interest payment to the holders of record on the immediately preceding May 1 and November 1. The Company may, at its option, redeem some or all of the Senior Notes at any time by paying a make-whole premium, plus accrued and unpaid interest, if any, to the date of repurchase. The Senior Notes are unsecured and rank equally in right of payment with the Companys other unsecured senior indebtedness.
In conjunction with the note issuance, the Companys existing five-year senior unsecured Revolving Credit Facility, which matures in August 2011, was amended to reduce the commitment from $1,000.0 million to $752.0 million. At December 31, 2009, borrowings and availability under the facility were $150.0 million and $602.0 million, respectively. The Companys interest rate on borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility is LIBOR plus 40 basis points. The Company also pays certain annual agency and facility fees. The Revolving Credit Facility requires that the Company satisfy certain financial covenants. At December 31, 2009, the Company was in compliance with the financial covenants under the Revolving Credit Facility, and the Companys credit rating from Standard & Poors was BBB- and from Moodys was Baa3.
As of December 31, 2009, the Company had interest rate swap agreements of $150.0 million that fix the Companys LIBOR interest rate at 4.73%, expiring in July 2010. The fair value of such agreements represents the amounts that the Company would receive or pay if the agreements were terminated. The fair value of swaps indicated that termination of the agreements at December 31, 2009 would have resulted in a pre-tax loss of $3.7 million; such loss, net of tax of $1.4 million, was recorded in accumulated other comprehensive loss. In conjunction with the repayment of borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility from the net proceeds from the issuance of Senior Notes, certain interest rate swap agreements were terminated and a one-time charge of $4.6 million (or $.02 per share) was incurred related to the cost of such termination.
The Companys primary ongoing cash requirements will be for operating and capital expenditures, product development activities, repurchase of its common stock, funding of pension obligations, dividends and debt service. The Company may also use cash to fund all or part of the cost of acquisitions. The Company expects that capital expenditures in 2010 will be approximately $80.0 to $100.0 million. The Company pays a quarterly dividend on its common stock of $.015 per share. Cumulative dividends declared and paid during 2009 were $10.3 million, including those declared in 2008 and paid in 2009. The Companys debt service requirements consist primarily of principal and interest on Senior Notes and the Revolving Credit Facility.
The Companys primary sources of liquidity are internally generated cash flow, the Revolving Credit Facility and the sale of receivables under the Companys accounts receivable agreement described below. In addition, the Company had cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $422.4 million December 31, 2009, the majority of which was in non-U.S. accounts. The Company expects that ongoing requirements for operating and capital expenditures, product development activities, repurchases of its common stock, dividends and debt service requirements will be funded from these sources; however, the Companys sources of liquidity could be adversely affected by, among other things, a decrease in demand for the Companys products, a deterioration in certain of the Companys financial ratios or a deterioration in the quality of the Companys accounts receivable. However, management believes that the Companys cash, cash equivalent and short-term investment position, ability to generate strong cash flow from operations, availability under its Revolving Credit Agreement and access to credit markets will allow it to meet its obligations for the next twelve months.
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangement - Accounts Receivable Securitization
A subsidiary of the Company has an agreement with a financial institution whereby the subsidiary can sell an undivided interest of up to $100.0 million in a designated pool of qualified accounts receivable (the Accounts Receivable Agreement). The Company services, administers and collects the receivables on behalf of the purchaser. The Accounts Receivable Agreement includes certain covenants and provides for various events of termination and was originally set to expire in July 2009. The Accounts Receivable Agreement was amended in May 2009 to extend the term of the agreement to May 2010. Upon expiration of the term, the Company intends to replace the Accounts Receivable Agreement with a similar program. Due to the short-term nature of the accounts receivable, the fair value approximates carrying value. At December 31, 2009 and 2008, $82.0 million and $85.0 million, respectively, of receivables were sold and are therefore not reflected in the accounts receivable or debt balances in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. Effective January 1, 2010, with the adoption of recent amendments to the Transfers and Servicing and
Consolidation Topics of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (ASC), the Company will report receivables sold under the Accounts Receivable Agreement, that as of December 31, 2009 were reported off-balance sheet, as accounts receivable and short-term debt on its Consolidated Balance Sheets. Refer to Recent Accounting Changes.
Subsequent to the acquisition of Amphenol from Allied Signal Corporation (Allied Signal) in 1987 (Allied Signal merged with Honeywell International Inc. in December 1999 (Honeywell)), the Company and Honeywell were named jointly and severally liable as potentially responsible parties in connection with several environmental cleanup sites. The Company and Honeywell jointly consented to perform certain investigations and remediation and monitoring activities at two sites, the Route 8 landfill and the Richardson Hill Road landfill, and they were jointly ordered to perform work at another site, the Sidney landfill. The costs incurred relating to these three sites are currently reimbursed by Honeywell based on an agreement (the Honeywell Agreement) entered into in connection with the acquisition in 1987. For sites covered by the Honeywell Agreement, to the extent that conditions or circumstances occurred or existed at the time of or prior to the acquisition in 1987, Honeywell is obligated to reimburse the Company 100% of such costs. Honeywell representatives continue to work closely with the Company in addressing the most significant environmental liabilities covered by the Honeywell Agreement. Management does not believe that the costs associated with resolution of these or any other environmental matters will have a material adverse effect on the Companys consolidated financial condition or results of operations. The environmental investigations, remediation and monitoring activities identified by the Company, including those referred to above, are covered under the Honeywell Agreement.
Inflation and Costs
The cost of the Companys products is influenced by the cost of a wide variety of raw materials, including precious metals such as gold and silver used in plating; aluminum, copper, brass and steel used for contacts, shells and cable; and plastic materials used in molding connector bodies, inserts and cable. In general, increases in the cost of raw materials, labor and services have been offset by price increases, productivity improvements and cost saving programs.
The Company has, to a significant degree, mitigated its exposure to currency risk in its business operations by manufacturing and procuring its products in the same country or region in which the products are sold so that costs generally reflect local economic conditions. In other cases involving U.S. export sales, raw materials are a significant component of product costs for the majority of such sales, and raw material costs are generally dollar based on a worldwide scale, such as basic metals and petroleum-derived materials.
On January 17, 2007, the Company announced a 2-for-1 stock split that was effective for stockholders of record as of March 16, 2007, and these additional shares were distributed on March 30, 2007. The share information included herein reflects the effect of such stock split.
Recent Accounting Changes
In June 2009, FASB issued Statement No. 168, The FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) and the Hierarchy of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles, which is a significant restructuring of accounting and reporting standards designed to simplify user access to all authoritative U.S. generally accepted accounting principles by providing the authoritative literature in a topically organized structure. The Company has adopted the ASC, which became effective for interim and annual periods ending after September 15, 2009.
Effective January 1, 2009, the Company adopted amended standards set forth in the Consolidation Topic of the ASC. These standards require companies to classify expenses related to noncontrolling interests share in income below net income (earnings per share continues to be determined after the impact of the noncontrolling interests share in net income of the Company). In addition, these standards require the liability related to noncontrolling interests to be presented as a separate caption within equity. The presentation and disclosure requirements of these standards were retroactively applied in the accompanying consolidated financial statements. In connection with the adoption of these standards, the Company also changed the presentation of certain information in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements as well as on the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow within operating activities, investing activities and financing activities.
The Subsequent Events Topic of the ASC provides general standards of accounting for, and disclosure of, events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued or are available to be issued. In particular, these standards set forth: (1) the period after the balance sheet date during which management of a reporting entity should evaluate events or transactions that may occur for potential recognition or disclosure in the financial statements, (2) the circumstances under which an entity should recognize events or transactions occurring after the balance sheet date in its financial statements and (3) the disclosures that an entity should make about events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date. Certain standards within the Subsequent Events Topic regarding disclosure became effective for interim or annual financial periods ending after June 15, 2009. The Company adopted such standards, which did not have a material impact on the Companys consolidated financial statements. The Company evaluated subsequent events through the date the accompanying financial statements were issued, which was February 23, 2010.
In June 2009, the Transfers and Servicing Topic and the Consolidation Topic of the ASC were amended specifically in terms of transfers of financial assets and consolidation of variable interest entities. These standards apply prospectively to financial asset transfers occurring in fiscal years beginning after November 15, 2009 to variable interest entities existing on or after November 15, 2009.
The objective of the amendment to the Transfers and Servicing Topic of the ASC is to improve the relevance, representational faithfulness and comparability of the information that a reporting entity provides in its financial statements about a transfer of financial assets; the effects of a transfer on its financial position; financial performance and cash flows; and a transferors continuing involvement, if any, in transferred financial assets. This amendment eliminates the exemption from consolidation for qualifying special purpose entities (QSPEs). As a result, a transferor must evaluate existing QSPEs to determine whether they must be consolidated in the reporting entitys financial statements.
The objective of the amendment to the Consolidation Topic of the ASC is to require an enterprise to perform an analysis to determine whether the enterprises variable interest or interests give it a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity. This analysis identifies the primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity as the enterprise that has both of the following characteristics: (1) the power to direct the activities of a variable interest entity that most significantly impact the entitys economic performance and (2) the obligation to absorb losses of the entity that could potentially be significant to the variable interest entity or the right to receive benefits from the entity that could potentially be significant to the variable interest entity.
The Company evaluated the amendments discussed above, and as a result, the Company will report receivables sold under its receivable securitization agreement that are currently reported off-balance sheet as accounts receivable and short-term debt on its Consolidated Balance Sheets effective January 1, 2010. As of December 31, 2009 and December 31, 2008, approximately $82.0 million and $85.0 million, respectively, of receivables were sold and are not reflected in accounts receivable or debt in the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets. Fees associated with the Accounts Receivable Agreement, which are currently included in other expenses, net will be included in interest expense in the Consolidated Statements of Income. The Companys credit ratios and ratings have always treated receivables sold under the Accounts Receivable Agreement as debt and therefore these ratios and ratings will be unaffected by the adoption of the amendment to this Topic.
The Company and certain of its domestic subsidiaries have a defined benefit pension plan (U.S. Plan) covering certain of its U.S. employees. U.S. Plan benefits are generally based on years of service and compensation and are generally noncontributory. Certain foreign subsidiaries also have defined benefit plans covering employees. The pension expense for pension plans approximated $16.5 million, $12.2 million and $16.1 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, and is calculated based upon a number of actuarial assumptions established on January 1 of the applicable year, including an expected long-term rate of return on the U.S. Plan assets. In developing the expected long-term rate of return assumption for the U.S. Plan, the Company evaluated input from its external actuaries and investment consultants as well as long-term inflation assumptions. Projected returns by such consultants are based on broad equity and bond indices. The Company also considered its historical twenty-year compounded return of approximately 10%, which has been in excess of these broad equity and bond benchmark indices. The expected long-term rate of return on the U.S. Plan assets is based on an asset allocation assumption of 60% with equity managers, with an expected long-term rate of return of 9.5% and 40% with fixed income managers, with an expected long-term rate of return of 7.0%. As of December 31, 2009, the asset allocation was 59% with equity managers and 38% with fixed income managers and 3% in cash. The Company believes that the long-term asset allocation on average will approximate 60% with equity managers and 40% with fixed income managers. The Company regularly reviews the actual asset allocation and periodically rebalances investments to its targeted allocation when considered appropriate. Based on this methodology, the Companys expected long-term rate of return assumption to determine the accrued benefit obligation of the U.S. Plan at both December 31, 2009 and 2008 was approximately 8.25%.
The discount rate used by the Company for valuing pension liabilities is based on a review of high quality corporate bond yields with maturities approximating the remaining life of the projected benefit obligations. The discount rate for the U.S. Plan on this basis was 5.75% at December 31, 2009 and 6.25% at December 31, 2008. Although future changes to the discount rate are unknown, had the discount rate increased or decreased 50 basis points, the accrued benefit obligation would have increased or decreased by approximately $16.2 million.
Effective January 1, 2007, the Company effected a curtailment related to the U.S. Plan, which resulted in no additional benefits being credited to salaried employees who had less than 25 years service with the Company, or who had not attained age 50 and who had less than 15 years of service with the Company. This change had the impact of decreasing pension expense during 2007 by approximately $2.9 million. For affected employees, the curtailment in additional U.S. Plan benefits was replaced with a Company match defined contribution plan to which the Company contributed approximately $2.0 million and $1.9 million in 2009 and 2008, respectively.
The Company made cash contributions to the U.S. Plan of nil and $20.0 million in 2009 and 2008, respectively. The U.S. Plan made benefit payments of $16.1 million and $16.5 million in 2009 and 2008, respectively. The liability for accrued pension and post-employment benefit obligations under all the Companys pension and post-retirement benefit plans (the Plans) increased in 2009 to $176.5 million ($4.2 million of which is included in other accrued expenses representing required contributions to be made during 2010 for foreign plans) from $165.9 million in 2008 primarily due to a reduction of the discount rate assumption compared to 2008 offset by an increase in plan assets in the U.S. Plan. The Company estimates that, based on current actuarial calculations, it may make a voluntary cash contribution to the U.S. Plan in 2010 of approximately $15.0 million to $20.0 million. Cash contributions in subsequent years will depend on a number of factors including the investment performance of the U.S. Plan assets.
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Estimates are adjusted as new information becomes available. The Companys significant accounting policies are set forth below.
Revenue Recognition - The Companys primary source of revenues is from product sales to its customers. Revenue from sales of the Companys products is recognized at the time the goods are delivered and title passes, provided the earning process is complete and revenue is measurable. Delivery is determined by the Companys shipping terms, which are primarily FOB shipping point. Revenue is recorded at the net amount to be received after deductions for estimated discounts, allowances and returns. These estimates and reserves are determined and adjusted as needed based upon historical experience, contract terms and other related factors. The shipping costs for the majority of the Companys sales are paid directly by the Companys customers. In the broadband communication market (approximately 10% of consolidated sales), the Company pays for shipping cost to the majority of its customers. Shipping costs are also paid by the Company for certain customers in the Interconnect Products and Assemblies segment. Amounts billed to customers related to shipping costs are immaterial and are included in net sales. Shipping costs incurred to transport products to the customer which are not reimbursed are included in selling, general and administrative expense.
Inventories - Inventories are stated at the lower of standard cost, which approximates average cost, or market. Provisions for slow-moving and obsolete inventory are made based on historical experience and product demand. Should future product demand change, existing inventory could become slow-moving or obsolete, and provisions would be increased accordingly.
Depreciable Assets - Property, plant and equipment are carried at cost less accumulated depreciation. The appropriateness and the recoverability of the carrying value of such assets are periodically reviewed taking into consideration current and expected business conditions. The Company has not had any significant impairments.
Goodwill - The Company performs its annual evaluation for the impairment of goodwill for the Companys reporting units in accordance with ASC Topic 350 Intangibles Goodwill and Other as of each June 30. The Company has defined its reporting units as the two reportable business segments Interconnect Products and Assemblies and Cable Products, as the components of these reportable business segments have similar economic characteristics. Goodwill impairment for each reporting unit is evaluated using a two-step approach requiring the Company to determine the fair value of the reporting unit and to compare that to the carrying value of the reporting unit. If the carrying value exceeded the fair value, the goodwill of the reporting unit would be potentially impaired and a second step of additional testing would be performed to measure the impairment loss. As of June 30, 2009, and for
each previous year in which the impairment test has been performed, the fair market value of the Companys reporting units exceeded their carrying values and therefore no impairment was recognized.
Defined Benefit Plan Obligation The defined benefit plan obligation is based on significant assumptions such as mortality rates, discount rates and plan asset rates of return as determined by the Company in consultation with the respective benefit plan actuaries and investment advisors.
The significant accounting policies are more fully described in Note 1 to the Companys Consolidated Financial Statements.
Disclosures about contractual obligations and commitments
The following table summarizes the Companys known obligations to make future payments pursuant to certain contracts as of December 31, 2009, as well as an estimate of the timing in which such obligations are expected to be satisfied:
(1) The Company has excluded expected interest payments on the Revolving Credit Facility from the above table, as this calculation is largely dependent on average debt levels the Company expects to have at the end of each of the years presented as well as the expected interest rates on the debt not covered by interest rate swaps. The actual interest payments made in 2009 were $38,532. Expected debt levels, and therefore expected interest payments, are difficult to predict as they are significantly impacted by such items as future acquisitions, repurchases of treasury stock, dividend payments as well as payments or additional borrowing made to reduce or increase the underlying revolver balance.
(2) Accrued acquisition-related obligations consist of obligations for additional purchase price and performance-based cash consideration.
(3) Included in this table are estimated benefit payments expected to be made under the Companys unfunded pension and post-retirement benefit plans. The Company also maintains several funded pension and post-retirement benefit plans, the most significant of which covers its U.S. employees. Over the past several years, there has been no minimum requirement for Company contributions to the U.S. Plan due to prior contributions made in excess of minimum requirements, so the Company did not make any such contributions in 2009. The Company may make a voluntary contribution to the U.S. Plan in the range of $15,000 to $20,000 in 2010. As a result, it is not possible to reasonably estimate expected required contributions in the above table since several assumptions are required to calculate the minimum required contributions, such as the discount rate and expected returns on pension assets.
(4) As of December 31, 2009, the Company has liabilities of $40,208 recognized in accordance with the Income Taxes Topic of the ASC. Due to the high degree of uncertainty regarding the timing of potential future cash flows associated with the non-current liabilities, it is very difficult to make a reasonably reliable estimate of the amount and period in which these non-current liabilities might be paid.
The Company, in the normal course of doing business, is exposed to the risks associated with foreign currency exchange rates and changes in interest rates.
Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Risk
The Company conducts business in several international currencies through its worldwide operations, and as a result is subject to foreign exchange exposure due to changes in exchange rates of the various currencies. Changes in exchange rates can positively or negatively affect the Companys sales, gross margins and retained earnings. The Company attempts to minimize currency exposure risk by producing its products in the same country or region in which the products are sold, thereby generating revenues and incurring expenses in the same currency and by managing its working capital although there can be no assurance that this approach will be successful, especially in the event of a significant and sudden decline in the value of any of the international currencies of the Companys worldwide operations. The Company does not engage in purchasing forward exchange contracts for speculative purposes.
Interest Rate Risk
As of December 31, 2009, the Company had interest rate swap agreements that fix the Companys LIBOR interest rate on $150.0 million of floating rate bank debt at 4.73%, expiring in July 2010. At December 31, 2009, the Companys average LIBOR rate was 4.73%. A 10% change in the LIBOR interest rate at December 31, 2009 would have no material effect on interest expense. The Company does not expect changes in interest rates to have a material effect on income or cash flows in 2010, although there can be no assurances that interest rates will not significantly change.
In November 2009, the Company issued $600.0 million of unsecured Senior Notes at a discount of 99.813% due in November 2014 with a fixed interest rate of 4.75%.
Board of Directors and Shareholders of
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Amphenol Corporation and subsidiaries (the Company) as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, and the related consolidated statements of income, changes in shareholders equity and other comprehensive income, and cash flow for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2009. Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed in the Index at Item 15. We also have audited the Companys internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009, based on criteria established in Internal Control Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. The Companys management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements and consolidated financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management Report on Internal Control. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements and consolidated financial statement schedule and an opinion on the Companys internal control over financial reporting based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.
A companys internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the companys principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the companys board of directors, management, and other personnel to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A companys internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the companys assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
Because of the inherent limitations of internal control over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Amphenol Corporation and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2009, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, such financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, present fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein. Also, in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2009, based on the criteria established in Internal Control Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP
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