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This excerpt taken from the BRC 10-K filed Sep 28, 2007.
Risk Factors
 
Please see the information contained in Item 1A — Risk Factors.
 
Item 7A.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
 
The Company’s business operations give rise to market risk exposure due to changes in foreign exchange rates. To manage that risk effectively, the Company enters into hedging transactions, according to established guidelines and policies, that enable it to mitigate the adverse effects of this financial market risk.
 
The global nature of the Company’s business requires active participation in the foreign exchange markets. As a result of investments, production facilities and other operations on a global scale, the Company has assets, liabilities and cash flows in currencies other than the U.S. Dollar. The primary objective of the Company’s foreign-currency exchange risk management is to minimize the impact of currency movements on intercompany transactions and foreign raw-material imports. To achieve this objective, we hedge a portion of known exposures using forward contracts. Main exposures are related to transactions denominated in the British Pound, the Euro, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Swedish Krona and Chinese Yuan currency. In the third quarter of fiscal 2006, we purchased a currency option to hedge against increases in the purchase price in U.S. dollar terms of Tradex, as the transaction was denominated in the Swedish Krona. A gain of approximately $1.5 million was recorded in fiscal 2006 due to this option.
 
The Company could be exposed to interest rate risk through its corporate borrowing activities. The objective of the Company’s interest rate risk management activities is to manage the levels of the Company’s fixed and floating interest rate exposure to be consistent with the Company’s preferred mix. The interest rate risk management program allows the Company to enter into approved interest rate derivatives if there is a desire to modify the Company’s exposure to interest rates. As of July 31, 2007, the Company had no interest rate derivatives.


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Item 8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
 
This excerpt taken from the BRC 10-K filed Oct 6, 2006.
Risk Factors
 
Please see the information contained in Item 1A — Risk Factors.


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Item 7A.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
 
The Company’s business operations give rise to market risk exposure due to changes in foreign exchange rates. To manage that risk effectively, the Company enters into hedging transactions, according to established guidelines and policies, that enable it to mitigate the adverse effects of this financial market risk.
 
The global nature of the Company’s business requires active participation in the foreign exchange markets. As a result of investments, production facilities and other operations on a global scale, the Company has assets, liabilities and cash flows in currencies other than the U.S. Dollar. The primary objective of the Company’s foreign-currency exchange risk management is to minimize the impact of currency movements on intercompany transactions and foreign raw-material imports. To achieve this objective, we hedge a portion of known exposures using forward contracts. Main exposures are related to transactions denominated in the British Pound, the Euro, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, Swedish Krona and Chinese RMB currency. In the third quarter of fiscal 2006, we purchased a currency option to hedge against increases in the purchase price in U.S. dollar terms of Tradex, as the transaction was denominated in the Swedish Krona. A gain of approximately $1.5 million was recorded in fiscal 2006 due to this option.
 
The Company could be exposed to interest rate risk through its corporate borrowing activities. The objective of the Company’s interest rate risk management activities is to manage the levels of the Company’s fixed and floating interest rate exposure to be consistent with the Company’s preferred mix. The interest rate risk management program allows the Company to enter into approved interest rate derivatives if there is a desire to modify the Company’s exposure to interest rates. As of July 31, 2006, the Company had no interest rate derivatives.


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