CPII » Topics » 6. Employee Benefit Plans

This excerpt taken from the CPII 10-K filed Dec 12, 2007.

6. Employee Benefit Plans

        Retirement Plans:    CPI provides a qualified 401(k) investment plan covering substantially all of its domestic employees, a pension contribution plan covering substantially all of its Canadian employees and a profit sharing plan covering substantially all of its Econco employees. These plans provide for CPI to contribute an amount based on a percentage of each participant's base pay. CPI also has a Non-Qualified Deferred Compensation Plan (the "Non-Qualified Plan") that allows eligible executives and directors to defer a portion of their compensation. The Non-Qualified Plan liability recorded by the Company amounted to approximately $0.2 million as of September 28, 2007 and September 29, 2006. Except for the Econco profit sharing plan, all participant contributions and Company matching contributions are 100% vested. For the Econco profit sharing plan, employee contributions are 100%

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vested, while employer contributions vest ratably over a 5 year period beginning with the second year of service. Total CPI contributions to these retirement plans were $3.7 million, $3.8 million and $3.6 million for fiscal years 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively.

        Defined Benefit Pension Plan:    The Company maintains a defined benefit pension plan for its Chief Executive Officer ("CEO"). The plan's benefits are based on the CEO's compensation earnings and are limited by statutory requirements of the Canadian Income Tax Act. All costs of the plan are borne by the Company. The Company utilizes actuarial methods required by SFAS No. 87 to account for its defined benefit pension plan.

        Effective for fiscal year 2007, the Company adopted the provisions of SFAS No. 158. SFAS No. 158 requires that the funded status of defined-benefit postretirement plans be recognized on the Company's consolidated balance sheets, and changes in the funded status be reflected in comprehensive income. SFAS No. 158 also requires the measurement date of the plan's funded status to be the same as the Company's fiscal year-end. Although the measurement date provision was not required to be adopted until fiscal year 2008, the Company early-adopted this provision for fiscal year 2007.

        The adoption of SFAS No. 158 resulted in an under-funded status of $197,000, which approximates the excess of the projected benefit obligation over plan assets of $787,000 as of September 28, 2007. The adoption of SFAS No. 158 also resulted in a decrease of $0.3 million on a pre-tax basis and a decrease of $0.2 million on an after-tax basis to the Company's accumulated other comprehensive income as of September 28, 2007. The Company's defined benefit pension plan is managed by an insurance company consistent with regulations or market practice in Canada, where the plan assets are invested. Net pension expense was not material for any period. Contributions to the plan are not expected to be significant to the financial position of the Company.

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