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This excerpt taken from the MFLX 10-K filed Dec 13, 2006.

Year Ended September 30, 2005 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2004

Net Sales. The increase of $104.0 million from fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2005 was attributable primarily to $91.0 million of increased net sales to the wireless telecommunications sector, which accounted for approximately 84% of total net sales in fiscal year 2005 versus 83% in fiscal 2004. The increased wireless sales were attributable to the increased unit volume shipped and continued transition to “flip phone” style models, which utilize flexible circuitry, and the added level of phone features, which utilize additional flex circuits and value-added components per phone. In fiscal 2005, industrial customers net sales of $27.2 million, our second largest sector, increased by $0.6 million or 2% as compared to fiscal 2004, primarily due to an increase in volume of bar code scanners. In addition, compared to the prior fiscal year, personal digital assistant sales increased by $6.1 million or 105% during fiscal 2005 and sales to the medical industry increased by $4.0 million or 167% during fiscal 2005. Network telecommunications sales also increased by $1 million or 67% compared to the prior fiscal year during fiscal 2005 and power supply sales decreased by $1.2 million or 61% during fiscal 2005.

Cost of Sales and Gross Profit. Cost of sales as a percentage of net sales remained relatively unchanged at 77.6% for fiscal 2005 versus 78% for fiscal 2004. Increases in the material cost percentage of sales in fiscal 2005 were offset by favorable declines in labor and overhead cost percentages, primarily attributable to the commencement of high-volume production at MFC2 during the year. The increase in material costs was due primarily to growth in the value-added assembly portion of our business, which carries a higher material cost content, partially offset by improvements in production yields.

Gross profit increased to $79.9 million in fiscal 2005 from $55.6 million in fiscal 2004. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit for the year ended September 30, 2005 remained relatively constant at 22.4% versus 22% for the prior year. The relatively consistent gross margins were primarily due to the continued benefit derived from the lower offshore cost structure and increased plant utilization, the leveraging of our fixed overhead cost structure on increased sales volume, as well as efficiency and manufacturing yield improvements on stable high-volume production levels, which were offset by increased material costs per unit during fiscal 2005. Our gross profit for the year ended September 30, 2005 included a $1.3 million accrual for additional value added tax, duty and penalties in China.

Sales and Marketing Expense. Sales representatives’ commissions and other sales related expense decreased to $3.9 million for fiscal 2005 from $4.1 million in fiscal 2004, a decrease of 5%, primarily due to lower average commission rates paid on high volume programs. As a percentage of net sales, commissions decreased from 1.6% in fiscal 2004 to 1.1% in fiscal 2005. Compensation and benefit expense increased to $4.9 million in fiscal 2005 from $3.5 million in fiscal 2004, an increase of 40%, primarily as the result of headcount increases in China to support the increased business volumes, increased wages and the acquisition of Aurora Optical in June 2005. As a percentage of net sales, compensation and benefit expense for fiscal 2005 remained relatively unchanged at 1.3% as compared to fiscal 2004.

General and Administrative Expense. As a percentage of net sales, general and administrative expense increased slightly from 4.6% in fiscal 2004 to 5.2% in fiscal 2005. The increase in general and administrative expense was primarily attributable to increased public company expenses, including Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, or SOX, Section 404 compliance, audit costs and directors and officers insurance. This was offset by the leveraging of a small increase in the compensation and benefits expense, due to increased headcount, over a much larger increase in net sales.

Interest (Income) Expense, Net. Net interest expense changed to income of $514,000 for fiscal 2005 from expense of $468,000 for fiscal 2004, an increase of 210%. The increase in net interest income was primarily due to interest earned on short-term investments as well as the reduction of our outstanding debt balance during fiscal 2005.

 

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Other (Income) Expense, Net. The other income in fiscal 2005 totaled $378,000 and other expense in fiscal 2004 was $100,000. A principal component of the other expense for fiscal 2005 and fiscal 2004 was a $40,000 and $250,000, respectively, loss from our investment in Mind Wurx.

Income Taxes. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2005 was 31% compared to 28% for fiscal 2004. The higher effective tax rate is due primarily to the increase in the MFC1 tax rate from 0% to 12% on January 1, 2005. In addition, the higher effective tax rate is due to the recording of additional tax contingency reserves in connection with our domestic and foreign operations as well as the recording of a valuation allowance relating to the deferred tax benefits from capital loss carryforwards and losses from our investment in Mind Wurx.

This excerpt taken from the MFLX 10-K filed Dec 12, 2005.

Year Ended September 30, 2005 Compared to Year Ended September 30, 2004

 

Net Sales. The increase of $104.0 million from fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2005 was attributable primarily to $91.0 million of increased net sales to the wireless telecommunications sector, which accounted for approximately 84% of total net sales in fiscal year 2005 versus 83% in fiscal 2004. The increased wireless sales were attributable to the increased unit volume shipped and continued transition to “flip phone” style models, which utilize flexible circuitry, and the added level of phone features, which utilize additional flex circuits and value-added components per phone. In fiscal 2005, industrial customers net sales of $27.2 million, our second largest sector, increased by $0.6 million or 2% as compared to fiscal 2004, primarily due to an increase in volume of bar code scanners. In addition, compared to the prior fiscal year, personal digital assistant sales increased by $6.1 million or 105% during fiscal 2005 and sales to the medical industry increased by $4.0 million or 167% during fiscal 2005. Network telecommunications sales also increased by $1 million or 67% compared to the prior fiscal year during fiscal 2005 and power supply sales decreased by $1.2 million or 61% during fiscal 2005.

 

Cost of Sales and Gross Profit. Cost of sales as a percentage of net sales remained relatively unchanged at 77.6% for fiscal 2005 versus 78% for fiscal 2004. Increases in the material cost percentage of sales in fiscal 2005 were offset by favorable declines in labor and overhead cost percentages, primarily attributable to the commencement of high-volume production at MFC2 during the year. The increase in material costs was due primarily to growth in the value-added assembly portion of our business, which carries a higher material cost content, partially offset by improvements in production yields.

 

Gross profit increased to $79.9 million in fiscal 2005 from $55.6 million in fiscal 2004. As a percentage of net sales, gross profit for the year ended September 30, 2005 remained relatively constant at 22.4% versus 22% for the prior year. The relatively consistent gross margins were primarily due to the continued benefit derived from the lower offshore cost structure and increased plant utilization, the leveraging of our fixed overhead cost structure on increased sales volume, as well as efficiency and manufacturing yield improvements on stable high-volume production levels, which were offset by increased material costs per unit during fiscal 2005. Our gross profit for the year ended September 30, 2005 included a $1.3 million accrual for additional value added tax, duty and penalties in China. We believe gross profits as a percentage of net sales may be at the higher end of our sustainable range.

 

Sales and Marketing Expense. Sales representatives’ commissions and other sales related expense decreased to $3.9 million for fiscal 2005 from $4.1 million in fiscal 2004, a decrease of 5%, primarily due to lower average commission rates paid on high volume programs. As a percentage of net sales, commissions decreased from 1.6% in fiscal 2004 to 1.1% in fiscal 2005. Compensation and benefit expense increased to $4.9 million in fiscal 2005 from $3.5 million in fiscal 2004, an increase of 40%, primarily as the result of headcount increases in China to support the increased business volumes, increased wages and the acquisition of Aurora Optical in June 2005. As a percentage of net sales, compensation and benefit expense for fiscal 2005 remained relatively unchanged at 1.3% as compared to fiscal 2004. Even with our focus to continually decrease operating expenses as a percentage of net sales, we believe this may be at the lower end of our sustainable range.

 

General and Administrative Expense. As a percentage of net sales, general and administrative expense increased slightly from 4.6% in fiscal 2004 to 5.2% in fiscal 2005. The increase in general and administrative expense was primarily attributable to increased public company expenses, including Sarbanes Oxley Act of 2002, or SOX, Section 404 compliance, audit costs and directors and officers insurance. This was offset by the leveraging of a small increase in the compensation

 

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and benefits expense, due to increased headcount, over a much larger increase in net sales. We believe general and administrative expense as a percentage of net sales may be at the lower end of our sustainable range, as we expect savings from anticipated decreases in SOX 404 expenses to be offset by increases in compensation expense from (i) compliance with FAS 123R, which we expect will reduce net income by approximately $800,000 to $1.0 million in fiscal 2006 based on options outstanding as of September 30, 2005, (ii) the hiring of additional personnel and (iii) costs related to the anticipated growth of our company.

 

Interest (Income) Expense, Net. Net interest expense changed to income of $514,000 for fiscal 2005 from expense of $468,000 for fiscal 2004, an increase of 210%. The increase in net interest income was primarily due to interest earned on short-term investments as well as the reduction of our outstanding debt balance during fiscal 2005.

 

Other (Income) Expense, Net. The other income in fiscal 2005 of $378,000 and other expense in fiscal 2004 of $100,000 was generated in large part by the sale of scrap inventory in China. A principal component of the other expense for fiscal 2005 and fiscal 2004 was a $40,000 and $250,000, respectively, loss from our investment in Mind Wurx.

 

Income Taxes. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2005 was 31% compared to 28% for fiscal 2004. The higher effective tax rate is due primarily to the increase in the MFC1 tax rate from 0% to 12% on January 1, 2005. In addition, the higher effective tax rate is due to the recording of additional tax contingency reserves in connection with our domestic and foreign operations as well as the recording of a valuation allowance relating to the deferred tax benefits from capital loss carryforwards and losses from our investment in Mind Wurx. We believe that it is more likely than not, that we will not receive the future benefits of these losses.

 

The effective tax rate of 31% for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005 does not reflect the impact of any potential repatriation of cash under the Jobs Creation Act. We are currently evaluating whether any foreign earnings will be repatriated, and to what extent, foreign earnings that have not yet been remitted to the United States might be repatriated.

 

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