This excerpt taken from the NVMI 20-F filed Mar 30, 2009.
One of our major customers has no cancellation fee with regard to cancellation of orders, and we have been facing difficulties to collect cancellation fees from another customer.
Our supply agreement with one of our largest customers does not include cancellation fee with regard to cancellation of this customers orders. In addition, during the recent slowdown in the semiconductors industry, another customer cancelled his orders and we were unable to collect cancelation fees from that customer. Because of that, our ability to rely on our backlog for future forecasting and planning is impaired and harm our ability to forecast our financial results.
Because we are small, we depend on a small number of employees who possess both executive and technical expertise, and the loss of any of these key employees would hurt our ability to implement our strategy and to compete effectively.
Because of our small size and our reliance on employees with both executive and advanced technical skills, our success depends significantly upon the continued contributions of our officers and key personnel. All of our key management and technical personnel have expertise, which is in high demand among our competitors, and the loss of any of these individuals could cause our business to suffer. We do not maintain life insurance policies for our officers and directors.