Orbotech 20-F 2006
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005
For the transition period from to
Commission File Number 2-92065
(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its charter
and translation of Registrants name into English)
(Jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
SANHEDRIN BOULEVARD, NORTH INDUSTRIAL ZONE, YAVNE 81101, ISRAEL
(Address of principal executive offices)
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act: NONE
Securities registered or to be registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
ORDINARY SHARES, NIS 0.14 NOMINAL (PAR) VALUE
(Title of Class)
Securities for which there is a reporting obligation pursuant to Section 15(d) of the Act: NONE
Indicate the number of outstanding shares of each of the issuers classes of capital or common stock as of the close of the period covered by the annual report:
As of December 31, 2005, the Registrant had outstanding 32,373,234 Ordinary Shares1, NIS 0.14 Nominal (par) Value each
Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933. Yes x No ¨
If this report is an annual or transition report, indicate by check mark if the Registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, 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 ¨
Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of accelerated filer and large accelerated filer in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one)
Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer x Non-accelerated filer ¨
Indicate by check mark which financial statement item the Registrant has elected to follow. Item 17 ¨ Item 18 x
If this is an annual report, indicate by check mark whether the Registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x
Also does not include 483,000 Ordinary Shares purchased by the Company during 2000, and 299,122 Ordinary Shares purchased by the Company during 2005, all of which are held as dormant shares under Israeli law. For so long as such Ordinary Shares are owned by the Company they have no rights and, accordingly, are neither eligible to participate in or receive any future dividends which may be paid to shareholders of the Company nor are they entitled to participate in, be voted at or be counted as part of the quorum for, any meetings of shareholders of the Company.
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This Annual Report on Form 20-F relates to the Ordinary Shares New Israeli Sheqels 0.14 nominal (par) value each (Ordinary Shares) of Orbotech Ltd. (the Company, the Registrant or Orbotech). In this Annual Report, references to the Company are, unless the context otherwise requires, intended to be to the Company and its consolidated subsidiaries and joint venture.
Orbotech is principally engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of yield-enhancing, production support solutions for specialized applications in the supply chain of the electronics industry. The Companys products include automated optical inspection (AOI) and process control systems for bare and assembled printed circuit boards (PCBs) and for flat panel displays (FPDs), and imaging solutions for PCB production. In addition, the Company markets computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) solutions for PCB production. Through its subsidiary, Orbograph Ltd. (Orbograph), the Company also develops and markets automatic check reading solutions to banks and other financial institutions, and has developed a proprietary technology for web-based, location-independent data entry for check processing and forms processing. The Company is continuing to develop technologies for use in other applications both within and outside the electronics industry. The Company also derives a significant portion of its revenues from the service and support of its products.
Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information
This Annual Report may contain certain forward-looking statements and information with respect to the business, financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives and competitive position of the Company, which statements can often be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as believes, expects, may, will, should or anticipates, the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. Such statements include, but are not limited to, certain statements appearing in Item 3Key InformationRisk Factors; Item 4Information on the Company and Item 5Operating and Financial Review and Prospects regarding trends in the electronics and other industries relevant to the Company, revenues, net income, industry size, competitive position, market demands, volumes, prices, margins, research and development, capital expenditures, patents, the effect of technological developments, strategy and management objectives, opinions and outlook for 2006 and beyond, and are derived from beliefs and assumptions of the Companys management based, in part, upon information currently available to the Company. Such statements reflect the present views of the Company with respect to market conditions and future events and are inherently subject to various risks, uncertainties and other factors which may affect the ability of the Company to implement its business strategy and/or may cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the statements expressed herein. These risks, uncertainties and factors include, but are not limited to, the timing and strength of new product offerings, pricing strategies of the Company and its competitors, mix of product and service revenues, introduction of competing products by other companies, lack of acceptance of new products and services by the Companys intended customers, changes in the Companys business strategy or those of its competitors, the Companys ability to continue to receive adequate raw materials from its suppliers on acceptable terms (or at all) or to continue to meet its liquidity needs, changes in the political and regulatory framework in which the Company operates or in economic or technological trends or conditions, including currency fluctuations, inflation and consumer confidence, on a global, regional or national basis.
Many of the above factors are beyond the control of the Company and almost all of them are difficult or impossible to predict with accuracy. Therefore, the Company wishes to caution each reader of this Annual Report to consider carefully these, as well as any other specific factors discussed with each forward-looking statement in this Annual Report and as may be disclosed in the Companys other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC). For more information regarding some of the above factors, see Item 3Key InformationRisk Factors.
To the extent that this Annual Report contains forward-looking statements (as distinct from historical information) the Company desires to take advantage of the safe harbor provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and is therefore including this statement for the express purpose of availing itself of the protections of the safe harbor with respect to all forward-looking statements. Furthermore, the Company does not assume any obligation to update any forward looking statements contained herein.
1.A Directors and Senior Management
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
2.A Offer Statistics
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
2.B Method and Expected Timetable
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
3.A Selected Financial Data
The consolidated statement of operations data set forth below with respect to the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004 and 2003, and the consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2005 and 2004, have been derived from the Consolidated Financial Statements listed in Item 18 (the Financial Statements), which have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in the United States. The consolidated statement of operations data set forth below with respect to the years ended December 31, 2002 and 2001, and the consolidated balance sheet data as of December 31, 2003, 2002 and 2001, have been derived from other consolidated financial statements not included herein and have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The selected consolidated financial data set forth below should be read in conjunction with Item 5Operating and Financial Review and Prospects, and the Financial Statements.
Statement of Operations Data:
(in thousands except per share data)
Balance Sheet Data:
The Company has not paid any cash dividends in the last five years.
3.B Capitalization and Indebtedness
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
3.C Reasons for the Offer and Use of Proceeds
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
3.D Risk Factors
Investors, holders and prospective purchasers of Ordinary Shares and other persons reading this Annual Report should, in addition to having due regard to the Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information noted above, also give consideration to the information set forth below and elsewhere in this Annual Report concerning risks and uncertainties in connection with any investment in the Companys Ordinary Shares:
(a) Dependence on the Worldwide Electronics Industry
The predominant portion of the Companys products are used by manufacturers of PCBs and FPDs in manufacturing processes employed in the production of virtually all major electronic products, particularly those associated with computers, televisions, telecommunications and portable electronic devices. As such, the Company depends very significantly upon the strength of the worldwide electronics industry, and in particular upon the need by those electronics component manufacturers to make continuing capital investments in systems and products, such as those marketed and sold by the Company, for use in their production and manufacturing processes. This need is a reflection, in turn, of the worldwide level of demand for the products and devices produced by these electronics component manufacturers. Demand for consumer end-products is normally a function of the prevailing global or regional economic environment and is negatively affected in circumstances of a general economic slow-down such as that which occurred from late 2000 until the middle of 2003.
Demand for the Companys products is also created, in part, by technological developments affecting product functionality or giving rise to new or enhanced products, and which therefore generate an ongoing need on the part of electronics component manufacturers for yield-enhancing, production support solutions of the type which the Company provides. Should changes in these technologies not continue to occur, or if there were to emerge other technologies, such as those which may reduce or even obviate the need for the use of PCBs and FPDs in electronic devices, this could have the effect of reducing overall demand for the Companys principal products.
There can be no assurance as to the future levels of demand for electronic products and devices and, correspondingly, as to the demand which may exist for PCBs or FPDs and, in turn, for the Companys principal products. These factors, coupled with the Companys limited ability to reduce its expenses due to the ongoing need for investment in research and development and to maintain the Companys worldwide customer support operations, and the difficulties associated with any such reductions, could, in circumstances of reduced overall demand for electronic devices using PCBs and FPDs, have a material adverse effect on the Companys business and results of operations, such as occurred during the years 2001 to 2003.
(b) The Cyclical Nature of the PCB and FPD Industries
The PCB and FPD industries have in the past been, and continue to be, cyclical in nature, and have experienced periodic downturns, most recently in the years 2001 to 2003. Because the Companys business relies considerably upon continuing capital investments by manufacturers of bare and assembled PCBs and the limited number of manufacturers of FPDs, it may be negatively affected in circumstances of a general economic slow-down, where the availability of capital resources for investment, particularly in the computer, television or telecommunications industries, is reduced. In addition, the timing and nature of capital expenditures by manufacturers of PCBs is usually such that the Company does not normally have a substantial volume of unfilled orders from such manufacturers, and products are generally shipped to those customers within a relatively short period after receipt of orders. As a result, the Companys ability to foresee possible future changes in the total volume of such orders may be limited.
There can be no assurance as to the future levels of demand for electronic products and devices. Reduced demand for the inspection and other systems and products developed and sold by the Company caused by lower demand for PCBs or FPDs, or the loss of a major customer, coupled with the Companys limited ability to reduce its significant expenditures for research and development and worldwide customer support operations, and the difficulties associated with any such reductions, could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business and results of operations, such as occurred during the years 2001 to 2003.
For further information see Item 4Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewThe Companys Products; Item 5Trend Information.
(c) The Companys Location in Israel
The Company is incorporated under the laws of the State of Israel and its headquarters and primary research, development and production facilities are located in Israel. As such, the Company is directly influenced by political, economic and military conditions affecting Israel. Any major hostilities involving Israel, a substantial decline in the prevailing regional security situation or the interruption or curtailment of trade between Israel and its present trading partners could have a material adverse effect on the Companys operations.
In addition, the Company benefits from certain Israeli Government programs and tax legislation, particularly regarding its production facilities in Israel. The termination or curtailment of these programs or the loss or reduction of such benefits could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations.
For further information see Item 4Information on the CompanyAdditional Considerations Relating to the Companys Operations in Israel.
(d) Competition; Rapid Technological Change
Although the Company is a world leader in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of AOI systems for bare PCBs and for FPDs and of imaging solutions for PCB production, it faces competition from a number of companies that either produce or are developing such systems and products. In addition, there are a number of companies which develop and provide AOI solutions for manufacturers of assembled PCBs, resulting in a strong competitive environment in which the Companys success may be adversely affected by any failure of the Company to develop and market, in a timely manner, AOI solutions offering superiority of performance and handling, or to offer consistent and effective service and support of those systems to its customers.
The Companys competitors in all product lines can be expected to continue to improve the design and performance of their products and to introduce new products with more competitive prices and performance features, and these or other companies may in the future offer a broader or more comprehensive range of PCB or FPD yield-management products than the Company. Although the Company attempts to maintain its competitive position through its policy of substantial investment in research, development, marketing and operations, there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to continue to make such investments or that it will be able to achieve, in a timely manner, the technological advances necessary to develop new products and product enhancements to meet rapid change in manufacturing technologies required for PCBs and FPDs in order to maintain its current competitive position.
For further information see Item 4Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewCompetition.
(e) Operation in International Markets
The Company anticipates that, as in the past, sales of products and services outside Israel will continue to account for virtually all of its revenues. In 2005, approximately 80% of the Companys revenues from equipment sales were derived from sales in the Far East, including approximately 23% from sales in Taiwan, 21% from sales in Korea, 20% from sales in China and 13% from sales in Japan. The risks and complexities inherent in doing business in international markets include those associated with the possibility of a concentration of sales within a particular country or region; the imposition of governmental controls and local standards, including the need to comply with stringent and evolving environmental protection laws and regulations as well as a wide variety of foreign and domestic import/export laws; political and economic instability; trade restrictions; exposure to multiple complex systems of taxation and international double taxation treaties; changes in tariffs and taxes and their applications; difficulty in protecting intellectual property; longer payment cycles usually characteristic of international sales; and the general difficulties associated with administering business overseas, as well as overall economic conditions. These factors may operate to have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations (see Item 4Information on the CompanyMarketing, Sales and Support; and Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsImpact of Inflation and Currency Fluctuations; Effective Corporate Tax Rate; Geographical Analysis; Worldwide Economic Situation; and Cost of Revenues).
(f) Ability to Obtain and Retain Qualified Staff
The Companys success depends, in significant part, upon its continuing ability to attract and retain highly qualified managerial, scientific, technical, sales and marketing personnel. Demographic trends, non-availability of appropriately qualified and skilled employees, competition for the services of highly specialized employees such as computer software programmers and hardware engineers, financial market conditions and future business decisions of the Company and its competitors may all operate in a manner detrimental to the Company, thereby having a material adverse effect on the Companys business and results of operations (see Item 4Information on the CompanyStrategy; Competition; Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsImpact of Inflation and Currency Fluctuations; Geographical Analysis; Worldwide Economic Situation; Cost of Revenues; and Item 6Directors, Senior Management and EmployeesEmployees).
(g) Intellectual Property Protection
The Companys future success and its competitive position are dependent, in significant part, upon the Companys proprietary technology, and the Company relies on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright law, as well as technical safeguards and non-disclosure agreements with its employees, subcontractors and potential business associates, to protect its intellectual property. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to protect its technology, or that others will not develop technologies that are similar or superior to the Companys technology, duplicate the Companys technology, design around the patents or other proprietary rights held by the Company or breach these agreements.
In addition, there can be no assurance that the Companys products do not or will not infringe the proprietary rights of third parties, that third parties will not claim infringement by the Company with respect to patents or other proprietary rights or that the Company would prevail in any such proceedings. The Company has received in the past, and may receive in the future, communications asserting that the technology used in some of its products requires third-party licenses. Any infringement claims, whether or not meritorious, could result in costly litigation or arbitration and divert the attention of technical and management personnel. Any adverse outcome in any litigation alleging infringement could result in the loss of proprietary rights, require the Company to develop non-infringing technology or enter into royalty or licensing agreements (which it may not be successful in achieving) or prevent the Company from manufacturing or selling its products.
For further information see Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsResearch and Development, Patents and Licenses, etc.
(h) Foreign Currency Fluctuations
In 2005, 2004 and 2003, approximately 21%, 22% and 30%, respectively, of the Companys revenues, and approximately 43%, 41% and 46%, respectively, of the Companys expenses, were denominated in currencies other than the United States dollar (the Dollar or $). Because the Companys financial results are reported in Dollars, fluctuations in the rates of exchange between the Dollar and non-Dollar currencies may have an adverse effect on the Companys results of operations. An increase in the value of a particular currency relative to the Dollar will increase the Dollar reporting value for transactions in such currency, and a decrease in the value of a particular currency relative to the Dollar will decrease the Dollar reporting value for such transactions. This effect on the Dollar reporting value for transactions is only partially offset by the impact that such fluctuations may have on the Companys non-Dollar costs. The Company may, from time to time, take various measures designed to hedge, in part, its exposure to these effects. There can be no assurance that foreign currency fluctuations will not have a material adverse effect on the Companys financial condition and results of operations. See Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsImpact of Inflation and Currency Fluctuations; Liquidity and Capital Resources; Notes 10 and 11 to the Financial Statements; and Item 11Quantitative And Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
(i) Write-down of Inventories
The life cycles of the Companys PCB and FPD yield-enhancement and production support products are affected by the life cycles of the consumer electronic products in the manufacturing processes of which the Companys products are utilized. The life cycles of these consumer products vary based upon a number of factors, but in some cases can be relatively short. While the Company monitors its production and inventory levels closely, inventory may become obsolete as a result of changes in consumer demand and the corresponding effects on the production processes of PCB and FPD manufacturers. During periods of economic slowdown or rapid technological improvement this may result in significant charges for inventory write-downs, as occurred during 2003 and 2001, and the Companys future operating results may be adversely affected by material levels of obsolete or excess inventories. See Note 3 to the Financial Statements.
(j) Dependence upon Key Suppliers
Certain of the various key components and subassemblies included in many of the Companys systems are purchased from a single or limited group of suppliers. Should any of these suppliers be unable to meet the Companys requirements in a timely manner, or should the Company otherwise experience an interruption in supply from any of these sources, the possible resulting late deliveries of the Companys products and services may have an adverse effect on the Companys results of operations. Although the Company generally maintains an inventory of critical components used in the manufacture and assembly of its systems, there can be no assurance that such supplies will be sufficient to avoid potential delays. For further information see Item 4Information on the CompanyProduction and Sources of Supply.
(k) Fluctuations in Periodic Operating Results
The timing of revenue recognition for the Companys most expensive products, principally FPD-AOI systems for the most advanced generations of FPD fabrication facilities, may have a substantial effect on the Companys periodic revenues and net income. Normally, the recognition of revenue from the sale of products occurs on delivery, subject to the receipt of a signed contract, purchase order or letter of agreement, the fee being fixed or determinable and collectability being reasonably assured. However, the time of delivery is not always in the Companys control because of customer requirements, possible production delays and other factors. In addition, in limited circumstances, such as in the case of newly developed products, recognition of income may be deferred. See Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsTrend Information.
(l) Change of Accounting for Stock-Based Awards
Effective January 1, 2006, pursuant to the revised FAS No. 123, Share-Based Payment (FAS 123(R)) promulgated by the Financial Accounting Standards Board of the United States (the FASB), the Company is required to account for the fair market value of stock-based awards (stock options and restricted shares) as a compensation expense in its consolidated statements of operations. This applies to all such awards granted after the effective date as well as to the unvested portion of previous awards that were then outstanding. As a result, the Companys net income and earnings per share will be materially reduced. Prior to the effective date, the impact on earnings per share for stock-based awards was disclosed on a pro forma basis, solely in a footnote to the financial statements, with certain exceptions. The impact on earnings per share from a historical perspective as a result of the adoption of FAS 123(R) is set forth in note 1r to the Financial Statements; however, the Company believes that this impact is not indicative of the impact subsequent to the effective date.
The compensation cost of stock-based awards commencing January 1, 2006, will depend on a variety of factors including the level and type of future awards and their terms; valuation considerations such as expected option life, volatility of the market price of the Ordinary Shares and applicable interest rates; and future levels of forfeitures of such awards. The Company is not currently able to estimate the additional compensation expense from future grants but will examine carefully this expense and its relation to net income when making future grants.
Certain of the factors used in determining the fair market value of stock-based awards, and therefore the related compensation expense to be recorded in the consolidated statements of operations over the vesting period, will be based on estimates at the date of grant. There will not be any adjustment to net income or shareholders equity in the event of forfeiture or expiration of vested awards or at the time of exercise of options even though the fair market value at that time may differ materially from the estimated fair market value at the date of grant.
Because of changes in industry practice and the adoption of FAS 123(R), the Company has modified the applicable terms of its equity remuneration plans and related policies. There can be no assurance that the reduction in net income and earnings per share arising from the inclusion of the cost of stock-based awards will not adversely affect the market price of the Ordinary Shares or the cost to the Company of raising capital. See Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsOperating ResultsRecently Issued Accounting Pronouncements; and Notes 1r and 8b to the Financial Statements.
4.A History and Development of the Company
(a) Corporate History
The Company was incorporated in Israel, as a company limited by shares, on February 8, 1981 under the name Optrotech Ltd. pursuant to the provisions of the then current Israeli Companies Ordinance. The legislative framework within which the Company now operates is the Israeli Companies Law, 1999 (the Companies Law), which became effective on February 1, 2000, and the Israeli Companies Ordinance (New Version) 1983, as amended (the Companies Ordinance).
On August 9, 1984, the Company made an initial public offering of its Ordinary Shares in the United States. The Ordinary Shares are listed on the Nasdaq National Market (Nasdaq) and are traded under the symbol ORBK.
Effective as of October 27, 1992, the Company acquired all the ordinary shares of Orbot Systems Ltd. (Orbot), a private Israeli company which was engaged primarily in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of AOI and process control systems for use in the manufacture of bare PCBs, and subsequently merged with Orbot with the Company as the surviving entity (the Merger). In connection with the Merger, the Company changed its name to Orbotech Ltd. The Merger was approved by the Tel Aviv-Jaffa District Court effective as of January 1, 1993.
(b) Major Business Developments
The Companys business initially centered upon the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of AOI and process control systems and imaging solutions for use in the manufacture of bare PCBs, and since the Merger the Company has been the worlds leader in providing such systems. Since 1991, the Company has also been engaged, and has become the world leader, in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of AOI and process control systems for use in the manufacture of FPDs. Commencing in 1997, the Company has also been engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and service of AOI and process control systems for use in the manufacture of assembled PCBs. In addition, since 1995, the Company has, through Orbograph, developed and marketed automatic check reading solutions to banks and other financial institutions, and has also developed a proprietary technology for web-based, location-independent data entry for check processing and forms processing.
In 1996, the Company entered into an agreement with Jenoptik to establish a joint venture for the development of direct imaging technologies. During 2000, the Company acquired all of the right, title and interest in and to this joint venture, which is now wholly owned by the Company, in consideration for the issuance of 90,000 Ordinary Shares. An additional 67,500 Ordinary Shares were issued on March 15, 2002, in consideration for Jenoptiks co-operation with the Company on joint research and development projects. For further information on direct imaging, see Item 4Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewThe Companys ProductsBare PCBs.
In 1997, the Company commenced the design, development, manufacture and marketing of AOI systems for assembled PCBs through a limited partnership (Orbotech-Schuh), in which the Company initially held a 51% equity interest. In 2001, the Company exercised an option to acquire the remaining equity interest in Orbotech-Schuh. For further information on AOI systems for assembled PCBs, see Item 4Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewThe Companys ProductsAssembled PCBs.
In 1998, the Company entered into an agreement with Valor Computerized Systems Ltd. (Valor), an Israeli corporation, for the formation of a joint venture with respect to CAM software for PCB fabrication applications. The joint venture, Frontline P.C.B. Solutions Limited Partnership (Frontline), is owned equally by the Company and Valor and combines the former CAM operations of the Company and Valor. See Item 4Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewThe Companys ProductsBare PCBs. The
Companys interest in Frontline is presented in the Financial Statements by the proportionate method of consolidation. See Note 2a to the Financial Statements. Non-financial information presented herein, such as number of employees and properties utilized by the Company in its operations, does not include information as to Frontline.
In 1999, the Company acquired all the outstanding shares of KLA Acrotec Co. Ltd. (which was later renamed Orbotech Display Pacific Ltd.), a Japanese company then engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of FPD-AOI systems. For further information on FPDs, see Item 4Information on the CompanyBusiness OverviewThe Companys ProductsFPDs.
In March 2005, as part of the Companys strategy of diversifying into new growth areas for imaging technologies, Orbotech Medical Solutions Ltd. (OMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company, was incorporated and acquired all the assets of Imarad Imaging Systems Ltd. (Imarad), a privately held Israeli company which developed and manufactured high-performance, solid state gamma radiation detectors, for $7 million. In addition, subject to the achievement of agreed sales milestones, OMS undertook to make payments to Imarad on sales through the end of 2008, up to a maximum of $26 million. Since this acquisition, OMS has focused on continuing research and development of solid state gamma radiation detectors, based on the proprietary Cadmium Zinc Telluride crystal-growth technology acquired from Imarad.
(c) Recent Major Expenditures
During the period from January 1, 2005 to December 31, 2005, the Companys capital expenditures totaled approximately $7.7 million (compared to $4.9 million during 2004 and $3.9 million during 2003), of which approximately $5.4 million (compared to $3.2 million during 2004 and $2.9 million during 2003) was expended at or upon the Companys facilities in Yavne, Israel, and approximately $2.3 million (compared to $1.7 million during 2004 and $1.0 million during 2003) was expended upon various facilities of the Companys subsidiaries, primarily outside Israel. Of these expenditures, approximately $4.0 million during 2005 (compared to $2.9 million during 2004 and $3.0 million during 2003) was for capital equipment and leasehold improvements and the balance of approximately $3.7 million (compared to $2.0 million during 2004 and $0.9 million during 2003) was related to information technology. Since January 1, 2003, the Company has not made any significant capital divestitures nor has it committed to any such divestitures. Other than further capital expenditures of the types and consistent with the amounts described above, there are no significant capital expenditures in progress by the Company.
All of the above expenditures were paid from internally generated funds.
The Companys corporate headquarters, executive and registered offices and principal research and development, engineering and manufacturing facilities are located at Sanhedrin Boulevard, North Industrial Zone, Yavne, Israel. The Companys postal address and its telephone and facsimile numbers at that facility are, respectively, P. O. Box 215, Yavne 81101, Israel, +972-8-9423533 and +972-8-9438769. The Companys internet address is: www.orbotech.com (the Corporate Website), where its Annual Report on Form 20-F, current reports on Form 6-K and certain other SEC filings made by, or which are relevant to, the Company may be accessed through the SEC Filings hyperlink contained on the Investors section.
The Companys agent for SEC matters in the United States is Orbotech, Inc., the headquarters of which are located at 44 Manning Road, Billerica, Massachusetts 01821.
There have been no public takeover offers by third parties with respect to the Company or by the Company during the last or current fiscal years.
4.B Business Overview
Orbotech is principally engaged in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of yield-enhancing, production support solutions for specialized applications in the supply chain of the electronics industry, primarily for PCBs and FPDs. The Company is the world leader in the design, development, manufacture and marketing of AOI and process control systems for bare PCBs and for FPDs and of imaging solutions for PCB production, and is one of a number of leading providers of AOI systems for assembled PCBs. In addition, the Company markets CAM solutions for PCB production and, through its subsidiary, Orbograph, develops and markets automatic check reading solutions to banks and other financial institutions, and has developed a proprietary technology for web-based, location-independent data entry for check processing and forms processing. The Company derives a significant portion of its revenues from the service and support of its products.
The Companys AOI systems use Orbotechs proprietary machine vision, electro-optics, precision mechanics, artificial intelligence and imaging technology to detect, automatically, flaws and defects in products being manufactured or assembled by its customers. These systems are designed to help increase the yield and cost effectiveness of customers production processes. In addition, through its AOI systems for bare PCBs and imaging solutions, and the CAM solutions which it markets, the Company offers to its PCB manufacturing customers comprehensive solutions which allow automation and integration of the design, tooling, production data and inspection needs associated with PCB production. The Company believes that its PCB-AOI customers generally view AOI as an integral part of the manufacturing process rather than as a dissociated post-manufacturing step. The Companys FPD-AOI systems detect defects in the active matrix glass component of FPDs and, by using automatic classification tools, also identify flaws occurring within the FPD manufacturing process. This enables manufacturers to ascertain the source of those flaws as early as possible during the manufacturing process which, in turn, increases production yield and facilitates preventative actions that can reduce the recurrence of defects in the future.
Orbographs data conversion software solutions use Orbotechs proprietary machine vision and artificial intelligence to enable banks and other financial institutions to automate their check processing operations, thereby reducing manual labor costs and increasing their overall cost effectiveness.
The Company currently has two reportable operating segments: Production Support Solutions for the Electronics Industry, which, in 2005, accounted for approximately 97% of the Companys revenues; and Other (principally Automatic Check Reading), which, in 2005, accounted for approximately 3% of the Companys revenues. See Note 13a to the Financial Statements for a description of each segment and information as to segment revenues, operating income or loss, assets and related data.
The Companys business strategy includes the following elements:
(i) Strengthen and Expand Position in the PCB and FPD Industries
The Company seeks to strengthen and expand its position in the PCB and FPD industries by: (a) preserving its technological advantages through the continuing enhancement of current generations, and the development of new generations, of PCB and FPD AOI and process control systems, imaging products and CAM solutions, to meet the needs of bare and assembled PCB manufacturers and FPD manufacturers as their products become increasingly complex; (b) maintaining its close working relationships with its customers, which include leading electronics manufacturers, to enhance the Companys ability to anticipate technological trends at an early stage and to design products which meet customers future needs; and (c) where appropriate, maintaining and expanding its worldwide marketing, customer support and service network.
(ii) Diversify Into New Growth Areas For Imaging Technologies
The Company intends to continue developing its machine vision, electro-optics, precision mechanics, artificial intelligence and imaging technologies for use in other applications both within and outside the electronics industry. The Company also intends to leverage its technology, expand its technological base and diversify into new growth areas for imaging technologies, through joint ventures with other companies and through acquisitions.
(iii) Leverage Marketing, Distribution and Support Infrastructure
The Company intends to continue to utilize its extensive worldwide marketing and distribution channels and customer support capabilities, as well as its considerable accumulated experience in the marketing and sale of capital equipment and software, for the introduction and marketing of additional products both within and outside the electronics industry. The Company believes that its worldwide marketing and support network, with more than 650 employees in over 35 locations outside of Israel, and its experience in the marketing and sale of complex systems, afford it advantages over its competitors.
(c) The Companys Products
The Company currently offers AOI and imaging products for specialized applications in the manufacture of bare PCBs, assembled PCBs and FPDs, as well as automatic check reading products enabled through its data conversion software. Each of these is discussed below.
(i) Bare PCBs
The vast majority of electronic equipment uses PCBs, which are the basic interconnecting platforms for the electronic components that comprise most electronic equipment. PCBs contain the electronic circuitry required to interconnect the components which are subsequently mounted on them and which, when operating together, perform a specified function. An assembly of one or more mounted PCBs working together forms an essential part of most electronic products. These include computers, hand-held electronic devices such as cellular telephones, pocket computers and personal digital assistants (PDAs), consumer electronic and automotive equipment, telecommunications equipment, industrial and medical equipment and military and aerospace applications.
PCBs are manufactured through a series of complex steps. Generally, a board made of fiberglass (or other material with insulating qualities) is laminated with a conducting material. Holes are then drilled in a specific pattern into the board, either mechanically or by means of a laser beam, and the inner part of each hole is plated with conducting metal. The board is then coated with a thin layer of light-sensitive material (photoresist). A transparent film containing the desired circuitry pattern corresponding to the drilled pattern on the board (production phototool), which has been either copied from an artwork master or produced directly by a photoplotter connected to a computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacture (CAD/CAM) data base, is then laid on the photoresist. The board is then exposed to light, which transfers the conductor pattern from the production phototool to the photoresist. Alternatively, the conductor pattern may be transferred directly on to the photoresist without the use of a production phototool, using laser-based direct imaging technologies. Subsequent development of the photoresist and a chemical etching process leave the desired conducting metal pattern printed on the board after excess conducting material is removed. PCBs may be single-sided or double-sided, and more complex PCBs may be multilayered. Multilayered boards comprise the largest segment of the PCB industry.
PCBs are susceptible to conductor defects, such as electrical shorts, open circuits and insufficient or off-measure conductor widths, which may impair or interfere with the electrical interconnections between electronic components mounted on the finished boards. Inspection is required throughout PCB production to identify such defects, which are then repaired, if possible. Early detection of these defects, particularly in the case of multilayered boards where PCB layers are subsequently embedded inside the finished board, increases the possibility of successful repair and reduces the number, and therefore the overall cost to the manufacturer, of unusable boards.
The ongoing trend towards the more complex and smaller electronic components, which are used in sophisticated devices such as digital cameras, network servers, telecom base stations, mobile telephones and PDAs, requires the production of high-density PCBs with finer conductor lines, reduced spacing between those lines, smaller holes and multiple layers. For such complex, multilayer boards, production yield drops dramatically as the number of likely defects increases. The Companys PCB-AOI products are of particular value to manufacturers of fine line and multilayered PCBs.
The Companys bare PCB product lines consist of: (i) PCB-AOI systems; (ii) verification and repair stations; (iii) imaging products; and (iv) through its 50% interest in Frontline, CAM systems for PCB production.
PCB-AOI systems are computerized, electro-optical systems for inspection and identification of defects in the artwork design master, production phototools and PCBs at various stages of production. Each of the Companys PCB-AOI systems consists of an image acquisition unit and an image processing unit. The image acquisition unit includes a moving platform carrying the PCB or artwork being inspected, and a scanning unit which acquires an image of the board, digitizes it and transmits it to the image processor. The image processor enhances and processes the image to allow efficient analysis and interpretation of the acquired images. The proprietary structure of the electronic logic unit enables parallel processing, a requirement for performing defect detection tasks in real time, which, in turn, is one of the keys to attaining the economical throughput achieved by the Companys systems.
Certain of the Companys PCB-AOI systems incorporate several parallel methods of inspection, utilizing pre-programmed algorithms and data stored in a CAD/CAM database (such as the CAM workstations of Frontline or other CAM systems) to maximize the probability of defect detection and minimize the rate of false calls. These systems may differ from each other with respect to the image acquisition technologies they utilize. Certain types of PCBs, notably those based on inorganic materials, can only be inspected with reflective illumination, while other types, particularly those with a matte metal surface or extensive conductor surface contamination, are better inspected using fluorescent technology through laser imaging. The Company manufactures PCB-AOI products which can respond to either of these needs: the Companys Vision series use laser imaging to cause fluorescence of the laminate and the Companys other PCB-AOI series use reflective illumination. The Companys PCB-AOI systems can easily be integrated into the production processes of most PCB manufacturing facilities, are designed for flexibility, easy upgradability, operational simplicity and ease of maintenance and do not generally require highly specialized skills or experience to operate.
Verification and repair stations enable manufacturers to obtain an accurate picture of the defects occurring at various stages of production and, where possible, to repair them. This is of value to manufacturers since PCBs in which defects are detected must be either scrapped or repaired, depending upon the nature of the flaw. In addition, these process tools provide statistical and other information that may be useful to manufacturers in adapting and tailoring their manufacturing processes so as to reduce the recurrence of such defects. Since the verification process involves sorting of critical defects from false alarms and repair of the panel, it is generally performed separately from automated optical inspection.
Imaging solutions include laser plotters and direct imaging. Laser plotters provide PCB manufacturers with the capability to transform, within a few minutes, circuit designs on electronic media or design data retrieved from CAM databases into accurate, reliable artwork (production phototools). Direct imaging eliminates the need for exposing photoresist through a production phototool, by enabling the transfer of digital image data directly from the electronic media on to the photoresist. This translates into fewer manufacturing steps, lower material costs and greater accuracy and layer-to-layer registration. The Company believes that direct imaging technology enables the manufacture of higher density, more sophisticated PCBs, with significantly higher yields and reduced manufacturing costs, through the elimination of artwork costs and the scrap created by contact printing.
CAM solutions are designed for application in the PCB pre-production phase to facilitate automation and integration of the design, tooling, production data and inspection needs associated with PCB production. The
Frontline CAM products marketed by the Company include archiving and engineering software solutions, which streamline the transfer of complex designs from the designer of the PCB to the production floor and enable system operators to perform a wide range of data-related operations. Frontlines CAM solutions are offered through the Company, and Frontline supports the pre-existing installed base of CAM products of both the Company and Valor. The Company has also entered into certain marketing arrangements with Frontline.
In 2005, the Companys bare PCB product lines accounted for approximately $201.1 million of revenues (including approximately $60.2 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 53% of the Companys revenues. This compared with approximately $174.2 million of revenues (including approximately $55.9 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 55% of the Companys revenues, in 2004, and approximately $133.4 million of revenues (including approximately $52.7 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 58% of the Companys revenues, in 2003.
Discovery Series. The Discovery series, which was introduced in the fourth quarter of 2004, is intended for use in mid- to high volume PCB production and offers defect detection in line widths down to 45 microns with minimized false calls. The Discovery series is capable of achieving a throughput of up to 210 panel sides per hour for standard industry size PCBs (which are 18 x 24) containing lines 100 microns in width. The series is powered by the Companys, proprietary SIP (Simple, Intelligent, Powerful) Technology which, by combining user-friendly operation with intelligent detection and powerful performance, is designed to enable even inexperienced operators to achieve high quality AOI results with relatively little training.
Vision Series. The Vision series of PCB-AOI systems is designed for the inspection of PCBs for which fluorescent technology is more suitable. The latest generation Vision system, the PowerVision, introduced in 2003, is designed to inspect lines down to 37 microns in width. The PowerVision enables high throughput and can inspect more than 160 panel sides per hour for PCBs containing lines 100 microns in width. The PowerVision features enhanced detection algorithms for the inspection of todays advanced and complex PCB designs.
InFinex Series. The InFinex series, which was introduced in 2002, enables the high-volume inspection of advanced packages (such as chip carriers), ultra fine-line designs (down to 12-micron line widths) and advanced mainstream PCBs. The series employs specialized morphology based algorithms to facilitate the detection of extremely fine defects in critical, hard-to-inspect areas, including wire and FlipChip bonding pads, resulting in accurate detection and a low rate of false calls on even the most complex design patterns. The InFinex 3000 systems were introduced in 2004, with scanning capabilities of 65 panel sides per hour for PCBs containing lines 25 microns in width. The latest system in this series, the InFinex 3500Plus, introduced in the third quarter of 2005, inspects down to 12-micron line widths.
Spiron Series. The Spiron series, which was introduced in 2003, features a manual loading mechanism, making these systems particularly suitable for manual mass-production. The Spiron-8800 incorporates a dual loading table and is capable of throughput of up to 200 panel sides per hour for PCBs containing lines 125 microns in width. The dual loading table enables the operator to perform on-line verification of a panel that has just been inspected, concurrently with the inspection of the next board. This process, known as VIP (verification in parallel), results in a single AOI solution, incorporating both inspection and verification leading to a more efficient workflow, significant cost and labor savings, reduced panel handling and, ultimately, improved yield. In 2004, the Company introduced the AVIP (automatic verification in parallel) option, which enables the Spiron to perform most verification tasks in an automated manner, thereby facilitating a generally more reliable, predictable and efficient verification process.
Verification and Repair Stations. The Companys current offering of verification and repair stations is comprised of the latest model, the VeriSmart, which was introduced in 2004, and the previous model, the VRS-5. Both provide the operator with a crisp and magnified color image of the possible defect, as well as the image of the reference, which is essential for verification of high-density PCBs, and have been designed to maximize
accuracy and throughput and to minimize floor space and operator fatigue and error. The operator defines critical defects, to which these verification and repair stations automatically allocate priority so as to avoid repairing other defects on a panel that will later be scrapped. Both the VeriSmart and VRS-5 communicate with the Companys PCB-AOI systems, from which they directly and automatically retrieve defect data files of the panel being inspected. Their output can then be used by the customer for statistical analysis.
Direct Imaging. The Companys direct imaging solutions are comprised of advanced, laser-based direct imaging systems for use in the manufacture of fine feature PCBs at normal production rates. The Paragon-8000, introduced in the fourth quarter of 2004, operates with a diode pumped, solid state ultraviolet laser, which facilitates low power consumption, reduced cost of operations and extended laser life. The Paragon-8000 incorporates sophisticated optics allowing the exposure of an entire panel in one scan, and utilizes advanced digital techniques to enable wide process latitudes, digital image scaling and precise side-to-side registration. The single scan-line technique used to image the entire panel provides uniform exposure even on large panel surfaces. The systems sophisticated filtering mechanisms and relatively small number of process steps reduce external contaminants and handling defects. The Paragon-8000 achieves effective imaging rates of up to 160 panel sides per hour in manual operation mode. Two models in the Paragon family have subsequently been released, the Paragon-6000, a lower-end version of the 8000 model, and the Paragon-9000, which is capable of achieving resolutions down to 15 microns.
Laser Plotters. The Companys LP-9008 family of external drum laser plotters incorporates sophisticated electro-optics, complex mechanical designs and patented multi-beam imaging technology, enabling them to achieve high geometrical accuracy, plotting speeds and image quality. The LP9008 laser plotter is capable of plotting at multiple resolutions down to one micron in certain configurations. Automated data interface to CAM systems, advanced automation and high capacity, multiple format film drawers allow continuous unattended operation for long periods of time, all under light-tight, dust-free conditions.
CAM and Engineering Solutions. Frontlines CAM and engineering products enable the automation of the Front End/Engineering department of PCB manufacturers. The line includes: Genesis 2000, a leading comprehensive pre-production CAM system; GenFlex, a new CAM solution for Flex and Rigid Flex PCB manufacturers which is based on Genesis technology; InPlan, a rules driven engineering solution that automates the manufacturing planning process while substantially reducing manufacturing costs through cycle time reduction, material selection optimization, quality improvement and scrap reduction; and InStack, a stand alone module of InPlan which enables PCB manufacturers more effectively to design their high layer count boards, including substantially reducing planning time and enabling substantial cost savings and quality improvement. All of Frontlines CAM products are effectively integrated and share the same data using ODB++ data format.
(ii) Assembled PCBs
Once manufactured, bare PCBs are mounted with the electronic components needed to perform the specified tasks, after which they are commonly referred to as assembled (or populated) PCBs. There are three main steps in the assembly of surface-mount devices. The first step, solder paste printing, is the application of solder paste on every contact point of the PCB. The second step, component placement, is the actual placement of the components on the PCB. The last step, reflow, is the process of melting the solder paste and cooling it to form a solder joint. Inspection, either manual or automated, is performed after some or all of these steps, depending upon the intended application and the complexity of the board. As PCB assemblies become smaller and denser, manual inspection becomes increasingly time consuming and inefficient, resulting in higher manufacturing costs, lower yields and more product returns.
The Companys assembled PCB product lines consist of: (i) AOI solutions for each production stage of assembled PCBs; (ii) verification and repair stations; and (iii) process control solutions.
The Companys assembled PCB-AOI solutions are computerized electro-optical systems comprising either two or three dimensional image acquisition methods for the identification and inspection of defects and process deviations at various stages in the manufacture of assembled PCBs. Each of these solutions is designed to work in either in-line or off-line mode and can support high-volume production. In addition, when supplemented with specialized software developed and marketed by the Company, these solutions can also support prototype production (also known as NPI (new product introduction) or high-mix production), which is utilized mainly in the introduction of new products. Other specialized software produced and marketed by the Company enables these systems to inspect the press-fit connector pins located in the backplane of an assembled PCB.
In 2005, the Companys assembled PCB product lines accounted for approximately $32.1 million of revenues (including approximately $3.0 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 9% of the Companys revenues. This compared with approximately $34.0 million of revenues (including approximately $3.0 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 11% of the Companys revenues, in 2004, and approximately $21.6 million of revenues (including approximately $2.1 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 9% of the Companys revenues, in 2003.
Symbion Series. The Companys principal products for the inspection of assembled PCBs are in-line and off-line, post-paste, post-placement and post-solder inspection systems, known as the Symbion Series, and comprising the Symbion S36 and the Symbion P36.
The Symbion S36 series, introduced in mid 2005, includes inspection systems varying in throughput, inspection stage and price. These systems all provide high-level defect detection and repair cycles as well as accurate process data for fault prevention at the critical stages of post-reflow and post-placement inspection, thereby improving yields of even the most complex surface mount, through-hole and mixed technologies. The Symbion S36 is available in several configurations, differing principally in resolution and speed, each of which has been designed to provide high throughput in fine pitch surface mount technology lines, and in large board formats, and features three dimensional image acquisition, known as DPIX (dimensional picture image extraction) for high detection capabilities and reliable first-pass yields. The Symbion S36 series has been developed to meet the requirements of manufacturers of either high density or small component assembled PCBs, such as those used in personal computers, notebook motherboards, mobile applications or telecommunication transmission stations, whether produced in small or large batch sizes.
The Companys Symbion P36 series consists of three dimensional solder paste AOI systems which have been designed to provide an AOI solution to the solder paste inspection needs of electronics assembly manufacturers. The Symbion P36 features three-dimensional imaging technology for area and volumetric measurements, at high speed and without compromising accuracy.
Vantage S22 Series. The Vantage S22 series of AOI systems was introduced in the second half of 2005 and has been designed to address the requirements of mainstream PCB assembly technology by providing lower cost inspection solutions which support high volume production in small to medium sized manufacturing facilities. These systems support a similar product mix to the Symbion S36, such as motherboard, controller and automotive applications.
Verification and Repair Stations. The Verifast 21 verification and repair station supports all of the Companys assembled PCB-AOI systems and provides rapid repair cycles by means of clear and easy-to-use graphic user interface. It also offers accurate data for process control. The ergonomic design of the repair station facilitates the location of defects, either on screen or with a laser pointer that pinpoints failures on the PCB. The station operates in either fully automated in-line configuration, or in off-line mode.
Process Control Tools. The Companys suite of process control solutions, called the Advisor products, consists of: the Process Advisor, a quality process control which provides real time statistical process control,
processes statistical data and visualizes inspection results, enabling manufacturers to identify undesirable process trends and problems; the Yield Advisor, a data analysis application which uses AOI and verification and repair station results for data input, enabling extensive monitoring and reporting of the PCB assembly process; and the Line Advisor, a process control and capability module package for measuring placement machine capability in post-reflow AOI.
FPDs, which include liquid crystal displays (LCDs), plasma displays, organic light-emitting diodes and other types of FPDs, are presently used as display screens for laptop and desktop computers, televisions, digital telephones, car navigation systems, video cameras and a variety of other devices for technical, medical, military, aerospace and consumer electronics applications. FPDs offer various advantages over cathode ray tubes (CRTs), including the convenience associated with their significantly smaller physical depth and lower weight, and their relatively low levels of radiation and heat emission. The significant increase in the replacement of desktop CRTs by LCD-based FPDs for use in computers in recent years has also been due, in part, to the reduction in LCD unit costs resulting from technological improvements in LCD manufacturing processes. Recently, there has been a significant growth in sales of LCD wall-mounted television sets for home use, now estimated to comprise approximately ten percent of the worldwide sales of television sets. This increased demand has given rise to considerable investments by LCD manufacturers in order to facilitate the supply of LCDs for television requirements. The Company anticipates that there will be a further movement towards the replacement of CRTs by LCDs in computers, as well as in mid-size wall-mounted television sets for home use, audio visual applications and other electronic devices and applications.
The most common FPD technology currently in use is the thin film transistor (TFT) LCD, and the Company believes that this LCD technology will maintain its position of major importance in the foreseeable future. TFT LCDs, which are also known as active matrix LCDs, enable the production of higher resolution displays which provide very high-quality performance. They have replaced the lower-end passive matrix LCDs for use in mainstream applications such as laptop screens. Desktop monitors for personal computers, which is one of the major applications for FPDs, are manufactured using only active matrix TFT LCDs.
A typical active matrix LCD consists of two transparent substrates (normally glass) separated by liquid crystal material. On one of the substrates an active array of transistors is built through a complex, multilayer photolithographic deposition process similar in many ways to semiconductor production. On the other substrate a color filter is attached. There are three transistors, one for each of the red, green and blue components of each picture element (commonly known as a pixel). In a typical XGA-quality color active matrix LCD there are a total of 2,360,000 transistors with geometric line widths for each transistor of approximately five microns. The color filter enables the display to attain color capability by selectively filtering out the light passing through each colored pixel controlled by these transistors to produce the desired color mix on the display. The high quality viewing demands imposed by LCD television applications have increased the need for manufacturers to employ stringent yield management tools such as the measurement and inspection systems developed and offered by the Company.
LCD manufacturers generally refer to the size of glass panels (as measured in length and width) in terms of successively numbered generations. Although there is no standard gauge that is strictly and uniformly applied by all LCD manufacturers, there does exist a broad understanding as to the glass size represented by each incremental generation number. Normally, fourth generation glasses are 730 x 920 mm in size, fifth generation 1,100 x 1,300 mm in size, sixth generation 1,500 x 1,850 mm in size and seventh generation 1,870 x 2,200 mm in size. Eighth generation glass panels, initial production of which is reportedly scheduled to commence during 2006, are planned to be 2,250 x 2,450 mm in size. By developing increasingly large glasses, manufacturers are able to take advantage of various economies of scale which are available in the LCD production process, thus enabling them to improve their overall productivity. In addition, larger glasses enable manufacturers to produce and market consumer products with larger screen sizes.
The technology traditionally utilized in producing LCDs is known as Amorphous Silicon or a-Si, which refers to the material from which the active portion of the transistors is manufactured. However, in recent years a technology known as Low Temperature Polysilicon (LTPS) has proven suitable for certain LCD manufacturing applications. Although LTPS requires more processing steps, as well as additional and higher resolution inspection, than Amorphous Silicon, it enables significantly better performance of the final LCD product. In addition, it allows for the integration of non-display components on to the display glass, which can have the effect of reducing the number of parts requiring assembly in the final product.
LCDs are susceptible to various defects, many of them resulting from the photolithographic and deposition processes mentioned above. Detection of these defects during the production process allows manufacturers to avoid the expense of further costly materials (which represent a substantial percentage of total costs), to repair defects, if possible, before they become inaccessible due to further manufacturing processes and to improve yields.
The inspection of LCDs poses distinct technological challenges due to the transparent materials used for some conductors and insulators, their multi-layered structure and high-density features and the fine nature of potential defects. LCD inspection must also match the high production speeds of LCD facilities. These technological challenges are growing more acute as LCDs become larger in size and increasingly complex in response to customer requirements for larger and more sophisticated displays utilizing increased numbers of pixels and involving greater complexity of manufacture.
The Companys FPD product lines consist of: (i) FPD-AOI systems for LCD products; and (ii) process control tool solutions.
In 2005, the Companys FPD product lines accounted for approximately $135.0 million of revenues (including approximately $9.9 million related to service and support of such products), representing approximately 36% of the Companys revenues. This compared with approximately $97.8 million of revenues (including approximately $7.9 million related to service and support of such products), representing approximately 31% of the Companys revenues, in 2004, and approximately $63.1 million of revenues (including approximately $8.5 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 28% of the Companys revenues, in 2003.
FPI-7000 Series. The FPI-7000 series of AOI systems employs an image acquisition system that enhances the inspected material contrast thereby enabling the inspection of a wide variety of layers. The FPI-7090 systems, which were introduced in 1999, are designed to handle fourth generation glass substrates. In 2001, the Company introduced the FPI-7590 systems to support fifth generation glass substrates.
FPI-6000 Series. The FPI-6000 series of AOI systems offers high sensitivity at rapid inspection speed. In 1999, the Company introduced the 6090 FPD-AOI system for fourth generation size glass substrates, and in 2001 it introduced the FPI-6590 to support fifth generation glass substrates at a very high resolution of three microns. These systems complemented and expanded the Companys range of FPD-AOI systems by broadening the scope of inspection solutions that the Company is able to offer to include engineering tool-process analysis for process setup.
InVision Series. In 2002, the Company introduced an in-line inspection system, the Invision series, which is designed to be integrated into process equipment so as to provide rapid feedback on process failures. This series, which expands and complements the Companys line of AOI solutions for FPD production, is designed to inspect glass at very high speeds which keep pace with the production line index, thereby enabling deployment of systems directly in line with other advanced production tools. The Invision series is available in three models that are designed to meet the technology needs of fifth, sixth and seventh generation glass sizes, at the sensitivity level required for each manufacturing stage. Each of these systems incorporates innovative inspection technology, including a purpose designed air-float table for accurate height positioning and non-contact handling of the glass.
SuperVision Series. In 2003, the Company introduced a series of off-line, FPD-AOI systems, the SuperVision series. The SuperVision 650 system was the first FPD-AOI system designed to support sixth generation glass substrates. Subsequent SuperVision systems, including the SuperVision 760 and the SuperVision 880, support glass sizes up to and including eighth generation substrates. These systems incorporate a glass transportation technique based on air-float technology, and their customized camera and image processing architecture enable them to identify very small defects on large glass panels without compromising scan speed.
Pointer. The Company also expanded the range of applications for which its FPD-AOI systems can be utilized, with the introduction in 2002 of the Pointer AOI, as an alternative to the traditional methods of electrical testing for open or short circuits. The Pointer AOI operates at relatively low running costs, can provide more comprehensive information than electrical testing methods and eliminates the risks of damage generally associated with mechanical probes.
Process Control Tools. In 2003, the Company introduced the EYES-2020, an enhanced process monitoring system providing effective defect data analysis. It enables accurate process control, virtually in real time, and improves yields by counting, accumulating and analyzing AOI-generated defect data automatically. EYES-2020 also uses the data that it has collected to initiate certain parts of the AOI setup process of systems, thereby eliminating the need for LCD manufacturers to devote time and other resources for that purpose. The Company believes that the combination of AOI and EYES allows LCD manufacturers to achieve high quality, comprehensive and reliable process control.
Critical Dimension and Overlay Measurement. In 2005, the Company introduced an optional add-on feature to its FPD-AOI systems called critical dimension and overlay measurement, or CD/O. CD/O enables accurate measurement of critical features on the glass panel, such as conductor widths and layer to layer registration, and represents the first process metrology solution offered by the Company to LCD manufacturers. Process metrology, a key method utilized by LCD manufacturers to monitor and stabilize the manufacturing processes, has traditionally been performed by means of dedicated, stand-alone CD/O measuring systems. The Company believes that by offering these solutions as an integral part of its FPD-AOI systems, it will be possible to save valuable clean room space, reduce equipment and handling overheads and minimize the potential risks associated with the movement of glass panels through the fabrication plant. Furthermore, application of the CD/O as part of the Companys in-line AOI systems increases the likelihood of detecting process or equipment problems significantly earlier in the manufacturing process, thereby reducing waste of expensive work in process. As with other AOI data, CD/O data is also conveyed to Orbotechs EYES-2020 yield management station for statistical analysis, auto-alarming and storage.
(iv) Automatic Check Reading
Through Orbograph, the Company develops, and markets by way of system integrators and solution providers, automatic check reading solutions to banks and other financial institutions. Orbograph has also developed a proprietary technology for web-based, location-independent data entry for check processing and forms processing. By using Orbographs automatic check reading products, customers substantially reduce their manual labor costs, while at the same time generally achieving greater accuracy than human operators. During 2005, Orbograph expanded its customer base to include more large banks and financial institutions. Orbograph also expanded its network of partners to include solution providers that focus on large financial institutions and made initial installations of its software for check fraud detection and prevention at major United States banks. The Company believes that Orbograph is currently a leading provider of automatic check reading software.
In 2005, the Companys check reading product lines accounted for approximately $11.5 million of revenues (including approximately $3.5 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 3% of the Companys revenues. This compared with approximately $9.2 million of revenues (including approximately $2.8 million related to service and support of those products), representing
approximately 3% of the Companys revenues, in 2004, and approximately $10.3 million of revenues (including approximately $2.1 million related to service and support of those products), representing approximately 5% of the Companys revenues, in 2003.
Orbographs data conversion software drives its automatic check reading (or character recognition) products, which operate by acquiring or capturing the image of a check, identifying the amount as well as other important information which it contains, and converting that image data into a computer readable, digital number.
OrboCAR Series. Orbographs principal products are the OrboCAR (check amount recognition) suite of products that are designed to read, automatically, the numerical characters and alphabetical letters handwritten or printed on checks. OrboCAR products are utilized in conjunction with the image-based check processing systems employed by banks and other financial institutions. The OrboCAR series includes a range of products, varying in the accuracy and percentage of checks which they are capable of reading, but all of which share common interfaces, thereby facilitating easy upgradability. The principal product in the series is the OrboCAR Accura, a check amount recognition product introduced in 2002, which achieves a considerably higher degree of accuracy than previous Orbograph products and most human operators.
OrboCAR Apex. During 2004 and 2005, Orbograph expanded the installed base of its OrboCAR Apex, an innovative product that provides a highly efficient solution to check data entry by using a combination of artificial intelligence and human intervention. This product is based on Orbographs patented Key-Pay technology, which enables web-based, location-independent data entry for check processing and forms processing.
Image Quality and Usability Assurance (IQUA). During 2004, Orbograph introduced software which inspects the image quality and usability of scanned checks. This product is intended for banks that utilize image replacements (rather than original checks) in the check clearing process. During 2005, Orbograph continued to achieve additional installations with a number of banks that are establishing and developing image-based check clearing operations.
Convene. During 2005 Orbograph developed Key-Pay Convene, an add-on utility for forms-processing applications which uses Key-Pay technology to provide remote data-entry and data-repair services. Orbograph has signed agreements with large United States companies under which they will offer Convene to their forms-processing customers.
(d) Marketing, Sales and Support
The Company markets its products for inspection of electronic components and provides customer support through its wholly-owned subsidiaries in the United States, Europe, the Pacific Rim and Japan. Each subsidiary employs local marketing, sales and customer support personnel. Worldwide marketing efforts are coordinated by the responsible marketing managers, who are based at Company headquarters in Israel. Orbograph, utilizing Orbotech, Inc. as its distributor, markets and sells its principal products through system integrators, principally in North America, who incorporate the Companys data conversion software into the automated check processing systems utilized by banks and other financial institutions.
Approximately 180 people are engaged in the Companys worldwide sales and marketing efforts, which include participation in various trade shows and conventions, publications and trade press, demonstrations performed in Company facilities and daily contact with customers by sales personnel.
The Company installs, services and provides training to customers on all its products. After a minimum amount of site preparation by the customer, installation of a typical system can normally be completed at the customers site, either by the Company or third parties, within a short time after delivery. The Companys customer support representative installs and checks the system. As part of the installation procedure, the
Company provides system documentation and basic training in maintenance and application to customers. In addition, for a fee, the Company offers customers service and maintenance contracts commencing after the expiration of the warranty period. Software, whether contained in optional features or forming an integral part of the functioning capacity of the system, is licensed. Software updates are typically included in the service fee.
At December 31, 2005, the Company employed 481 customer support personnel at 36 locations worldwide to ensure prompt and efficient service. 294 were stationed at 21 locations in the Pacific Rim, 55 at seven locations in Europe, 48 at one location in Japan, 44 at six locations in the United States and 40 at one location in Israel.
(e) Production and Sources of Supply
The Companys manufacturing activities for systems consist primarily of the assembly and testing of components and subassemblies that are acquired from third party vendors and subcontractors and then integrated into a finished system by the Company.
The Company utilizes subcontractors in Israel, the United States, Europe, China and Japan for the production of mechanical parts, optical components, castings and casings, electronic cabinets, PCB fabrication and a portion of the required electronic assembly.
Most electronic components are imported from the United States, Europe, Japan and China. The Companys production capacity is sufficient for its level of sales and permits the Company, in most cases, to ship products within two weeks to six months of receipt of customer orders if requested by the customer.
Certain key components and subassemblies included in the Companys systems are purchased from a limited group of suppliers. The Company currently purchases certain key components from single sources of supply. To date, the Company has been able to obtain sufficient units to meet its needs and does not foresee any short-term supply difficulty in obtaining timely delivery of any parts or components. However, an interruption in supply from any of these sources could disrupt production, thereby adversely affecting the Companys results. The Company generally maintains several months inventory of critical components used in the manufacture and assembly of its systems.
Although the Company is the world leader in AOI systems for bare PCBs and for FPDs, it faces competition from a number of companies that either produce or are developing such systems. Most currently available AOI systems for PCBs use a varying combination of inspection methods, as do the AOI systems of the Company. The Company has responded to the competition with continued enhancements of its AOI product lines and it anticipates continuing to do so.
During 2005, the Company faced continuing competition for its FPD products, causing it to experience pricing pressure from customers. Korean developers of AOI systems offer in-line and off-line FPD-AOI solutions that compete with the Companys InVision, SuperVision and FPI series. Although the Company believes that its solutions compare favorably with those of its competitors, there can be no assurance that FPD manufacturers will continue to choose to purchase the Companys products.
Inspection solutions for assembled PCBs are currently offered by a significant number of providers (including local suppliers in the Far East), some of which have broader product offerings targeted at the same customer base, and many of which are business units within companies of significantly greater size, and having access to substantially more capital and other resources, than does the Company.
The Company believes that, based upon their respective characteristics, such as automation, throughput, ease-of-use, image processing, editing capabilities, storage format, accuracy and speed, the performance capabilities of its imaging solutions and its AOI systems for use in the inspection of bare and assembled PCBs, and in the inspection of FPDs, remain strongly competitive with similar products.
The Company also believes that in the future price will remain a principal competitive factor for its PCB and FPD products. However, other factors, including functionality and performance (e.g., speed, ease of use, accuracy and reliability), the provision of improved products through research and development, customer support services and customer relations will continue to be of major importance to the Companys manufacturing customers.
Orbographs automatic check reading products face competition in North America from a number of other providers of so-called intelligent character recognition solutions, some of which are larger in size and/or have more experience in the provision of such solutions than Orbograph.
The Companys competitors can be expected to continue to improve the design and performance of their products and to introduce new products with more competitive prices and performance features. Maintaining the technological and other advantages of the Companys products over those of its competitors will require a continued high level of investment by the Company in both research and development and operations. The Company believes it can maintain its competitive position by continuing to supply updated, state-of-the-art product apparatus, comprehensive after-sales support and improved features to meet sophisticated customer needs. There can be no assurance that the Company will be able to continue to make such investments or that the Company will be able to achieve the technological advances necessary to maintain its current competitive advantages.
The Company believes that its extensive installed base and global network of sales and support offices, as well as the recognition it has attained with PCB and FPD manufacturers, and banks and other financial institutions, place it in a strong competitive position with respect to its PCB, FPD and automatic check reading product lines.
(g) Additional Considerations Relating to the Companys Operations in Israel
The Company is incorporated under the laws of the State of Israel, and its headquarters and production facilities are located in Israel. Although virtually all of the Companys sales are currently made to customers outside Israel, the Company is nonetheless directly influenced by political, economic and military conditions affecting Israel. Accordingly, any major hostilities involving Israel, a substantial decline in the prevailing regional security situation or the interruption or curtailment of trade between Israel and its present trading partners could have a material adverse effect on the Companys operations. Since the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, a state of hostility has existed, varying in degree and intensity, between Israel and the Arab countries. Historically, Arab states have boycotted any direct trade with Israel and to varying degrees have imposed a secondary boycott on any company carrying on trade with, or doing business in, Israel. Although Israel has entered into certain agreements with Egypt, Jordan and Palestinian representatives, there have been continued and increasing difficulties in the negotiations with the Palestinians and no prediction can be made as to whether a resolution of past problems will be achieved or as to the nature of any such resolution. Beginning in September 2000, the overall relationship and security situation between Israel and the Palestinians deteriorated significantly and has been marked by frequent and continuing violence. To date, these matters have not had any material effect on the Companys business and results of operations, but there can be no assurance that they will not do so in the future.
Many of the Companys male employees in Israel are currently obligated to perform annual reserve duty in the Israel Defense Forces. In addition, virtually all such employees are subject to being called for active military duty at any time under emergency circumstances. No assessment can be made of the full impact of such requirements on the Company in the future, particularly if emergency circumstances occur, and no prediction can be made as to the effect on the Company of any expansion of these obligations.
The Company benefits from certain government programs and tax legislation, particularly as a result of the Approved Enterprise status of substantially all of the Companys existing production facilities in Israel under the Law for the Encouragement of Capital Investments, 1959 (an Approved Enterprise and the Approved Enterprise Law, respectively). Pursuant to these programs and legislation a portion of the Companys income is taxed at reduced rates. See Note 9 to the Financial Statements. To be eligible for these benefits, the Company
must continue to meet certain conditions. Should the Company fail to meet such conditions in the future, these benefits could be cancelled and the Company might be required to refund tax benefits previously received, if any, together with interest and linkage differences to the Israeli Consumer Price Index (the Israeli CPI). The Company also benefits from a Government of Israel program under which it receives grants from the OCS for the development of generic technologies without incurring any royalty obligations. See Item 5.C(a)Research and Development, Patents and Licenses, etc.Research and Development Policy. There can be no assurance that these programs and tax legislation will be continued in the future or that the available benefits will not be reduced. The Approved Enterprise Law was amended in 2005, but the Company believes that these amendments should not impact the status or benefits applicable to the Companys current Approved Enterprises; however they may have an adverse effect on the Companys results of operations in the future. For further information see Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsCritical Accounting PoliciesTaxes on Income.
The termination or curtailment of these programs or the loss or reduction of such benefits (particularly those available to the Company as a result of the Approved Enterprise status of the Companys existing facilities in Israel) could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations.
Israel is a member of the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank Group (including the International Finance Corporation), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the Inter-American Development Bank. Israel is also a signatory to the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, which provides for reciprocal lowering of trade barriers among its members. In addition, Israel has been granted preferences under the Generalized System of Preferences from Japan. These preferences allow Israel to export the products covered by these programs either duty-free or at reduced tariffs.
Israel has entered into preferential Trade Agreements with the European Union, the United States, Canada, the European Free Trade Association and a variety of other countries. Israel also has commercial and trade relations with a number of other nations, including Russia and China, with which it had not previously had such relations.
4.C Organizational Structure
The Companys wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States, Orbotech, Inc., maintains its headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts, with a regional office in Tustin, California. The Companys European operations are coordinated from the headquarters of its wholly-owned subsidiary in Brussels, Orbotech S.A., and from regional offices in Paris, Manchester and Stuttgart. Orbotech Pacific Ltd. and Orbotech Asia Ltd., also wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Company, operate through their headquarters in Hong Kong, and Orbotech Pacific Ltd. also operates from regional offices or subsidiaries in Korea, Taiwan, Singapore and China. The Companys wholly-owned subsidiary in Japan, Orbotech Japan Ltd., maintains its headquarters in Tokyo. The Companys principal Israeli subsidiaries, headquartered in Yavne, Israel, are Orbograph (owned approximately 90% by the Company), the Orbotech Technology Ventures Limited Partnership (wholly-owned by the Company), of which the partners are the Company and Orbotech Technology Ventures Limited, and Orbotech Medical Solutions Ltd. (wholly-owned by the Company).
4.D Property, Plants and Equipment
The Companys administrative, manufacturing, research and development, corporate sales, marketing and customer support operations are conducted in and from leased premises located in Yavne, Israel, comprising a total area of approximately 246,000 square feet with an option to lease additional space. The lease is for a ten-year period terminating in 2010, and the Company has a right of first refusal to purchase the facility.
Additionally, the Company, generally through its subsidiaries, leases approximately 234,000 square feet of floor space, which is used primarily in connection with sales, marketing and customer support. These leases expire on various dates up to 2014. Also, the Company, through its Belgian subsidiary, Orbotech S.A., owns an interest in real property that is used as its European headquarters.
The aggregate annual net rental for all of the Companys facilities in and outside Israel in 2005 was approximately $6.2 million (compared to approximately $5.5 million in 2004 and $5.7 million in 2003). For further information, see Note 7a(2) to the Financial Statements.
The Company has invested substantial sums in improving the leased properties that it occupies in order to adapt them to its various engineering and production activities. The majority of these improvements have been integrated into the leasehold facilities. At the present time the facilities available to the Company in Yavne, Israel, are approximately 95% utilized, generally on a one shift basis, in the course of the Companys normal operations and are considered to be adequate for such operations. The Company is not presently engaged in the construction or material expansion of any additional building at its Yavne facilities and has no present plans to relocate its facilities. The Company is not aware of any environmental issues that may affect its ability to use its facilities.
During 1997, the Company entered into negative pledge agreements with certain banks pursuant to which the Company has undertaken not to register certain charges on its assets in favor of third parties without the prior consent of such banks. See Note 7c to the Financial Statements.
5.A Operating Results
Orbotech is an Israeli corporation with two reportable operating segments: (i) Production Support Solutions for the Electronics Industry; and (ii) Other (principally Automatic Check Reading). The Company is principally engaged in the design, development, manufacture, marketing and/or service of yield-enhancing, production support solutions for specialized applications in the supply chain of the electronics industry. The Companys products for the electronics industry are primarily AOI and process control systems, and imaging and CAM solutions, principally for application in the production of PCBs and FPDs. Through Orbograph, the Company also develops and markets automatic check reading solutions to banks and other financial institutions and has developed a proprietary technology for web-based, location-independent data entry for check processing and forms processing.
The Company derives revenues from two sources: (i) sales of the Companys products; and (ii) services provided with respect to the Companys products. In 2005, 2004 and 2003, revenues derived from sales of products constituted approximately 80%, 78% and 71%, respectively, of the Companys total revenues, with the remaining revenues being derived from service for product support. During those periods, approximately 97%, 97% and 95%, respectively, of revenues from both product sales and service were derived from product lines related to its production support solutions for the electronics industry, and the balance principally from product lines related to automatic check reading. The Company expects that revenues from its products for inspection of electronic components and related services will continue to account for a predominant portion of total sales and service revenues in the near future. Most of the Companys inspection-related revenues are derived from repeat sales to existing customers, and the Company expects that repeat sales will continue to account for a significant portion of such revenues in the future. See Note 13a to the Financial Statements for a description of each segment and information as to segment revenues, operating income or loss, assets and related data.
The currency of the primary economic environment in which the operations of the Company are conducted is the U.S. Dollar. Virtually all of the Companys sales are made outside Israel in non-Israeli currencies, mainly the U.S. Dollar, and most of its purchases of materials and components are made, and most marketing and service costs are incurred, outside Israel in non-Israeli currencies, primarily the U.S. Dollar. Thus, the functional currency of the Company is the U.S. Dollar.
(b) Adoption of U.S. GAAP
For each of the years up to and including the year ended December 31, 2001, the Company prepared its primary financial statements in accordance with Israeli GAAP, with a reconciliation to U.S. GAAP presented in a note to the financial statements. However, the Company elected, as from 2002, to change the basis of accounting used in its primary financial statements from Israeli GAAP to U.S. GAAP. The Company believes that since its shares are traded only in the United States and the majority of such shares are beneficially owned by United States persons, investors and other users of its financial statements would benefit if the primary financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S., rather than Israeli, GAAP. Nevertheless, having been advised by the SEC that its staff does not object to the Companys so doing, the Company continues to account for Frontline using the proportionate method of consolidation, including summarized footnote disclosures of the amounts proportionately consolidated, rather than the equity method as is called for under U.S. GAAP pursuant to Accounting Principles Board (APB) Opinion No. 18.
Unless otherwise stated, all financial data presented in this Annual Report on Form 20-F have been adjusted to give effect to the adoption by the Company of U.S. GAAP.
(c) Critical Accounting Policies
To improve understanding of the Companys financial statements, it is important to obtain some degree of familiarity with the Companys principal or significant accounting policies. These policies are described in Note 1 to the Financial Statements. The Company reviews its financial reporting, disclosure practices and accounting policies annually to ensure that the financial statements, which are developed on the basis of these accounting policies, provide complete, accurate and transparent information concerning the financial condition of the Company. As part of this process, the Company has reviewed the selection and application of its critical accounting policies and financial disclosures as at December 31, 2005, and it believes that the Financial Statements present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of the Company as at that date.
In preparing the Companys financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, the Companys management must often make estimates and assumptions, which may affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and related disclosures as at the date of the financial statements and during the reporting period. Some of those judgments can be subjective and complex, and consequently actual results may differ from those estimates. For any given individual estimate or assumption made by the Company, there may be alternative estimates or assumptions which are also reasonable. However, the Company believes that, given the facts and circumstances before it at the time of making the relevant judgments, estimates or assumptions, it is unlikely that applying any such other reasonable judgment would cause a material adverse effect on the Companys consolidated results of operations, financial position or liquidity for the periods presented in the Financial Statements.
The Company is also subject to risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ from estimates and assumptions, such as changes in the economic environment, competition, foreign exchange, taxation and governmental programs. Certain of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions are discussed under the heading Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information and in Item 3.DRisk Factors.
The Company considers its most significant accounting policies to be those discussed below.
(i) Revenue Recognition
The Company recognizes revenue from sale of products to end users upon delivery, provided that appropriate signed documentation of the arrangement, such as a signed contract, purchase order or letter of agreement, has been received, the fee is fixed or determinable and collectibility is reasonably assured. If the Company determines that any of these criteria have not been met, revenue recognition is deferred until all of these criteria have been met. The Company does not, in the normal course of business, provide a right of return to its customers.
The Company implements Emerging Issues Task Force Issue 00-21, Revenue Arrangements with Multiple Deliverables (EITF 21), which deals with the accounting, by a vendor, for contractual arrangements in which multiple revenue-generating activities will be performed by the vendor. EITF 21 addresses when, and if so how, an arrangement involving multiple deliverables should be divided into separate units of accounting. For arrangements with multiple deliverables the Company makes judgments, in addition to those described above, as to whether each item has value to the customer on a stand-alone basis, the amount of revenue for each element that is not subject to refund and whether the fair values of undelivered items have been reliably determined.
Installation and training are not considered essential to the product capabilities since they do not require specialized skills and can be performed by other vendors. Accordingly, upon delivery, the Company defers revenue in an amount equivalent to the fair value of installation and training and recognizes those deferred revenues once installation and training has been completed.
The Company grants its customers a warranty, usually for a period of six to twelve months, on systems sold. Upon revenue recognition, the Company records as deferred revenue relating to warranty commitments a portion of the sale price that relates to the fair value of the work expected to be performed during the warranty period (based on past experience) and recognizes it as service revenue ratably over the warranty period. After the warranty period, service revenue in respect of the Companys systems is recognized ratably over the contractual period or as services are performed. Annual service fees are generally based on the list price of the Companys products. It has been the Companys experience that many of its customers elect to receive maintenance services from the Company on a continuing contractual basis after the conclusion of the warranty period.
In circumstances where the product has been delivered but revenue deferred, such as in the case of newly developed products, the Company records the proceeds it has received as deferred income. The deferred income balance equals the amount of deferred product revenue that has been received less the cost of the delivered products. The cost of the delivered products is offset from deferred revenue, and not presented as inventoryfinished products, since title passes to the customer upon delivery.
The Company recognizes revenue from sale of software to end users upon delivery, provided that appropriate signed documentation of the arrangement, such as a signed contract, purchase order or letter of agreement, has been received, the fee is fixed or determinable, and collectibility is probable. When software is made available to customers electronically, it is deemed to have been delivered when the Company has provided the customer with the access codes necessary to enable immediate possession of the software. If collectibility is in question, revenue is recognized when the fee is collected.
Maintenance revenues are comprised of revenue from support arrangements that include technical support and the right to unspecified upgrades on an if-and-when-available basis. Revenues from these services are deferred and recognized on a straight-line basis, over the life of the related agreement, which is typically one year.
(ii) Inventory Valuation
Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market value. Cost is determined as follows: componentson the moving average basis; labor and overheadon the basis of actual manufacturing costs. If actual market conditions prove less favorable than those projected by management, additional inventory write-downs may be required. Inventories are written down for estimated obsolescence based upon assumptions about future demand and market conditions. Likewise, favorable future demand and market conditions could positively impact future operating results if inventory that has been written down is sold.
(iii) Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers for the purpose of determining the appropriate allowance for doubtful accounts. In respect of sales to customers in emerging economies, the Company generally requires letters of credit from banks. The allowance for doubtful accounts is determined for specific debts the collection of which is doubtful.
(iv) Liability for Employee Rights Upon Retirement
The Company does not have any obligations to its employees upon retirement which are not fully provided for in the Financial Statements. In accordance with labor laws and agreements in force with respect to its Israeli and Japanese employees, the Company has liability for severance pay upon retirement, and the Company fully records such obligations at each balance sheet date on an undiscounted basis, based on salary components which, in managements opinion, create entitlement to severance pay. The severance pay liability of the Company and its Israeli subsidiaries to their Israeli employees, based upon the number of years of service and the latest monthly salary, is in large part covered by regular deposits with recognized pension funds, deposits with severance pay funds and purchases of insurance policies. See Note 6 to the Financial Statements.
The Company has not undertaken to provide any post-retirement health benefits to its employees.
(v) Taxes on Income
Taxes on income are calculated based on the Companys assumptions as to its entitlement to various benefits under the Approved Enterprise Law. The Companys entitlement to such benefits is conditional upon its compliance with the terms and conditions prescribed in this law. In the event of its failure to do so these benefits may be canceled and the Company may be required to refund the amount of the benefits already received, in whole or in part, with the addition of Israeli CPI linkage differentials and interest. The Approved Enterprise Law was amended in 2005, but the Company believes that these amendments should not impact the status or benefits applicable to the Companys current Approved Enterprises. The termination or curtailment of the Approved Enterprise Law or the loss or reduction of such benefits could increase the Companys tax rates, thereby reducing its net profits or increasing its net losses, and could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations.
Deferred income taxes are determined utilizing the asset and liability method based on the estimated future tax effects of differences between the financial accounting and tax bases of assets and liabilities under the applicable tax laws. Deferred income tax provisions and benefits are based on the changes in the deferred tax asset or tax liability from period to period. Valuation allowance is included in respect of deferred tax assets when it is considered more likely than not that such assets will not be realized. In the event that the tax assets are not realized, income tax expense would increase or, conversely, if the valuation allowance is overestimated, the Company would benefit from a future tax credit.
The Company may incur additional tax liability in the event of intercompany dividend distributions by its subsidiaries. Such additional tax liability in respect of non-Israeli subsidiaries has not been provided for in the Companys financial statements, as the Company does not expect these subsidiaries to distribute dividends in the foreseeable future.
Taxes that would apply in the event of disposal of investments in subsidiaries have not been taken into account in computing deferred income taxes, as it is the Companys intention to hold, and not to realize, these investments.
The Company may incur additional tax liability in the event of distribution of tax-exempt income. The Company intends permanently to reinvest the amounts of tax-exempt income of its Approved Enterprises and does not intend to cause dividends to be distributed from such income. Therefore, no deferred taxes have been provided in respect of such tax-exempt income. In April 2005, substantive amendments to the Approved Enterprise Law came into effect, which revised the criteria for investments qualified to receive tax benefits. These amendments do not apply to investment programs approved prior to December 31, 2004. Under the law as amended, an eligible investment program will qualify for benefits as a Benefiting Enterprise (replacing the previous terminology of Approved Enterprise). As a result of these amendments, future tax-exempt income generated under the provisions of the amended law will, if distributed upon liquidation of if paid to a shareholder
for the purchase of his or her shares, be deemed distributed as a dividend and will subject the Company to taxes. Therefore, the Company may be required to record deferred tax liability with respect to such tax-exempt income, which would have an adverse effect on its results of operations. The Company does not expect that it will be required to record any such deferred tax liability in its consolidated financial statements for 2006.
(vi) Amortization of Intangible Assets
As from January 1, 2002, pursuant to Statement of Financial Accounting Standards (FAS) No.142 of the FASB (FAS 142), Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets, goodwill ceased to be amortized and instead is tested for impairment annually. During 2002, the Company identified its various reporting units, which consist of its operating segments, and performed the necessary allocations of its intangible assets between goodwill and other intangible assets, mainly intellectual property. The Company has utilized expected future discounted cash flows to determine the fair value of the reporting units and whether any impairment of goodwill existed as of the date of adoption of FAS 142. As a result of the application of the transitional impairment test, the Company does not have to record a cumulative effect of accounting change for the estimated impairment of goodwill. The Company designated September 30 of each year as the date on which it performs its annual goodwill impairment test. On September 30, 2005, an impairment test was conducted on the unamortized goodwill pursuant to which it was determined that, as of the date of the impairment test, no impairment existed. Changes in the fair value of the reporting units following material changes in the assumptions as to the future cash flows and/or discount rates could result in an unexpected impairment charge to goodwill. As at December 31, 2005, the Companys goodwill was approximately $12.5 million, allocated as follows: approximately $9.0 million to the Production Support Solutions for the Electronics Industry segment and the balance to the business acquired by OMS from Imarad in March 2005 (see Item 4.AHistory and Development of the CompanyMajor Business Developments).
The Companys acquired intangible assets other than goodwill, comprised primarily of intellectual property, are being amortized on a straight-line basis over a period of five years, based on past experience. At January 1, 2002, the Company had goodwill of approximately $9.0 million and other intangible assets subject to amortization of approximately $9.7 million. At December 31, 2005, goodwill was approximately $12.5 million and other intangible assets subject to amortization were approximately $2.5 million. The amortization expense for 2005 totaled approximately $2.6 million and is anticipated to total approximately $0.6 million for 2006. If an event or a change in circumstances (such as a significant industry downturn, a significant decline in the market value of the Company or significant reductions in projected future cash flows) indicates that the carrying amount of such intangible assets may not be recoverable through undiscounted future cash flows, the carrying amount of these assets will be reviewed for impairment and, if necessary, written down to their estimated fair values.
See Notes 1i, 1j and 5 to the Financial Statements.
(d) Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements
In June 2005, the FASB issued FAS No. 154, Accounting Changes and Error Correctionsa replacement of APB Opinion No. 20 and FASB Statement No. 3 (FAS 154). FAS 154 generally requires retrospective application of changes in accounting principles to financial statements in respect of prior periods. Previously, APB Opinion No. 20 required that most voluntary changes in accounting principle were recognized by including the cumulative effect of changing to the new accounting principle in net income of the period of the change. FAS 154 applies to all voluntary changes in accounting principle. It also applies to changes required by an accounting pronouncement in the unusual circumstance that the pronouncement does not include specific transition provisions. When a pronouncement includes specific transition provisions, those provisions should be followed. FAS 154 is effective for accounting changes and corrections of errors made in fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2005 (January 1, 2006 for the Company). The Company does not expect the adoption of FAS 154 to have a material impact on its results of operations, financial position or cash flow.
In December 2004, the FASB issued FAS 123(R), which addresses the accounting for share-based payment transactions in which the Company obtains employee services in exchange for: (a) equity instruments of the
Company; or (b) liabilities that are based on the fair value of the Companys equity instruments or that may be settled by the issuance of such equity instruments. This Statement eliminates the ability to account for employee share-based payment transactions using APB Opinion No. 25, Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees (as the Company has done), and requires instead that such transactions be accounted for using the grant-date fair value based method over the period during which the recipient is required to provide service in exchange for the award. This Statement was to have been effective as of the beginning of the first interim or annual reporting period that commences after June 15, 2005 (July 1, 2005 for the Company); however, on April 14, 2005, the SEC delayed effectiveness for companies with fiscal years ending December 31 (such as the Company) to January 1, 2006. This Statement applies to all awards granted or modified after the Statements effective date. Accordingly, the cost of all such awards by the Company commencing January 1, 2006 will be recorded as compensation expense in the consolidated statements of operations instead of being presented only on a pro forma basis in the financial statement footnotes. In addition, compensation cost for the unvested portion of previously granted awards that remain outstanding on the Statements effective date will be recognized in the consolidated statements of operations on or after the effective date, as the related services are rendered, based on the awards grant-date fair value as previously calculated for the pro-forma disclosure under FAS No. 123, Share-Based Payment.
The Company has determined that it will apply the modified prospective application transition method, as permitted by the Statement. Under such transition method, the Companys financial statements for periods prior to the effective date of the Statement will not be restated and the compensation expense for periods through December 31, 2005 will continue to be presented on a pro forma basis in the footnotes to the financial statements.
The Company expects that the adoption of FAS 123(R) will have a material effect on its results of operations (although not its financial condition). The impact on net income as a result of the adoption of FAS 123(R), from a historical perspective, is set forth in Note 1r to the Financial Statements; however the Company believes that this historical impact is not indicative of the impact subsequent to the effectiveness of FAS 123(R).
The unrecorded maximum compensation expense for equity awards outstanding at January 1, 2006 is estimated at approximately $8.5 million at that date (without taking into account forfeiture rates) before income taxes and will be recorded in the consolidated financial statements for the following periods:
These amounts do not reflect the compensation cost of any awards granted commencing January 1, 2006, which will be reflected in the consolidated financial statements over the applicable vesting period in accordance with FAS 123(R). Compensation expense relating to future equity awards will depend on a variety of factors including the level and type of future awards and their terms; valuation considerations such as expected option life, volatility of the market price of the Ordinary Shares and applicable interest rates; and future levels of forfeitures of such awards. The Company is not currently able to estimate the additional compensation expense from future grants but will examine carefully this expense and its relation to net income when making such grants.
For a discussion of modifications to the Companys equity remuneration plans approved by shareholders in July 2005 prior to the adoption of FAS 123(R), see Item 6.EShare Ownership.
In November 2004, the FASB issued FAS No. 151, Inventory Costsan amendment of ARB 43, Chapter 4 (FAS 151). This Statement amends the guidance in ARB No. 43, Chapter 4, Inventory Pricing, to clarify the accounting for abnormal amounts of idle facility expense, freight, handling costs and wasted material, requiring that these items be recognized as current-period charges. In addition, this Statement requires that the allocation of fixed production overheads to the costs of conversion be based on the normal capacity of the
production facilities. This Statement will be effective for inventory costs incurred during fiscal years beginning after June 15, 2005 (January 1, 2006 for the Company); however earlier application of FAS 151 is permitted. The provisions of this Statement shall be applied prospectively. The Company does not expect this Statement to have a material effect on its financial statements or its results of operations.
(e) Geographical Analysis; Worldwide Economic Situation; Cost of Revenues
(i) Geographical Analysis and Worldwide Economic Situation
The following table sets forth the Companys sales and service revenues by geographic area for the periods indicated:
Approximately 77% of the Companys revenues from equipment sales and service revenue during 2005 (compared to 76% during 2004 and 75% during 2003) were derived from the Far East, including approximately 22% from revenues in Taiwan, 20% from revenues in China, 18% from revenues in Korea and 13% from revenues in Japan. Of the approximately 76% of Company revenues from equipment sales and service which were derived from the Far East in 2004, approximately 30% were from Taiwan, 22% from China, 11% from Japan and 9% from Korea. In addition, virtually all of the Companys revenues from its automatic check reading products during 2005 and 2004 were derived from sales in North America. The Company monitors developments, including banking and currency difficulties, in the financial markets and economies of all countries and regions in which it markets its products and their possible impact upon the Company.
During 2004 and 2005, the global electronics industry recovered from the effects of the depressed economic activity that had been prevalent throughout the period from late 2000 until the middle of 2003.
During 2005, the Company benefited from increased levels of manufacturing activity for more technologically sophisticated PCB products in North America, as a result of which it recorded higher revenues from this region. Revenues from Europe remained largely unchanged from the previous year, due to the lower levels of PCB manufacturing following the migration of PCB fabrication facilities away from this region during the economic downturn from 2001 to 2003. Revenues from Japan increased significantly during the year, as both PCB and FPD manufacturers continued to expand their high-end manufacturing facilities to meet the demand for new and technologically advanced devices. Revenues from Korea reflected the very significant investments by two major Korean FPD manufacturers in seventh generation LCD manufacturing facilities to meet the demand for large screen televisions. Revenues from other Pacific Rim countries remained strong as the positive business environment led to greater capacity utilization in both the PCB and FPD industries in this region.
During 2004, the Companys results reflected increased levels of manufacturing activity for more technologically sophisticated PCB products in North America and Europe, particularly in the latter part of the year. Revenues from Japan decreased significantly during the year, reflecting a trend among Japanese bare PCB and FPD manufacturers towards shifting their manufacturing operations to other Asian countries, particularly China. Revenues from other Pacific Rim countries also increased as the strong business environment led to greater capacity utilization in both the PCB and FPD industries in this region.
While the global electronics industry remains strong, the Companys ability to foresee future changes in the total volume of orders for its products and services remains limited, particularly with respect to its PCB products. The inherent uncertainties associated with the global economic environment and the financial markets and economies of those countries in which the Company markets its products, together with the related possible changes in demand for its products, means that past operating results may not necessarily be indicative of the future. Accordingly, while the Company remains optimistic about the current state of the worldwide electronics industry and the general economic environment, it is not presently able to anticipate how such matters will affect its results during 2006, and no assurances as to future developments in respect of such matters can be given. See Item 5.DTrend Information.
(ii) Cost of Revenues
(f) Effective Corporate Tax Rate
The Companys income tax obligations consist of those of the Company in Israel and those of each of its subsidiaries in their respective taxing jurisdictions.
Beginning January 1, 2003, the Company elected to exercise the option under Israeli tax laws to calculate its taxable income in Dollars so as to reduce any potential exposure based on the differential between the change in the exchange rate of the Dollar to the New Israeli Sheqel (NIS) and the change in the Israeli CPI. The Company was bound by this election for a period of three years through December 31, 2005, after which time it became required to notify the Israel income tax authorities, on an annual basis, if it wishes to renew the election, as the Company has done for 2006. For as long as the Companys taxable income is measured in Dollars, its effective tax rate will be influenced mainly by: (a) the split of taxable income between the various tax jurisdictions; (b) the availability of tax loss carryforwards and the extent to which valuation allowance has been recorded against deferred tax assets; and (c) the portion of the Companys income which is entitled to tax benefits due to those of its production facilities which are Approved Enterprises.
The combination of the above factors produced effective tax rates of 11.4%, 12.9% and 3.2% for the years 2005, 2004 and 2003, respectively.
See Item 4.BBusiness OverviewAdditional Considerations Relating to the Companys Operations in Israel; Note 9 to the Financial Statements; and Taxes on Income.
(g) Impact of Inflation and Currency Fluctuations
The Dollar cost of the Companys operations in Israel is influenced by the differential between the rate of inflation in Israel and any change in the value of the NIS in relation to the Dollar. The Companys Dollar costs will increase if this gap widens and Israeli currency is revalued or, if devalued, its devaluation rate fails to keep pace with the rate of inflation in Israel, and, conversely, the Company may benefit if Israeli currency devalues against the Dollar at a rate that exceeds the rate of inflation in Israel. In the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001, the annual inflation rate in Israel as adjusted for the change in the rate of exchange of the Israeli currency in relation to the Dollar was (4.1)%, 2.8%, 5.7%, (0.8)% and (7.8)%, respectively. The closing representative exchange rate of the Dollar at the end of each such period, as reported by the Bank of Israel, was NIS 4.603, NIS 4.308, NIS 4.379, NIS 4.737 and NIS 4.416, respectively. As a result, the Company experienced decreases in the Dollar costs of operations in Israel in 2005, 2002 and 2001, and increases in 2004 and 2003. The changes in the Dollar cost of the Companys operations in Israel relate primarily to the cost of salaries in Israel, which are paid in, and constitute a substantial portion of, the Companys expenses in NIS. These NIS related expenses constituted approximately 23%, 20% and 22% of the total expenses of the Company for 2005, 2004 and 2003, respectively. There can be no assurance that the Company will not be materially adversely affected if Israeli currency is revalued in relation to the Dollar or, if devalued, inflation in Israel exceeds the devaluation of the NIS against the Dollar or if the timing of such devaluation lags behind increases in inflation in Israel.
In addition, the Company receives most of its European revenues in Euros and its Japanese revenues in Japanese Yen; however, the Companys expenses in Euros and Japanese Yen are generally less than its respective revenues in these currencies. The management of balances in Euros and Japanese Yen is conducted mainly through hedging agreements in an effort to reduce the effects of fluctuations in the exchange rate. See Item 11Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk. The Companys cash reserves are held almost entirely in Dollars.
The representative exchange rate for converting NIS into Dollars, as published by the Bank of Israel on March 27, 2006, was NIS 4.685 = $1.00.
(h) Results of Operations
The following table sets forth certain financial data as a percentage of revenues for the periods indicated.
(i) Year Ended December 31, 2005 Compared To Year Ended December 31, 2004
The Companys financial results for 2005 reflected a strong year with record revenues, marked by solid growth particularly in its bare PCB and FPD businesses. This was a function of the positive worldwide business environment, which led to increased capital investments and general expansion throughout the electronics industry. The Company was able to capitalize on the resulting opportunities, and consequently recorded significantly increased revenues and profitability compared to 2004.
Revenues in 2005 totaled $379.9 million compared with $315.2 million in 2004. This increase of approximately 21% was attributable principally to greater demand for new and sophisticated electronic devices, which led to increased capital expenditure by PCB and FPD manufacturers. Revenues from service activities increased to $76.6 million from the $69.6 million recorded in 2004, reflecting income from additional service contracts resulting from the increased installed base of the Companys systems over the last two years.
Revenues from the sale and service of PCB-related equipment increased to $233.2 million from the $208.2 million recorded in 2004. Of these revenues, $201.1 million, representing approximately 53% of the Companys
total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of equipment for bare PCBs and $32.1 million, representing approximately 9% of the Companys total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of AOI systems for assembled PCBs. In 2004, $174.2 million of revenues, representing approximately 55% of the Companys total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of systems for bare PCBs and $34.0 million of revenues, representing approximately 11% of the Companys total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of AOI systems for assembled PCBs.
During 2005, the Company again sold a significantly increased number of direct imaging systems (57 compared to 36 in 2004), bringing the worldwide installed base of the Companys direct imaging systems to over 130. These systems are designed to respond to the increasingly specialized imaging needs of PCB manufacturers, who require high throughput and registration accuracy in their manufacturing processes so as to meet the challenges emerging as part of the current trend of introduction of increasingly sophisticated electronic devices. The Company also sold in excess of 200 Discovery PCB-AOI systems during the year, making it the most rapidly accepted AOI system in the PCB industry since its introduction in the fourth quarter of 2004.
Revenues during the year from sales of AOI systems for assembled PCBs remained similar to 2004, reflecting the continuing strong competitive environment. Revenues were lower in the first half of 2005; however in the second quarter the Company introduced the Symbion series of post-paste and post-reflow systems, in an effort to provide assembly houses with significantly improved solutions over those previously offered by the Company. These systems have been well received by customers, and contributed to a stronger second half of the year in this area of the Companys business.
Revenues from the sale and service of FPD-related equipment increased by 38% to $135.0 million from the $97.8 million recorded in 2005, as FPD manufacturers continued to invest in sixth and seventh generation FPD fabrication plants for the production of large wall-mounted TFT-LCD televisions sets for home use, while maintaining their investments in fifth generation FPD fabrication plants for the production of notebook and desktop monitor applications. During the first quarter of 2005, the Company recorded initial revenues from sales of its seventh generation in-line FPD-AOI systems. The reduction in retail prices of consumer products incorporating FPDs is underscoring the need for FPD manufacturers to maximize production yields and to accelerate and streamline the ramp-up of FPD production facilities. The Companys in-line and off-line FPD products provide comprehensive yield management systems that meet these critical needs of FPD manufacturing customers, which in turn resulted in a significant increase in sales of FPD-related equipment. In January 2006, the Company also delivered its FPD-AOI systems to the first eighth generation fabrication facility, for use in the inspection of large panels for the production of LCD televisions.
Revenues from the Companys automatic check reading products increased to $11.5 million in 2005, from $9.3 million in 2004, reflecting Orbographs success in the diversification of its product portfolio and in its efforts to achieve installations in larger banks and financial institutions.
The increase in cost of products sold in 2005 of $31.1 million, or 26.0%, arose principally from an increase of $30.1 million, or 29.2%, in the cost of materials and components, resulting mainly from the significantly increased volume of products sold. Labor costs decreased slightly to $9.8 million reflecting increased outsourcing by the Company of certain subassemblies to third party suppliers. Overhead and other expenses rose $1.2 million, or 15.5%, mainly from the increased volume.
The increase in cost of services rendered in 2005 of $9.1 million, or 16.0%, was comprised of increases of: $4.4 million, or 31.2%, in materials consumed, primarily attributable to the increased installed base of the PCB-AOI, direct imaging and FPD-AOI systems; $3.0 million, or 11.4%, in labor costs; and $1.7 million, or 10.3%, in overhead and other expenses. The increases in labor and overhead expenses were principally due to the higher levels of FPD activity in the Far East.
Gross profit for 2005 was $163.2 million, or 43.0% of revenues, compared to $138.6 million, or 44.0% of revenues, in 2004. Gross profit for 2005 from sales of equipment was $152.6 million, or 50.3% of product sales,
compared to $125.9 million, or 51.3%, during 2004. The reduction in gross margins arose principally from the effects of the recognition of revenue in the first quarter from initial sales of the Companys FPD-AOI systems for seventh generation fabrication facilities. The gross profit of $4.6 million from these sales had been recorded as deferred income from sales of products, net, at December 31, 2004. See Note 12d to the Financial Statements. Gross profit for 2005 from services rendered was $10.6 million, or 13.8% of service revenues, compared to $12.7 million, or 18.2%, during 2004. This decrease was attributable to the larger proportion in 2005 than in 2004 of service contracts for FPD sales and the higher installation and support costs associated particularly with the Companys FPD in-line products.
The increase in gross research and development expenditures, to $56.7 million in 2005 from $49.7 million in 2004, reflected the Companys continuing efforts to expand into new technologies and product areas. During the first quarter of 2005, the Company acquired the assets of Imarad as part of the implementation of its strategy of diversification into new growth areas for imaging technologies. The Company also invested in critical development activities in order to meet its FPD customers rapid transition from sixth to seventh to eighth generation glass sizes. During 2005, the Company received $1.0 million in Israeli Government participations in its research and development expenditures, compared to $1.7 million in 2004.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased by 12% to $59.4 million in 2005 from the $53.0 million recorded in 2004. This was partly due to the higher levels of investment by the Company in its sales and marketing infrastructure in the Far East in light of the continued migration of PCB manufacturing to that region, as well as the increased commission payments to the Companys sales staff resulting from the overall growth in sales volume. As a percentage of revenues, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 16.3% during 2005 from 17.5% in 2004, principally reflecting a proportional reduction in selling expenses based on the Companys more efficient utilization of its global infrastructure which more than offset increases in general and administrative expense arising in large part from increased compensation and costs related to internal control reviews.
The amortization of other intangible assets during 2005 totaled $2.6 million compared to $2.3 million in 2004.
Net financial income totaled $3.5 million in 2005, compared with $1.3 million in 2004. The increase in interest income, from $2.1 million to $5.2 million, resulted from both increased cash balances and the increase in prevailing interest rates in 2005. The Company incurred costs relating to factoring of letters of credit of approximately $0.9 million, and had small translation losses and no interest expenses, in 2005.
Taxes on income in 2005 reflected a charge of $5.6 million, compared to a charge of $4.3 million in 2004. The Companys effective tax rates for 2005 and 2004 were 11.4% and 12.9%, respectively. Generally, the Companys effective tax rate varies largely as a function of benefits received from the State of Israel, particularly those relating to Approved Enterprises. See Effective Corporate Tax Rate.
The share in profits of an associated company of $0.1 million in 2005, compared with a profit of $0.2 million in 2004, reflected the Companys share in the profits of Coreflow Scientific Solutions Ltd. (Coreflow), in which the Company holds a 38% equity interest (calculated on a fully diluted basis). The minority share in profits of a consolidated subsidiary of $0.2 million in 2005 reflected the 10% minority interest in Orbograph. This compared to the minority share in profits of $0.1 million in 2004.
Net income for the year ended December 31, 2005 was $43.3 million, or $1.30 per share (diluted), compared with a net income of $29.5 million, or $0.90 per share (diluted), for the year ended December 31, 2004. The results for the year ended December 31, 2004 included a special charge of $2.9 million related to the Companys write-down of its venture capital investment in an Israeli company.
(j) Year Ended December 31, 2004 Compared To Year Ended December 31, 2003
The Companys financial results for 2004 reflected the strong improvement during the year in the global economic environment and the worldwide electronics industry, as a result of which the Company recorded significantly increased revenues and profitability compared to 2003.
Revenues in 2004 totaled $315.2 million compared with $228.4 million in 2003. This increase of approximately 38% was principally attributable to the worldwide recovery in economic conditions and growth in business confidence, which gave rise to increased capital expenditures by PCB and FPD manufacturers. Revenues from service activities increased to $69.6 million from the $65.4 million recorded in 2003, reflecting higher income from service contracts arising primarily as a result of customers increased capacity utilization.
Revenues from the sale and service of PCB-related equipment increased to $208.2 million from the $155.0 million recorded in 2003. Of these revenues, $174.2 million, representing approximately 55% of the Companys total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of AOI systems for bare PCBs and $34.0 million, representing approximately 11% of the Companys total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of AOI systems for assembled PCBs. In 2003, $133.4 million of revenues, representing approximately 58% of the Companys total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of systems for bare PCBs and $21.6 million of revenues, representing approximately 9% of the Companys total revenues, was attributable to sales and service of AOI systems for assembled PCBs.
During 2004, the Company sold a significantly increased number of direct imaging systems (36 compared to 18 in 2003). The Company believes that this reflected both the growing acceptance of direct imaging technology among bare PCB manufacturers as well as the considerable improvement in the Companys direct imaging product offerings. Initial revenues were recorded in the fourth quarter of 2004 from the introduction of the Paragon direct imaging system and the Discovery PCB-AOI system, both of which were well received by customers.
The Companys higher revenues during the year from sales of AOI systems for assembled PCBs reflected the steadily increasing awareness and acceptance of AOI as an integral part of the manufacturing process, and also benefited from the withdrawal, during the latter part of 2003, of a major competitor from the PCB assembly business. Although the overall level of penetration of AOI within the assembled PCB manufacturing industry remained relatively low, the Company maintained the view that this area is still maturing and that there exists a clear and growing need on the part of assembly houses for AOI and in-line process control solutions of the type developed and offered by the Company.
Revenues from the sale and service of FPD-related equipment increased to $97.8 million from the $63.1 million recorded in 2003. This increase primarily resulted from initial investments made by FPD manufacturers in sixth generation FPD fabrication plants for the production of wall-mounted TFT-LCD televisions sets for home use, and their continued investment in fifth generation FPD fabrication plants for the production of notebook and desktop monitor applications. During 2004, two new FPD manufacturing plants were constructed in mainland China (the first of their kind in that country), and the Company succeeded in supplying its fifth generation FPD-AOI systems to both of these facilities, as well as to a major new electronic products manufacturer in Taiwan. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the Company recorded initial revenues from its sixth generation, in-line FPD-AOI systems delivered to two customers in Taiwan during the third quarter of 2004. During the second half of 2004 the Company delivered its new, seventh generation in-line FPD-AOI system to a major Korean FPD manufacturing customer, which was accepted in February 2005, and the Company recorded the revenues from these sales in the first quarter of 2005.
Revenues from the Companys automatic check reading products decreased to $9.3 million in 2004, from $10.3 million in 2003. The Company believes that this was due, in part, to a degree of hesitation experienced by many banks and financial institutions as a result of the uncertainties associated with the implementation of the Check 21 Law, which was enacted in 2003 and entered into force in October 2004.
The increase in cost of products sold in 2004 of $40.5 million, or 51.3% (excluding the write-down of inventories in 2003), arose principally from an increase of $38.4 million, or 59.4%, in the cost of materials and components, resulting mainly from the significantly increased volume of products sold. Labor costs increased $1.7 million, or 20.7%, reflecting an increase in the number of employees in Israel engaged in manufacturing, and increased salaries. Overhead and other expenses rose $0.4 million, or 7.1%.
The increase in cost of services rendered in 2004 of $5.1 million, or 9.8%, was comprised of increases of: $1.3 million, or 10.3%, in materials consumed; $2.0 million, or 8.1%, in labor costs; and $1.8 million, or 12.3%, in overhead and other expenses. These increases were principally due to the higher levels of FPD business activity in the Far East and the consequent expansion of the Companys FPD-related customer support infrastructure in that region, particularly in Korea and China.
Gross profit for 2004 was $138.6 million, or 44.0% of revenues, compared to $90.0 million, or 39.4% of revenues, in 2003. Gross profit for 2003 reflected a $7.4 million charge for the write-down of inventory. Gross profit for 2004 from sales of equipment was $125.9 million, or 51.3% of product sales, compared to $76.4 million, or 46.9%, during 2003 (including the write-down of inventory). Gross profit for 2004 from services rendered was $12.7 million, or 18.2% of service revenues, compared to $13.6 million, or 20.8%, during 2003. This decrease was attributable to the larger proportion in 2004 than in 2003 of service contracts in the Far East, where contract prices are typically lower than in other regions, as well as the higher installation and support costs associated with the Companys FPD in-line products. The overall increase in gross margin for 2004 was a function of the larger proportion of product revenues as a percentage of total revenues during the year.
The increase in gross research and development expenditures, to $49.7 million in 2004 from $42.1 million in 2003, reflected the Companys continuing efforts to expand into new technologies, develop products designed to address new applications and provide enhancements to existing products. During 2004, the Company received $1.7 million in Israeli Government participation in its research and development expenditures, compared to $2.6 million in 2003.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $53.0 million in 2004 from the $48.0 million recorded in 2003. This was partially due to the higher levels of investment by the Company in its sales and marketing infrastructure in the Far East in light of the continued migration of high-volume PCB manufacturing, and the initial migration of FPD manufacturing, to that region, particularly China, as well as the increased commission payments to the Companys sales staff resulting from the overall growth in sales volume.
The amortization of other intangible assets during 2004 totaled $2.3 million compared to $2.4 million in 2003.
Net financial income totaled $1.3 million in 2004, compared with $2.4 million in 2003. The decrease in interest income, from $2.7 million to $1.9 million, resulted from further reductions in prevailing interest rates, particularly towards the end of 2004. The Company also recorded an exchange rate gain of $1.6 million during 2003 and incurred $1.1 million in interest expenses during that year on indebtedness to the Government of Israel which was paid in January 2004. The Company had small translation gains and no interest expense in 2004.
During 2004, the Company wrote down, from $3.1 million to $0.2 million, its investment in a private Israeli company engaged in the research and development of products for the photonics industry, to adjust the value of the investment as reflected in the last financing round of that company, in which the Company did not participate.
Taxes on income in 2004 reflected a charge of $4.3 million, compared to a charge of $0.1 million in 2003. The Companys effective tax rates for 2004 and 2003 were 12.9% and 3.2%, respectively. Generally, the Companys effective tax rate varies largely as a function of benefits received from the State of Israel, particularly those relating to Approved Enterprises. See Effective Corporate Tax Rate.
The share in profits of an associated company of $0.2 million in 2004, compared with losses of $0.5 million in 2003, reflected the Companys share in the profits of Coreflow. The minority share in profits of a consolidated subsidiary of $0.1 million in 2004 reflected the 9% minority interest in Orbograph. This compared to a share in profits of $0.5 million in 2003. Until 2002 the Company accounted for 100% of Orbographs profits and losses since as long as Orbograph had accumulated losses Orbotech funded Orbographs negative shareholders equity. Should Orbograph incur losses in the future, the minority shareholders will, for so long as their interest in shareholders equity remains positive, participate in such losses.
Net income for the year ended December 31, 2004 was $29.5 million, or $0.90 per share (diluted), compared with a net loss of $3.0 million, or $0.09 per share (diluted), for the year ended December 31, 2003.
5.B Liquidity and Capital Resources
The Companys financial position remained strong during 2005, with cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities increasing to $211.4 million at the end of 2005 from the $181.8 million recorded a year earlier. This increase resulted primarily from strong positive cash flow from operating activities of $47.3 million and from financing activities of $4.8 million from the exercise of stock options, which was partially offset by cash used in investing and financing activities, including $7.0 million paid by the Company for the assets of Imarad, $7.2 million for a share repurchase and $7.7 million in capital expenditures.
Despite the increased level of operations during 2005, inventories decreased from $71.5 million as at December 31, 2004 to $70.9 million at December 31, 2005, reflecting the Companys close managerial controls on inventories. Inventories as a percentage of revenues decreased to 18.7% as at December 31, 2005, compared with 22.7% as at December 31, 2004. Net trade accounts receivable rose by $12.9 million at year end due to the increase in products sold. The period trade receivables were outstanding (calculated by dividing trade receivables at year end into latest quarter revenues) increased marginally from 118 days on December 31, 2004 to 120 days on December 31, 2005. The Company did not record any significant bad debts during 2005. Trade accounts payable of $35.8 million remained relatively unchanged from their December 31, 2004 levels, despite the increased overall amount of business conducted by the Company during 2005.
Capital expenditures during 2005 totaled $7.7 million compared with $4.9 million in 2004, as the Company expended greater amounts in upgrading its management information systems.
The Company had unutilized credit lines totaling $50.0 million at December 31, 2005.
The Company is not aware of any material commitments for capital expenditures in the future and believes that its currently available cash and cash equivalents and funds generated from operations will be sufficient to meet its working capital requirements for the next twelve months.
The Company uses financial instruments and derivatives in order to limit its exposure to risks arising from changes in exchange rates. The use of such instruments does not expose the Company to additional exchange rate risks since the derivatives are held against an asset (for example, excess assets in Euros). See Item 11Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk. The Companys policy in utilizing these financial instruments is to protect the Dollar value of its cash and cash equivalent assets rather than to serve as a source of income. For information as to monetary balances in non-Dollar currencies, see Note 11 to the Financial Statements.
5.C Research and Development, Patents and Licenses, etc.
(a) Research and Development Policy
The Company places considerable emphasis on research and development projects designed to upgrade its existing product lines and to develop new technologies and additional industrial and service applications of its existing technologies. As of December 31, 2005, 376 employees were engaged primarily in research and development for the Company.
The following table shows the total research and development expenditures of the Company and participation in such expenditures by the Government of Israel for the periods indicated:
Since 2002 the Company has participated in a royalty free, OCS funded program for the development of generic technologies, for which the Company became eligible as a result of the OCS Agreement. During the years ended December 31, 2005, 2004 and 2003, the Companys expenses to the Israeli Government with respect to royalty obligations under an Israeli Government program in which the Company previously participated (all of which related to Orbograph) were approximately $0.2 million, $0.3 million and $0.4 million, respectively. See Note 7a(1) to the Financial Statements.
Israeli Government consent is required to manufacture products developed with such participations outside of Israel and to transfer to third parties know-how developed through projects in which the Government participates. Such restrictions do not apply to the export from Israel of the Companys products developed with such know-how.
(b) Intellectual Property
To safeguard its proprietary product design and technology, the Company relies, in part, on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright law, as well as technical safeguards. Proprietary software is generally protected under copyright law. Additionally, the Company relies upon trade secrets and regularly enters into non-disclosure agreements with its employees, subcontractors and potential business associates. As of February 28, 2006, the Company held 106 patents covering 57 different inventions and had 171 patent applications pending.
Notwithstanding the above, there can be no assurance that any patent owned or licensed by the Company will not be invalidated, designed around, challenged or licensed to others, that any of the Companys pending or future patent applications will be issued with the scope of the claims sought by the Company, if at all, or that non-disclosure agreements will not be breached. In addition, patent coverage may not be extended to all countries, and effective copyright and trade secret protection may be unavailable or limited in certain countries. There can also be no assurance that the steps taken by the Company will prevent misappropriation of its technology. It is also possible that technology developed by the Company may be infringing on patents or other rights held by others. The Company has received in the past, and may in the future receive, communications asserting that the technology used in some of its products requires third-party licenses. Any infringement claims, whether or not meritorious, could result in costly litigation or arbitration and divert the attention of technical and management personnel. Any adverse outcome in any litigation alleging infringement could result in the loss of proprietary rights, require the Company to develop non-infringing technology or enter into royalty or licensing agreements (which it may not be successful in achieving) or prevent the Company from manufacturing or selling its products.
The Company has in the past received and may receive in the future notifications from customers with respect to possible indemnification or other action by the Company in connection with intellectual property claims resulting from use of the Companys products. The Company typically undertakes, subject to various contractual conditions and other limitations, to defend intellectual property claims against customers arising from the purchase and use of its products. The Companys obligations under these agreements generally provide that the Company may, at its option, either obtain the right to continue using the products or modify them and, in some cases, take back the products with a refund to the customer. To date, no demands have been made by customers seeking indemnification against the Company with respect to intellectual property claims.
Although the Company continues actively to pursue the protection of its intellectual property in the belief that its patents have significant value, it also believes that rapid technological improvement and factors such as the knowledge and experience of the Companys management personnel and employees and their continued ability to define, develop, enhance and market new products and services afford additional protection which may, in some instances, exceed patent protection.
5.D Trend Information
The global electronics industry has continued to be strong during 2005 and the early part of 2006. Manufacturers of bare PCBs (particularly in the Far East) have, for the last two years, consistently been reporting high utilization levels and solid demand for their products leading, in turn, to steadily increased demand for the Companys bare PCB products. In addition, the Company continues to benefit from the ongoing trend in the electronics industry towards technological enhancements and more sophisticated electronic devices. PCB manufacturers are seeking more advanced inspection and production solutions, as a result of which demand for the Companys bare PCB-AOI and direct imaging systems has remained strong. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the Company introduced the Discovery PCB-AOI system and the Paragon direct imaging system and, since that time and through the early part of 2006, these products have constituted the Companys principal bare PCB-AOI and direct imaging solutions. The positive responses to both of these systems have reinforced the Companys position of leadership in the provision of AOI and process control systems and imaging solutions for use in the manufacture of bare PCBs. The Company expects that its direct imaging solutions will continue to contribute strongly to growth in its bare PCB business during 2006.
Although the Companys assembled PCB business had revenues in 2005 similar to those of the previous year, the Company maintains its view that in general this business has potential that has yet to be realized. The overall strength of the assembled PCB industry, and the Companys introduction, in the second quarter of 2005, of the Symbion series of post-paste and post-reflow systems (which have been positively received by customers), contributed generally to a stronger second half of 2005 and early part of 2006, and the Company sees this trend continuing. Nevertheless, the increasingly competitive environment (including, in particular, competition from local suppliers in the Far East) and the still limited recognition by assembly houses of the potential benefits of AOI, pose continuing challenges to the Company in improving profitability in the assembled PCB area of its business.
During 2005 and in the early part of 2006, the FPD industry has continued to experience significant capital investments in new fabrication plants. The Companys FPD customers are reportedly preparing for additional capital expenditures during 2006 and 2007 in response to higher demand for LCDs for use in consumer products, particularly large wall-mounted television sets for home use. The Company anticipates that the quantity of new FPD fabrication lines, combined with the growing importance of yield management, including inspection functions (for example in shortening ramp-up time for new facilities), should continue to result in growth for its FPD business. In addition, the Company expects to benefit from the application, within existing and future FPD fabrication lines, of other functions being developed and offered by the Company as part of its FPD inspection systems (such as data gathering and defect classification solutions).
The Companys ability to develop and offer these types of solutions to FPD manufacturers in a timely manner, and the complexities associated with increases in glass sizes and the mix between off-line and in-line inspection solutions offered by the Company, pose significant operational challenges and will require increased spending for research and development. Moreover, the timing uncertainties associated with move-in dates for new FPD fabrication facilities (particularly those scheduled for the latter part of 2006 and beyond), and the consequent possible effects on the timing of revenue recognition for certain of these expensive products, may have a substantial effect on the Companys quarterly revenues and net income. During the first quarter of 2005, the Company recognized initial revenues from its seventh generation in-line FPD-AOI systems delivered commencing in the second half of 2004 to a major Korean FPD manufacturing customer. Subsequently in 2005, the Company achieved additional successful installations of its seventh generation FPD-AOI systems, and in the
first quarter of 2006 the Company delivered, and will recognize revenues from, its FPD-AOI systems (developed based on the Companys unified technology platform) for the first eighth generation fabrication plant, for use in the inspection of large panels for production of LCD televisions.
As a result of the improvement in the Companys business and the factors described above, the Company remains optimistic as to the demand for its principal products. In addition, it is confident that its continuing emphasis on research and development has laid a sound foundation for future growth. Nevertheless, the Company is not able to predict the duration, extent or stability of the current strong business and economic environment, and its ability to foresee future trends in the flow of orders (principally for its PCB-AOI systems) remains generally limited, as is its ability to forecast the extent to which these factors may affect its revenues, profitability and capital resources during 2006 and beyond.
For information concerning the effect of the adoption of FAS 123(R) on the Companys net income commencing in the first quarter of 2006, see Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements.
5.E Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
The Company does not use off-balance sheet arrangements or transactions with unconsolidated, limited-purpose entities to provide liquidity, financing or credit support or to engage in leasing, hedging or research and development activities or which would expose the Company to liability that is not reflected on the face of its financial statements. The Company is not a party to any off-balance sheet arrangements which are required to be disclosed under this Item 5.E of Form 20-F.
5.F Tabular Disclosure of Contractual Obligations
The following table summarizes the Companys contractual obligations as at December 31, 2005:
Operating lease obligations represent commitments under various commercial facility and vehicle leases. Purchase obligations represent outstanding purchase commitments for inventory components ordered in the normal course of business. The Company does not have outstanding any short-term or long-term indebtedness and is not a party to any capital leases.
5.G Safe Harbor
The safe harbor provided in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act shall apply to forward-looking information provided pursuant to Items 5.E and F.
6.A Directors and Senior Management
As at February 28, 2006, the Directors and Executive Officers of the Company were as follows:
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Dr. Shlomo Barak has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors since August 1996 and served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors from October 1992 to November 1994. In 2003, Dr. Barak became a paid consultant to the Company, to assist it in identifying, creating and pursuing directions and opportunities for the development and expansion of its business. Dr. Barak was a founder, as well as the President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company, from its formation in 1981 until October 1992. Prior to the Companys formation, Dr. Barak was Vice President for Research and Development and Engineering for four years at El-Op Ltd., an Israeli manufacturer of electro-optical systems for military and commercial applications, where he was employed for ten years. Dr. Barak currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of B.G. Negev Technologies & Applications Ltd., an Israeli company established to facilitate the commercial application of new technologies developed at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel (Ben-Gurion University). Dr. Barak holds a bachelors degree in mathematics and physics and a masters degree and a doctorate in physics, all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (the Hebrew University).
Yochai Richter has been the Chief Executive Officer since November 2002 and was the President and Chief Executive Officer from November 1994 to November 2002. He has been a member of the Board of Directors since October 1992 and was a joint Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer from October 1992 to November 1994. Mr. Richter was among the founders of Orbot and served as a member of the board of directors and as a managing director of that company from its organization in 1983 until consummation of the Merger in 1992. He received his degree in mathematics from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (the Technion) in Haifa in 1972.
Dr. Michael Anghel is a member of the boards of directors of Syneron Medical Ltd., which designs, develops and markets aesthetic medical products, PowerDsine Ltd., which designs, develops and supplies solutions to enable the delivery and distribution of operating power over the same network cable as data, and Scopus Video Networks Ltd., which develops, markets and supports digital video networking products to enable network operators to offer advanced video services to their subscribers, all of which are Israeli Nasdaq-listed companies. From 2004 to 2005 he served as the president and chief executive officer of Discount Capital Markets Ltd., which is the investment banking arm of Israel Discount Bank Ltd. (IDB). In 1999, he founded CAP Ventures Ltd., an Israeli company operating and investing in the area of Israeli advanced technology ventures, and served as its managing director from 1999 to 2004. From 1977 to May 1999, he served as director and senior manager of Discount Investment Corporation Ltd. (DIC), an Israeli corporation, and as managing director of DIC Communication and Technology Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of DIC. In addition, during this period he served on the boards of directors of a number of Israeli Nasdaq-listed companies connected with DIC and PEC Israel Economic Corporation, a Maine corporation, including Elron Electronic Industries Ltd. (Elron), Elscint Ltd., Elbit Medical Imaging Ltd., Nice Systems Ltd. (Nice) and Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. Dr. Anghel has been instrumental in founding several major Israeli communications operating companies including the principal Israeli cable television company (Tevel Israel International Communications Ltd.) and the Israeli cellular telephone company Cellcom Israel Ltd., as well as a variety of other advanced technology ventures. Dr. Anghel was formerly a full-time member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Business Administration of Tel Aviv University and currently serves as chairman of its Executive Program. Dr. Anghel received his bachelors degree in economics from the Hebrew University and his masters degree in business administration and a doctorate in finance and business from Columbia University.
Yehudit Bronicki has, since 1991, been the Managing Director of Ormat Industries Ltd. (Ormat), an Israeli manufacturer and developer of renewable energy power plants, the predecessor of which, Ormat Turbines Ltd., she co-founded in 1965. Mrs. Bronicki is the president and chief executive officer, and a member of the boards of directors, of Ormat Technologies, Inc. (Ormat Technologies), a subsidiary of Ormat and a Delaware company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, and its subsidiaries. She served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel between 1994 and 2001. Mrs. Bronicki received her bachelors degree in social sciences from the Hebrew University, followed by advanced studies in management, finance and marketing.
Dan Falk serves as a member of the boards of directors of Nice, which develops and provides multimedia digital recording solutions, Attunity Ltd., which develops and provides technology solutions for integrating
disparate data sources, ClickSoftware Technologies Ltd., which develops and provides field service optimization solutions, Jacada Ltd., which develops and provides software designed to improve the productivity and efficiency of users of business systems, and Nova Measuring Instruments Ltd., which develops, produces and markets monitoring, measurement and process control systems for the semiconductor manufacturing industry, all of which are Israeli Nasdaq-listed companies, and of Ormat Technologies. He is also a director of Orad Ltd., Poalim Ventures I Ltd., Dmatek Ltd., Netafim Ltd. and Plastopil Hazorea Ltd., all of which are Israeli companies. From July 1999 to November 2000, he served as the president and chief operating officer of Sapiens International Corporation N.V., a Netherlands Antilles company engaged in the development of software solutions for large-scale, cross-platform systems. He was Executive Vice President of the Company from August 1995 to July 1999, and between June 1994 and August 1995 served as its Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Prior thereto he was Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company from October 1992 until June 1994. He was director of finance and chief financial officer of Orbot from 1985 until consummation of the Merger. He received a masters degree in business administration in 1973 from the Hebrew University School of Business and had 15 years experience in finance and banking, including senior positions at IDB, prior to joining Orbot.
Uzia Galil was the Chairman of the Board of Directors from the Companys formation until October 1992. Mr. Galil currently serves as the president and chief executive officer of Uzia Initiatives and Management Ltd., an Israeli company specializing in the promotion and nurturing of new businesses associated with mobile communication, electronic commerce and medical informatics, which he founded in November 1999. From 1962 until November 1999, Mr. Galil served as the president and chief executive officer of Elron, an Israeli high technology holding company, where he also served as chairman of the board. From January 1981 until leaving Elron, Mr. Galil also served as chairman of the board of directors of Elbit Ltd., an electronic communication affiliate of Elron, and as a member of the boards of directors of Elbit Systems Ltd., a defense electronic affiliate of Elron, and all of the other private companies held in the Elron portfolio. Mr. Galil currently serves as chairman of the board of directors of Zoran Corporation, a Delaware corporation engaged in the provision of digital solutions-on-a-chip for applications in the field of consumer electronics, and as a member of the boards of directors of NetManage, Inc., a Delaware corporation engaged in host access and host integration solutions, and Partner Communications Company Ltd., an Israeli cellular telephone company. From 1980 to 1990, Mr. Galil served as Chairman of the International Board of Governors of the Technion. Mr. Galil received a bachelor of science degree from the Technion and a masters degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University. Mr. Galil has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in technical sciences by the Technion in recognition of his contribution to the development of science-based industries in Israel, an honorary doctorate in philosophy by the Weizmann Institute of Science (the Weizmann Institute), an honorary doctorate in engineering by Polytechnic University, New York, and an honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University. Mr. Galil is also a recipient of the Israel Prize and was named as a Solomon Bublick Laureate by the Hebrew University.
Gideon Lahav serves as a member of the boards of directors of Tempo Beer Industries Ltd., DIC and Paz Oil Company Ltd. From 1991 to 1997 he served as the chairman of the boards of directors of IDB and its major banking subsidiaries, Israel Discount Bank of New York, Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd. and Discount Mortgage Bank Ltd. From 1986 to 1991 he served as the managing director of IDB and, from 1979 to 1986, as its deputy general manager. From 1974 to 1979 Mr. Lahav held the position of general manager of Barclays Discount Bank Ltd. (subsequently renamed Mercantile Discount Bank Ltd.). Between 1953 and 1974 he served in various capacities with the Government of Israel, including with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and, from 1969 to 1974, as the Director General of the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Mr. Lahav received his bachelors degree in economics from the Hebrew University in 1953.
Dr. Jacob Richter serves as the chairman of the board of directors and chief technology officer of Medinol Ltd., an Israeli company that designs, manufactures and sells stents, and has been a director of that company since 1993. He was managing director of MarathonCapital Development Fund Ltd., an Israeli venture capital fund, from 1992 to 1994 and was director of marketing of Orbot from January 1992 until consummation of the Merger. Previously, he was director of new product development of Orbot from January 1990 until 1992 and
director of product development of Orbot from 1986 until 1990. Prior to joining Orbot he was head of research and development of the Israeli Air Force. He holds a doctorate in brain research from Tel Aviv University and has worked as a post-doctoral and research fellow at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Dr. Shimon Ullman holds the position of professor of computer science in the Computer Science and Applied Mathematics Department of the Weizmann Institute, and served as head of that department from 1994 to 2003. He served as the chief scientist of Orbot from its organization in 1983 until consummation of the Merger and of the Company following the Merger. Dr. Ullman was previously a full professor at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory of MIT. From 1997 to 2003 he served on a part-time basis as the chief scientist for new products development in the process diagnostic and control product business group of Applied Materials, Inc.
Raanan Cohen has been a Co-President since November 2002. He was Executive Vice President and President of the Printed Circuit Board Division from January 2000 to November 2002, prior to which he had, since September 1997, been the president and chief executive officer of Orbotech, Inc., the Companys wholly-owned subsidiary in the United States. From January 1994 to September 1997 he was the Vice President for the PCB-AOI Product Line and, from 1991 to January 1994, was the PCB product line manager of Orbot and, after consummation of the Merger, of the Company. He joined Orbot in 1984, where he held various programming and product and project management positions until 1991. Prior to joining Orbot he held positions as a programmer at Telrad Networks Ltd. He received a bachelors degree in computer science from the Hebrew University.
Eyal Harel has been a Co-President since November 2002. He was Executive Vice President for Products and Technology from January 2000 to November 2002, prior to which he had, since November 1997, been Vice President and General Manager of the Printed Circuit Board Division. From September 1994 to November 1997 he was Vice President for the Image Product Line. Previously he was the LCD Product Manager. He joined Orbot in 1988. Mr. Harel received a bachelors degree in physics and computer science from Bar-Ilan University and a masters degree in computer science from the Weizmann Institute.
Arie Weisberg has been a Co-President since November 2002. He was Executive Vice President for Global Resources from August 2000 to November 2002, prior to which he had, since January 2000, been Corporate Executive Vice President for Global Resources and Chief Financial Officer. From November 1997 to January 2000 he was Corporate Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. From August 1995 to November 1997 he was Vice President for Finance and Administration and Chief Financial Officer. From January 1993 to August 1995 he was co-general manager of Orbotech S.A. and from July 1991 to January 1993 he was director of finance and operations of Orbots subsidiary in Belgium. Prior to joining Orbot he was, from 1988 to 1991, general manager of Sinus Ltd., a manufacturer of internal combustion valves, and from 1984 to 1988 a regional general manager of Solcoor Inc. He received his bachelors degree in agricultural economics from the Hebrew University.
Dr. Abraham Gross has served as Chief Scientist of the Company since 2000. From 1998 to 2000, during a leave of absence from Orbotech, he served as the chief engineer of Microvision, Inc., a Seattle-based developer of high-resolution, scanned beam display and imaging systems. Prior to 1998, and since joining the Company in 1985, Dr. Gross held various managerial and research positions, in the course of which he has been involved in the research and development of optical techniques for testing and inspection of electronic materials, laser plotter technologies and laser matter interaction. Dr. Gross has authored numerous scientific publications in the field of electro-optics and optical engineering. He received both his bachelors and masters degrees in physics from the Technion, and holds a doctorate in physics and atmospheric sciences from Drexel University.
Amichai Steinberg has been Corporate Vice President for Finance and Chief Financial Officer since August 2000. From January 1997 to July 2000 he served as the Executive Vice President of Orbotech, Inc., and from 1995 to January 1997 he served as that companys Vice President Finance and Operations. Prior to joining
Orbotech, Mr. Steinberg was Chief Financial Officer of Orbot Instruments Ltd. Mr. Steinberg obtained his bachelors degree in agricultural economics and business administration from the Hebrew University.
Adrian Auman has been Corporate Vice President for Investor Relations and Director of Finance since January 1, 2000, prior to which he had, since July 1997, been Director of Finance. He was financial controller of the Company from October 1992 to July 1997 and was the financial controller of Orbot from 1988 until the Merger. Prior to joining Orbot, he was an audit supervisor at Kesselman & Kesselman (Kesselman), independent registered public accountants in Israel, from 1986 to 1988 and a tax manager at Goldstein, Golub, Kessler & Co., certified public accountants, from 1979 to 1985. He is a certified public accountant both in Israel and the United States and has a masters of science degree from Pace University in New York.
Michael Havin has been Corporate Secretary since August 1996. Prior to joining the Company he practiced as a commercial attorney in Jerusalem from 1991 to 1995 and in Melbourne, Australia, from 1983 to 1989. He is qualified to practice law both in Israel and in Australia and holds bachelor of laws and bachelor of arts degrees from Monash University in Melbourne.
The Articles of Association of the Company (the Articles) provide that any director may, by written notice to the Company, appoint another person to serve as an alternate director provided such appointment is approved by a majority of the directors then in office, and may remove such alternate. Any alternate director shall be entitled to notice of meetings of the Board of Directors and of relevant committees and to attend and vote accordingly, except that the alternate has no standing at any meeting at which the appointing director is present or at which the appointing director is not entitled to participate as provided in the Companies Law. A person who is not qualified to be appointed as a director, or a person who already serves as a director or an alternate director, may not be appointed as an alternate director. Unless the appointing director limits the time or scope of the appointment, the appointment is effective for all purposes until the appointing director ceases to be a director or terminates the appointment. The appointment of an alternate director does not in itself diminish the responsibility of the appointing director, as a director. An alternate director is solely responsible for his or her actions and omissions and is not deemed an agent of the appointing director. Under the Companies Law, external directors cannot generally appoint alternate directors. At present, there are no appointments of alternate directors in effect.
The Articles also provide that the Board of Directors may delegate any, or substantially all, of its powers to one or more committees of the Board of Directors, and may entrust to and confer upon a Managing Director such of its powers as it deems appropriate. However, the Companies Law provides that certain powers and authorities (for example, the power to approve the financial statements) may not be delegated, and may be exercised only, by the Board of Directors.
The following table sets forth, with respect to all directors and officers of the Company as a group, all remuneration paid by the Company during the fiscal year ended December 31, 2005:
Under arrangements approved by the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors and the shareholders of the Company: (a) each of the members of the Audit Committee (which must include all external directors) are
compensated as follows: (i) an annual payment to each of such directors of $12,500 plus applicable value added tax (VAT); and (ii) a payment of $500 plus VAT for every meeting of the Board of Directors or any committee thereof in which they participate; and (b) each of the members of the Board of Directors who are not members of the Audit Committee and are not, or will in the future cease to be, employees of the Company are compensated as follows: (i) an annual payment to each of such directors, for as long as they are directors, of $10,000 plus VAT; and (ii) a payment of $500 plus VAT for every meeting of the Board of Directors or any committee thereof in which they participate. Under the provisions of a consulting agreement entered into between the Company and Dr. Barak in 2003, for as long as Dr. Barak serves as a director of the Company, payments made to him pursuant to such agreement will include any directors fees from the Company payable in cash (whether by way of annual or per meeting payments) to which he would otherwise have been entitled. For further information concerning the agreement with Dr. Barak, see Item 7.BRelated Party Transactions.
On July 14, 2005, the shareholders of the Company approved a directors equity remuneration plan for certain directors of the Company (the 2005 Directors Plan), Under the 2005 Directors Plan, each director who is in office immediately after any annual general meeting of shareholders of the Company, including external directors but not including the Chief Executive Officer (even if a director), in addition to the existing annual and per meeting fees, will be granted equity awards, comprised of options to purchase Ordinary Shares and restricted shares, with an aggregate value of $43,750 with respect to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, and with an aggregate value of $35,000 with respect to each other eligible director under the 2005 Directors Plan. Equity awards under the 2005 Directors Plan vest in full on May 31 of the calendar year following the year in which they are made (approximately yearly from the grant dates). Options expire no later than seven years after the date on which they were granted, subject to earlier expiration if, at any annual general meeting prior to the expiration of such seven-year period, a directors term expires and he or she is not re-elected. In such case, options expire upon the last to occur of: (i) 90 days following that annual general meeting; (ii) three years from date of grant; and (iii) the expiration of such period as is prescribed in the 2000 Plan in circumstances of retirement after the age of 60.
Remuneration of Chief Executive Officer
Yochai Richter has an employment agreement with the Company pursuant to which he serves as general manager. On July 14, 2005, the shareholders of the Company approved an increase in the salary of Mr. Richter from $28,000 to $33,000 per month, effective as of January 1, 2005. The agreement is terminable by Mr. Richter on 60 days notice and by the Company on 30 days notice as required by law. Upon termination, Mr. Richter is entitled to a lump sum payment equal to twelve times his previous monthly salary plus certain benefits. He would also receive severance pay equal to 150% of his last monthly salary payment times the number of years employed (commencing with his employment by Orbot in 1982) if he resigns and 200% of such payment times the number of years employed if the Company terminates the agreement other than for cause (in which case his severance payment would be between zero and half such amount).
Each year, prior to the annual general meeting of shareholders of the Company, the Remuneration Committee, the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors consider whether and, if so, upon what criteria, terms and conditions, to award an annual bonus for the current year to Yochai Richter, who is the Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company. Under Israeli law, any proposal involving the award of a bonus to Mr. Richter requires the approval of the shareholders of the Company.
In 2005, the annual bonus for Mr. Richter, which was so approved, was 1% of the net annual profit of the Company for 2005, payable upon approval by the Board of Directors of the Companys 2005 audited financial statements. A bonus of $432,500 was paid to Mr. Richter in respect of 2005.
Equity Awards to Directors
The following table sets forth information, as at February 28, 2006, concerning all outstanding equity awards to directors of the Company:
All such awards are subject to the terms of the 2000 Plan and all awards made to directors during 2005 (except to the Chief Executive Officer) were made as part of the 2005 Directors Plan.
Pursuant to shareholder approval, each of the above equity awards granted during 2003 and 2005, as well as any other equity awards which may in the future be awarded by the Company to directors of the Company through a trustee under the 2000 Plan, will benefit from the capital gains tax treatment which became available as part of the 2003 Israeli tax reform and pursuant to an election made by the Company thereunder. For further information see Item 6.EShare OwnershipThe 2000 Plan.
None of the directors holds any other equity awards. For information as to equity awards during 2005 to directors and officers as a group, see Item 6.EShare OwnershipCertain Information Concerning Equity Awards to Directors and Officers. The amounts referred to in the remuneration table above do not include the value of stock options awarded to the directors or officers of the Company, but do include the value of restricted share awards to the extent expensed in 2005.
6.C Board Practices
(a) Membership of Board of Directors; External Directors; Financial Experts
The Board of Directors consists of three classes of directors (not including the two external directors who do not form part of any class), with one class being elected each year by shareholders at the Companys annual general meeting for a term of approximately three years. Directors so elected cannot be removed from office by the shareholders until the expiration of their term of office. At the Companys 2001 annual general meeting, all of the directors of the Company (other than the external directors) were designated into one of the three different classes. The external directors, who currently serve three year terms as required by Israeli law, do not form part of any class and are elected according to the Companies Law.
The three classes of directors are designated Class I Directors, Class II Directors and Class III Directors. The current terms of the Class I Directors will expire at the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held in
2008, the current terms of the Class II Directors will expire at the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held in 2006 and the current terms of the Class III Directors will expire at the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held in 2007. Mr. Dan Falk and Mr. Yochai Richter are the current Class I Directors, Dr. Shlomo Barak, Mr. Uzia Galil and Dr. Shimon Ullman are the current Class II Directors and Mrs. Yehudit Bronicki and Dr. Jacob Richter are the current Class III Directors. In accordance with the Articles, any vacancies on the Board of Directors, including unfilled positions, may be filled by a majority of the directors then in office, and each director chosen in this manner would hold office until the next annual general meeting of the Company (or until the earlier termination of his or her appointment as provided for in the Companies Law or the Articles).
The Articles provide that the minimum number of members of the Board of Directors is three and the maximum number is eleven. The Board of Directors is presently comprised of nine members, two of whom were appointed as external directors under the provisions of the Companies Law (discussed below) by the shareholders at the Companys 2003 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
Under the Companies Law and the regulations promulgated pursuant thereto, Israeli companies whose shares have been offered to the public in, or that are publicly traded outside of, Israel are required to appoint at least two natural persons as external directors. No person may be appointed as an external director if the person, or a relative, partner or employer of the person, or any entity under the persons control, has or had, on or within the two years preceding the date of the persons appointment to serve as an external director, any affiliation with the company to whose board the external director is proposed to be appointed or with any entity controlling or controlled by such company or by the entity controlling such company. The term affiliation includes an employment relationship, a business or professional relationship maintained on a regular basis, control and service as an office holder (which term includes a director).
In addition, no person may serve as an external director if the persons position or other business activities create, or may create, a conflict of interest with the persons responsibilities as an external director or interfere with the persons ability to serve as an external director or if the person is an employee of the Israel Securities Authority (the ISA) or of an Israeli stock exchange. If, at the time of election of an external director, all other directors are of the same gender, the external director to be elected must be of the other gender.
Pursuant to an amendment to the Companies Law in 2005, at least one of the external directors is required to have financial and accounting expertise and the other is required to have professional qualifications according to criteria set forth in regulations promulgated by the Israeli Minister of Justice. The board of directors must make the determinations as to the financial and accounting expertise, and as to the professional qualifications, of a director taking into consideration these criteria and matters set forth in the regulations. The amendments with respect to external directors will apply to the new external directors to be appointed by the Company in 2006. In addition, the boards of directors of publicly traded companies are required to make a determination as to the minimum number of directors who must have financial and accounting expertise as aforesaid based, among other things, on the type of company, its size, the volume and complexity of its activities and the number of directors. The Board of Directors has determined that the minimum number of directors with financial and accounting expertise, in addition to the external director, will be one, and that Mr. Dan Falk qualifies as such.
External directors are elected for a term of three years and may be re-elected for one additional three-year term. Each committee of a companys board of directors that has the authority to exercise powers of the board of directors must include at least one external director and its audit committee must include all external directors.
External directors are elected at the general meeting of shareholders by a simple majority, provided that the majority includes at least one-third of the shareholders who are not controlling shareholders, who are present and voting, or that the non-controlling shareholders who vote against the election hold one percent or less of the voting power of the company. Notwithstanding the above, regulations under the Companies Law provide that with respect to companies such as the Company, whose shares are traded on a stock exchange outside of Israel, the board of directors may determine that a director appointed prior to February 1, 2000 (the effective date of the
Companies Law), who meets the above qualifications, be deemed an external director even if the person served as a director when the Companies Law became effective. In such case shareholder approval was not required.
At its meeting held on June 21, 2000, Mrs. Yehudit Bronicki was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors, and, subsequently, at the same meeting, the Board of Directors designated and appointed Dr. Michael Anghel and Mr. Gideon Lahav (who had served on the Board of Directors since 1986 and 1998, respectively) to serve as external directors in accordance with the provisions of the Companies Law and regulations thereunder, for a term of three years. At the Companys 2003 Annual General Meeting held on June 26, 2003, Dr. Anghel and Mr. Lahav were each re-elected to serve as external directors for an additional term of three years ending on June 25, 2006.
Following termination of service as an external director and for two years thereafter, a company may not appoint the external director as an office holder of the company and cannot employ or receive paid services from the external director either directly or indirectly, including through a corporation controlled by him or her.
Under the Companies Law an external director cannot be dismissed from office unless: (i) the board of directors determines that the external director no longer meets the statutory requirements for holding the office, or that the external director is in breach of the external directors fiduciary duties and the shareholders vote, by the same majority required for the appointment, to remove the external director after the external director has been given the opportunity to present his or her position; (ii) a court determines, upon a request of a director or a shareholder, that the external director no longer meets the statutory requirements of an external director or that the external director is in breach of his or her fiduciary duties to the company; or (iii) a court determines, upon a request of the company or a director, shareholder or creditor of the company, that the external director is unable to fulfill his or her duty or has been convicted of specified crimes.
There are not any directors service contracts with the Company providing for benefits on termination of employment. For information as to the employment agreement of the Chief Executive Officer (who is also a director) with the Company, which provides for benefits on termination of employment, see Item 6.B CompensationRemuneration of Chief Executive Officer.
(b) Committees of the Board of Directors
(i) Audit Committee
The Companies Law requires public companies to appoint an audit committee comprised of at least three directors, including all of the external directors, and further stipulates that the chairman of the board of directors, any director employed by or providing other services to a company and a controlling shareholder or any relative of a controlling shareholder may not be members of the audit committee. The responsibilities of the audit committee include identifying flaws in the management of a companys business, making recommendations to the board of directors as to how to correct them and deciding whether to approve actions or transactions which by law require audit committee approval, including certain related party transactions and certain transactions involving conflicts of interest. An audit committee may not approve an action or transaction with a controlling shareholder or with an office holder unless at the time of approval two external directors are serving as members of the audit committee and at least one of them is present at the meeting in which the approval is granted.
The Audit Committee oversees the accounting and financial reporting processes of the Company. It also provides assistance to the Board of Directors in fulfilling its legal and fiduciary obligations with respect to matters involving the accounting, auditing, financial reporting and internal control functions of the Company. In carrying out its duties, the Audit Committee meets at least once in each fiscal quarter with management at which time, among other things, it reviews, and either approves or disapproves, the financial results of the Company for the immediately preceding fiscal quarter and conveys its conclusions in this regard to the Board of Directors. The Audit Committee also monitors generally the services provided by the Companys external auditors to ensure their independence, and reviews all audit and non-audit services provided by them. See Item 16CPrincipal Accountant Fees and Services. The Companys external and internal auditors also report regularly to the Audit Committee at its meetings, and the Audit Committee discusses with the Companys external auditors the quality,
not just the acceptability, of the accounting principles, the reasonableness of significant judgments and the clarity of disclosures in the Companys financial statements, as and when it deems it appropriate to do so. Each member of the Audit Committee is an independent director in accordance with the Nasdaq listing standards.
Under the provisions of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the Sarbanes-Oxley Act), the Audit Committee is responsible for the appointment, compensation, retention and oversight of the work of the Companys external auditors. However, under Israeli law, the appointment of external auditors and their compensation require the approval of the shareholders of the Company. Pursuant to Israeli law, the shareholders may delegate the authority to determine the compensation of the external auditors to the Board of Directors, and the Companys shareholders have done so in the past. Accordingly, the appointment of the external auditors will be required to be approved and recommended to the shareholders by the Audit Committee and approved by the shareholders. The compensation of the external auditors will be required to be approved by the Audit Committee and recommended to the shareholders or, if so authorized by the shareholders, to the Board of Directors and approved by either the shareholders or the Board of Directors, as the case may be.
(ii) Remuneration Committee
The role of the Remuneration Committee is to provide assistance and make independent recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning matters related to the compensation of directors and certain executive employees of the Company. In carrying out these duties, the Remuneration Committee meets on an ad hoc basis (usually at least once in each fiscal quarter). The Remuneration Committee is also authorized to administer the Companys equity remuneration plans. Under the Companies Law, the Remuneration Committee may need to seek the approval of the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors and the shareholders for certain compensation decisions. Each member of the Remuneration Committee is an independent director in accordance with the Nasdaq listing standards.
(iii) Nominating Committee
During 2005, the Board of Directors established the Nominating Committee, membership of which is limited to independent directors in accordance with the Nasdaq listing standards who meet the composition requirements of the Companies Law, as in effect from time to time. The principal role of the Nominating Committee is to identify individuals qualified to become members of the Board of Directors, to recommend such individuals for nomination for election to the Board of Directors and to make recommendations to the Board of Directors concerning committee appointments.
(c) Executive Sessions
At least twice per annum the independent directors of the Company (currently Dr. Michael Anghel, Mrs. Yehudit Bronicki, Mr. Dan Falk, Mr. Uzia Galil and Mr. Gideon Lahav) meet in Executive Sessions, which no others persons have the right to attend. These meetings are intended to provide a forum in which the Companys independent directors can discuss any issues that they consider relevant in their capacity as such.
As of December 31, 2005, the Company employed 1,547 people (1,520 at December 31, 2004), of whom 780 were based in Israel, 439 in the Pacific Rim, 142 in Europe, 110 in Japan and 76 in the United States. Of these employees, 376 were employed in research and development, 657 in marketing, sales and service, 237 in production and 277 in management and administration.
The Company considers its relations with its employees to be good and has not experienced a labor dispute or strike. Approximately 65% of the Companys employees have advanced technical and academic qualifications.
The Company is not a party to any collective bargaining agreement with respect to its Israeli employees. However, the Company is subject to certain labor related statutes and to certain provisions of collective bargaining agreements between the Histadrut (General Federation of Labor in Israel) and the Coordinating Bureau of Economic Organizations (including the Industrialists Association) which are applicable to the Companys Israeli employees by virtue of expansion orders of the Israeli Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor. These statutes and provisions cover a wide range of subjects and provide certain minimum employment standards including the length of the work day and work week, minimum wages, contributions to a pension fund, insurance for work-related accidents, procedures for dismissing employees, determination of severance pay, annual and other vacations, sick pay and other conditions of employment. The Company generally provides its employees with benefits and working conditions beyond the required minimum. An additional significant provision applicable to all employees in Israel under collective bargaining agreements and expansion orders is the automatic adjustment of wages in relation to increases in the Israeli CPI. The amount and frequency of these adjustments are modified from time to time. For information concerning the Companys liability for severance pay, see Item 5Operating and Financial Review and ProspectsCritical Accounting Policies and Note 6 to the Financial Statements.
6.E Share Ownership
The Company presently administers two equity remuneration plans: the 1992 Plan, which was adopted in order to enable the Israeli employees of the Company to obtain the benefit of certain provisions of the Israeli Income Tax Ordinance (New Version), 1961 (the Tax Ordinance); and the 2000 Plan, which was initially adopted to provide incentives to employees, officers, directors and/or consultants of the Company and certain other related Israeli entities by providing them with the opportunity to purchase shares of the Company, and was broadly amended, restated and renamed in 2005. In addition, until June 2005, the Company administered the 1995 Incentive Stock Plan for Key Employees of Orbotech Ltd.s Subsidiaries (As Amended, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003) (the 1995 Plan), which was adopted to provide for the grant of options to employees of the Companys foreign subsidiaries. The Company has also granted an option to a consultant of the Company pursuant to the 1998 Plan.
In June 2005, as part of a broad review of its long-term incentive equity compensation programs in light of changes in industry practices and accounting developments, and in view of the fact that the 1995 Plan was then due to expire, the Board of Directors resolved, and the shareholders of the Company subsequently ratified and approved, to merge the 1995 Plan into the 2000 Plan, and to amend and restate the 2000 Plan so as to create one unified plan allowing for the granting of equity awards (consisting of stock options and restricted shares) to directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company, related entities in Israel and the Companys non-Israeli subsidiaries. As a result, the 2000 Plan has become the sole vehicle for all new equity awards to directors, officers, employees and consultants of the Company and its Israeli and non-Israeli affiliates and subsidiaries. Unless otherwise stated, all data presented in this Annual Report on Form 20-F with respect to equity awards under the 2000 Plan have been adjusted to reflect the merger of the 1995 Plan with and into 2000 Plan.
The 2000 Plan (in its amended and restated form) is based generally upon the language and format of the 1995 and 2000 Plans as previously in effect; however it incorporates a number of substantive changes from those plans. These include: (i) the addition of 1,000,000 shares which were reserved for purposes of the 2000 Plan; (ii) the introduction of restricted share awards; (iii) alteration of the maximum term of options to seven years; (iv) specific prohibitions on reload features, the re-pricing of options and the awarding of discount options; and (v) the extension of the term of the 2000 Plan to June 4, 2015.
Awards under the Companys equity remuneration plans (other than to directors under the 2005 Directors Plan) usually vest as to 50% after two years from the effective date of grant, 75% after three years and 100%
after four years. Options to the extent unexercised, and restricted share awards to the extent that the applicable restrictions have not lapsed, generally expire or are forfeited upon notification that the grantee will be ceasing to be an employee of, or consultant to, the Company, a related company in Israel or a non-Israeli subsidiary of the Company. Ordinary Shares subject to equity awards granted under either: (i) the 1995 Plan prior to its merger into the 2000 Plan in June 2005; or (ii) the 2000 Plan, become available for purposes of future equity awards under the 2000 Plan upon the expiration, termination, forfeiture or cancellation of such equity awards.
For further information concerning equity awards, see Notes 1r and 8 to the Financial Statements.
(b) The 1992 Plan
On January 23, 1992, in order to enable the Israeli employees of the Company to benefit from the provisions of Section 102 of the Tax Ordinance, the Board of Directors adopted, and the Companys shareholders subsequently approved, the 1992 Plan, a stock option plan under which, as amended with shareholder approval, options were, from time to time over the term of the 1992 Plan, available to be awarded to certain key employees of the Company and/or other entities in Israel in which the Company held at least a 50% equity interest. The exercise prices of options granted under the 1992 Plan prior to June 2000 were not less than 85% of the fair market value of the Ordinary Shares on the date of the grant, and such options, if unexercised, expired not later than eight years following the date of grant. The 1992 Plan, which terminated on January 22, 2002 (except as to option awards outstanding on that date), is, subject to the provisions of the Companies Law, administered by the Remuneration Committee.
During 2005, options to purchase a total of 67,200 and 125,809 Ordinary Shares (having respective weighted average exercise prices of $41.68 and $9.34 per share) were cancelled and exercised, respectively, under this Plan. As of February 28, 2006, under this Plan, options to purchase a total of 529,979 Ordinary Shares, expiring on various dates between April 6, 2006 and September 17, 2008, and having a weighted average remaining life of 1.61 years and a weighted average exercise price of $33.81 per share, were outstanding, all of which had fully vested. No options to purchase Ordinary Shares remained available for future equity awards.
(c) The 1998 Plan
On April 7, 1998, an option to purchase 33,750 Ordinary Shares was granted without shareholder approval to an independent consultant of the Company under the 1998 Plan at an exercise price of $12.55 per Ordinary Share, and otherwise upon the terms and conditions applicable to grants made under the 1992 Plan.
During 2005, this option was not exercised as to any Ordinary Shares, nor were additional options to purchase Ordinary Shares either awarded or cancelled under the 1998 Plan. As of February 28, 2006, this option had been exercised as to 9,375 Ordinary Shares and was fully vested as to the remaining 24,375 Ordinary Shares, and no Ordinary Shares remained available for future grants under the 1998 Plan. This option will expire on April 6, 2006.
(d) The 2000 Plan
On June 21, 2000, the Board of Directors adopted, and the Companys shareholders subsequently approved, the Employee Share Ownership and Option Plan (2000), which was amended in 2003 with shareholder approval, and was broadly amended, restated and renamed in 2005, also with shareholder approval (as discussed above). In its current form, the 2000 Plan is intended to provide incentives to employees, officers, directors and/or consultants of the Company, other companies, partnerships or entities in Israel in which the Company holds, directly or indirectly, at least a 50% equity interest and/or the Companys subsidiary entities and their respective subsidiary entities outside Israel, by providing them with the opportunity to purchase or receive shares of the Company.
The 2000 Plan is, subject to the provisions of the Companies Law, administered by the Remuneration Committee, and is designed to enable the Company to grant options and issue shares under various and different tax regimes including, without limitation: (i) pursuant and subject to Section 102 of the Tax Ordinance or any provision which may amend or replace it and any regulations, rules, orders or procedures promulgated thereunder and to designate them as either grants made through a trustee or not through a trustee; (ii) pursuant and subject to Section 3(i) of the Tax Ordinance; (iii) as incentive stock options within the meaning of Section 422(b) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended from time to time; (iv) as options to U.S. taxpayers which would not qualify as incentive stock options; (v) to grantees in jurisdictions other than Israel and the United States; and (vi) as restricted shares. The 2000 Plan will terminate on June 4, 2015 (except as to option awards outstanding on that date).
During 2005, under this Plan: (i) options to purchase a total of 574,592, 1,047,585 and 235,242 Ordinary Shares (having respective weighted exercise prices of $24.06, $48.44 and $16.27 per share) were awarded, cancelled and exercised, respectively; and (ii) a total of 60,020 restricted shares were granted. As of February 28, 2006, under this Plan: (iii) options to purchase a total of 4,638,779 Ordinary Shares, expiring on various dates between March 31, 2006 and February 15, 2013 and having a weighted average remaining life of 2.44 years and a weighted average exercise price of $21.33 per share, were outstanding (of which 2,820,914 with a weighted average remaining life of 1.47 years and a weighted average exercise price of $22.28 per share had vested); (iv) 2,150,819 Ordinary Shares remained available for future equity awards; and (v) no restricted shares had been forfeited.
As a result of an amendment to Section 102 of the Tax Ordinance as part of the 2003 Israeli tax reform, and pursuant to an election made by the Company thereunder, gains derived by employees (which term includes directors) in Israel arising from the sale of restricted shares or shares acquired pursuant to the exercise of options granted to them through a trustee under Section 102 of the Tax Ordinance after January 1, 2003, will generally be subject to a flat capital gains tax rate of 25%, although these gains may also include a salary income component. Previously, gains from equity awards were taxed as salary income only, at the employees marginal tax rate (which could be up to 49%). As a result of this election under Section 102, the Company will not, in the case of equity awards made on or after January 1, 2003, be allowed to claim as an expense for tax purposes the amounts credited as capital gains, although it will generally be entitled to do so in respect of the salary income component (if any) of such awards when the related tax is paid by the employee, and will continue to be entitled to do so in respect of equity awards made prior to January 1, 2003. This differs from the favorable tax benefits generally available to U.S. corporations from the exercise of non-statutory stock options under U.S. federal income tax laws.
(f) Certain Information Concerning Equity Awards to Directors and Officers
The following table sets forth for all directors and officers of the Company as a group, including all persons who were at any time during the period indicated directors or officers of the Company, certain information in respect of both the 1992 Plan and the 2000 Plan (expressed in terms of Ordinary Shares except where indicated otherwise) concerning: (i) equity awards granted by the Company between January 1, 2005 and December 31, 2005; (ii) options which were exercised and paid between such dates; (iii) equity awards which were cancelled between such dates; and (iv) equity awards which were outstanding on, and as at, December 31, 2005. The table does not include information concerning equity awards under the 1998 Plan since no equity awards have been granted to any directors or officers of the Company under the 1998 Plan.
Since restricted shares are issued for nominal consideration only, if any, they have been treated as having an exercise price of zero for purposes of calculating the weighted average exercise price of equity awards in the above table. In addition, restricted shares have no expiration date and, accordingly, have been excluded for purposes of calculating the weighted average remaining life of equity awards in the above table.
For information as to outstanding equity awards held by each director of the Company, see Item 6.BCompensation.
(g) Certain Information Concerning Ordinary Shares Owned by Directors and Officers
The following table sets forth information as of February 28, 2006, concerning the shareholdings of those directors and officers of the Company known to the Company beneficially to own, on an individual basis, more than 1% of the outstanding Ordinary Shares and of each other director of the Company.
7.A Major Shareholders
The following table sets forth information as of February 28, 2006 (except as noted below), concerning: (i) the only persons or entities known to the Company beneficially to own more than 5% of the outstanding Ordinary Shares; and (ii) the number of outstanding Ordinary Shares beneficially owned by all directors and officers as a group.
Also does not include 483,000 Ordinary Shares purchased by the Company during 2000, and 299,122 Ordinary Shares purchased by the Company during 2005, all of which are held as dormant shares under Israeli law. For so long as such Ordinary Shares are owned by the Company they have no rights and, accordingly, are neither eligible to participate in or receive any future dividends which may be paid to shareholders of the Company nor are they entitled to participate in, be voted at or be counted as part of the quorum for, any meetings of shareholders of the Company.
On February 28, 2006, there were 53 shareholders of record of the Ordinary Shares in the United States, who, among them, held a total of 30,033,201 Ordinary Shares, constituting approximately 92.32% of the outstanding Ordinary Shares as at that date.
The Articles provide that each Ordinary Share shall confer upon its holder the right to vote in general meetings of the Company. All outstanding Ordinary Shares (other than dormant shares) have equal rights.
7.B Related Party Transactions
Yochai Richter has an employment agreement with the Company pursuant to which he serves as general manager. For information concerning this agreement, see Item 6.BCompensationRemuneration of Chief Executive Officer.
In 2003, the Audit Committee, the Board of Directors and the shareholders of the Company approved a proposal pursuant to which the Company engaged Dr. Shlomo Barak, who is the Chairman of the Board of Directors, as a paid consultant and advisor to the Company to assist it in identifying and creating directions and opportunities for the development and expansion of its business and for the application of its technology and resources, and to participate in pursuing such opportunities. The Company compensates Dr. Barak for these services by the payment of $10,000 plus VAT per month, commencing January 1, 2003, and the one-time grant to him of an option to purchase 50,000 Ordinary Shares under the 2000 Plan, which vests in equal installments, over a four year period beginning as of January 1, 2003 (provided that Dr. Barak is still rendering these consulting and advisory services to the Company on each such vesting date). For as long as Dr. Barak serves as a director, the above payment will include any directors fees from the Company payable in cash (whether by way of annual or per meeting payments) to which he would otherwise have been entitled.
For information concerning the participation of directors (including the Chairman of the Board of Directors) in the 2005 Directors Plan, and information concerning outstanding equity awards to directors, including awards made during 2005, see Item 6.BCompensationDirectors Remuneration; Equity Awards to Directors.
In December 2005, the Company acquired all 299,122 Ordinary Shares owned by Ormat, in a privately negotiated transaction, for an agreed price of $24.15 per Ordinary Share (for a total consideration of approximately $7.2 million), which was calculated based on the lower of: (i) the closing price of the Ordinary Shares on December 9, 2005 (which was $25.45); and (ii) the average closing price of the Ordinary Shares for the seven trading days ending on December 9, 2005 (which was $24.15).
Certain equity awards held by certain officers of the Company are subject to immediate vesting in the event of death or a change in control of the Company.
7.C Interests of Experts and Counsel
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
8.A Consolidated Statements and Other Financial Information
(a) Consolidated Financial Statements
See Item 18Financial Statements and pages F-1 through F-42.
(b) Export Sales
See Note 13a to the Financial Statements.
(c) Legal Proceedings
The Company has not been party to any legal or arbitration proceedings, including any relating to bankruptcy, receivership or similar matters or any governmental proceedings known to the Company, the resolution of which against the Company has had in the recent past a material adverse effect on the Companys financial position or profitability.
From time to time, the Company is subject to various legal proceedings and claims that generally arise in the ordinary course of business. Although the outcome of these proceedings and claims cannot be predicted with certainty, the Company does not believe that any existing proceedings or claims will have a material adverse effect on its financial position or profitability. See Note 7b to the Financial Statements.
(d) Dividend Policy
The Company does not have any current plans to pay dividends.
8.B Significant Changes
For information as to any significant change which has occurred since the date of the annual financial statements included in this Annual Report, see Item 5.DTrend Information.
9.A Offer and Listing Details
Except as set forth below, the information called for in this Item is not applicable in an Annual Report on Form 20-F.
The following table sets forth, in Dollars, the high and low reported sales prices of the Ordinary Shares on Nasdaq during the periods indicated.
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On December 31, 2005, there were 53 shareholders of record of the Ordinary Shares in the United States who, among them, held a total of 29,875,273 Ordinary Shares, constituting approximately 92.28% of the outstanding Ordinary Shares as at that date. Such holders of record include several who are nominees for certain beneficial owners, the exact number of whom is not known to the Company. The Company believes there are currently in excess of 3,400 beneficial holders of the Ordinary Shares.
9.B Plan of Distribution
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
The Companys Ordinary Shares are quoted on Nasdaq under the symbol ORBK.
9.D Selling Shareholders
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
9.F Expenses of the Issue
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
10.A Share Capital
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
10.B Memorandum and Articles of Association
The Memorandum of Association of the Company (the Memorandum) and the Articles (each in their original form) were registered on February 8, 1981, under registration number 51-087517-2 with the Israeli Registrar of Companies. In July 1984, the Company became a public company under Israeli company law, under registration number 52-003521-3. At the 2001 Annual General Meeting of Shareholders held on November 8, 2001, the shareholders adopted new articles of association as well as amendments to the Memorandum and the new articles of association.
Set forth below is a summary of certain provisions of the Memorandum, the Articles and the Companies Law. This description does not purport to be complete and is qualified in its entirety by reference to the full text of the Memorandum and Articles and by Israeli law. The Memorandum, in a form which reflects, integrated into the text, all amendments thereto since the Companys incorporation, and the Articles, in a form which reflects, integrated into the text, all amendments thereto since being adopted on November 8, 2001, are exhibits to this Annual Report.
(a) Objects of the Company
Pursuant to Section 2.A. of the Memorandum the principal objects for which the Company was established include to engage in any form in the design, development, production, marketing and servicing of products and systems in the field of electro-optics and other kinds of electronic equipment, including electro-mechanical equipment, medical equipment and industrial instrumentation and control equipment.
The Board of Directors consists of three classes of directors (not including the two external directors who do not form part of any class), with one class being elected each year by shareholders at the Companys annual general meeting for a term of approximately three years. Directors so elected cannot be removed from office by
the shareholders until the expiration of their term of office. Ordinary Shares do not have cumulative voting rights. As a result, the holders of Ordinary Shares that represent a simple majority of the voting power represented at a shareholders meeting and voting at the meeting have the power to elect all of the directors put forward for election, subject to specific requirements under the Companies Law with respect to the election of external directors. Under the Companies Law the Company is required to appoint at least two natural persons as external directors; such appointments are to be for a term of three years and may be extended for one additional three-year term. For further information as to these appointments, see Item 6Directors, Senior Management and Employees.
Under the Articles, a director shall vacate his or her office if that director dies; is declared bankrupt; is declared to be of unsound mind; resigns such office by notice in writing given to the Company; or is not re-elected by the shareholders upon expiration of his or her term at the relevant annual general meeting; or, if the director is a company, is wound-up.
In general, the management of the business of the Company is vested in the Board of Directors which may exercise all such powers of the Company, including the power to borrow or secure the payment of any sum or sums of money for the purposes of the Company, in such manner, at such times and upon such terms and conditions in all respects, as it thinks fit. The directors may, from time to time, appoint any one or more persons, whether or not directors, to be managing director(s), general manager(s), chief executive officer(s), president(s) or any similar function with a different title, for such period and upon such terms as the directors think fit, and, subject to the limitations imposed by the Companies Law upon the delegation by a board of directors of certain powers and authorities, may entrust to and confer upon such managing director(s), general manager(s), chief executive officer(s) or president(s) such of the powers of the Board of Directors as the directors think fit, and such powers may be made exercisable for such period or periods, and for such objects and purposes, and upon such terms and conditions, and subject to such restrictions, as the directors may determine.
(c) Conflict of interest
(i) Approval of Related Party Transactions
The Companies Law requires that transactions between a company and its office holders or that benefit its office holders be approved as provided for in the Companies Law and the companys articles of association. The term office holder as defined in the Companies Law includes a director, managing director, general manager, chief executive officer, executive vice president, vice president, other managers directly subordinate to the managing director and any other person fulfilling or assuming any such position or responsibility without regard to such persons title. The approval of a majority of the disinterested members of the audit committee and of the board of directors is generally required and, in some circumstances, shareholder approval may also be required.
(ii) Disclosure by office holders
The Companies Law requires that an office holder of a company promptly disclose to the company any personal interest that the office holder may have in an existing or proposed transaction by the company. The office holder must also disclose related material information and documents that the office holder has about the existing or proposed transaction. The office holder must further disclose the interests of any entity in which he or she is a 5% or greater shareholder, director or general manager, or in which the office holder has the power to appoint one or more directors or the general manager. If the transaction is an extraordinary transaction, the office holder must also disclose any personal interest of his or her spouse, siblings, parents, grandparents, descendants, spouses descendants and the spouses of any of these people. This disclosure must be made no later than the first meeting of the board of directors at which the transaction is discussed. The disclosure is made to the board of directors and to the audit committee if it must approve the transaction. In those circumstances in which shareholder approval is also required, shareholders have the right to review any documents in the companys possession related to the proposed transaction. However, the company may prohibit a shareholder from reviewing the documents if the company believes the request was made in bad faith, the documents include trade secrets or patents or their disclosure could otherwise harm the companys interests.
(iii) Approval procedure
After the office holder complies with these disclosure requirements, the company may approve the transaction under the provisions of applicable law and its articles of association. If the transaction is with an office holder or with a third party in which the office holder has a personal interest, the approval must confirm that the transaction is not adverse to the companys interest. If the transaction is an extraordinary transaction, it must be approved as required by the articles of association and must also be approved by the audit committee and the board of directors. An extraordinary transaction is a transaction: (i) other than in the ordinary course of business; (ii) on terms other than on market terms; or (iii) that is likely to have a material impact on the companys profitability, assets or liabilities.
In some circumstances, shareholder approval is required. A director with a personal interest in any matter may not generally be present at any audit committee or board of directors meeting where the matter is being considered, and may not vote on the matter.
(iv) Transactions with controlling shareholders
The Companies Law extends the disclosure requirements applicable to an office holder to a controlling shareholder in a public company. A shareholder that holds 25% or more of the voting rights in a company would be considered a controlling shareholder for the purposes of these disclosure requirements if no other shareholder holds more than 50% of the voting rights. If two or more shareholders are interested parties in the same transaction, their shareholdings are combined for the purposes of calculating percentages. Some transactions between a public company and a controlling shareholder or a controlling shareholders relative, or transactions in which a controlling shareholder has a personal interest but which are between a public company and another entity, require the approval of the audit committee, the board of directors and the shareholders. If required, shareholder approval must include at least one-third of the shareholders who have no personal interest in the transaction and are present and voting at the meeting. Alternatively, the total shareholdings of the disinterested shareholders who vote against the transaction must not represent more than one percent of the voting rights in the company. The Israeli Minister of Justice may determine a different percentage.
According to Article 73(a) of the Articles, subject to the provisions of the Companies Law, no office holder of the Company (which includes a director) shall be disqualified by such office from holding any office or place of profit within or outside the Company or with any company in which the Company shall be a shareholder or otherwise interested, or with any company which is a shareholder of, or otherwise interested in, the Company, or from contracting with the Company either as vendor, purchaser or otherwise, either on his or her own behalf or as a director of another company or member of a firm or otherwise, nor (unless and to the extent provided otherwise in the Companies Law) shall any such contract, or any contract or arrangement entered into by or on behalf of the Company in which any office holder shall be in any way interested, be void or voidable nor shall any office holder be liable to account to the Company for any profit arising from any such office or place of profit or realized by any such contract or arrangement by reason only of such office holders holding that office or of the fiduciary relations thereby established. An office holder who knows that he or she has, directly or indirectly, a personal interest in any existing or contemplated contract or arrangement of the Company of the type described in Article 73(a) shall disclose to the Company the nature of this interest, as well as any material fact or document, without delay and no later than the meeting of the Board of Directors at which such contract or arrangement is first considered. Should the office holder acquire, or become aware of, such personal interest subsequently, that interest shall be disclosed without delay, and no later than the first meeting of the Board of Directors after the time at which it was acquired.
Dividends may be distributed only out of profits available for dividends as determined by the Companies Law, provided that there is no reasonable concern that the distribution will prevent the Company from being able to meet its existing and anticipated obligations when they become due. Generally, under the Companies Law, the decision to distribute dividends and the amount to be distributed is made by a companys board of directors. The
Articles provide that the Board of Directors may from time to time declare, and cause the Company to pay, such dividends as may appear to it to be justified by the profits of the Company and that the Board of Directors has the authority to determine the time for payment of such dividends and the record date for determining the shareholders entitled to receive such dividends, provided the date is not before the date of the resolution to distribute the dividend. Declaration of dividends does not require shareholder approval.
(e) Ordinary Shares
The registered capital of the Company is NIS 7,000,000 divided into 50,000,000 Ordinary Shares. All issued and outstanding Ordinary Shares are fully paid and non-assessable. Holders of Ordinary Shares have one vote for each Ordinary Share held on all matters to be voted on by shareholders, including the election of directors. Ordinary Shares do not entitle their holders to preemptive rights. The Memorandum and Articles and Israeli law do not restrict in any way the ownership or voting of Ordinary Shares by non-residents or persons who are not citizens of Israel, except with respect to subjects of nations which are in a state of war with Israel.
Subject to the rights of holders of shares with special rights (which may be issued in the future), holders of paid up Ordinary Shares are entitled to participate in the payment of dividends and, in the event of a winding-up of the Company, in the distribution of assets available for distribution, in proportion to the amount paid up or credited as paid up on account of the nominal value of the shares held by them respectively and in respect of which such dividend is being paid or such distribution is being made, without considering any premium those holders might have paid in excess of that nominal value.
Shares with preferential rights relating, among other things, to dividends, voting and repayment of share capital can be created by adoption of a resolution of the shareholders at a general meeting of shareholders at which a quorum is present, by a simple majority of the voting power represented at the meeting in person or by proxy and voting thereon. The Company can similarly subdivide issued and outstanding Ordinary Shares. Modification or abrogation of the rights of any class of shares requires the written consent of the holders of 75% of the issued shares of such a class or adoption of a resolution passed by a simple majority of those present in person or by proxy and voting at a separate general meeting of the holders of the shares of that class.
Ordinary Share certificates registered in the names of two or more persons are deliverable to the person first named in the share register and such delivery shall be deemed sufficient delivery to all co-owners. If two or more such persons tender a vote, the vote of the person whose name first appears in the share register will be accepted to the exclusion of any other. Notices may be given only to the person whose name first appears in the register. If two or more persons jointly hold or are entitled to a share, any one of them may give effectual receipt for any dividend payable or property distributable in respect of such share.
(f) Transfer of Shares
Ordinary Shares which have been fully paid-up are transferable, by submission of a proper instrument of transfer to the Company or its transfer agent together with the certificate of the shares to be transferred and such other evidence, if any, as the directors may require to prove the rights of the intending transferor in the transferred shares.
(g) Shareholders Meetings
The Articles provide that an annual general meeting must be held at least once in every calendar year, not later than 15 months after the last preceding annual general meeting, at such time and place as may be determined by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors may, in its discretion, convene additional shareholder meetings and, pursuant to the Companies Law, must convene a meeting upon the demand of two directors or one quarter of the directors in office or upon the demand of the holder or holders of five percent of the Companys issued share capital and one percent of its voting rights or upon the demand of the holder or holders of five percent of its voting rights. All demands for shareholder meetings must set forth the items to be
considered at that meeting. Pursuant to the Companies Law, the holder or holders of one percent of the Companys voting rights may request the inclusion of an item on the agenda of a future shareholder meeting, provided the item is appropriate for discussion at a shareholder meeting.
Pursuant to the Companies Law, shareholder meetings generally require prior notice of not less than 21 days. The function of the annual general meeting is to elect directors in accordance with the Articles, receive and consider the profit and loss account, the balance sheet and the ordinary reports and accounts of the directors and auditors, appoint auditors and fix their remuneration and transact any other business which under the Articles or applicable law may be transacted by the shareholders of a company in general meeting.
The quorum required for either an annual (regular) or an extraordinary (special) general meeting of shareholders consists of at least two shareholders present in person or by proxy holding shares conferring in the aggregate more than 50% of the voting rights of the Company. If a meeting is convened by the Board of Directors upon the demand of shareholders or upon the demand of less than 50% of the directors then in office or directly by such shareholders or directors and no quorum is present within half an hour from the time appointed, it shall be cancelled. If a meeting is otherwise called and no quorum is present within such time, the meeting is adjourned to the same day one week later at the same time and place or at such other time and place as the Board of Directors may determine and specify in the notice of the general meeting and it shall not be necessary to give notice of such adjournment. If a quorum is not present within half an hour from the time stated for such adjourned meeting, any shareholders present in person or by proxy at such meeting shall constitute a quorum. Generally, under the Companies Law and the Articles, shareholder resolutions are deemed adopted if approved by the holders of a simple majority of the voting rights represented at a meeting and voting unless a different majority is required by law or pursuant to the Articles. The Companies Law provides that resolutions on certain matters, such as amending a companys articles of association, assuming the authority of the board of directors in certain circumstances, appointing auditors, appointing external directors, approving certain transactions, increasing or decreasing the registered share capital and approving most mergers must be made by the shareholders at a general meeting. A company may determine in its articles of association certain additional matters in respect of which resolutions by the shareholders in a general meeting will be required.
A company such as the Company, incorporated prior to February 1, 2000, is subject to various rules with respect to the transition from being governed by the Companies Ordinance to being governed by the Companies Law. These rules provide, among other things, that any amendment to the Memorandum or Articles will generally require a resolution adopted by the holders of 75% or more of the voting power represented and voting at a general meeting and that the approval of a merger will require a resolution adopted by the holders of 75% or more of the voting power represented and voting at a general meeting, unless and until the Company amends the Articles in such manner to provide for a different majority. The Articles provide that all shareholder resolutions, other than with respect to the amendment or replacement of the Memorandum or Articles and certain other matters which by law require a different majority, but including with respect to certain actions which, pursuant to Israeli law, would otherwise require a majority of 75% of the votes cast, such as a change of corporate name, an increase in authorized share capital, a consolidation or division of the Companys share capital into shares of larger or smaller nominal value, a cancellation of unissued shares, a reduction of share capital, the creation of new classes, or the modification of the rights of classes, of shares and the approval of mergers, require only a simple majority of the votes cast. Subject to the Companies Law, a resolution in writing signed by the holders of all of the Ordinary Shares entitled to vote at a meeting of shareholders or to which all such shareholders have given their written consent will be sufficient to adopt the resolution in lieu of a meeting. The Companies Law does not currently provide for public companies such as the Company to have shareholder resolutions adopted by means of written consent in lieu of a shareholder meeting.
(h) Changes in Control
Under the Companies Law, a merger is generally required to be approved by the shareholders and board of directors of each of the merging companies. If the share capital of the company that will not be the surviving company is divided into different classes of shares, the approval of each class is also required, unless determined
otherwise by the court. Similarly, unless the court determines differently, a merger will not be approved if it is objected to by shareholders holding a majority of the voting rights participating and voting at the meeting, after excluding the shares held by the other party to the merger, by any person who holds 25% or more of the other party to the merger and by the relatives of and corporations controlled by these persons. Upon the request of a creditor of either party to the proposed merger, the court may delay or prevent the merger if it concludes that there exists a reasonable concern that, as a result of the merger, the surviving company will be unable to satisfy the obligations of any of the parties of the merger. Also, a merger can be completed only after all approvals have been submitted to the Israeli Registrar of Companies and 30 days have passed from the time that shareholder resolutions were adopted in each of the merging companies and 50 days have passed from the time that a proposal for approval of the merger was filed with the Registrar.
The Companies Law also provides that, subject to certain exceptions, an acquisition of shares in a public company must be made by means of a tender offer if, as a result of the acquisition, the purchaser would become a holder of 25% or more of the voting power at general meetings. This rule does not apply if there is already another holder of 25% or more of the voting power at general meetings. Similarly, the Companies Law provides that, subject to certain exceptions, an acquisition of shares in a public company must be made by means of a tender offer if, as a result of the acquisition, the purchaser would become a holder of more than 45% of the voting power of the company. This rule does not apply if someone else already holds more than 45% of the voting power of the company. These tender offer requirements do not apply to companies whose shares are listed for trading outside of Israel if, under local law or the rules of the stock exchange on which their shares are traded, there is a limitation on the percentage of control which may be acquired or the purchaser is required to make a tender offer to the public.
Under the Companies Law, a person may not acquire shares in a public company if, after the acquisition, he will hold more than 90% of the shares or more than 90% of any class of shares of that company, unless a tender offer is made to purchase all of the shares or all of the shares of the particular class. The Companies Law also provides (subject to certain exceptions with respect to shareholders who held more than 90% of a companys shares or of a class of its shares as of February 1, 2000) that as long as a shareholder in a public company holds more than 90% of the companys shares or of a class of shares, that shareholder shall be precluded from purchasing any additional shares. If a tender offer is accepted and less than 5% of the shares of the company are not tendered, all of the shares will transfer to the ownership of the purchaser. If 5% or more of the shares of the company are not tendered, the purchaser may not purchase shares in a manner which will grant him more than 90% of the shares of the company.
In addition, certain provisions of the Memorandum and Articles may have the effect of rendering more difficult or discouraging an acquisition of the Company deemed undesirable by the Board of Directors. Those provisions include: limiting the ability of the Companys shareholders to convene general meetings of the Company (as discussed above); controlling procedures for the conduct of shareholder and Board of Directors meetings, including quorum and voting requirements; and the election and removal of directors.
Moreover, the classification of the Board of Directors into three classes with terms of approximately three years each, which was approved by shareholders of the Company in 2001, and the requirement under Israeli company law to have two external directors, who cannot readily be removed from office, may make it more difficult for shareholders who oppose the policies of the Board of Directors to remove a majority of the then current directors from office quickly. It may also, in some circumstances, together with the other provisions of the Memorandum, Articles and Israeli law, deter or delay potential future merger, acquisition, tender or takeover offers, proxy contests or changes in control or management of the Company, some of which could be deemed by certain shareholders to be in their best interests and which could affect the price some investors are willing to pay for Ordinary Shares.
Israeli tax law treats some acquisitions, including stock-for-stock swaps between an Israeli company and a foreign company, less favorably than U.S. tax law. Israeli tax law may, for instance, subject a shareholder who exchanges Ordinary Shares for shares in a non-Israeli corporation to immediate taxation.
(i) Duration and Liquidation
The Articles do not limit the Companys duration.
10.C Material Contracts
10.D Exchange Controls
Non-residents of Israel who purchase Ordinary Shares will be able to convert dividends, if any are declared, and liquidation distributions into freely repatriable non-Israeli currencies at the rate of exchange prevailing at the time of conversion, pursuant to a general permit issued by the Israeli Controller of Foreign Exchange at the Bank of Israel under the Currency Control Law, 1978 (the Currency Control Law), provided that Israeli income tax has been paid (or withheld) on such amounts.
Pursuant to a general permit under the Currency Control Law, Israeli residents are generally eligible to purchase Ordinary Shares.
There are no limitations on the Companys ability to import and export capital.
To the extent that the following discussion is based on new or existing tax or other legislation that has not been subject to judicial or administrative interpretation, there can be no assurance that the views expressed herein will be accepted by the tax or other authorities in question. This discussion is not intended, nor should it be construed, as legal or professional tax advice and it is not exhaustive of all possible tax considerations.
(a) Israeli Taxation
(i) Taxation of Capital Gains Applicable to Non-Israeli Shareholders
Israeli law generally imposes a capital gains tax on the sale of securities and any other capital assets. Effective until December 31, 2002, the basic capital gains tax rate applicable to corporations was 36%, and the maximum tax rate applicable to individuals was 50%. Effective January 1, 2003, the capital gains tax rate imposed upon the sale of capital assets acquired after that date has been reduced to 25%; capital gains accrued from assets acquired before January 1, 2003 are subject to a blended tax rate based on the relative periods of time before and after January 1, 2003 that the asset was held. These rates are subject to the provisions of any applicable bilateral double taxation treaty. The treaty concerning double taxation between the United States and Israel (the Convention between the Government of the State of Israel and the Government of the United States of America With Respect to Taxes on Income (the Treaty)) is discussed below.
In addition, if the Ordinary Shares are traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, on an authorized stock exchange outside Israel or on a regulated market (which includes a system through which securities are traded pursuant to rules prescribed by the competent authority in the relevant jurisdiction) in or outside Israel, gains on the sale of Ordinary Shares held by non-Israeli tax resident investors will generally be exempt from Israeli capital gains tax. Notwithstanding the foregoing, dealers in securities in Israel are taxed at regular tax rates applicable to business income.
Under an amendment to the Israeli Income Tax (Inflationary Adjustments) Law, 1985, effective January 1, 1999, non-Israeli corporations may, under some circumstances, be subject to Israeli taxes on the sale of listed securities in an Israeli company subject to the provisions of any applicable tax treaty.
(ii) Income Taxes on Dividend Distribution to Non-Israeli Shareholders
Individuals who are non-residents of Israel are subject to a graduated income tax on income derived from sources in Israel. These sources of income include passive income, including dividends, royalties and interest, as well as non-passive income from services provided in Israel. Upon a distribution of a dividend, other than bonus shares (stock dividends), income tax is generally withheld at the rate of 25% (or 15% in the case of dividends distributed from taxable income derived from an Approved Enterprise), unless a different rate is provided in a treaty between Israel and the shareholders country of residence. The withheld tax is the final tax in Israel on dividends paid to non-residents who do not conduct a business in Israel. See U.S.Israel Tax Treaty.
A non-resident of Israel who has dividend income derived from or accrued in Israel, from which tax was withheld at source, is generally exempt from the duty to file tax returns in Israel in respect of such income, provided such income was not derived from a business conducted in Israel by the taxpayer and the non-resident has no other sources of income in Israel.
Residents of the United States generally will have withholding tax in Israel deducted at source. As discussed below, they may be entitled to a credit or deduction for U.S. federal income tax purposes in the amount of the taxes withheld, subject to detailed rules contained in U.S. tax legislation.
(iii) U.S.Israel Tax Treaty
The Treaty is generally effective as of January 1, 1995. Under the Treaty, the maximum Israeli tax and withholding tax on dividends paid to a holder of Ordinary Shares who is a Treaty U.S. Resident (as defined below) is generally 25%. However, pursuant to the Approved Enterprise Law, dividends distributed by an Israeli company and derived from the income of an Approved Enterprise during the applicable benefits period will generally be subject to a reduced 15% dividend withholding tax rate. The Treaty further provides that a 12.5% Israeli dividend withholding tax will apply to dividends paid to a U.S. corporation owning 10% or more of an Israeli companys voting shares during, in general, the current and preceding tax year of the Israeli company. The lower 12.5% rate applies only on dividends distributed from income not derived from an Approved Enterprise in the applicable period and does not apply if the company has certain amounts of passive income.
Pursuant to the Treaty, the sale, exchange or disposition of Ordinary Shares by a person who qualifies as a resident of the United States within the meaning of the Treaty and who is entitled to claim the benefits afforded to such residents under the Treaty (a Treaty U.S. Resident) generally will not be subject to the Israeli capital gains tax unless such Treaty U.S. Resident holds, directly or indirectly, shares representing 10% or more of the voting power of the Company during any part of the 12-month period preceding such sale, exchange or disposition subject to certain conditions. A sale, exchange or disposition of Ordinary Shares by a Treaty U.S. Resident who holds, directly or indirectly, shares representing 10% or more of the voting power of the Company at any time during such preceding 12-month period would not be exempt under the Treaty from such Israeli tax; however, under the Treaty, such Treaty U.S. Resident would be permitted to claim a credit for such taxes against U.S. federal income tax imposed on any gain from such sale, exchange or disposition, under the circumstances and subject to the limitations specified in the Treaty.
Israel presently has no estate or gift tax.
(b) United States Federal Income Tax
The following general discussion sets forth the material United States federal income tax consequences that are applicable to the following persons who invest in Ordinary Shares and hold such Ordinary Shares as capital assets (U.S. Shareholders): (a) individuals who are citizens or residents (as specifically defined for U.S. federal income tax purposes) of the United States; (b) corporations (or entities treated as corporations for U.S. federal income tax purposes) created or organized in the United States or under the laws of the United States or of any state thereof; (c) estates or trusts the income of which is subject to U.S. federal income taxation regardless
of its source; and (d) trusts if a court within the United States is able to exercise primary jurisdiction over the administration of the trust or one or more U.S. persons has the authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust. This discussion does not deal with: (i) all aspects of U.S. federal income taxation that may be relevant to particular U.S. Shareholders based on their particular circumstances (including potential application of the alternative minimum tax); (ii) certain U.S. Shareholders subject to special treatment under the U.S. federal income tax laws such as broker-dealers, insurance companies, tax-exempt organizations, financial institutions, taxpayers whose functional currency is not the Dollar or foreign individuals or entities; (iii) U.S. Shareholders owning directly or by attribution 10% or more of the Ordinary Shares; (iv) any aspect of state, local or non U.S. tax laws; or (v) U.S. taxes that are not income taxes. Additionally, the following discussion does not consider the tax treatment of persons who hold Ordinary Shares through a partnership or other pass-through entity. If a partnership holds Ordinary Shares, the tax treatment of a partner will generally depend on the status of the partner and on the activities of the partnership. Partners in a partnership holding Ordinary Shares should consult their tax advisors.
The summary of U.S. income tax laws set out below is based on the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the Code), Treasury regulations, judicial decisions and published positions of the Internal Revenue Service (the IRS) as of the date hereof and is subject to any changes occurring in the United States law after that date, which changes could have retroactive effect.
(i) Dividends Paid on Shares
Distributions on Ordinary Shares paid (before reduction for Israeli withholding taxes) out of the Companys current or accumulated earnings and profits, as determined for U.S. federal income tax purposes, will be dividends and will be includible in a U.S. Shareholders ordinary income when received. Dividends received by an individual taxpayer during taxable years before 2009 will be taxed at a maximum rate of 15%, provided the taxpayer has held the stock for more than 60 days during the 121-day period beginning 60 days before the ex-dividend date and certain other conditions are satisfied. Dividends received by an individual taxpayer for taxable years after 2008 will be subject to tax at ordinary income rates. The dividend will not be eligible for the dividends-received deduction generally allowed to U.S. corporations.
The amount of any dividend paid in Israeli currency will equal the Dollar value of the Israeli currency received calculated by reference to the exchange rate in effect on the date the dividend is received by the U.S. Shareholder, regardless of whether the Israeli currency is converted into Dollars. If the Israeli currency received as a dividend is not converted into Dollars on the date of receipt, the U.S. Shareholder will have a basis in the Israeli currency equal to the Dollar value on the date of receipt. Any gain or loss realized on a subsequent conversion or other disposition of the Israeli currency will be treated as ordinary income or loss, and generally will be income or loss from sources within the United States for U.S. foreign tax credit purposes.
To the extent that the amount of any distribution exceeds the Companys current and accumulated earnings and profits for a taxable year, the distribution will first be treated as a tax-free return of capital to the extent of the U.S. Shareholders basis, and any excess will be treated as capital gain. Such distributions would not give rise to income from sources outside the United States.
(ii) Credit for Israeli Taxes Withheld
U.S. Shareholders may be entitled to deduct, or claim a U.S. foreign tax credit for, Israeli taxes that are withheld on dividends received, subject to applicable limitations in the Code. Dividends will be income from sources outside the United States and generally will be passive income (or passive category income for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2006) or financial services income (or general category income for taxable years beginning after December 31, 2006) for purposes of computing the U.S. foreign tax credit allowable to a U.S. Shareholder. The rules governing the U.S. foreign tax credit are complex, and additional limitations on the credit apply to individuals receiving dividends eligible for the 15% maximum tax rate on dividends described in (i) above.
(iii) Disposition of Ordinary Shares
A U.S. Shareholder will generally recognize capital gain or loss upon the sale or exchange of Ordinary Shares in an amount equal to the difference between the amount realized and the U.S. Shareholders tax basis in the Ordinary Shares. Such gain or loss will be long-term capital gain or loss if the U.S. Shareholders holding period exceeds one year and otherwise will be short-term capital gain or loss. The deductibility of capital losses is subject to limitations. Gain or loss from the sale, exchange or other disposition of Ordinary Shares will generally be treated as from U.S. sources for U.S. foreign tax credit purposes. Pursuant to the Treaty, however, such gain or loss may be foreign source in certain circumstances. See U.S.-Israel Tax Treaty. U.S. Shareholders should consult their own tax advisors regarding the treatment of any foreign currency gain or loss on any Israeli currency received in respect of the sale, exchange or other disposition of Ordinary Shares.
(iv) Passive Foreign Investment Company
A passive foreign investment company (PFIC) is defined as any foreign corporation at least 75% of whose consolidated gross income for the taxable year is passive income, or at least 50% of the value of whose consolidated assets is attributable to assets that produce or are held for the production of passive income. For this purpose, passive income generally includes dividends, interest, royalties, rents, annuities and the excess of gains over losses from the disposition of assets which produce passive income. The Company believes that it is not and has not been a PFIC for U.S. federal income tax purposes, and the Company expects that it will not become a PFIC. If the Company were to become a PFIC, then all U.S. Shareholders would be required either: (i) to include in their taxable income certain undistributed amounts of the Companys income if a qualified electing fund election has been made; or (ii) to pay an interest charge together with tax calculated at maximum ordinary income rates on certain excess distributions (defined to include gain on the sale of Ordinary Shares). In addition, if the Company is a PFIC, individual U.S. Shareholders will not be eligible for the 15% maximum tax rate on dividends described above.
(v) Backup Withholding and Information Reporting
A non-corporate U.S. Shareholder may, under certain circumstances, be subject to information reporting requirements and backup withholding at a rate currently equal to 28% on cash payments in the United States of dividends on, and the proceeds of disposition of, Ordinary Shares. Backup withholding will apply only if a U.S. Shareholder: (a) fails to furnish its social security or other taxpayer identification number (TIN) within a reasonable time after the request therefor; (b) furnishes an incorrect TIN; (c) is notified by the IRS that it has failed properly to report payments of interest and dividends; or (d) under certain circumstances, fails to certify, under penalty of perjury, that it has furnished a correct TIN and has not been notified by the IRS that it is subject to backup withholding for failure to report interest and dividend payments. U.S. Shareholders should consult their tax advisors regarding their qualification for exemption, if applicable. The amount of backup withholding from a payment to a U.S. Shareholder generally will be allowed as a credit against such U.S. Shareholders U.S. federal income tax liability and may entitle such U.S. Shareholder to a refund, provided that the required information is furnished to the IRS.
10.F Dividends and Paying Agents
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
10.G Statements by Experts
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
10.H Documents on Display
The material documents referred to herein to which the Company is a party, to the extent that their disclosure is not otherwise limited or restricted, may, by prior arrangement, be inspected at the offices of the
Company in Yavne, Israel. In addition, the Company believes that all publicly filed documents referred to herein should be available for inspection, upon payment of any prescribed fees and otherwise upon such terms and conditions as may be specified, at the respective public archives or institutions with which they are filed.
10.I Subsidiary Information
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
The Company uses financial instruments and derivatives in order to limit its exposure to risks arising from changes in exchange rates. The use of such instruments does not expose the Company to additional exchange rate risks since the derivatives are held against an asset (for example, excess assets in Euros).
The Companys derivative transactions in 2005 were executed through Israeli banks and one United Kingdom investment bank. The Company believes that the credit risk of such institutions is minimal.
(b) Exchange Rate Risk Management
Since the Companys functional currency and that of its subsidiaries is the Dollar, the Company, including through its subsidiaries, protects itself against exposure arising from the difference between assets and liabilities in each currency other than the Dollar (Balance Sheet Exposure). The majority of the Balance Sheet Exposure in such subsidiaries is in Japanese Yen, Euros, Chinese RMB and NIS.
The Company endeavors to limit its exposure through natural hedging, i.e., by attempting to maintain a similar level of assets and liabilities in any given currency. The remaining exposure that is not set off naturally is limited by the use of derivative instruments. To the extent possible, this is also done on a consolidated basis.
The table below details the Balance Sheet Exposure, expressed in currency and geographical terms, as at December 31, 2005 (at fair valueas explained below). All data in the table have been converted for convenience into Dollar equivalents (in millions).
The table below details the hedging acquired in forward exchange contracts in order to limit the Balance Sheet Exposure. The data are as at December 31, 2005 as recorded in the Companys financial records and are presented in Dollar equivalent terms (in millions).
The Company also acquired forward exchange contracts in order to limit cash flow exposures:
(c) Fair Value of Derivatives
The fair value of derivatives as of December 31, 2005, constituted an asset and a liability of approximately $0.1 million and $0.4 million, respectively. The fair value of the derivatives generally reflects the estimated amounts that the Company would receive or pay upon termination of the contracts at the reporting date.
(d) Interest Rate Risk Management
Cash and cash equivalents as of December 31, 2005, in the amount of $35.6 million bore interest at fixed rates of 0.90% - 4.40% per annum. Held-to-maturity marketable securities in the amount of $55.3 million, with the same aggregate fair value, consisted mainly of non-Israeli money market instruments and debentures, which bore interest at rates of 1.70% - 5.20% per annum and matured as follows: $24.2 million in 2006 and $31.1 million in 2007 through 2010. Due to the relatively short-term maturities of the Companys cash, deposits and securities portfolio, an immediate 10% change in interest rates is not expected to have a material effect on the Companys near-term financial condition or results of operations.
12.A Debt Securities
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
12.B Warrants and Rights
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
12.C Other Securities
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
12.D American Depositary Shares
Not applicable in Annual Report on Form 20-F.
(a) Disclosure Controls and Procedures
As of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report, the Companys management (with the participation of its chief executive officer and chief financial officer) conducted an evaluation, pursuant to Rule 13a-15 promulgated under the Exchange Act, of the effectiveness of the design and operation of the Companys disclosure controls and procedures. Based on this evaluation, the Companys chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded that as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report such disclosure controls and procedures were effective to provide reasonable assurance that information required to be disclosed by the Company in reports it files or submits under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC.
(b) Managements Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
Not yet applicable to Registrant.
(c) Attestation Report of the Registered Public Accounting Firm
Not yet applicable to Registrant.
(d) Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
Not yet applicable to Registrant.
Dan Falk, a member of the Registrants Audit Committee, has been designated by the Board of Directors as an Audit Committee Financial Expert under the applicable rules and regulations of the SEC and as having financial and accounting expertise under the Companies Law and applicable regulations. Mr. Falk is independent, as that term is defined in the Nasdaq listing standards. For information as to certain financial, accounting and professional qualification requirements for external and other directors under the Companies Law, see Item 6.CBoard PracticesMembership of Board of Directors; External Directors; Financial Experts.
The Company has adopted a code of business conduct and ethics which is applicable to all directors, officers and employees of the Company, including its principal executive, financial and accounting officers and persons performing similar functions (the Code of Ethics). The Code of Ethics covers areas of professional and business conduct, and is intended to promote honest and ethical behavior, including fair dealing and the ethical handling of conflicts of interest; support full, fair, accurate, timely and understandable disclosure in reports and documents the Company files with, or submits to, the SEC and other governmental authorities, and in its other public communications; deter wrongdoing; encourage compliance with applicable laws and governmental rules
and regulations; and ensure the protection of the Companys legitimate business interests. The Company encourages all of its directors, officers and employees promptly to report any violations of the Code of Ethics, and has provided mechanisms by which they may do so.
The Code of Ethics may be accessed through the Governance hyperlink contained on the Investors section of the Corporate Website. In addition, the Company will provide a copy of the Code of Ethics to any person, without charge, upon written request addressed to the Corporate Secretary of the Company at the Companys corporate headquarters in Israel.
The Audit Committee maintains a policy of approving and recommending only those services to be performed by the Companys external auditors which are permitted under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the applicable rules of the SEC relating to auditors independence, and which are otherwise consistent with and will encourage, and are remunerated at levels that accord with, the basic principles of auditor independence. The practice of the Audit Committee is to receive from the Companys management, at the time of approval of the Companys annual financial statements for the preceding fiscal year, a list of all services, including audit, audit-related, tax and other services, proposed to be provided during the current fiscal year to the Company and its subsidiaries by Kesselman and/or other member firms of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwC) (of which Kesselman is one), as well as a report regarding the extent of such services actually provided by Kesselman and PwC during the previous fiscal year and the fees paid for such services performed. After reviewing and considering the services proposed to be provided during the current fiscal year and, where appropriate in order better to understand their nature, discussing them with management, the Audit Committee pre-approves such of the proposed services, with a specific pre-approved budget, as it considers appropriate in accordance with the above principles. Management also maintains a practice of discussing these matters on an ongoing basis during the year with Mr. Dan Falk, the Audit Committees appointed delegate in respect of audit-related and non audit-related services. Additional services from Kesselman and PwC and any increase in budgeted amounts will similarly be submitted for pre-approval during the year by the Audit Committee on a case-by-case basis.
All audit-related and non-audit-related services performed by Kesselman and/or other member firms of PwC during 2005 were reported to, and such services and the services proposed to be provided by them during 2006 were pre-approved by, the Audit Committee, in accordance with the procedures outlined above.
The following table provides information regarding fees paid by the Company to Kesselman and/or other member firms of PwC for all services, including audit services, for the years ended December 31, 2005 and 2004:
In December 2005, the Company acquired all 299,122 Ordinary Shares owned by Ormat, in a privately negotiated transaction, for approximately $7.2 million ($24.15 per share). This purchase was not pursuant to any plan or program. For further information concerning this transaction, see Item 7.BRelated Party Transactions.
17. Financial Statements
The Company is furnishing financial statements pursuant to the instructions of Item 18 of Form 20-F.
18. Financial Statements
All schedules for which provision is made in the applicable accounting regulations of the SEC are either included in the notes to the financial statements or, if not required under the related instructions or inapplicable, have been omitted.
The Registrant hereby certifies that it meets all of the requirements for filing on Form 20-F and that it has duly caused and authorized the undersigned to sign this Annual Report on its behalf.
Dated: March 30, 2006
(An Israeli Corporation)
2005 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
2005 CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The amounts are stated in U.S. dollars ($) in thousands.
REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
To the shareholders of
We have audited the consolidated balance sheets of Orbotech Ltd. (the Company) and its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2005 and 2004 and the related consolidated statements of operations, changes in shareholders equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2005. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Companys Board of Directors and management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) and with auditing standards generally accepted in Israel, including those prescribed by the Israeli Auditors (Mode of Performance) Regulations, 1973. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by the Companys Board of Directors and management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
The Company accounts for its 50%-owned joint venture, Frontline P.C.B. Solutions Limited Partnership, using the proportionate method of consolidation as required under generally accepted accounting principles in Israel. Generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America require that such joint venture be accounted for using the equity method of accounting. The United States Securities and Exchange Commission stated that it would not object to the Companys use of the proportionate method of consolidation as supplemented by the disclosure in note 2a to the consolidated financial statements.
In our opinion, except for the use of the proportionate method of consolidation, as discussed in the preceding paragraph, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of the Company and its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2005 and 2004 and the results of their operations, the changes in shareholders equity and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2005, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
Kesselman & Kesselman is a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(Continued)
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
The accompanying notes are an integral part of the financial statements.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY