Planar Systems 10-Q 2011
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Quarterly Report Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Act of 1934
July 1, 2011 For the Quarter Ended July 1, 2011
Commission File No. 023018
PLANAR SYSTEMS, INC.
(exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: (503) 748-1100
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Number of common stock outstanding as of August 10, 2011
20,437,086 shares, no par value per share
Part 1. FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
See accompanying notes to unaudited consolidated financial statements.
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
NOTE 1 - BASIS OF PRESENTATION
The accompanying financial statements are unaudited and have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. However, certain information or footnote disclosures normally included in such financial statements have been condensed or omitted pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In the opinion of management, the statements include all adjustments necessary (which are of a normal and recurring nature) for the fair presentation of the results of the periods presented. These financial statements should be read in connection with the Companys audited financial statements for the year ended September 24, 2010. All references to a year or a quarter in these notes are to the Companys fiscal year or quarter in the period stated. Certain balances in the 2010 financial statements have been reclassified to conform to 2011 presentations. Such reclassifications had no effect on results of operations or retained earnings.
The preparation of financial statements in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (GAAP) requires management to make estimates and assumptions. These estimates and assumptions affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of sales and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results may differ from those estimates.
The accompanying financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its direct and indirect wholly owned subsidiaries. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated. The results of operations from the interim periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the operating results to be expected for any subsequent interim period or for the year ending September 30, 2011.
On September 25, 2010 the Company adopted the provisions of Accounting Standards Update No. 2009-14, Software (Topic 985): Certain Revenue Arrangements That Include Software Elementsa consensus of the FASB Emerging Issues Task Force (ASU 2009-14), which changes the accounting model for revenue arrangements that include both tangible products and software elements. ASU 2009-14, which was issued in October 2009 by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB), is effective prospectively for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010. The adoption of this Update did not have a material impact on the Companys financial statements.
NOTE 2 - INVENTORIES
Inventories, stated at the lower of cost or market, consist of:
NOTE 3 - SHAREHOLDERS EQUITY
In the first quarter of 2010 the Company adopted the 2009 Incentive Plan (the 2009 Plan). This plan replaced the Companys 1993 Stock Incentive Plan, the 1996 Stock Incentive Plan, the 1999 Non-Qualified Stock Option Plan, the 2007 New Hire Incentive Plan, the Clarity Visual Systems, Inc. 1995 Plan and Non-Qualified Stock Option Plan as well as any individual inducement awards, which are collectively referred to as the Prior Plans. The 2009 Plan authorizes the issuance of 1,300,000 shares of common stock. In addition, up to 2,963,375 shares subject to awards outstanding under the Prior Plans may become available for issuance under the 2009 Plan to the extent that these shares cease to be subject to the original awards (such as by expiration, cancellation or forfeiture of the awards). The maximum number of shares that may be issued under the 2009 Plan is 4,263,375 shares, including shares that may become available from the Prior Plans.
The 2009 Plan provides for the granting of stock options. Options granted generally vest and become exercisable over a three-year period and expire seven to ten years after the date of grant. Options were last granted in the second quarter of fiscal 2008.
Information regarding outstanding options is as follows:
No options were exercised during the first nine months of 2011. As of July 1, 2011 there were 1,170,978 options outstanding and exercisable, with a weighted average exercise price of $9.84 per share, an aggregate intrinsic value of $12, and a weighted average remaining contractual life of 3.6 years.
The 2009 Plan provides for the issuance of restricted stock (nonvested shares per the FASB Accounting Standards CodificationTM (ASC) Topic 718, Compensation Stock Compensation). With the exception of certain grants made to the Companys Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and certain of its Vice Presidents, which vest upon the achievement of certain objective performance conditions, the shares issued generally vest over a one- to three-year period based upon the passage of time.
Information regarding outstanding restricted stock awards is as follows:
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
In fiscal 2005 the Company adopted the 2004 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (the Purchase Plan), which replaced the 1994 Employee Stock Purchase Plan. The Purchase Plan provides that eligible employees may contribute, through payroll deductions, up to 10% of their earnings toward the purchase of the Companys common stock at 85% of the fair market value at specific dates. The fair value of the purchase rights is estimated on the first day of the offering period using the Black-Scholes model. In 2010 the Companys shareholders approved an amendment to the Purchase Plan which increased the number of shares of common stock that may be purchased under the Purchase Plan from 400,000 shares to 1,400,000 shares. As of July 1, 2011 approximately 915,000 shares remained available for purchase.
Valuation and Expense Information
The following table summarizes share based compensation expense related to share based payment awards and employee stock purchases for the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 and June 25, 2010. The expense was allocated as follows:
The Company recognizes compensation expense for all share based payment awards made to its employees and directors including employee stock options and employee stock purchases related to the Purchase Plan based on estimated fair values. The Company calculates the value of employee stock options on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes model. This model is also used to estimate the fair value of employee stock purchases related to the Purchase Plan. The Company values restricted stock awards at the closing price of the Companys shares on the date of grant. As share based compensation expense recognized in the Consolidated Statement of Operations is based on awards ultimately expected to vest, it has been reduced for estimated forfeitures. Forfeitures were estimated based on historical and anticipated future experience.
Dilutive Effect of Employee Stock Benefit Plans
Average basic shares outstanding for the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 were 19,506,000 and 19,362,000, respectively. Average basic shares outstanding for the three and nine months ended June 25, 2010 were 19,079,000 and 18,898,000, respectively. ASC Topic 260, Earnings per Share, requires that employee equity share options, nonvested shares and similar equity instruments granted by the Company be treated as potential common shares in computing diluted earnings per share. Diluted shares outstanding include the dilutive effect of in-the-money options which is calculated based on the average share price for each fiscal period using the treasury stock method. Under the treasury stock method, the amount that the employee must pay for exercising stock options, the amount of compensation cost for future service that the Company has not yet recognized, and the amount of tax benefits or deficiencies that would be recorded in additional paid-in capital when the award becomes deductible are assumed to be used to repurchase shares. There was no dilutive effect of in-the-money employee stock options or nonvested shares for the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 or for the nine months ended June 25, 2010 due to the Company incurring a net loss in each of those periods. For the three months ended June 25, 2010 diluted shares outstanding were 19,436,000. The dilutive effect of in-the-money employee stock options in that period was approximately 5,000 shares, based on the Companys average share price for the same period of $2.45. The dilutive effect of nonvested stock awards options in that period was approximately 352,000 shares. For the three months ended June 25, 2010 options and nonvested stock awards amounting to approximately 1,378,000 shares were excluded from the calculation of diluted shares as their effect would have been anti-dilutive.
NOTE 4 - IMPAIRMENT AND RESTRUCTURING CHARGES
No impairment or restructuring charges were incurred in the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011. In the first quarter of 2010 the Company determined that its goodwill was impaired, and therefore recorded a $3,428 charge to write-off this balance. The goodwill impairment charge was recorded as a result of the impairment test conducted during the first quarter of 2010 following the Companys restructuring that resulted in one operating segment, which constituted a triggering event as described by paragraph 35-10 of ASC Subtopic 350-20 Goodwill. The impairment test considered the Companys average share price over a reasonable period of time and current projections of the underlying discounted cash flows of the Company. Neither of these approaches supported the carrying value of the asset. During the first quarter of 2010 the Company determined that the severance benefits related to previously recorded restructuring charges would be less than initially estimated and reduced the liability to reflect the current estimate of amounts to be paid. This revision was recorded as a $40 reduction in operating expenses for the three months ended December 25, 2009.
Restructuring charges affected the Companys financial position as follows:
NOTE 5 - OTHER CURRENT LIABILITIES
Other current liabilities consist of:
The Company provides a warranty for its products and establishes an allowance at the time of sale which is sufficient to cover costs during the warranty period. The warranty period is generally between 12 and 36 months. This reserve is included in other current liabilities.
Reconciliation of the changes in the warranty reserve is as follows:
NOTE 6 - INCOME TAXES
The provision (benefit) for income taxes for the third quarter of 2011 was recorded based upon the current estimate of the Companys annual effective tax rate. Generally, the provision (benefit) for income taxes is the result of a mix of profits (losses) the Company and its subsidiaries earn in tax jurisdictions with a broad range of income tax rates. The tax provision of $127 for the three months ended July 1, 2011 was driven by a mix of tax expenses in certain foreign jurisdictions and state taxes, offset by tax losses in other foreign jurisdictions. The tax provision of $146 for the nine months ended July 1, 2011 was also driven by an equal mix of tax expense in certain foreign jurisdictions and state taxes, offset by benefits resulting from losses in other foreign jurisdictions.
The effective tax rates of negative 7.2% and negative 4.6% for the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011, respectively, differ from the federal statutory rate largely as a result of the Companys valuation allowance on its U.S. net operating losses during the quarter. Other significant factors include the effects of the Companys operations in foreign jurisdictions with different tax rates, and the provision for state income taxes.
The Company establishes a valuation allowance for deferred tax assets when it is more likely than not that such deferred tax assets will not be realized. In fiscal 2007 the Company determined that a valuation allowance should be recorded against all of its United States and French deferred tax assets. As of July 1, 2011 the valuation allowance is still in place for all of its United States tax assets. While a valuation allowance is still in place for financial statement purposes as of July 1, 2011, the valuation allowance does not limit the Companys ability to utilize the loss-carryforwards or other deferred tax assets on future tax returns.
As of July 1, 2011 there have been no material changes to the amount of unrecognized tax benefits under ASC Topic 740, Income Taxes. The Company is subject to taxation primarily in the United States, Finland, and France, as well as in certain states (including Oregon and California) and other foreign jurisdictions. The Companys larger jurisdictions generally provide for statutes of limitations from three to five years. The Company has settled with the Internal Revenue Service on their examination of all United States federal income tax matters through fiscal year 2006. The Company has also settled the Finnish tax authoritys examination of the Companys returns for all tax years through 2006. In January 2011 the French tax authority began a routine examination of the Companys French tax returns for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The Company does not anticipate total gross unrecognized tax benefits will significantly change, either as a result of full or partial settlement of audits or the expiration of statutes of limitations within the next 12 months.
The Company has not provided for United States income taxes on the undistributed earnings of foreign subsidiaries because they are considered permanently invested outside of the United States. If repatriated, these earnings would generate foreign tax credits, which may reduce the federal tax liability associated with any future foreign dividend. As of July 1, 2011 the undistributed earnings of these foreign operations were approximately $4,200.
NOTE 7 - BORROWINGS
The Companys credit agreement was amended on November 18, 2010 and allows for borrowing up to 80% of its eligible domestic accounts receivable with a maximum borrowing capacity of $12.0 million. As of July 1, 2011 the Companys borrowing capacity was the full $12.0 million. The credit agreement, as amended, has an interest rate of LIBOR + 3.0%, expires on December 1, 2011, and is secured by substantially all of the assets of the Company. There were no amounts outstanding under the Companys credit agreement as of July 1, 2011 and September 24, 2010. The credit agreement contains certain financial covenants, with which the Company was in compliance as of July 1, 2011.
The following information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated interim financial statements and the notes thereto in Part I, Item I of this Quarterly Report and with the section entitled Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations contained in the Companys Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended September 24, 2010.
This Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and other sections of this Report include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws. These and other forward-looking statements, which may be identified by the inclusion of words such as expects, anticipates, intends, plans, believes, seeks, estimates, goal and variations of such words and other similar expressions, are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections that are subject to change, and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Many factors, including the following, could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: poor or further weakened domestic and international business and economic conditions; changes or continued reductions in the demand for products in the various display markets served by the Company; any delay in the timing of customer orders or the Companys ability to ship product upon receipt of a customer order; the extent and timing of any additional expenditures by the Company to address business growth opportunities; any inability to reduce costs or to do so quickly enough, in either case, in response to reductions in revenue; adverse impacts on the Company or its operations relating to or arising from any inability to fund desired expenditures, including due to difficulties in obtaining necessary financing; changes in the flat panel monitor industry; changes in customer demand or ordering patterns; changes in the competitive environment including pricing pressures or the ability to keep pace with technological changes; technological advances; shortages of manufacturing capacity from the Companys third-party manufacturing partners or other interruptions in the supply of components the Company incorporates in its finished goods including as a result of natural disasters like the recent earthquakes and tsunami in Japan; future production variables resulting in excess inventory and other risk factors described under Part II, Item 1A. The forward-looking statements contained in this report speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this Report. If the Company does update one or more forward-looking statements, it should not be concluded that the Company will make additional updates with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements.
CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES AND ESTIMATES
Except for the adoption of ASU 2009-14, as described below, the Company reaffirms the critical accounting policies and use of estimates reported in its Form 10-K for the year ended September 24, 2010.
On September 25, 2010 the Company adopted the provisions of ASU 2009-14, which changes the accounting model for revenue arrangements that include both tangible products and software elements. ASU 2009-14, which was issued in October 2009 by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, is effective prospectively for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010. The adoption of this Update did not have a material impact on the Companys financial statements.
Planar Systems, Inc. is a provider of specialty display products, solutions, and services for customers in a number of end-market segments. Products include display components, completed displays, and display solutions and systems based on a variety of flat panel and front- and rear-projection technologies. The Company has a global reach with sales offices in North America, Europe, and Asia and manufacturing facilities in Finland and North America.
The electronic specialty display industry is driven by the proliferation of display products, from both the increase in functionality in smart devices and the availability and versatility of LCD flat panel displays at increasingly lower costs; the ongoing need for system providers and integrators to rely on display experts to provide customized solutions; and from the growth in the market for targeted marketing and messaging to consumers using digital signage in a variety of form factors in both indoor and outdoor applications.
Unless context otherwise requires, or as otherwise indicated, we, us, our and similar terms, as well as references to the Company and Planar, refer to Planar Systems, Inc. and, unless the context requires otherwise, includes all of the Companys consolidated subsidiaries.
The Companys Strategy
For over a quarter century, Planar has been designing and bringing to market innovative display solutions. The Company focuses on customized or specialty display products and systems, generally in niche display markets where requirements are more stringent, innovation is valued, and the customer is not served or is underserved by the mass-market, commodity display providers.
The Companys Markets
Planar delivers products for a variety of uses and categorizes the markets it serves as follows: Custom and Embedded, Video Wall, Information Technology, and High-end Home.
Custom and Embedded
The Company leverages its historical core competency in Electroluminescent (EL) technologies and employs these technologies to focus on providing customized, embedded, and ruggedized displays to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and other system suppliers. Key technologies used in products sold to this market also include customized Active-Matrix Liquid Crystal Display (AMLCD) panels. These technologies are used in a variety of applications and industries including instrumentation, medical equipment, vehicle dashboards, indoor and outdoor digital signage (including quick serve restaurant outdoor menu boards), and military applications, all of which require functionality in demanding usage conditions such as rugged outdoor conditions, extreme temperatures, instances where shaking or shock is expected, or applications that necessitate 3-D imaging.
The Company serves the video wall display market by offering both high-resolution flat panel LCD video walls and rear-projection cube video walls for use in large venue digital signage as well as various control room installations. The Company has marketed these products under the Clarity brand since 2006 when the Company acquired Clarity Visual Systems, Inc. (Clarity). Digital signage video wall installations are used in a growing list of retail, airport, sports arena, and other locations while control room installations are typically found in the security, governmental, telecom, energy, industrial, broadcast, and transportation sectors. The market for control room video wall solutions is driven by the development, expansion, and upgrade of industrial infrastructure such as power plants, transportation systems, communication systems, and security monitoring. LCD flat panel video walls used in the retail and large venue end-markets are increasing as LCD costs have declined and as LCD technology has made advancements to allow panel tiling with smaller bezels (Super Narrow Bezel technology), enabling a growing number of installations especially in new digital signage applications.
Information Technology (IT)
The Company capitalizes on its strong supply chain, logistics, and distribution relationships to sell a variety of primarily LCD based displays to the IT market. These strong relationships give the Company the ability to drive revenues in a number of product categories, including desktop monitors, touch displays, widescreen monitors, and front-projection equipment through its network of IT resellers.
The Company serves the high-end home market with its high-performance home theater front-projection video systems, video processing equipment, large-format thin video displays, window wall video applications, and a number of accessories. The Company has sold these products under the Runco brand since 2007 when it acquired the business assets of Runco International, Inc. (Runco), an industry leader in high-end, luxury video products. Planars Runco products are primarily sold to its established network of custom home installation dealers in the United States.
The Company recorded sales of $45.7 million in the three months ended July 1, 2011 (the third quarter of 2011), which was an increase of $1.0 million or 2.1% as compared to sales of $44.7 million in the three months ended June 25, 2010 (the third quarter of 2010). In the nine months ended July 1, 2011 (the first nine months of 2011), sales were $135.4 million, which was an increase of $7.9 million or 6.2% as compared to $127.5 million in the nine months ended June 25, 2010 (the first nine months of 2010). The increase in both the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 as compared to the same periods of 2010 was primarily due to increases in sales of digital signage products, including tiled flat panel LCD video wall systems and LCD flat panel displays, and also due to increases in sales of rear-projection cubes.
In the third quarter of 2011 loss from operations was $1.6 million as compared to a $0.6 million loss from operations in the third quarter of 2010. For the first nine months of 2011 loss from operations was $2.6 million as compared to a $10.5 million loss from operations in the first nine months of 2010.
In the third quarter of 2011 net loss was $1.9 million or $0.10 per basic and diluted share as compared to a net income of $0.1 million or $0.01 per basic and diluted share in the third quarter of 2010. For the first nine months of 2011 net loss was $3.3 million or $0.17 per basic and diluted share as compared to a net loss of $6.2 million or $0.33 per basic and diluted share for the first nine months of 2010.
The Company continues to experience strong demand for its digital signage products, as customers adopt its LCD video wall systems for use in venues requiring large format viewing, including retail applications, sports arenas, and airports. The Company continues to focus on driving revenue growth in the digital signage market. The Company believes the overall market for digital signage products is currently growing and will continue to grow in the future. The Company has been and plans to continue adding resources aimed at building out the product portfolio as well as expanding the sales and marketing reach for its digital signage products.
The Companys sales increased $1.0 million or 2.1% in the third quarter of 2011 to $45.7 million from $44.7 million in the third quarter of 2010. The increase was primarily due to increases in sales of digital signage products, high-end home products and rear-projection cubes. These increases were partially offset by decreases in sales of desktop monitors and customized non-digital signage LCD products. Sales of digital signage products increased 35% due primarily to a 221% increase in volumes of tiled Super Narrow Bezel LCD video wall systems and a 45% increase in volumes of LCD flat panel displays. These increases were primarily the result of improved demand as the Companys existing customers increased large capital projects and utilized more of the Companys products in areas involving digital signage. Growth was also attributed to new customers being added in application areas such as indoor retail digital signage. Sales of the Companys LCD flat panel displays also increased as a result of strong customer demand for the Companys ultra-thin LED technology product offerings. These increases were partially offset by a 34% decrease in sales of customized digital signage products, which was primarily due to the timing of customer orders related to a large design win obtained in a previous period. Sales of high-end home products increased 21% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the third quarter of 2010 due to 7% and 12% increases in volumes sold and average selling prices, respectively. The increase in volumes sold was primarily driven by strong demand for the Companys new 3-D projector which began shipping in the third quarter of 2011. Average selling prices of high-end home products increased due to changes in product mix sold, rather than changes in the relative pricing of these products. Sales of rear-projection cubes increased 16% due primarily to a 19% increase in average selling prices as customers transitioned from purchasing lamp-based cubes to the Companys lamp-less, LED-based cubes. The increases in sales discussed above were partially offset by 23% and 81% decreases in sales of desktop monitors and customized non-digital signage LCD products, respectively. Volumes of desktop monitors decreased 36% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010. This decrease was primarily due to reduced customer demand arising from or associated with certain electronics industry market dynamics. The Company believes that the reduced demand in the third quarter was not, in general, isolated or unique to the Company and that other suppliers of similar desktop monitor products also experienced reduced demand to varying degrees during the same period. The decrease in sales of customized non-digital signage LCD products was primarily due to an 85% decrease in volumes sold in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of the prior year, which was primarily due to a large custom order that was fully shipped in 2010 and not repeated in 2011.
In the first nine months of 2011, sales increased $7.9 million or 6.2% to $135.4 million, as compared to sales of $127.5 million in the first nine months of 2010. This increase was primarily the result of 40% and 21% increases in the sales of digital signage products and rear-projection cubes. These increases were partially offset by a 11% decrease in sales of high-end home products. Sales of digital signage products, including LCD flat panel displays and LCD video wall systems, increased as a result of 18% and 20% increases in volumes and average selling prices, respectively. Sales of rear-projection cubes increased primarily due to a 26% increase in volumes sold. These increases in volumes and average selling prices of digital signage products and rear-projection cubes in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to the first nine months of 2010 were primarily due to the reasons discussed above. These increases were partially offset by a decrease in sales of high-end home products, which experienced 10% and 5% decreases in volumes and average selling prices, respectively. These decreases were due to the timing of product introductions and changes in product mix in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to the first nine months of 2010.
International sales increased $2.4 million or 20.5% to $14.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to $11.8 million in the third quarter of 2010. As a percentage of total sales, international sales increased to 31.0% from 26.3% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of the prior year. International sales increased $6.9 million or 19.3% to $42.7 million in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to $35.8 million in the first nine months of 2010. As a percentage of total sales, international sales increased to 31.6% from 28.1% in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010. The increases in international sales in both the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 were primarily due to increased sales to China where the Company has invested in sales and marketing efforts to drive growth and capture market share. International sales in the first nine months of 2011 also increased due to increased demand for the Companys products in Mexico, Taiwan and Canada. The Company does not have material sales to any particular country outside the United States.
Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased to 28.1% in the third quarter of 2011 from 27.7% in the third quarter of 2010. Total gross profit increased $0.4 million or 3.3% to $12.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to $12.4 million in the same period of the previous year. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to sales of a favorable product mix of higher margin products such as video wall systems, relative to sales of lower margin products such as projectors sold in the High-end Home and IT end-markets.
For the first nine months of 2011, gross profit as a percentage of sales increased to 28.4% from 24.9% in the first nine months of 2010. Total gross profit increased $6.8 million or 21.4% to $38.5 million in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to $31.7 million in the first nine months of 2010. The increase in gross profit in the first nine months of 2011 was primarily the result of a favorable product mix, and also due to gross profit in the first nine months of 2010 being negatively affected by lower estimates of inventory value as rear-projection cubes transitioned from lamp-based to LED-based platforms.
Research and Development
Research and development expenses increased $0.4 million or 15.0% to $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $2.4 million in the same period of the prior year. The increase was primarily the result of higher project spending to support new product designs as part of the Companys initiative to drive future sales in growth markets. Research and development expenses also increased due to increases in compensation expense including higher headcount and share based compensation expense recorded in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010. Research and development expenses increased $0.5 million or 6.9% to $8.0 million in the first nine months of 2011 from $7.5 million in the first nine months of 2010. The increase in the first nine months of 2011 was primarily due to increased compensation expense including higher headcount and share based compensation expense as compared to the first nine months of 2010.
As a percentage of sales, research and development expenses increased to 6.1% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to 5.4% in the same period of 2010. As a percentage of sales, research and development expenses increased to 5.9% in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to 5.8% in the first nine months of 2010. These increases were primarily due to the reasons discussed above.
Sales and Marketing
Sales and marketing expenses increased $0.8 million or 13.3% to $6.9 million in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to $6.1 million in the same period of the prior year. This increase was primarily due to higher headcount and program spending in an effort to drive sales growth and market penetration, especially in the growing digital signage market. Sales and marketing expenses also increased in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the same period of 2010 as a result of increased compensation-related items including share based compensation expense. For the first nine months of 2011, sales and marketing expenses increased $1.7 million or 10.0% to $18.9 million as compared to $17.2 million in the first nine months of 2010. The nine-month increase in sales and marketing expenses was primarily due to increased compensation expense including higher headcount and stock based compensation expense.
As a percentage of sales, sales and marketing expenses increased to 15.1% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to 13.6% in the same period of the prior year due to the reasons discussed above. In the first nine months of 2011 and 2010, sales and marketing expenses were 14.0% and 13.5% of sales, respectively.
General and Administrative
General and administrative expenses increased $0.3 million or 7.7% to $4.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $3.9 million in the third quarter of 2010. For the first nine months of 2011, general and administrative expenses increased $0.3 million or 2.9% to $12.6 million from $12.3 million in the first nine months of 2010. The increases in both the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 were primarily the result of increases in compensation-related items including share based compensation expense, which were partially offset by lower spending on professional services.
As a percentage of sales, general and administrative expenses increased to 9.2% in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to 8.7% in the third quarter of 2010. This increase was primarily due to the reasons discussed above. As a percentage of sales, general and administrative expenses decreased to 9.3% from 9.6% in the first nine months of 2011 and 2010, respectively. This decrease was primarily due to general and administrative expense increasing at a slower rate than sales in that period.
Amortization of Intangible Assets
Expenses for the amortization of intangible assets were $0.5 million and $0.6 million in the third quarters of 2011 and 2010, respectively. In the first nine months of 2011, amortization expenses were $1.5 million as compared to $1.9 million in the same period of 2010. The decrease in amortization expenses for both the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 was the result of certain intangible assets that became fully amortized in the fourth quarter of 2010 and as such had no related amortization expense in the first nine months of 2011. As of July 1, 2011 the identifiable intangible assets subject to amortization, net of accumulated amortization, consisted of $1.3 million for customer relationships and $0.4 million for developed technology. These assets are being amortized over their remaining estimated useful lives of approximately 1.8 years. When these assets were acquired, the amortization periods were between four and seven years.
Impairment and Restructuring Charges
No impairment or restructuring charges were incurred in the first nine months of 2011. During the first quarter of 2010, the Company recorded $3.4 million in impairment and restructuring charges. As discussed in Note 4Impairment and Restructuring Charges, the charges consisted primarily of a charge to write-off the goodwill previously reflected on the Companys balance sheet as it was determined to be impaired.
Total Operating Expenses
Total operating expenses increased $1.4 million or 10.5% to $14.4 million in the third quarter of 2011 from $13.0 million in the same period of the prior year. The increase in operating expenses was primarily due to increases in research and development, sales and marketing, and general and administrative expenses. These increases were partially offset by lower amortization of intangible assets. In the first nine months of 2011, total operating expenses decreased $1.2 million or 2.7% to $41.0 million as compared to $42.2 million in the same period of 2010. The decrease in total operating expenses was primarily due to the $3.4 million of impairment and restructuring charges that were recorded in the first nine months of 2010, which increased expenses in that period. This decrease was partially offset by increases in sales and marketing, research and development, and general and administrative expenses.
As a percentage of sales, total operating expenses increased to 31.5% in the third quarter of 2011 from 29.1% in the same period of the prior year. This increase was primarily due to the reasons discussed above. As a percentage of sales, total operating expenses decreased to 30.3% in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to 33.1% in the first nine months of 2010. This decrease was primarily due to the impairment and restructuring charges recorded in the first nine months of 2010.
Non-operating Income and Expense
Non-operating income and expense includes interest income on investments, interest expense, net foreign exchange gain or loss and other income or expense. Net interest income was $9 thousand in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to $3 thousand in the same period of the prior year. For the first nine months of 2011, net interest income was $23 thousand as compared to net interest expense of $7 thousand in the same period of the prior year.
Foreign currency exchange gains and losses are related to timing differences in the receipt and payment of funds in various currencies and the conversion of cash, accounts receivable and accounts payable denominated in foreign currencies to the applicable functional currency. Foreign exchange gains and losses amounted to a net loss of $0.2 million in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to a net gain of $1.1 million in the third quarter of 2010. In the first nine months of 2011, foreign currency exchange gains and losses amounted to a net loss of $0.8 million as compared to a net gain of $2.4 million in the same period of the prior year. The losses in both the three and nine months ended July 1, 2011 were primarily due to the weakening of the U.S. Dollar as compared to the Euro in those periods. Comparatively, the gains in both the three and nine months ended June 25, 2010 were primarily due to the strengthening of the U.S. Dollar as compared to the Euro in those periods.
Net other expense was $10 thousand in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to net other income of $0.2 million in the same period of 2010. Net other income was $0.2 million in the first nine months of both 2011 and 2010.
Provision (Benefit) for Income Taxes
In the third quarter of 2011 the Company recorded an income tax provision of $0.1 million on a pretax loss of $1.8 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of negative 7.2%. Comparatively, income tax expense was $0.6 million in the third quarter of 2010 on a pretax income of $0.7 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of 82.6%. The tax expense for the third quarter of 2011 was largely driven by tax expense in certain foreign jurisdictions and state taxes, offset by larger benefits resulting from losses in other foreign jurisdictions.
For the first nine months of 2011 the Company recorded an income tax expense of $0.1 million on a pretax loss of $3.2 million, resulting in an effective tax rate of negative 4.6%. Comparatively, the Company recorded an income tax benefit of $1.7 million on a pretax loss of $7.9 million in the first nine months of 2010, resulting in an effective tax rate of 22.0%. The prior years nine-month $1.7 million tax benefit was largely driven by the one-time five-year net operating loss (NOL) carryback provision created by Public Law 111-92, the Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act of 2009. The difference between the effective tax rate and the federal statutory tax rate is due primarily to a valuation allowance on the Companys U.S. deferred tax assets, the provision for state income taxes, and the effects of the Companys operations in foreign jurisdictions with different tax rates. During periods of time in which a valuation allowance is required for GAAP accounting purposes, the effective tax rate recorded will not represent the Companys longer-term normalized tax rate in profitable times. Additionally, given the relationship between fixed dollar tax items and pretax financial results, the effective tax rate can change materially based on small variations of income.
In the third quarter of 2011, net loss was $1.9 million or $0.10 per basic and diluted share, as compared to net income of $0.1 million or $0.01 per basic and diluted share in the third quarter of 2010. In the first nine months of 2011, net loss was $3.3 million or $0.17 per basic and diluted share, as compared to net loss of $6.2 million or $0.33 per basic and diluted share in the first nine months of 2010.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
Net cash used in operating activities was $7.4 million in the first nine months of 2011 as compared to cash provided by operating activities of $5.2 million in the first nine months of 2010. Net cash used in operating activities in the first nine months of 2011 primarily relates to increases in inventories and other assets, a decrease in other liabilities, and the net loss incurred in that period. These were partially offset by an increase in accounts payable, a decrease in accounts receivable, and non-cash charges including depreciation, amortization and share based compensation, which do not require a current cash outlay.
Working capital increased $2.2 million to $60.7 million at July 1, 2011 from $58.5 million at September 24, 2010. Current assets increased $3.8 million to $99.8 million at July 1, 2011 as compared to $96.0 million at September 24, 2010 due primarily to increases in inventories and other current assets, which were partially offset by decreases in cash and accounts receivable. The $12.8 million increase in inventories was primarily due to purchases made to support the Companys growth initiatives and new product launches, and also due to weaker than expected demand for desktop monitors, which the Company believes will be sold within the next few quarters. Other current assets increased $1.0 million due primarily to increases in non-trade receivables. The $8.3 million decrease in cash was primarily due to inventory purchases made in the first nine months of 2011. The $1.7 million decrease in accounts receivable was due primarily to the timing of cash receipts and also due to lower sales in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to the fourth quarter of 2010. Current liabilities increased $1.6 million to $39.1 million at July 1, 2011 from $37.5 million at September 24, 2010 due primarily to an increase in accounts payable, partially offset by a decrease in other current liabilities. The $2.8 million increase in accounts payable was related to the timing of payments to the Companys vendors. Other current liabilities decreased $1.8 million due primarily to payments made to customers for rebates accrued in prior periods and also due to decreases in the current portion of the Companys deferred rent liabilities.
The Companys credit agreement was amended on November 18, 2010 and allows for borrowing up to 80% of its eligible domestic accounts receivable with a maximum borrowing capacity of $12.0 million. As of July 1, 2011 the Companys borrowing capacity was the full $12.0 million. The credit agreement, as amended, has an interest rate of LIBOR + 3.0%, expires on December 1, 2011, and is secured by substantially all of the assets of the Company. There were no amounts outstanding under the Companys credit agreement as of July 1, 2011 and September 24, 2010. The credit agreement contains certain financial covenants, with which the Company was in compliance as of July 1, 2011.
The Companys position on indefinite reinvestment of unremitted earnings from foreign operations may limit its ability to transfer cash between or across foreign and U.S. operations.
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
In June 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05, Presentation of Comprehensive Income, (ASU 2011-05) which requires that all nonowner changes in stockholders equity be presented either in a single continuous statement of comprehensive income, or in two separate but consecutive statements. ASU 2011-05 eliminates the current option of allowing an entity to present the components of other comprehensive income as part of the statement of changes in stockholders equity. ASU 2011-05 is effective retrospectively for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company does not anticipate the adoption of ASU 2011-05 will have a material effect on its results of operations or financial position.
An evaluation was carried out under the supervision and with the participation of the Companys management, including the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), of the effectiveness of the Companys disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report. Based on that evaluation, the CEO and CFO have concluded that the Companys disclosure controls and procedures are effective. There were no significant changes in the Companys internal controls or in other factors during the quarter ended July 1, 2011 that could significantly affect the Companys internal controls over financial reporting.
Part II. OTHER INFORMATION
There are no material pending legal proceedings, other than ordinary routine litigation incidental to the business, to which the Company is a party or to which any of its property is subject.
The following issues, risks, and uncertainties, among others, should be considered in evaluating the Companys future financial performance and prospects for growth.
The risks inherent in the Companys operations could be heightened by an ongoing worldwide economic slowdown and lack of credit availability.
In the recent past, general worldwide economic conditions have experienced a dramatic downturn due to credit conditions, liquidity concerns, slower economic activity, concerns about inflation and deflation, decreased consumer confidence, reduced corporate profits and capital spending, and adverse business conditions. These conditions make it extremely difficult for the Companys customers, the Companys vendors, and the Company to accurately forecast and plan future business activities. In this time of economic difficulties, the Companys financial performance and prospects for growth are subject to heightened risks including, but not limited to, the risk that the poor and economic conditions could result in:
The Company took a number of measures to reduce costs in response to the worldwide economic downturn over the past two years, and the related decreases in revenue levels. However, the Company has since begun to make additional expenditures to better position it for sales growth given the general improvement in global economies, especially in the emerging world. If the economic recovery were to cease or dip back into recession, or if customer demand were to not improve or slow down, the Company might be unable to adjust expense levels rapidly enough in response to falling demand or without changing the way in which it operates. If revenues were to decrease further and the Company was unable to adequately reduce expense levels, it might incur significant losses that could potentially adversely affect the Companys overall financial performance and the market price of the Companys common stock.
The Companys operating results can fluctuate significantly.
In addition to the variability resulting from the short-term nature of commitments from the Companys customers, other factors can contribute to significant periodic fluctuations in its results of operations. These factors include, but are not limited to, the following:
Accordingly, the results of any past periods should not be relied upon as an indication of the Companys future performance. It is possible that, in some future period, the Companys operating results may be below expectations of public market analysts and/or investors. If this occurs, the Companys stock price may decrease.
The Company faces intense competition.
Each of the markets served by the Company is highly competitive, and the Company expects this to continue and even intensify. The Company believes that over time this competition will have the effect of reducing average selling prices of its products. Certain of the Companys competitors have substantially greater name recognition and financial, technical, marketing and other resources than does the Company. There is no assurance that the Company will not face additional competitors or that the Companys competitors will not succeed in developing or marketing products that would render the Companys products obsolete or noncompetitive. To the extent the Company is unable to compete effectively, its business, financial condition and results of operations would be materially adversely affected. The Companys ability to compete successfully depends on a number of factors, both within and outside its control. These factors include, but are not limited to:
The Companys success depends on the development of new products and technologies.
Future results of operations will partly depend on the Companys ability to continue to improve and market its existing products, while also successfully developing and marketing new products and developing new markets for existing products and technologies. If the Company fails to do this, its existing products or technologies could become obsolete or noncompetitive. Additionally, if the Company were unable to successfully execute its transition from existing products to new offerings or technologies, it could result in the Company holding excess or obsolete inventory, which could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial
condition, and results of operations. In the past, the Company has reduced its spending on research and development projects as it focuses on overall cost reductions. The Company may be required to reduce research and development expenditures in future periods as a part of cost reduction programs. These reductions could impact the Companys ability to improve its existing products and to successfully develop new products in the future.
New products and markets, by their nature, present significant risks and even if the Company is successful in developing new products, they typically result in pressure on gross margins during the initial phases as start-up activities are spread over lower initial sales volumes. The Company has experienced lower margins from new products and processes in the past, which have negatively impacted overall gross margins. In addition, customer relationships can be negatively impacted due to production problems and late delivery of shipments. Future operating results will depend on the Companys ability to continue to provide new product solutions that compare favorably on the basis of cost and performance with competitors. The Companys success in attracting new customers and developing new business depends on various factors, including, but not limited to, the following:
The Company must continue to add value to its portfolio of offerings.
Traditional display components are subject to increasing competition to the point of commodification. In addition, advances in core LCD technology make standard displays effective in an increasing breadth of applications. The Company must add additional value to its products and services for which customers are willing to pay. These areas could be outside of the Companys historical business experience and it may not be successful at executing in such areas in the future. Failure to do so could adversely affect the Companys revenue levels and its results of operations.
Shortages of components and materials may delay or reduce the Companys sales and increase its costs.
The inability to obtain sufficient quantities of components and other materials necessary to produce the Companys displays could result in reduced or delayed sales. The Company obtains much of the material it uses in the manufacture of its products from a limited number of suppliers, and it generally does not have long-term supply contracts with vendors. For some of this material the Company does not generally have a guaranteed alternative source of supply. In addition, given the Companys cash management practices, vendors may not be willing to continue to ship materials on credit terms that are acceptable to the Company, or may impose lower than optimal credit lines for the Company. As a result, the Company is subject to cost fluctuations, supply interruptions and difficulties in obtaining materials. The Company has in the past and may in the future face difficulties ensuring an adequate supply of various display components such as quality high resolution glass used in its products. In the future the Company may also face difficulties ensuring an adequate supply of the rear-projection screens used in certain video wall products. The Company is continually engaged in efforts to address this risk area. In another recent example of such supply risks, in fiscal 2010 the U.S. International Trade Commission issued an exclusion order banning the import of certain LCD panels incorporated by the Company in certain of its specialty display products. While this matter has since been settled, any future inability of the Company to import adequate supplies of such panels, or products including such panels, or other products or components, could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition, and results of operations. The Company is subject to vendor lead times that can vary considerably depending on capacity fluctuations and other manufacturing constraints of the Companys vendors. These lead times can be significant when vendors operate with diminished capacity or experience other restrictions that limit their ability to produce products in a timely manner. For most of the Companys products, vendor lead times significantly exceed its customers required delivery time causing the Company to order to forecast rather than order based on actual demand. Competition in the market continues to reduce the period of time customers will wait for product delivery. Ordering raw materials and building finished goods based on the Companys forecast exposes the Company to numerous risks including its inability to service customer demand in an acceptable timeframe, holding excess and obsolete inventory or having unabsorbed manufacturing overhead.
In recent years, the Company has increased its reliance on Asian manufacturing companies for the manufacture of displays that it sells in all of the markets served by the Company. The Company also relies on certain other contract manufacturing operations in Asia, including those that produce circuit boards and other components, and those that manufacture and assemble certain of its products. Most of the display and contract manufacturers with which the Company does business are located in Asia, which has experienced several earthquakes, tsunamis, typhoons, and interruptions to power supplies which resulted in business interruptions. In particular, the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan have caused some of the Companys vendors and some of the suppliers of the Companys vendors to halt, delay or reduce production of displays, display components and other materials which are used in the Companys products. This may result in the inability of these vendors to manufacture and deliver to the Company in a timely manner
the displays and other components in the types and quantities it needs to satisfy customer demand for its products. Many of the Companys components are obtained from single and sole sources and, if at all possible, finding suitable alternative sources of supply for displays and other components used in the Companys products may be difficult and time consuming, and obtaining them in required quantities in a timely manner and at acceptable costs may not be possible at all. Any significant interruption in the supply of displays, components and contract manufacturing capacity necessary to produce and sell the Companys products would have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations.
Additionally, constraints on the availability of certain natural resources used in the manufacturing process may impair manufacturers abilities to operate their facilities efficiently, which could result in longer lead times for components used in the Companys products, disruptions to the Companys sales, or an increase in the costs of these components. Further, there may be disruptions in transportation and logistics due to damaged infrastructure and concerns over radiation levels. This could result in potential disruption to the sales of the Companys products and could increase the costs of transportation and shipping. The Company continues to monitor the situation in Japan and the effects on its operations.
The Company does not have long-term supply contracts with the contract manufacturers and other suppliers on which it relies. If any of these manufacturers in Asia or elsewhere were to terminate its arrangements with the Company, make decisions to terminate production of these products, or become unable to provide these displays to the Company on a timely basis, the Company could be unable to sell its products until alternative manufacturing arrangements are made. Furthermore, there is no assurance that the Company would be able to establish replacement manufacturing or assembly relationships on acceptable terms, which could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operation.
The Companys reliance on contract manufacturers involves certain risks, including, but not limited to:
A significant slowdown in the demand for the products of certain of the Companys customers would adversely affect its business.
In the Companys Custom and Embedded market, the Company designs and manufactures display solutions that its customers incorporate into their products. As a result, the Companys success partly depends upon the market acceptance of its customers products. Accordingly, the Company must identify industries that have significant growth potential and establish relationships with customers who are successful in those industries. Failure to identify potential growth opportunities or establish relationships with customers who are successful in those industries would adversely affect the Companys business. Dependence on the success of products of the Companys customers exposes the Company to a variety of risks, including, but not limited to, the following:
These risks could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations.
The Company has aging information systems and the investment of dollars and management attention will be required over time to upgrade or replace such systems.
The Company maintains a variety of information systems in connection with the operation of its business, including an enterprise resource planning system (ERP system) that is integral to the Companys ability to accurately and efficiently maintain its books and records, record its materials purchase transactions, manufacturing activities, and product sale transactions, provide critical business information to management, and prepare its financial statements. Certain of these systems, principally including the ERP system, are comprised of aging computer hardware and versions of software that are no longer actively supported by the vendor. The age of these systems heightens the risk of unanticipated difficulties, costs, disruptions and other adverse impacts and dictates that the Company take action over time to upgrade and improve the existing systems and possibly replace them. Upgrading or replacing the ERP system will cause the Company to incur costs, expend significant management time and attention and otherwise burden the Companys internal resources. Failure to successfully upgrade or replace the ERP system could damage the effectiveness of the Companys business processes and controls and could adversely impact the Companys ability to accurately and effectively forecast and manage sales demand, manage the Companys supply chain, identify and implement actions that improve the Companys operational effectiveness and margins, and report financial and management information on an accurate and timely basis.
Future viability of the Companys manufacturing facility located in Espoo, Finland is based on continued demand for EL products.
The majority of the products manufactured at the Companys facility located in Espoo, Finland are based on EL technology. If demand for EL technology-based products diminishes significantly in the future, it could become necessary to cease manufacturing operations at this facility, which would likely result in an impairment loss on the associated property, plant and equipment, and restructuring charges related to employee severance. While demand for EL products improved in fiscal 2010 as compared to 2009, future declines in demand could again result in unabsorbed manufacturing overhead, which could negatively impact the Companys results of operations.
The Company faces risks associated with other operations outside the United States.
The Companys manufacturing, sales and distribution operations in Europe and Asia create a number of logistical, systems and communications challenges. The Companys international operations also expose the Company to various economic, political and other risks, including, but not limited to, the following:
Changes in policies by the United States or foreign governments resulting in, among other things, increased duties, higher taxation, currency conversion limitations, restrictions on the transfer or repatriation of funds, limitations on imports or exports, changes in environmental standards or regulations, or the expropriation of private enterprises also could have a materially adverse effect. Any actions by the Companys host countries to curtail or reverse policies that encourage foreign investment or foreign trade also could adversely affect its operating results. In addition, U.S. trade policies, such as most favored nation status and trade preferences for certain Asian nations, could affect the attractiveness of the Companys services to its U.S. customers.
Future financial results of Planar could be adversely affected by changes in currency exchange rates.
While the Company is for the most part naturally hedged due to approximately equal foreign denominated sales and expenses, the Company is exposed to certain risks relating to U.S. denominated assets primarily held in Europe. In the past the Company has managed this non-cash GAAP income statement risk by periodically entering into forward exchange contracts to mitigate the income statement impact of fluctuations in the Euro value of certain U.S. Dollar denominated assets and liabilities. Due to volatility in the foreign exchange market and the Companys strategic shift to preserve cash the Company adjusted its hedging strategy and as of March 27, 2009 discontinued its previous practice of hedging foreign currency risk through forward exchange contracts. As a result the Company may experience non-cash GAAP income statement losses due to changes in the U.S. Dollar versus the Euro exchange rate.
The value of intangible assets may become impaired in the future.
The Company has intangible assets recorded on the balance sheet as a result of the acquisition of Clarity Visual Systems, Inc. that relate primarily to developed technology, patents, and customer relationships. The initial value of intangible assets recorded at the time of acquisition represented the Companys estimate of the net present value of future cash flows which can be derived from the intangible assets over time, and is amortized over the estimated useful life of the underlying assets. The remaining $1.7 million of the intangible assets will be amortized over the useful lives of the respective assets of approximately 1.8 years and could, in the future, experience additional impairment. The estimated undiscounted future cash flows of the intangible assets are evaluated on a regular basis, and if it becomes apparent that these estimates will not be met, a reduction in the value of intangible assets will be required, as occurred in fiscal 2008. A determination of impairment of intangible assets could result in a material charge to operations in a period in which an impairment loss is recognized, as occurred in fiscal 2008. While such a charge would not have an effect on the Companys cash flows, it would impact the net income in the period it was recognized.
Future indebtedness could reduce the Companys ability to use cash flow for purposes other than debt service or otherwise restrict the Companys activities.
The Companys amended and restated credit agreement, as amended on November 18, 2010, has a maximum borrowing capacity of $12.0 million and expires on December 1, 2011. As of July 1, 2011 there were no amounts outstanding under this credit agreement. If the Company incurred a significant amount of debt, the leverage would reduce the Companys ability to use cash flow to fund working capital, capital expenditures, development projects, acquisitions, and other general corporate purposes. High leverage would also limit flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in business and increases vulnerability to a downturn in the business and general adverse economic and industry conditions. Substantially all of the assets of the Company are pledged as security under its credit agreement, which includes certain financial covenants, as discussed in Note 7Borrowings in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements in this Report. The Company may not generate sufficient profitability to meet these covenants. Failure by the Company to comply with applicable covenants, or to obtain waivers therefrom, would result in an event of default, and could result in the Company being unable to borrow amounts under the agreement, or could result in the acceleration of any amounts outstanding at that time, which, in turn could lead to the Companys inability to pay its debts and the loss of control of its assets. In addition, the current credit agreement expires on December 1, 2011. If the Company were unable to renew or extend this agreement, the Company may need to pursue other sources of financing. Other sources of credit may not be available at all and, even if such credit is available, it may only be available on terms (including the cost of borrowing) that are unattractive to the Company. If credit is not available to fully satisfy the Companys liquidity needs, the Company may need to dispose of additional assets. In addition, the Companys position on indefinite reinvestment of unremitted earnings from foreign operations may limit its ability to transfer cash between or across foreign and U.S. operations as may be required.
The Company may experience losses selling certain desktop monitor other consumer based, lower margin products.
The market for the Companys desktop monitor products is highly competitive and subject to rapid changes in prices and demand. The Companys failure to successfully manage inventory levels or quickly respond to changes in pricing, technology or consumer tastes and demand could result in lower than expected revenue, lower gross margin and excess, obsolete and devalued inventories of its desktop monitor products which could adversely affect the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations. Market conditions were characterized by rapid declines in end user pricing during portions of 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Such declines caused the Companys inventory to lose value and triggered price protection obligations for channel inventory. Supply and pricing of LCD panels has been volatile in the past and may be in the future. This volatility, combined with lead times of five to eight weeks, may cause the Company to pay too much for products or suffer inadequate product supply.
The Company does not have long-term agreements with its resellers, who generally may terminate their relationship with the Company with little or no notice. Such action by the Companys resellers could substantially harm the Companys operating results. Revenue could decrease due to reductions in demand, competition, alternative products, pricing changes in the marketplace and potential shortages of products which would adversely affect the Companys revenue levels and its results of operations. In addition, strategic changes made by the Companys management to invest greater resources in specialty display markets could result in reduced revenue from desktop monitors.
The disposal or elimination of a product line could result in unabsorbed overhead costs that must be absorbed by the Companys remaining product lines.
In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 the Company disposed of its subsidiary that sold products to the medical diagnostic imaging market and in the second quarter of 2009 the Company sold its digital signage software assets. If the Company were to discontinue or substantially reduce its efforts to sell its products to any of its targeted end-markets, or to discontinue certain product lines, for the purpose of reducing costs or losses or otherwise, it may not be possible to eliminate all associated fixed overhead costs which would have to be absorbed by the revenues generated by selling its other products to the remaining targeted end-markets. This could potentially adversely affect the Companys overall financial performance in the future.
Variability of customer requirements or losses of key customers may adversely affect the Companys operating results.
The Company must provide increasingly rapid product turnaround and respond to ever-shorter lead times, while at the same time meet its customers product specifications and quality expectations. A variety of conditions, including bankruptcy and other conditions both specific to individual customers and generally affecting the demand for their products, may cause customers to cancel, reduce, or delay orders. These actions by a significant customer or by a set of customers could adversely affect the Companys business. On occasion, customers require rapid increases in production, which can strain the Companys resources and reduce margins. The Company may lack sufficient capacity at any given time to meet customers demands. Products sold to one customer represented 11% of total consolidated sales in fiscal 2008. Sales to this customer were less than 10% in fiscal 2009 and 2010. Sales to this customer, if lost, could have a material, adverse impact on the results of operations. If accounts receivable from a significant customer or set of customers became uncollectible, a resulting charge could have a material adverse effect on operations, although the Company does maintain allowances for estimated losses resulting from the inability of its customers to make required payments.
The Company may lose key licensors, sales representatives, foundries, licensees, vendors, other business partners and employees due to uncertainties regarding the future results of Planar or the worldwide economic condition, which could seriously harm Planar.
Sales representatives, vendors, resellers, distributors, and others doing business with the Company may experience uncertainty about their future role with the Company, may elect not to continue doing business with Planar, may seek to modify the terms under which they do business in ways that are less attractive, more costly, or otherwise damaging to the business of Planar, or may declare bankruptcy or otherwise cease operations. Loss of relationships with these business partners could adversely affect Planars business, financial condition, and results of operations. Similarly, the Companys employees may experience uncertainty about their future role with the Company to the extent that its operations are unsuccessful or its strategies are changed significantly. This may adversely affect Planars ability to attract and retain key management, marketing and technical personnel. The loss of a significant group of key technical personnel would seriously harm the product development efforts of Planar. The loss of key sales personnel could cause the Company to lose relationships with existing customers, which could cause a decline in the sales of the Companys products.
The Company does not have long-term purchase commitments from its customers.
The Companys business is generally characterized by short-term purchase orders and contracts which do not require that purchases be made. The Company typically plans its production and inventory levels based on internal forecasts of customer demand which rely in part on nonbinding forecasts provided by its customers. As a result, the Companys backlog generally does not exceed three months, which makes forecasting its sales difficult. Inaccuracies in the Companys forecast as a result of changes in customer demand or otherwise may result in its inability to service customer demand in an acceptable timeframe, the Company holding excess and obsolete inventory, or having unabsorbed manufacturing overhead. The failure to obtain anticipated orders and deferrals or cancellations of purchase commitments because of changes in customer requirements, or otherwise, could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations. The Company has experienced such problems in the past and may experience such problems in the future.
Economic or industry factors could result in portions of the Companys inventory becoming obsolete or in excess of anticipated usage.
The Company is exposed to a number of economic and industry factors that could result in write-offs of inventory. These factors include, but are not limited to, technological and regulatory changes in the Companys markets, the Companys ability to meet changing customer requirements, competitive pressures in products and prices, forecasting errors, new product introductions, quality issues with key suppliers, product phase-outs, future customer service and repair requirements, and the availability of key components from the Companys suppliers. Additionally, while the Company does not generally enter into long-term purchasing commitments with its suppliers, there are certain suppliers of high-end home products with which the Company has long-term purchasing commitments. These commitments could require the Company to purchase inventory it considers obsolete.
The Company must protect its intellectual property, and others could infringe on or misappropriate its rights.
The Company believes that its continued success partly depends on protecting its proprietary technology. The Company relies on a combination of patent, trade secret, copyright and trademark laws, confidentiality procedures and contractual provisions to protect its intellectual property. The Company seeks to protect some of its technology under trade secret laws, which afford only limited protection. The Company faces risks associated with its intellectual property, including, but not limited to, the following:
The Company may find it necessary to take legal action in the future to enforce or protect its intellectual property rights or to defend against claims of infringement. Litigation can be very expensive and can distract managements time and attention, which could adversely affect the Companys business. In addition, the Company may not be able to obtain a favorable outcome in any intellectual property litigation. Others could claim that the Company is infringing their patents or other intellectual property rights. In the event of an allegation that the Company is infringing on anothers rights, it may not be able to obtain licenses on commercially reasonable terms from that party, if at all, or that party may commence litigation against the Company. The failure to obtain necessary licenses or other rights or the institution of litigation arising out of such claims could materially and adversely affect the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations. For instance, a technology licensing company has recently asserted that various of the Companys products require a license under certain patents held by such party. In addition, the Company has been made party to three lawsuits (among many other defendants) alleging infringement of certain United States patents relating to certain products marketed and sold by the Company, including stands for multiple displays, the Companys Indisys image processing products and certain projector products. The Company will vigorously defend itself against the assertion of any liability and will seek indemnification from third-party suppliers, where available. While the Company would, in each instance, seek indemnification from the manufacturer of such products if it were found to be liable, a determination of liability against the Company could have an adverse impact on the Companys business, financial condition, and results of operations.
The market price of the Companys common stock may be volatile.
The market price of the Companys common stock has been subject to wide fluctuations. During the Companys four most recently completed fiscal quarters, the closing price of the Companys stock ranged from $1.60 to $3.15. The market price of the Companys common stock in the future is likely to continue to be subject to wide fluctuations in response to various factors, including, but not limited to, the following:
In addition, the public stock markets have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have particularly affected the market prices for many technology companies and that often have been unrelated to the operating performance of these companies. These broad market fluctuations and other factors may continue to adversely affect the market price of the Companys common stock.
The Company faces risks in connection with potential acquisitions.
The Company has made several acquisitions during its history. Not all of these acquisitions have been successful. It is possible that the Company will make additional acquisitions in the future. The Companys ability to effectively integrate any future acquisitions will depend on, among other things, the adequacy of its implementation plans, the ability of management to oversee and effectively operate the combined operations and the Companys ability to achieve desired operational efficiencies. The integration of businesses, personnel, product lines and technologies is often difficult, time consuming and subject to significant risks. For example, the Company could lose key personnel from companies that it acquires, incur unanticipated costs, lose major sources of revenue, fail to integrate critical technologies, suffer business disruptions, fail to capture anticipated synergies, or fail to establish satisfactory internal controls. Any of these difficulties could disrupt the Companys ongoing business, distract management and employees, increase expenses and decrease revenues. Furthermore, the Company might assume or incur additional debt or issue additional equity securities to pay for future acquisitions. Additional debt may negatively impact the Companys financial results and increase its financial risk, and the issuance of any additional equity securities could dilute the Companys then existing shareholders ownership. In addition, in connection with any future acquisitions, the Company could:
Acquisitions are inherently risky, and any acquisition may not be successful. If the Company is unable to successfully integrate the operations of any businesses that it may acquire in the future, its business, financial position, results of operations or cash flows could be materially adversely affected.
Changes in internal controls or accounting guidance could cause volatility in the Companys stock price.
The Companys internal controls over financial reporting are not currently required to be audited by its independent registered public accounting firm in accordance with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Section 404). If, in future periods, the Companys internal controls over financial reporting are required to be audited by its independent registered public accounting firm significant additional expenditures could be incurred which could adversely impact the Companys results of operations. Additionally, an audit by the independent public accounting firm could identify a material weakness which would result in the Company receiving an adverse opinion on its internal controls over financial reporting from its independent registered public accounting firm. This could result in additional expenditures responding to the Section 404 internal control audit, heightened regulatory scrutiny and potentially an adverse effect to the price of the Companys stock.
The Company must maintain satisfactory manufacturing yields and capacity.
An inability to maintain sufficient levels of productivity or to satisfy delivery schedules at the Companys manufacturing facilities would adversely affect its operating results. The design and manufacture of the Companys EL displays involves highly complex processes that are sensitive to a wide variety of factors, including the level of contaminants in the manufacturing environment, impurities in the materials used and the performance of personnel and equipment. At times the Company has experienced lower-than-anticipated manufacturing yields and lengthened delivery schedules and may experience such problems again in the future, particularly with respect to new products or technologies. Any such problems could have a material adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition and results of operations.
The Company cannot provide any assurance that current environmental laws and product quality specification standards, or any laws or standards enacted in the future, will not have a material adverse effect on its business.
The Companys operations are subject to environmental and various other regulations in each of the jurisdictions in which it conducts business. Some of the Companys products use substances, such as lead, that are highly regulated or will not be allowed in certain jurisdictions in the future. The Company has redesigned certain products to eliminate such substances in its products. In addition, regulations have been enacted in certain jurisdictions which impose restrictions on waste disposal of electronic products and electronics recycling obligations. If the Company fails to comply with applicable rules and regulations in connection with the use and disposal of such substances or other environmental or recycling legislation, it could be subject to significant liability or loss of future sales.
EL products are manufactured at a single location, with no currently available substitute location.
The Companys EL products, which are based on proprietary technology, are produced in its manufacturing facility located in Espoo, Finland. Because the EL technology and manufacturing process is proprietary and unique, there exists no alternative location where it may be produced, either by the Company, or by another manufacturer. As such, loss of or damage to the manufacturing facility, or attrition in the facilitys skilled workforce, could cause a disruption in the manufacturing of the EL products, which compose a significant portion of the Companys sales. Additionally, there are many fixed costs associated with such a manufacturing facility. If revenue levels were to decrease or other problems were encountered, this could have a material, adverse effect on the Companys business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.