SMTC 10-K 2009
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
FORM 10-K /A
For the fiscal year ended January 4, 2009
For the transition period from to
Commission File Number 0-31051
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction of incorporation or organization)
(IRS Employer Identification Number)
635 Hood Road, Markham, Ontario, Canada
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
Registrants telephone number, including area code: 905-479-1810
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: NONE
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. Yes ¨ No x
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of 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 Securities Exchange Act of 1934 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 if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrants knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ¨
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.
Large accelerated filer ¨ Accelerated filer ¨ Non-accelerated filer ¨ Smaller reporting company x
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes ¨ No x
The aggregate market value of common stock of the registrant held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $33.5 million on June 29, 2008, including the value of the common stock for which the exchangeable shares of the registrants subsidiary, SMTC Manufacturing Corporation of Canada, are exchangeable. For purposes of the foregoing sentence, the term affiliate includes each director and executive officer of the registrant and each holder of more than 10% of the registrants common stock. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination for other purposes. The computation of the aggregate market value is based upon the closing price of the common stock as reported on The Nasdaq National Market on June 29, 2008, the last business day of the registrants most recently completed second quarter.
As of March 31, 2009, SMTC Corporation had 13,900,785 shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, and one share of special voting stock, par value $0.01 per share, outstanding. As of March 31, 2009, SMTC Corporations subsidiary, SMTC Manufacturing Corporation of Canada, had 745,548 exchangeable shares outstanding, excluding 7,202,762 exchangeable shares owned by the Companys wholly-owned subsidiary, SMTC Nova Scotia Company, each of which is exchangeable for one share of common stock of SMTC Corporation.
Amendment No. 1 to
2008 Annual Report on Form 10-K/A
TABLE OF CONTENTS
This Amendment No. 1 (Amendment No. 1) to the Annual Report on Form 10-K of SMTC Corporation (SMTC, the Company, we or us) for the fiscal year ended January 4, 2009 as filed with the SEC on April 6, 2009 (the 2008 Annual Report), is being filed to include the information required in Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14) of the 2008 Annual Report.
This Amendment No. 1 does not affect any other portion of the 2008 Annual Report, other than the filing of new Exhibits 31.1, 31.2, 32.1, and 32.2, which are being filed herewith. Additionally, except as specifically referenced herein, this Amendment No. 1 does not reflect any event occurring after April 6, 2009, the filing date of the 2008 Annual Report.
This Amendment No. 1 contains statements regarding future individual and company performance targets and goals. These targets and goals are disclosed in the limited context of our compensation programs and should not be understood to be statements of managements expectations or estimates of results or other guidance. We specifically caution investors not to apply these statements to other contexts.
DIRECTORS AND EXECUTIVE OFFICERS
The following table sets forth our directors and executive officers, their ages as of April 30, 2009, the positions currently held by each person and their place of residence.
John Caldwell has served as a director since March 2003, as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since October 2003 and was Chair of the Board from March 2004 to August 2005. Previously, he was an independent consultant and corporate director, and from October 2002 to September 2003, he held positions in the Mosaic Group Inc. (a marketing services provider) as Chair of the Restructuring Committee of the Board; in Geac Computer Corporation Limited (a computer software company) as a consultant from December 2001 to October 2002 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from October 2000 to December 2001; and in CAE Inc. (a flight simulation and training services company) from January 1988 to October 1999, including President and Chief Executive Officer from June 1993 to October 1999 and Chief Financial Officer from 1988 to 1992. Mr. Caldwell also serves on the boards of directors of Advanced Micro Devices Inc., Faro Technologies, Rothmans Inc., and IAMGOLD Corporation.
Jane Todd joined the Company in July 2004 as Senior Vice President, Finance, and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Todd brings leadership experience from both a technology and manufacturing background. Prior to joining SMTC, Ms. Todd served as the Chief Financial Officer of each of the following companies: a spin-off of General
Electric, Dell Canada, Beamscope and Azerty Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Abitibi-Consolidated. Ms. Todd is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Masters of Business Administration.
Steven Hoffrogge joined the Company in 2000 as part of the Companys acquisition of Pensar Corporation and serves as our Senior Vice President, Business Development. Previous positions at the Company include Vice President, Business Programs Management and Senior Director, IBM Global Accounts. Prior to joining SMTC, Mr. Hoffrogge was employed at Pensar Corporation, a regional EMS provider, from 1993 to 2000 where he progressed through various positions to Director of Sales.
Wayne McLeod has served as a director since February 2005 and Chair of our Board since August 2005. Mr. McLeod served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of CCL Industries during his term there from 1980-1999. He is currently a member of the boards of directors of Morguard Corp., New Flyer Industries Inc., and Richards Packaging Inc., all listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. He also serves on the Board of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Thomas Cowan has served as a director since March 2003. Mr. Cowan is currently CEO of Vecker Corporation. From January 2005 to December 2005 Mr. Cowan was Executive in Residence at RockRidge Capital Partners. From December 2001 to December 2004, Mr. Cowan was Chairman, President and CEO of OutlookSoft Corporation. From March 2000 to December 2001, Mr. Cowan served as Chairman and President of Vcommerce Corporation. Previously he served for over 20 years in various financial and general management positions at IBM Corporation.
John Marinucci was appointed director in June 2008. Mr. Marinucci served as President and CEO of New Flyer Industries Inc., from 2002 to 2009. Prior to 2002, he served as President and COO for National Steel Car and is a former President of the Canadian Association of Railway Suppliers. Mr. Marinucci currently sits on the Board of Directors for New Flyer Industries Inc., CWB Group and Weststart-CALSTART. Mr. Marinucci is a chartered accountant and is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Alex Walker was appointed director in June 2008. Mr. Walker is currently Founder and Managing Director of Blackmore Partners Inc., a strategy and financial advisory firm. Prior to joining Blackmore Partners in 2007, Mr. Walker held CEO, COO, and CFO roles for private and public technology and manufacturing companies, such as Cube Route Inc., Abridean Inc., Divine Inc., GNC Inc., and Guernsey Bel. Mr. Walker has served on the boards of several companies. He received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a Mechanical Engineering Degree from Queens University.
David Sandberg was appointed director in April 2009. Mr. Sandberg is currently the managing member, founder, and portfolio manager of Red Oak Partners, LLC, a NY-based hedge fund, founded in March 2003 and co-manager and co-founder of Pinnacle Fund LLP, founded in 2008. Red Oak Partners LLC is SMTCs largest shareholder. Previously, Mr. Sandberg co-managed JH Whitney & Cos Green River Fund from 1998-2002. Mr. Sandberg received a BA in Economics and a BS in Industrial Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
INFORMATION REGARDING THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND ITS COMMITTEES
During 2008, the Board held twelve (12) meetings. The Board has three standing committees: the Nominating and Governance Committee, the Audit Committee and the Compensation and Management Development Committee.
The Nominating and Governance Committee
The Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors consisted of all independent directors in 2008 subsequent to the 2008 Annual General Meeting. The Nominating and Governance Committee (i) identifies individuals qualified to become members of the Board, (ii) selects, or recommends that the Board
select, the director nominees for the next annual meeting of Stockholders, (iii) develops and recommends to the Board a set of corporate governance principles applicable to the Company and (iv) oversees the evaluation of the Board and its dealings with management and the committees of the Board. During 2008, the mandate of the Nominating and Governance Committee was undertaken by the full Board of Directors. Accordingly, the Nominating and Governance Committee did not meet in separate session during 2008. The Board approved a written charter for the Nominating and Governance Committee in April 2004, which is available on the Companys website at www.smtc.com.
The Audit Committee
The Audit Committee, which met four (4) times in 2008, consisted of William Brock, Thomas Cowan and Wayne McLeod for the first half of the year, subsequent to the Annual General Meeting of 2008, all independent Directors were members of the Audit Committee. Until December 10, 2008, William Brock served on the Audit Committee. The Board has determined that Mr. Brock and Mr. McLeod are audit committee financial experts as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Subsequent to the resignation of Mr. Brock, Mr. Marinucci assumed the role of Chairman of the Audit Committee. Mr. Marinucci is an audit committee financial expert as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The Audit Committee (i) appoints, oversees and replaces, if necessary, the Companys independent auditor, (ii) assists the Board of Directors oversight and review of the Companys financial statements, the Companys compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, the independent auditors qualifications and independence, and the performance of the Companys independent auditor and (iii) prepares the Audit Committee Report included in this proxy statement.
The Board adopted and approved a revised written charter for the Audit Committee in April 2004, which was attached as an annex to the Companys proxy statement filed in connection with its 2007 annual meeting of stockholders. The Audit Committee evaluates the sufficiency of its charter on an annual basis.
The Compensation and Management Development Committee
The Compensation Committee currently consists of all independent members of the Board of Directors. Until March 24, 2008, Stephen Adamson served on the Compensation Committee, and until December 10, 2008, William Brock served on the Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee met two (2) times in separate sessions in 2008. The general duties of the Compensation Committee are (i) to provide a general review of the Companys compensation and benefit plans and (ii) to review compensation practices and policies and establish compensation for the officers of the Company.
Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance
Section 16(a) of the Exchange Act requires the Companys directors, executive officers and any persons who directly or indirectly hold more than 10% of the Companys Common Stock (Reporting Persons) to file reports of ownership and changes in ownership with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Forms 3, 4 and 5. Reporting Persons are required by SEC regulations to furnish the Company with copies of all Forms 3, 4 and 5 they file.
Based on the Companys review of copies of such forms it has received from its executive officers, directors and greater than 10% beneficial owners, the Company believes that during the period ended January 4, 2009, all Section 16(a) filing requirements applicable to its Reporting Persons were met in a timely manner.
Code of Ethics
The Company has adopted a Code of Ethics and Conduct applicable to all employees, including the principal executive officer, principal financial officer and principal accounting officer. A copy of the Code of Conduct is available on our website at www.smtc.com.
There have been no material changes to the procedures by which stockholders may recommend nominees to the board of directors.
Item 11: Executive Compensation
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
The table below provides information concerning the compensation of our executive officers.
In the Salary column, we disclose the base salary paid to each of our executive officers.
In the Deferred Stock Units and Option Awards columns, we disclose the compensation expense related to awards of options in accordance with Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 123 (revised 2004), Share-Based Payment (SFAS 123R), without reduction for assumed forfeitures. For deferred stock units, the SFAS 123R fair value is calculated using the closing price on the NASDAQ Global Market of our stock at each balance sheet date. The SFAS 123R fair value of our stock options is calculated based on assumptions summarized in Note 6 to our audited consolidated financial statements, which are included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended January 4, 2009, as amended, and for which we recognize expense ratably over the vesting period.
In the column All Other Compensation, we disclose the sum of the dollar value of all other compensation that could not properly be reported in other columns of the Summary Compensation Table, including perquisites and amounts reimbursed for the payment of taxes.
SUMMARY COMPENSATION TABLE
On March 30, 2007, SMTC Canada entered into an employment agreement and a Deferred Share Unit agreement with Mr. Caldwell. Under the terms of the agreements, Mr. Caldwell is entitled to an annual base salary of CDN$534,000, which may be increased by the Board of Directors of SMTC Canada (the SMTC Canada Board). Mr. Caldwell is also entitled to receive a short term bonus which will be determined by the SMTC Canada Board, a car allowance and certain other standard benefits. In the event that Mr. Caldwell is terminated without cause or, following a change of control, is terminated without cause or constructively discharged, he is entitled to a lump sum payment of two years base salary and any target bonus determined by the SMTC Canada Board. The employment agreement provides for customary non-competition and non-solicitation provisions which continue during the term of the agreement and for two years from the date of termination. Pursuant to the Deferred Share Unit agreement referred to above and a Deferred Share Unit agreement dated February 7, 2005, within 60 days following the termination of his employment (or within 10 days following a change of control), Mr. Caldwell will be entitled to a payment in respect of the units granted thereunder, based upon the fair market value of the Companys common stock.
On March 30, 2007, SMTC Canada entered into an employment agreement with Ms. Todd. Under the terms of the agreement, Ms. Todd is entitled to an annual base salary of CDN$252,500, which may be increased by the SMTC Canada Board. Ms. Todd is also entitled to receive a short term bonus with a target of 50% of her base salary if certain financial and individual performance targets to be determined by the SMTC Canada Board are met, as well as a car allowance and certain other standard benefits. In the event that Ms. Todd is terminated without cause, she is entitled to salary continuance of twelve months plus one month for every year of service after twelve years of service, up to a maximum of eighteen months. The employment agreement provides for customary non-solicitation provisions which continue during the term of the agreement and for eighteen months from the date of termination.
On March 30, 2007, SMTC Canada entered into an employment agreement with Mr. Hoffrogge. Under the terms of the agreement, Mr. Hoffrogge is entitled to an annual base salary of CDN$274,500 (subject to gross up to provide the equivalent after tax income that he would have earned as a resident of the U.S.), which may be increased by the SMTC Canada Board. Mr. Hoffrogge is also entitled to receive a short term bonus with a target of 50% of his base salary (subject to gross up to provide the equivalent after tax income that he would have earned as a resident of the U.S.) if certain financial and individual performance targets to be determined by the SMTC Canada Board are met, as well as a car allowance, reimbursement for tax advice of up to CDN$6,000 per year and certain other standard benefits. In the event that Mr. Hoffrogge is terminated without cause, he is entitled to salary continuance of twelve months plus one month for every year of service after twelve years of service, up to a maximum of eighteen months. The employment agreement provides for customary non-solicitation provisions which continue during the term of the agreement and for twelve months from the date of termination.
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END
The following table provides information regarding unexercised stock options and equity incentive plan awards for each executive officer outstanding as of the end of fiscal 2008. Each outstanding award is represented by a separate row which indicates the number of securities underlying the award.
OUTSTANDING EQUITY AWARDS AT FISCAL YEAR-END
POST-TERMINATION COMPENSATION AND CHANGE OF CONTROL PAYMENTS
Mr. Caldwells employment was governed by an employment agreement dated February 7, 2005, until that employment agreement was superceded by an employment agreement dated August 15, 2006. With respect to the other executive officers prior to fiscal year 2007, the terms of employment regarding compensation and termination benefits were governed by terms outlined in individual offers of employment. In March of 2007, we amended the employment agreement with Mr. Caldwell, and the employment arrangements for Mr. Hoffrogge, Ms. Todd and Mr. Simpson were formalized into employment agreements that mirrored the provisions outlined in each original offer letter. There are no changes between Mr. Caldwells prior agreement and the offer letters that had been in place with Mr. Hoffrogge, Ms. Todd and Mr. Simpson as compared to the new employment agreements with respect to any of the termination provisions detailed in this section.
Termination Without Cause
The executive officers have employment agreements with the Company that provide compensation upon termination for other than cause.
Under the agreements, the Company provides its executive officers, except for the Chief Executive Officer, with benefits equal to:
In the event that, prior to the end of the salary continuation period, the executive officer obtains alternative employment that provides total remuneration that is at least 75% of the executive officers total compensation previously provided by the Company, then the salary continuation payments will be discontinued and the Company will provide a lump sum payment, less applicable deductions, that is equivalent to 50% of the then remaining salary continuation payments that the executive officer would have been entitled to.
The Chief Executive Officers employment agreement also provides compensation upon termination for other than cause. Under this agreement, the Company provides the Chief Executive Officer a lump sum payment, less applicable statutory deductions, equivalent to two times the aggregate base salary and benefits plus the target bonus payable under the Incentive Plan.
In the event that an executive officer is terminated without cause and is the recipient of the compensation described above, the executive officer must adhere to certain non-solicitation and confidentiality covenants in his or her respective employment agreement in order to receive such compensation during the severance period. Specifically, such executive officer cannot solicit any of the Companys customers or employees for a period of eighteen (18) months, and he or she cannot disclose or make use of any of the Companys confidential information in the same manner that was agreed to in the employment agreement. If the executive officer violates any of these covenants during the salary continuation period, all salary continuation payments and any rights to such will be terminated.
Based on a hypothetical termination date of January 4, 2009, the severance benefits for the executive officers are as follows:
Termination in the Event of a Change of Control
The Company has included a change of control provision in the employment agreement of the Chief Executive Officer. In the event of a change of control as described below, if within six months following the change of control the Chief Executive Officer is terminated without cause or is constructively dismissed, the Chief Executive Officer is entitled to a lump sum payment, less applicable statutory deductions, equivalent to two times the aggregate base salary plus the target bonus payable under the Incentive Plan. In establishing this provision, the Board of Directors considered the market competitiveness of the arrangement and the Companys ability at the time to retain a qualified Chief Executive Officer.
Based on a hypothetical termination date of December 31, 2008, the severance benefit in the event of a change of control for the Chief Executive Officer is $2,082,804.
In the Chief Executive Officers employment agreement, a change of control is defined as follows:
Termination as a Result of the Privatization of the Company
In the event that the Companys common shares cease to be publicly traded or the Company ceases to be an SEC registrant (except by reason of a change of control where the executive officer continues as Chief Executive Officer of a successor public company), the Chief Executive Officer may at his option, deem his employment to have been terminated without cause. He would then be entitled to all of the benefits specific to him described above in Termination Without Cause.
Accelerated Vesting of Stock Options in the Event of a Change of Control
The 2000 Plan contains provisions to protect the executive officers in the event of a change of control, defined in the 2000 Plan as a covered transaction.
In the 2000 Plan, a covered transaction is defined as any of:
In the event of a covered transaction:
In connection with any covered transaction in which there is an acquiring, a surviving entity or in which all or substantially all of the Companys then outstanding Common Stock is acquired, the Compensation Committee may provide for substitute or replacement awards from, or the assumption of awards by, the company, the acquiring or surviving entity or its affiliates, as applicable.
Termination in the Event of Disability
The employment agreements of the executive officers provide for termination in the event of a partial or total disability of an executive officer.
Partially or Totally Disabled means any physical or mental incapacity, disease or affliction, as determined by a legally qualified medical practitioner, which prevents the executive officer from performing the essential duties of his position.
In the event that the executive officer is Partially or Totally Disabled for a period of six (6) months or less, he shall receive all remuneration including bonuses, payments and rights including all benefits provided for under the employment agreement, as if he were regularly and fully employed.
In the event that the executive officer is Partially or Totally Disabled for a continuous period of more than six (6) months, the Company shall be entitled to terminate the employment of the executive officer by giving written notice to the executive officer. In the event of a termination of employment under these circumstances, the executive officer shall be entitled to the salary continuance benefits that would have been payable if the termination was involuntary and not for cause (as described above).
COMPENSATION OF DIRECTORS
From January 1 st, 2005 to December 31st, 2008, director compensation was governed by a plan presented to the Board in September of 2004 (the 2005 Compensation Plan). Under the 2005 Compensation Plan, we paid the Chairman of the Board a $75,000 base fee per year, and each independent director a $40,000 base fee per year, for serving on our Board, meeting fees of $600 for Board or committee conference calls and $1,200 for full Board meetings or committee meetings. Over the course of each directors service, a minimum of $25,000 of the annual base fee due to such director each year is paid in the form of shares of Common Stock or deferred share units, until a $100,000 threshold is attained. Thereafter, the directors fees are paid all in cash. Members of the Audit Committee received an annual retainer of $4,000, with the Chairman of the Audit Committee receiving an additional annual retainer of $2,000. Members of other committees received an annual retainer of $2,000, with the respective Chairman of each committee receiving an additional annual retainer of $3,000.
In 2008, the Company completed a Director Compensation benchmarking analysis using publicly available data from fourteen North American public EMS companies with revenues in the range of $118 million to $2.9 billion. With respect to director compensation, the Company concluded that the compensation paid to directors was below average within the group. If the larger peers were excluded from the group, our director compensation was in line with industry norms.
In November 2008, the Board approved a revised compensation plan effective January 1st, 2009 for independent directors (the 2009 Compensation Plan). Pursuant to the 2009 Compensation Plan, independent directors will earn a retainer of CDN $50,000 per year for serving on our Board. The Chairman of the Board will earn an additional retainer of CDN $15,000, the Chairman of the Audit Committee will earn an additional retainer of CDN $6,000 and the Chairman of all other committees will earn an additional retainer of CDN$3,000. Board fees will be reduced on a prorated basis for non-attendance. The Members of the Board are also required over a five year period to own shares valued at CDN $50,000.
We pay no additional remuneration to our employees for serving as directors or on committees. The following table outlines the compensation to the Board of Directors for the year ended January 4, 2009:
Item 12: Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
The following table sets forth, as of May 1, 2009, information regarding beneficial ownership. The table sets forth the number of shares beneficially owned and the percentage ownership for:
As of May 1, 2009, our outstanding equity securities (including exchangeable shares of our subsidiary, SMTC Canada, other than holdings of SMTC Nova Scotia Company, a subsidiary of SMTC Canada) consisted of 14,646,333 shares.
Unless otherwise indicated below, to our knowledge, all persons listed below have sole voting and investment power with respect to their shares, except to the extent authority is shared by spouses under applicable law. Unless otherwise indicated below, each entity or person listed below maintains a mailing address of c/o SMTC Corporation, 635 Hood Road, Markham, Ontario, Canada L3R 4N6. The number of shares beneficially owned by each Stockholder is determined under rules promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information is not necessarily indicative of beneficial ownership for any other purpose. Under these rules, beneficial ownership includes any shares as to which the individual or entity has sole or shared voting or investment power and any shares as to which the individual or entity has the right to acquire beneficial ownership within 60 days after May 1, 2009 through the exercise of any stock option, warrant or other right. The inclusion in the following table of those shares, however, does not constitute an admission that the named Stockholder is a direct or indirect beneficial owner.
Equity Compensation Plan Information
The Company maintains the Amended and Restated SMTC (HTM) 1998 Equity Incentive Plan (the 1998 Plan), which was approved by the Board of Directors and the stockholders of the Company as of September 30, 1998 and which amended and restated the plan as initially adopted by the Board of Directors and the stockholders of the Company as of July 30, 1999. The Company also maintains the SMTC Corporation/SMTC Manufacturing Corporation of Canada 2000 Equity Incentive Plan (the 2000 Plan), which was adopted by the Board of Directors and the stockholders of the Company in July of 2000. The Board of Directors and the stockholders of the Company approved an amendment to the 2000 Plan in April 2004 and May 2004, respectively and a second amendment to the 2000 Plan in March 2007 and May 2007, respectively (the Amended 2000 Plan).
The following table gives information about awards under the 1998 Plan and the Amended 2000 Plan as of January 4, 2009:
Item 13: Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS
Certain of our current Stockholders and option holders are parties to a stockholders agreement that, among other things, provides for registration rights and contains provisions regarding the transfer of shares.
On June 10, 2008, we entered into a global settlement agreement (the Settlement Agreement) with Red Oak Partners LLC, our largest shareholder, of which Mr. Sandberg is managing director, founder and portfolio manager. Pursuant to the Settlement Agreement, we agreed to undertake various actions in relation to our corporate governance, including implementing the restructuring of the board described in Proposal No. 2.
The Company and each executive officer have entered into employment agreements. Each of these employment arrangements is more fully described under Employment Agreements.
The Board has determined that each of Thomas Cowan, John Marinucci, David Sandberg, Alex Walker and Wayne McLeod is an independent director as defined in the rules of the NASDAQ Global Market (NASDAQ Rules). Stephen Adamson and William Brock were also considered to be independent directors.
All members of the Nominating and Governance Committee are independent directors as defined in and as required by NASDAQ Rules.
All Audit Committee members are independent directors as defined in NASDAQ Rules and Rule 10A-3(b)(1) under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, and as required by NASDAQ Rules.
All Compensation Committee members are independent directors as defined in and as required by NASDAQ Rules.
Item 14: Principal Accountant Fees and Services
KPMG LLP acted as independent auditors for the Company for the period ended January 4, 2009.
Fees to the Company for professional services rendered by KPMG LLP during 2007 and 2008 were as follows: Audit Fees: U.S.$700,500 for 2007 and U.S.$ 632,200 for 2008; Tax Fees: U.S.$27,900 for 2007 and U.S.$ 5,300 for 2008, which were in connection with tax compliance matters; and All Other Fees: $0 for each of 2007 and 2008.
In April 2004, the Board adopted an Audit and Non-Audit Services Pre-Approval Policy for the Audit Committee. Under the policy, the Audit Committee has pre-approved certain audit and audit related services, tax services and other services. The Audit Committee has determined that the provision of those services that are
pre-approved in the policy will not impair the independence of the auditor. The provision of services by the auditor which are not pre-approved in the policy are subject to separate pre-approval by the Audit Committee. The policy also pre-approved certain specified fee levels for the specific services. Payments in excess of these specified levels are subject to separate pre-approval by the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee has considered whether KPMG LLPs provision of non-audit services is compatible with its independence. We expect that representatives from KPMG LLP will be present at the Annual Meeting and will be available to respond to appropriate questions and have the opportunity to make a statement if they desire.
Item 15. EXHIBIT INDEX
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) 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.
Date: May 14, 2009