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Westell Technologies 10-Q 2006

Documents found in this filing:

  1. 10-Q
  2. Ex-31.1
  3. Ex-31.2
  4. Ex-32.1
  5. Ex-32.1

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

FORM 10-Q

 

x

QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2006

OR

 

o

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

 

For the transition period from ___________ to __________

 

Commission File Number 0-27266

 

Westell Technologies, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

DELAWARE

36-3154957

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification Number)

 

 

750 N. Commons Drive, Aurora, IL

60504

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

 

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code

(630) 898-2500

 

Not applicable

(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

 

Indicate by check or mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Sections 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 o.

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large filer, an accelerated filer, or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer o Accelerated filer x Non-accelerated filer o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. Yes o No x

 

Indicate the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock as of a October 24, 2006:

Class A Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value – 55,680,773 shares

Class B Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value – 14,741,872 shares

 

 



 

 

WESTELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

FORM 10-Q

INDEX

 

 

PART I FINANCIAL INFORMATION:

Page

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

 

Consolidated Balance Sheets

3

-  

As of September 30, 2006 (unaudited) and March 31, 2006

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)

4

-  

Three and six months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005

 

 

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)

5

-  

Three and six months ended ended September 30, 2006 and 2005

 

 

Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)

6

 

Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

14

 

Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risks

19

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures

19

 

 

PART II OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings

20

 

Item 4. Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders

20

 

Item 6. Exhibits

20

 

 

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain statements contained in this Quarterly Report of Form 10-Q regarding matters that are not historical facts or that contain the words “believe”, “expect”, “intend”, “anticipate” or derivatives thereof and other words of similar meaning, are forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements include risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, those discussed under “Risk Factors” set forth in Westell Technologies, Inc.’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. Our actual results may differ from these forward-looking statements. Westell Technologies, Inc. undertakes no obligation to publicly update these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events or otherwise.

 

 

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WESTELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

ASSETS

(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

September 30,

2006

March 31,

2006

Current assets:

(unaudited)

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$    66,092 

$    40,928 

Investments

1,950 

1,287 

Accounts receivable (net of allowance of $285, and $246 respectively)

22,594 

30,121 

Inventories

24,145 

23,918 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

3,498 

3,607 

Deferred income tax asset

7,540 

7,540 

Total current assets

125,819 

107,401 

Property and equipment:

 

 

Machinery and equipment

45,720 

45,347 

Office, computer and research equipment

26,903 

26,282 

Leasehold improvements

8,941 

8,811 

 

81,564 

80,440 

Less accumulated depreciation and amortization

68,555 

66,157 

Property and equipment, net

13,009 

14,283 

Goodwill

10,613 

10,613 

Intangibles, net

6,780 

7,866 

Deferred income tax asset and other assets

47,604 

51,650 

Total assets

$ 203,825 

$ 191,813 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

September 30,

2006

March 31,

2006

Current liabilities:

(unaudited)

 

Accounts payable

$    18,151 

$    14,880 

Accrued expenses

7,549 

6,926 

Accrued compensation

8,755 

8,280 

Deferred revenue

745 

722 

Current portion of long-term debt

33 

51 

Total current liabilities

35,233 

30,859 

Long-term debt

--

10 

Other long-term liabilities

829 

829 

Total liabilities

36,062 

31,698 

Minority interest

2,953 

2,839 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

Class A common stock, par $0.01

557 

556 

Authorized – 109,000,000 shares

 

 

Issued and outstanding – 55,677,173 shares at September 30, 2006 and 55,607,834 shares at March 31, 2006

 

 

Class B common stock, par $0.01

147 

147 

Authorized – 25,000,000 shares

 

 

Issued and outstanding – 14,741,872 shares at September 30, 2006 and March 31, 2006

 

 

Preferred stock, par $0.01

-- 

-- 

Authorized – 1,000,000 shares

 

 

Issued and outstanding – none

 

 

Deferred compensation

-- 

(1,751)

Additional paid-in capital

392,170 

392,843 

Treasury stock at cost – 93,100 shares

(247)

(247)

Cumulative translation adjustment

(70)

(241)

Accumulated deficit

(227,747)

(234,031)

Total stockholders’ equity

164,810 

157,276 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$ 203,825 

$  191,813 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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WESTELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unauditied)

 

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

 

2006

2005

2006

2005

Equipment sales

$ 60,026 

$ 55,127 

$ 113,580 

$ 118,863 

Services

11,773 

11,189 

23,595 

23,094 

Total revenues

71,799 

66,316 

137,175 

141,957 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of equipment sales

42,110 

40,075 

79,851 

87,209 

Cost of services

5,950 

5,782 

11,853 

11,646 

Total cost of goods sold

48,060 

45,857 

91,704 

98,855 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross margin

23,739 

20,459 

45,471 

43,102 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

Sales and marketing

7,306 

5,987 

14,457 

12,157 

Research and development

6,252 

4,975 

11,949 

9,632 

General and administrative

4,506 

4,164 

9,158 

8,518 

Intangible amortization

415 

324 

830 

648 

Total operating expenses

18,479 

15,450 

36,394 

30,955 

Operating income

5,260 

5,009 

9,077 

12,147 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income, net

772 

192 

1,440 

14 

Interest expense

(1)

(5)

(2)

(9)

Income before minority interest and income taxes

6,031 

5,196 

10,515 

12,152 

Income taxes

2,376 

2,115 

4,121 

4,828 

Minority interest

48 

58 

110 

152 

Net income

3,607 

3,023 

6,284 

7,172 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

Basic

$ 0.05

$ 0.04

$ 0.09

$ 0.10

Diluted

$ 0.05

$ 0.04

$ 0.09

$ 0.10

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Basic

70,399

70,097

70,388

69,610

Diluted

70,927

71,584

71,133

71,497

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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WESTELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unauditied)

 

 

Six months ended

September 30,

 

2006

2005

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

Net income

$ 6,284 

$ 7,172 

Reconciliation of net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

4,222 

5,079 

Loss on sale of fixed assets

(48)

(130)

Restructuring

(181)

(153)

Deferred Taxes

4,003 

3,530 

Minority interest

110 

152 

Stock based compensation

823 

412 

Excess tax benefit related to stock based compensation

(39)

-- 

Tax benefit received on stock option exercises

-- 

1,260 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

Accounts receivable

7,527 

2,640 

Inventory

(227)

7,633 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

221 

(804)

Other assets

43 

(132)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

4,175 

(6,139)

Accrued compensation

475 

(1,854)

Net cash provided by operating activities

27,388 

18,666 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

(1,862)

(2,168)

Proceeds from the sale of equipment

48 

130 

Purchase of investments

(663)

(677)

Acquisition of a business

(112)

-- 

Net cash used in investing activities

(2,589)

(2,715)

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

Net repayment of long-term debt and leases payable

(28)

(239)

Proceeds from stock purchase, option plans and warrants

256 

1,891 

Tax benefit received on stock option exercises

39 

-- 

Net cash provided by financing activities

267 

1,652 

 

 

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

98 

24 

Net increase in cash

25,164 

17,627 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

40,928 

26,350 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$ 66,092 

$ 43,977 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these Consolidated Financial Statements

 

 

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Note 1. Basis of Presentation

The accompanying unaudited consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States for complete financial statements. It is suggested that these consolidated financial statements be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2006.

In the opinion of management, the unaudited interim financial statements included herein reflect all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary to present fairly the Company’s consolidated financial position and the results of operations and cash flows at September 30, 2006 and for all periods presented. The results of operations for the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2006 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007 (“fiscal year 2007”).

Note 2. Computation of Income Per Share

The computation of basic earnings per share is computed using the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted earnings per share includes the number of additional common shares that would have been outstanding if the dilutive potential common shares had been issued. The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share:

 

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2006

2005

2006

2005

Basic Earnings per Share:

 

 

 

 

Net income

$ 3,607

$ 3,023

$ 6,284

$ 7,172

Average basic shares outstanding

70,399

70,097

70,388

69,610

Basic net income per share

$ 0.05

$ 0.04

$ 0.09

$ 0.10

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted Earnings per Share:

 

 

 

 

Net income

$ 3,607

$ 3,023

$ 6,284

$ 7,172

Average basic shares outstanding

70,399

70,097

70,388

69,610

Effect of dilutive securities: stock options and warrants

528

1,487

745

1,887

Average diluted shares outstanding

70,927

71,584

71,133

71,497

Diluted net income per share

$ 0.05

$ 0.04

$ 0.09

$ 0.10

 

Options to purchase 5,985,350 and 5,025,588 shares of common stock for the three months ended September 30, 2006 and September 30, 2005, respectively and options to purchase 5,960,272 and 4,723,041 shares of common stock for the six months ended September 30, 2006 and September 30, 2005, respectively, were not included in the computation of diluted shares because the options’ exercise prices were greater than the average market price of the common shares.

 

Note 3. Revolving Credit Agreements:

 

The Company entered into a Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of June 30, 2006 (the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement is a three-year revolving credit facility in an amount up to $40 million. The obligations of the Company under the Credit Agreement are secured by a guaranty from certain direct and indirect domestic subsidiaries of the Company, and substantially all of the assets of the Company. The interest rate spread in the case of LIBOR and Base Rate loans and the payment of the non-use fees is dependent on the Company’s leverage ratio. Currently the revolving loans under the Credit Agreement bear interest, at the Company’s option, at the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus 1.5% or an alternative base rate. The alternative base rate is the greater of the LaSalle Bank National Association prime rate or the Federal Funds rate plus 0.50%. The Company is also required to pay a non-use fee of 0.2% per annum on the unused portion of the revolving loans. The Credit Agreement contains financial covenants that include a minimum Fixed Charge

 

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Coverage Ratio, a minimum tangible net worth test, a total leverage ratio test (consolidated total debt to EBITDA), and a limitation on capital expenditures for any fiscal year as well as other non financial covenants. The Company was in compliance with these covenants on September 30, 2006 and expects to comply with these covenants for the term of the debt. There were no borrowings under this facility at September 30, 2006.

 

Note 4. Restructuring Charge

 

The Company recognized a restructuring expense of $443,000 in the third quarter of fiscal year 2006. This charge included personnel costs relating to the termination of 17 employees at Westell Inc. As of September 30, 2006, all of these costs have been paid.

 

On December 29, 2005, the Company acquired 100% of the stock of HyperEdge Corporation. The Company has implemented a restructuring plan to combine and streamline the operations of the companies to achieve synergies related to the manufacture and distribution of common NSA product lines. The Company estimates the costs of employee terminations, which were recorded as liabilities assumed in the acquisition, to be $400,000. Approximately 20 employees were impacted by this plan. Any adjustments to this plan will be accounted for in accordance with SFAS No. 141. As of September 30, 2006, $182,000 of these costs have been paid leaving an unpaid balance of $218,000.

 

The restructuring charges and their utilization are summarized as follows:

 

(in thousands)

 

Employee related

Legal, other and facility costs

 

 

Total

Accrued at March 31, 2006

$  371

$  28

$  399

Charged

--

--

--

HyperEdge acquisition

100

--

100

Utilized

266

15

281

Accrued at September 30, 2006

205

13

218

 

Note 5. Interim Segment Information

Westell’s reportable segments are strategic business units that offer different products and services. They are managed separately because each business requires different technology and market strategies. They consist of:

1)

A telecommunications equipment manufacturer of broadband products, and

2)

A multi-point telecommunications service bureau specializing in audio teleconferencing, multi-point video conferencing, broadcast fax and multimedia teleconference services.

 

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Performance of these segments is evaluated utilizing revenue, operating income and total asset measurements. The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those for Westell Technologies, Inc. Segment information for the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2005 and 2006 are as follows:

(in thousands)

Telcom Equipment

Telcom Service

Consolidated Total

Three months ended September 30, 2005

 

 

 

Revenues

$ 55,127

$ 11,189

$ 66,316

Operating income

3,679

1,330

5,009

Depreciation and amortization

1,992

736

2,728

Total assets

164,586

18,376

182,962

 

 

 

 

Three months ended September 30, 2006

 

 

 

Revenues

$ 60,026

$ 11,773

$ 71,799

Operating income

4,115

1,145

5,260

Depreciation and amortization

1,690

447

2,137

Total assets

185,797

18,028

203,825

 

 

 

 

Six months ended September 30, 2005

 

 

 

Revenues

$ 118,863

$ 23,094

$ 141,957

Operating income

9,148

2,999

12,147

Depreciation and amortization

3,536

1,543

5,079

Total assets

164,586

18,376

182,962

 

 

 

 

Six months ended September 30, 2006

 

 

 

Revenues

$ 113,580

$ 23,595

$ 137,175

Operating income

6,471

2,606

9,077

Depreciation and amortization

3,212

1,010

4,222

Total assets

185,797

18,028

203,825

 

Reconciliation of Operating income for the reportable segments to income before income taxes and minority interest:

 

 

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2006

2005

2006

2005

Operating income

$ 5,260 

$ 5,009 

$ 9,077 

$ 12,147 

Other income, net

772 

192 

1,440 

14 

Interest expense

(1)

(5)

(2)

(9)

Income before income taxes and minority interest

 

$ 6,031 

 

$ 5,196 

 

$ 10,515 

 

$ 12,152 

 

Note 6. Comprehensive Income

 

The disclosure of comprehensive income, which encompasses net income and foreign currency translation adjustments, is as follows:

 

 

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2006

2005

2006

2005

Net income

$ 3,607

$ 3,023

$ 6,284

$ 7,172

Other comprehensive income: Foreign currency translation adjustment

 

40

 

86

 

171

 

346

Comprehensive Income

$ 3,647

$ 3,109

$ 6,455

$ 7,518

 

 

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Note 7. Inventories

 

The components of inventories are as follows:

 

 

September 30,

March 31,

(in thousands)

2006

2006

Raw material

$ 15,243 

$  16,982 

Work in process

29 

312 

Finished goods

12,360 

10,452 

Reserve for excess and obsolete inventory and net realizable value

(3,487)

(3,828)

 

$ 24,145 

$  23,918 

 

Note 8. Stock-based Compensation

 

In December 2004, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued SFAS No. 123 (revised 2004), “Share-Based Payment” (“SFAS No. 123R”). This statement requires that the costs of all employee share-based payments be measured at fair value on the award’s grant date and be recognized in the financial statements over the requisite service period. SFAS No. 123R supersedes APB Opinion No. 25, “Accounting for Stock Issued to Employees,” (“APB No. 25”) and its related interpretations, and eliminates the alternative use of the intrinsic value method of accounting under APB No. 25, which the Company previously used.

 

On April 1, 2006, the Company adopted SFAS No. 123R using the modified prospective method. As a result, the Company’s income before income taxes for the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 is $277,000 and $572,000 lower than if it had continued to account for share-based compensation under APB No. 25. The $572,000 of expense is inclusive of a $62,000 reduction of expense resulting from the application of an estimated forfeiture rate to its existing unvested awards which is included in the accompanying Consolidated Statement of Operations for the six months ended September 30, 2006. The Company previously recognized forfeitures as they were incurred. Additionally, under SFAS No. 123R, the Company has elected to recognize compensation expense for all share-based awards with service periods beginning subsequent to the adoption of SFAS No. 123R over the service period of the award, unless the award has a performance condition in which case compensation expense will be recognized using a graded vesting attribution method. Also, under SFAS No. 123R the benefits of tax deductions in excess of recognized compensation cost are now reported as a financing cash flow instead of as an operating cash flow as required under previous accounting literature.

 

Prior to the adoption of SFAS No. 123R, the Company applied the intrinsic-value-based method of accounting prescribed by APB No. 25 and related interpretations to account for its fixed-plan stock options. Under this method, compensation expense was recorded on the date of grant only if the current market price of the underlying stock exceeded the exercise price. Pro forma net earnings as if the fair value based method had been applied to all awards are as follows:

 

 

(in thousands, except per-share amounts)

Three months ended

September 30, 2005

Six months ended

September 30, 2005

Net income, as reported

$ 3,023 

$ 7,172 

Stock-based employee compensation expense included in reported net earnings, net of related tax effects

 

129 

 

255 

Total stock-based employee compensation expense determined under fair value based method for all awards, net of related tax effects

 

 

(828)

 

 

(1,681)

Pro forma net income

2,324 

5,746 

Earnings per common share:

 

 

As reported

$ 0.04

$ 0.10

Pro forma

$ 0.03

$ 0.08

Earnings per common share, assuming dilution:

 

 

As reported

$ 0.04

$ 0.10

Pro forma

$ 0.03

$ 0.08

 

 

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On February 24, 2006, the Company accelerated the vesting of approximately 1.4 million unvested “out of the money” stock options held by current employees and certain executive officers of the Company. No options were accelerated for board members or the Chief Executive Officer. The immediate vesting included a restriction on the resale of the underlying shares of common stock. The acceleration of vesting was made to reduce compensation expense that otherwise would be recorded in future periods. For pro forma disclosure purposes, these options were treated as if they were expensed in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2006.

 

Non-qualified stock options

 

Stock options granted by the Company generally have an exercise price that is equal to the fair value of the Company’s stock on the grant date. Options vest over period from two to five years, or upon the earlier of the achievement of Company and individual goals established, or 8 years. The Company recorded expense of $218,000 and $446,000 in the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2006 related to stock options. The excess tax benefit of $39,000 was reflected as a cash flow from financing activities in the consolidated statement of cash flows. Total cash received from options exercised was $137,000 and $1.7 million in the six months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively. The option activity for the six months ended September 30, 2006 is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares

 

Weighted Average Exercise Price Per Share

Weighted

Average

Remaining

Contractual

Term (in years)

 

Aggregate Intrinsic Value (in thousands)

Outstanding on March 31, 2006

9,201,172 

$  5.78

5.3

 

Granted

367,800 

2.39

 

 

Exercised

(84,150)

1.63

 

110

Forfeited / Expired

(560,461)

5.00

 

 

Outstanding on September 30, 2006

8,924,361 

5.72

5.0

1,250

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable on September 30, 2006

7,248,271 

6.27

4.5

1,079

 

As of September 30, 2006, there was $1.4 million pre-tax stock option compensation expense related to non-vested awards not yet recognized, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.6 years.

The fair value of each option is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following weighted-average assumptions:

 

 

Six months ended Sept. 30,

 

2006

2005

Expected volatility

67%

89%

Risk-free interest rate

4.8%

3.8%

Expected life

5 years

5 years

Expected dividend yield

0.0%

0.0%

 

Non-qualified subsidiary stock options

 

The Company’s Conference Plus subsidiary has a stock option plan for the purchase of Conference Plus stock. Stock options granted under this plan have an exercise price that is equal to the fair value of Conference Plus stock on the grant date. Options can not be exercised until the earliest of the following to occur; an initial public offering, a spin off, a change in control of Conference Plus, or the fifth anniversary of the option grant date. The Company recorded expense of $55,000 and $112,000 in the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2006 related to these stock options. The option activity for the three months ended September 30, 2006 is as follows:

 

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Shares

Weighted Average Exercise Price Per Share

Weighted

Average

Remaining

Contractual

Term (in years)

Aggregate Intrinsic Value (in thousands)

Outstanding on March 31, 2006

2,015,304 

$  1.65

6.2

 

Granted

154,750 

1.81

 

 

Exercised

-- 

--

 

--

Forfeited / Expired

(88,377)

1.78

 

 

Outstanding on September 30, 2006

2,081,677 

1.66

6.0

325

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable on September 30, 2006

377,358 

1.14

2.1

253

 

As of September 30, 2006, there was $352,000 pre-tax stock option compensation expense related to non-vested awards not yet recognized, which is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 2.5 years.

The fair value of each option is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option pricing model with the following weighted-average assumptions:

 

 

Six months ended Sept. 30,

 

2006

2005

Expected volatility

50%

50%

Risk-free interest rate

4.8%

3.7%

Expected life

7 years

7 years

Expected dividend yield

0.0%

0.0%

 

Restricted Stock

 

Vesting of restricted stock is subject to continued employment with the Company. Restricted stock awards granted in fiscal year 2006 will vest in full on March 31, 2007. The restricted stock awards granted in fiscal year 2005 will vest in full on June 1, 2008 with the exception of 20,000 awards that will vest on March 31, 2007. Each restricted stock award is subject to partial vesting in the event of death, disability or involuntary termination other than for cause, as defined in the restricted stock award, based upon the number of months worked prior to the vesting date of the stock award. The Company recognizes compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the vesting period based on the market value of Westell Technologies stock on the date of grant. The Company recorded $200,000 and $206,000 of expense in the three months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively, and $250,000 and $412,000 of expense in the six months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively, related to these grants. The following table sets forth restricted stock activity for the six months ended September 30, 2006:

 

Shares

Weighted Average Grant Date Fair Value

Outstanding as of March 31, 2006

426,100 

6.58

Granted

-- 

--

Vested

-- 

--

Forfeited

(60,000)

6.71

Outstanding as of September 30, 2006

366,100 

6.56

 

As of September 30, 2006, there was $1.1 million of unrecognized compensation expense related to restricted stock expected to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 1.4 years.

 

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

There were 45,189 and 34,219 shares of common stock purchased under the employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) during the six months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively. The ESPP allows employees to purchase

 

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stock through payroll deductions each quarter end at a 15% discount from the market price on that day. The Company recorded $4,000 and $14,000 of expense in the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 related to stock purchased under this plan.

 

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

 

The following table sets forth the total stock-based compensation expense resulting from stock options, restricted stock and the employee stock purchase plan:

 

(in thousands)

Three months ended

Sept. 30, 2006

Six months ended

Sept. 30, 2006

Cost of equipment sales

96

197

Cost of services

16

33

Sales and marketing

119

105

Research and development

130

220

General and administrative

117

268

Stock-based compensation expense

478

823

Income tax benefit

189

325

Total stock-based compensation expense after taxes

289

498

 

Note 9. Warranty Reserve

 

Most of the Company’s products carry a limited warranty ranging from one to seven years. The specific terms and conditions of those warranties vary depending upon the product sold. Factors that enter into the estimate of the Company’s warranty reserve include the number of units shipped historical and anticipated rates of warranty claims, and cost per claim. The Company periodically assesses the adequacy of its recorded warranty liability and adjusts the reserve as necessary. The Company reports warranty reserve as both current and long term liabilities. The following table presents the changes in the Company’s product warranty reserve:

 

 

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2006

2005

2006

2005

Total product warranty reserve at the beginning of the period

$ 1,804 

$ 1,845 

$ 1,776 

$ 1,806 

Warranty expense

297 

346 

643 

894 

Adjustments

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Deductions

(404)

(259)

(722)

(768)

Total product warranty reserve at the end of the period

$ 1,697 

$ 1,932 

$ 1,697 

$ 1,932 

 

Note 10. Deferred Compensation

 

The Company has a deferred compensation program with its Chief Executive Officer that is funded through a rabbi trust. The rabbi trust qualifies as a Variable Interest Entity under FASB Interpretation No. 46, Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities and as such is consolidated in the Company’s financial statements. Approximately $1.9 million of cash has been funded into the rabbi trust as September 30, 2006. The Company has recorded a $2.4 million short-term liability to accrue for the deferred compensation liability as of September 30, 2006. The rabbi trust is subject to the creditors of the Company. All amounts deferred under this compensation program vested on March 31, 2006.

 

Note 11. Sale of Product Line

 

On July 1, 2004, the Company sold its Data Station Termination product lines and specified fixed assets for $2.2 million to Enginuity Communications Corporation (Enginuity). The Company received $2.0 million in cash, $200,000 in the form of a note receivable and provided an unconditional guarantee in the amount of $1.6 million relating to a 10 year term Enginuity note payable to a third party lender that financed the transaction. The balance of

 

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the term loan is $1.4 million as of September 30, 2006. Certain owners of Enginuity pledged assets with a fair market value of $1.5 million and personally guaranteed the note payable. These guarantees will stay in place until the note is paid in full. The Company must pay all amounts due under the note payable upon demand from the lender.

 

The Company evaluated FIN 46R Consolidation of Variable Interest Entities and concluded that Enginuity was a variable interest entity as a result of the debt guarantee. The Company is not considered the primary beneficiary of the variable interest entity therefore consolidation is not required.

 

The Company assessed its obligation under this guarantee pursuant to the provisions of FIN 45, “Guarantor’s Accounting and Disclosure Requirements for Guarantees, Including Indirect Guarantees of Indebtedness of Others” and recorded a $300,000 liability for the value of the guarantee. The Company evaluates the liability each quarter and reduced the liability to $200,000 in the quarter ended June 30, 2006 based on Enginuity operating performance and current status of the guaranteed debt obligation.

 

Note 12. Acquisition

 

On December 29, 2005, the Company acquired 100% of the common stock of HyperEdge Corporation, a manufacturer of network service access products, for $14.0 million in cash. The Company has accrued $649,000 in estimated transaction costs, including costs for employee severance. The Company paid $112,000 of transaction costs consisting of legal fees and accounting fees for intangible valuation in the six months ended September 30 2006. The acquisition was accounted for using the purchase method of accounting in accordance with SFAS No. 141 “Business Combinations” (“SFAS No. 141”) and accordingly the operating results of HyperEdge have been included in the consolidated financial statements from the acquisition date.

 

In accordance with SFAS No. 141, the total purchase price was allocated to the tangible and intangible assets acquired and liabilities assumed based upon their estimated fair values at the acquisition date with excess purchase price allocated to goodwill. The purchase price allocation for HyperEdge has not been finalized pending completion of final adjustments to liabilities assumed in the acquisition and the completion of integration plans.

 

Note 13. New Accounting Pronouncements

 

In June 2006, the FASB issued FASB Interpretation (FIN) No 48, “Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes - an interpretation of FASB Statement No. 109.” FIN No. 48 prescribes a recognition threshold and measurement of a tax position taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. This interpretation also provides guidance on derecognition, classification, interest and penalties, accounting in interim periods, disclosure and transition. FIN No. 48 is effective for the Company beginning on April 1, 2007. The Company is currently evaluating the impact that the adoption of FIN No. 48 will have on its financial condition and results of operations, which will be required to be adopted in the June 30, 2007 quarter.

 

In September 2006, the FASB issued SFAS No. 157, “Fair Value Measurements”. SFAS No. 157 defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements. This statement addresses how to calculate fair value measurements required or permitted under other accounting pronouncements. Accordingly, this statement does not require any new fair value measurements. However, for some entities, the application of this statement will change current practice. SFAS No. 157 is effective for the Company beginning April 1, 2008. The Company is currently evaluating the impact of this standard.

 

In September 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108 (SAB 108), Considering the Effects of Prior Year Misstatements when Quantifying Misstatements in Current Year Financial Statements, to address diversity in practice in quantifying financial statement misstatements. SAB 108 provides interpretive guidance on the consideration of the effects of prior year misstatements in quantifying current year misstatements for the purpose of a materiality assessment. SAB 108 is effective for the Company in its year ended March 31, 2007, and allows a one-time transitional cumulative effect adjustment to retained earnings for errors that were not previously deemed material, but are material under the guidance in SAB 108. The Company is in the process of determining the effects, if any, that SAB 108 will have on its financial statements.

 

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ITEM 2. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATION

Overview

The Company is comprised of two segments: telecommunications equipment manufacturer and teleconference services bureau. The equipment manufacturing segment consists of two product lines: Customer Networking Equipment (CNE) products and Network Service Access (NSA) products. The CNE product line includes broadband and digital subscriber line (DSL) technology products that allow the transport of high-speed data over the local loop and enable telecommunications companies to provide broadband services over existing copper infrastructure. The Company’s NSA product line consists of manageable and non-manageable T1 transmission equipment, associated mountings and special service plugs for the legacy copper telephone network. Westell realizes the majority of its revenues from the North American market.

The Company’s teleconference service segment is comprised of a 91.5% owned subsidiary, Conference Plus, Inc. Conference Plus provides audio, video, and web conferencing services. Businesses and individuals use these services to hold voice, video or web conferences with many people at the same time. Conference Plus sells its services directly to large customers, including Fortune 1000 companies, and serves other customers indirectly through its private label reseller program.

The equipment manufacturing segment of the Company’s business consists of two product lines, offering a broad range of products that facilitate the broadband transmission of high-speed digital and analog data between a telephone company’s central office and end user customers. These two product lines are:

Customer Networking Equipment (CNE): Westell’s family of broadband products enable the delivery of VoIP voice, video / IPTV and high-speed data over local telephone lines. The CNE broadband products allow telecommunications companies to provide media-rich broadband services regardless of whether the telephone company is using their existing copper infrastructure or newly installed fiber to the curb (FTTC) or fiber to the home (FTTH) infrastructure. The Company’s broadband products using both wired Ethernet and wireless 802.11b/g networking technologies enable residential, small business and Small Office Home Office (SOHO) users to establish networks which provide for multiple computers, telephones and other devices to access the Internet simultaneously. Digital Subscriber Lines (ADSL2+), VDSL2 and fiber enabled products make up the majority of the revenue in this product group.

Network Service Access (NSA): Westell’s NSA product family consists of manageable and non-manageable T1 transmission equipment for telephone services, and an array of mounting products used for connecting telephone wires and cables, and special service plugs. The T1 transmission equipment termed Network Interface Units (NIU) and the associated NIU mounting products make up the majority of revenue from this product group.

The prices for the products within each market group vary based upon volume, customer specifications and other criteria and are subject to change due to competition among telecommunications manufacturers and service providers. Increasing competition, in terms of the number of entrants and their size, and increasing size of the Company’s customers because of past mergers, continues to exert downward pressure on prices for the Company’s products. The Company expects average selling prices on its VersaLinkTM and modem products to decline 20% or less in fiscal year 2007.

On November 18, 2005, SBC (now AT&T Inc.) acquired AT&T Corp. In the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006, sales to AT&T Inc. generated approximately 7.9% of the Company’s total revenues. The largest customer of Conference Plus is AT&T Inc. which offers services similar to Conference Plus. AT&T accounted for 46.2% of the service segment revenue in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006. The Company is unable to predict at this time how the merger will impact the Company’s results of operations in the future.

On July 21, 2006 AT&T Inc. and BellSouth stockholders approved the acquisition of BellSouth by AT&T. Subject to approval of regulatory authorities and other customary closing conditions, the merger is expected to close in 2006.

 

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BellSouth is the Company’s second largest customer. The Company is unable to predict at this time how the merger will impact the Company’s results from operations in the future.

In September 2006 the Company announced an end to joint development of the Verizon One product with Verizon Communications Inc. The Company will complete its orders for Verizon One, and the companies will each pursue independent development and marketing strategies for their respective multimedia terminal product programs. Westell continues as Verizon’s primary supplier of DSL modems and gateway products and continues to be engaged on video and convergence product opportunities at Verizon.

The Company’s customer base is highly concentrated and comprised primarily of the Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs), independent domestic local exchange carriers and public telephone administrations located outside the U.S. Due to the stringent quality specifications of its customers and the regulated environment in which its customers operate, the Company must undergo lengthy approval and procurement processes prior to selling its products. Accordingly, the Company must make significant up front investments in product and market development prior to actual commencement of sales of new products.

To remain competitive, the Company must continue to invest in new product development and invest in targeted sales and marketing efforts to cover new product lines. Failure to increase revenues from new products, whether due to lack of market acceptance, competition, technological change or otherwise, would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s business and results of operations. The Company expects to continue to evaluate new product opportunities and engage in extensive research and development activities.

The Company is focusing on expanding its product offerings in the equipment segment from basic high speed broadband to more sophisticated applications such as VoIP, in-premise networking; wireless/wireline convergence, IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) and FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence); video / IPTV and multifunctional broadband appliances. This will require the Company to continue to invest in research and development and sales and marketing, which could adversely affect short-term results of operations. The Company expects to increase spending in research and development and sales and marketing and technical support by approximately 25% in fiscal year 2007 compared to fiscal year 2006 to take advantage of these market opportunities. In view of the Company’s reliance on the broadband CPE for revenues and the unpredictability of orders and pricing pressures, the Company believes that period-to-period comparisons of its financial results are not necessarily meaningful and should not be relied upon as an indication of future performance.

In the CNE equipment manufacturing segment, the Company is focusing on the evolving broadband demand, which includes increased bandwidth, richer application sets, converged capabilities and higher complexity. The Company has introduced products including the UltraLineTM , ProLineTM VersaLinkTM and TriLinkTM, which are targeted at the broadband access, home networking, small office/home office (SOHO) and small business markets. The Company has multiple evaluations and its entering trials for TriLinkTM, TriLinkTMIMS and UltraLineIITM The Company continues to focus on expanding existing and new products into the international market consisting primarily of Europe and Canada.

The Company expects the overall NSA market to decline annually by approximately 10% as the transition to high-speed digital service continues. This decline could impact the Company’s future revenue. The Company acquired 100% of the common stock of HyperEdge Corporation, on December 29, 2005 with the goal of strengthening the NSA business by improving margin through economies of scale. With the addition of HyperEdge the Company hopes to increase its market share in mountings and NIU’s. The Company also plans to invest in new product areas to complement wireless and fiber applications.

 

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Results of Operations

The Company adopted SFAS No. 123R on April 1, 2006 using the modified prospective method. As a result, the Company’s income before income taxes for the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 is $277,000 and $572,000 lower due to the adoption of this statement. See Note 8 to the consolidated financial statements for further discussion on stock based compensation.

 

Revenue

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2006

2005

Change

2006

2005

Change

Consolidated revenue

$ 71,799

$ 66,316

$ 5,483

$ 137,175

$ 141,957

$ (4,782)

Equipment revenue:

 

 

 

 

 

 

CNE

44,779

44,035

744

84,281

97,079

(12,798)

NSA

15,247

11,092

4,155

29,299

21,784

7,515 

Total equipment revenue

60,026

55,127

4,899

113,580

118,863

(5,283)

Services revenue

11,773

11,189

584

23,595

23,094

501 

 

CNE revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2006 increased due to a 21% increase in unit volume compared to the three month period ended September 30, 2005 offset in part by an 8% decrease in average selling price per unit. CNE revenue decreased 13% in the six months ended September 30, 2006 compared to September 30, 2005 due to a 16% decrease in average selling price per unit offset in part by a 9% increase in units sold. NSA revenue increased in the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 by 37% and 35%, respectively, compared to same periods ended September 30, 2005 due to the acquisition of HyperEdge, which occurred in December of 2005. Revenue in the services segment was increased 5% and 2% in the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2006 compared to the same periods ended September 30, 2005.

 

Gross Margin

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

 

2006

2005

Change

2006

2005

Change

Consolidated Margin

33.1%

30.9%

2.2%

33.1%

30.4%

2.7%

Equipment Margin

29.8%

27.3%

2.5%

29.7%

26.6%

3.1%

Service Margin

49.5%

48.3%

1.2%

49.8%

49.6%

0.2%

 

Gross margin increased as a percent of revenue in the equipment segment in both the three and six month periods ended September 30, 2006 compared to the same periods ended September 30, 2005 primarily due to a higher mix of NSA revenue resulting from the acquisition of HyperEdge as well as benefit received from product cost reductions on ProlineTM and VersalinkTM products offset in part by a $646,000 excess and obsolete inventory charge in the second quarter. Margins in the services segment increased slightly in the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 when compared to the same periods ended September 30, 2005.

 

Sales and Marketing

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2006

2005

Change

2006

2005

Change

Consolidated sales and marketing expense

$7,306

$5,987

$ 1,319

$14,457

$12,157

$2,300

Equipment sales and marketing expense

4,889

3,891

998

9,668

7,908

1,760

Services sales and marketing expense

2,417

2,096

321

4,789

4,249

540

 

The sales and marketing expense increase in the equipment segment in the three months ended September 30, 2006 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2005 was due primarily to $192,000 of less billable warranty repair work, $140,000 of increased health insurance expense, $129,000 of bonus expense and $129,000 of media gateway test and evaluation units. The sales and marketing expense increase in the equipment segment in the six months ended September 30, 2006 compared to the six months ended September 30, 2005 was due primarily to $737,000 of less billable warranty repair work, $176,000 of increased bonus expense and $143,000 of higher product certification expense. Sales and marketing expense increased in the Company’s services segment in the

 

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three and six month period ended September 30, 2006 compared to the same period last year due primarily to a 10% increase in the number of employees at Conference Plus. The Company believes that sales and marketing expense in the future will continue to be a significant percent of revenue and will be required to expand its product lines, bring new products to market and service customers.

 

Research and Development

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2006

2005

Change

2006

2005

Change

Consolidated research and development expense

$6,252

$4,975

$1,277

$11,949

$9,632

$2,317

Equipment research and development expense

5,776

4,536

1,240

11,002

8,737

2,265

Services research and development expense

476

439

37

947

895

52

 

Engineering expenses have increased in the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 compared to the same periods in fiscal year 2006. A portion of this increase was due to an increase in external consulting expense of $901,000 and $1.4 million in the three and six month ended September 30, 2006 compared to the same periods ended September 30, 2005. In addition, there was a 15% increase in the number of employees in the fiscal year 2007 periods resulting in $350,000 and $706,000 more compensation and employee related expenses. The increase in engineering consulting and employees was primarily to support the development of the media gateway and video transport products and to a lesser extent the acquisition of HyperEdge. The Company believes that research and development expenses will increase in fiscal year 2007 as the Company continues to focus on VoIP, in-premise networking, wireless/wireline convergence including IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) and FMC (Fixed Mobile Convergence), video / IPTV and multifunctional broadband appliances, user interfaces and other broadband applications.

 

General and Administrative

Three months ended

September 30,

Six months ended

September 30,

(in thousands)

2006

2005

Change

2006

2005

Change

Consolidated general and administrative expense

$4,506

$4,164

$342

$9,158

$8,518

$640

Equipment general and administrative expense

2,705

2,609

96

5,724

5,187

537

Services general and administrative expense

1,801

1,555

246

3,434

3,331

103

 

The increase in general and administrative expense in the equipment segment in the six months ended September 30, 2006 compared to the same period ended September 30, 2005 is due primarily to a $256,000 fee paid to an executive search firm for the purpose of conducting a search for the successor CEO. The increase in general and administrative expense in the services segment in the quarter ended September 30, 2006 compared to the same period ended September 30, 2005 is due primarily to increased information technology costs.

Intangible amortization Intangible amortization was $415,000 and $324,000 for the three months and $830,000 and $648,000 for the six months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively. The intangibles consist of product technology related to the March 17, 2000 acquisition of Teltrend Inc. and product technology and customer relationships related to the December 29, 2005 HyperEdge Inc. acquisition.

Other income net Other income, net was $772,000 and $192,000 in the three months and $1.4 million and $14,000 in the six months ended September 30, 2006 and 2005, respectively. Interest income was $722,000 and $1.3 million in the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 compared to $301,000 and $472,000 in the three and six months ended September 30, 2005. The increase in the current year interest income is due to higher cash balances on hand in addition to higher interest rates. The September 30, 2005 quarter and six months contained $121,000 and $496,000 of expense for unrealized losses on intercompany balances denominated in foreign currency.

Interest expense Interest expense decreased to $1,000 and $2,000 in the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 from $5,000 and $9,000 in the three and six months ended September 30, 2005. The decrease in interest expense during the current period is a result of lower net obligations outstanding during the period.

 

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Income taxes The Company recorded $2.4 million and $4.1 million of income tax expense based on an estimated tax rate of 39% in the three and six months ended September 30, 2006 and $2.1 million and $4.8 million in the three and six months ended September 30, 2005, respectively.

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

The Company entered into a Second Amended and Restated Credit Agreement dated as of June 30, 2006 (the “Credit Agreement”). The Credit Agreement, which has improved terms over the prior agreement, is a three-year revolving credit facility in an amount up to $40 million. The obligations of the Company under the Credit Agreement are secured by a guaranty from certain direct and indirect domestic subsidiaries of the Company, and substantially all of the assets of the Company. Any proceeds from the revolving loans would be used for working capital purposes and for other general corporate purposes. The interest rate spread in the case of LIBOR and Base Rate loans and the payment of the non-use fees is dependent on the Company’s leverage ratio. Currently the revolving loans under the Credit Agreement bear interest, at the Company’s option, at the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) plus 1.5% or an alternative base rate. The alternative base rate is the greater of the LaSalle Bank National Association prime rate or the Federal Funds rate plus 0.50%. The Company is also required to pay a non-use fee of 0.2% per annum on the unused portion of the revolving loans.

 

The Credit Agreement contains financial covenants that include a minimum Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio, a minimum tangible net worth test, a total leverage ratio test (consolidated total debt to EBITDA), and a limitation on capital expenditures for any fiscal year. Other covenants include limitations on lines of business, additional indebtedness, liens and negative pledge agreements, incorporation of other debt covenants, guarantees, investments and advances, cancellation of indebtedness, restricted payments, modification of certain agreements and instruments, inconsistent agreements, leases, consolidations, mergers and acquisitions, sale of assets, subsidiary dividends, and transactions with affiliates. The Company was in compliance with these covenants on September 30, 2006 and expects to comply with these covenants for the term of the debt.

At September 30, 2006, the Company had $66.1 million in cash and cash equivalents consisting primarily of the highest rated grade corporate commercial paper. At September 30, 2006, the Company had no amounts outstanding and $40.0 million available under its secured revolving credit facility.

The Company’s operating activities generated cash of $27.5 million in the six month period ended September 30, 2006. Cash generated by operations resulted primarily from net income, non-cash depreciation and amortization and reductions in accounts receivable and deferred taxes and an increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses in both segments.

The Company’s investing activities used $2.7 million for the six month period ended September 30, 2006. Capital expenditures for the six month period ended September 30, 2006 were $1.9 million. The capital expenditures in the equipment segment were $1.4 million and were primarily for machinery and research and development equipment purchases. The services segment capital expenditures were $477,000. These expenditures were primarily for computer and telecom bridge equipment.

At September 30, 2006 the Company’s principle sources of liquidity were $66.1 million of cash and the secured revolving credit facility under which the Company was eligible to borrow up to an additional $40 million. Cash in excess of operating requirements, if any, will be invested on a short-term basis in the highest rated grade commercial paper. The Company believes cash on hand and generated from operations will satisfy its future cash requirements for the foreseeable future.

The Company had deferred tax assets of approximately $64.1 million at September 30, 2006. The Company has recorded a valuation allowance reserve of $9.5 million to reduce the recorded net deferred tax asset to $54.6 million. The net operating loss carryforwards begin to expire in 2012. Realization of deferred tax assets associated with the Company’s future deductible temporary differences, net operating loss carryforwards and tax credit carryforwards is dependent upon generating sufficient taxable income prior to their expiration. The Company uses estimates of future taxable income and tax planning strategies by specific jurisdiction to access the valuation allowance required against deferred tax assets. Management periodically evaluates the recoverability of the deferred tax assets and will adjust the valuation allowance against deferred tax assets accordingly.

 

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Critical Accounting Policies

 

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with SFAS No. 123R using the fair value of awards at grant date and recognizing compensation expense over the vesting period of the award. The determination of fair value of share-based awards at the grant date requires several assumptions including expected stock volatility, risk-free interest rate, expected option term and expected forfeitures of awards. See footnote 8 for more detailed information on these assumptions. For a description of our other critical accounting policies, see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISKS

Westell is subject to certain market risks, including foreign currency and interest rates. The Company has foreign subsidiaries in the United Kingdom and Ireland that develop and sell products and services in those respective countries. The Company is exposed to potential gains and losses from foreign currency fluctuations affecting net investments and earnings denominated in foreign currencies. Market risk is estimated as the potential decrease in pretax earnings resulting from a hypothetical decrease in the ending exchange rate of 10%. If such a decrease occurred, the Company would incur approximately $31,000 in additional other expense based on the ending intercompany balance outstanding at September 30, 2006 that is expected to repaid in the foreseeable future. The Company’s future primary exposure is to changes in exchange rates for the U.S. dollar versus the British Pound Sterling and the Euro. The Company does not currently use any derivative financial instruments relating to the risk associated with changes in foreign currency rates.

As of September 30, 2006, the balance in the cumulative foreign currency translation adjustment account, which is a component of stockholders’ equity, was an unrealized loss of $70,000.

 

The Company does not have significant exposure to interest rate risk related to its debt obligations, which are primarily U.S. Dollar denominated. The Company does not currently use any derivative financial instruments relating to the risk associated with changes in interest rates.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

 

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures.

Under the supervision and with the participation of our senior management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures, as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), as of the end of the period covered by this quarterly report (the “Evaluation Date”). Based on this evaluation, our chief executive officer and chief financial officer concluded as of the Evaluation Date that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective such that the information relating to the Company, including consolidated subsidiaries, required to be disclosed in our Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) reports (i) is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in SEC rules and forms, and (ii) is accumulated and communicated to the Company’s management, including our chief executive officer and chief financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Changes in Internal Control Over Financial Reporting.

There have been no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the quarter ended September 30, 2006 that have materially affected or are reasonably likely to materially affect our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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Part II. OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The Company is involved in various legal proceedings incidental to the Company’s business. In the ordinary course of our business, we are routinely audited and subject to inquiries by governmental and regulatory agencies. Management believes that the outcome of such proceedings will not have a material adverse effect on our consolidated operations or financial condition.

ITEM 4. SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS

On September 21, 2006, the Company held its annual meeting of stockholders.

The following directors were re-elected to serve until the annual meeting of stockholders in 2007:

Nominee

For

Withheld

John W. Seazholtz

110,190,375

577,935

E. Van Cullens

110,230,864

537,446

Paul A. Dwyer

110,153,003

615,307

Eileen A. Kamerick

110,231,355

536,955

Robert C. Penny III

110,206,144

562,166

Roger L. Plummer

110,232,675

535,635

Bernard F. Sergesketter

110,222,964

545,346

Melvin J. Simon

110,205,600

562,710

 

The stockholders voted to approve the proposal to ratify the appointment of Ernst &Young LLP, independent auditors as auditors for fiscal year ending March 31, 2007:

 

For

Against

Abstain

Appointment of independent auditors

110,621,102

147,212

69,776

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

Exhibit 31.1

Certification by the Chief Executive Officer Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

Exhibit 31.2

Certification by the Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes- Oxley Act of 2002

 

 

Exhibit 32.1

Certification by the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002

 

Items 1A, 2, 3 and 5 are not applicable and have been omitted.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

 

 

WESTELL TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

 

 

(Registrant)

 

 

 

DATE: November 9, 2006

By:

/s/ E. VAN CULLENS

 

 

E. VAN CULLENS

 

 

Chief Executive Officer

 

 

 

 

By:

/s/ NICHOLAS C. HINDMAN, Sr.

 

 

NICHOLAS C. HINDMAN, Sr.

 

 

Chief Financial Officer

 

 

 

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