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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

Form 10-Q

 

(Mark one)

 

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

 

For the quarterly period ended September 26, 2009

 

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: 000-50307

 

FormFactor, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

DELAWARE

 

13-3711155

(State or other jurisdiction of

 

(I.R.S. Employer

incorporation or organization)

 

Identification No.)

 

7005 Southfront Road, Livermore, California 94551

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

 

(925) 290-4000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 


 

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 o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of the Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes o  No o

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer”, “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

 

Large Accelerated filer o

 

Accelerated filer x

 

 

 

Non-accelerated filer o

 

Smaller reporting company o

(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

 

 

 

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

 

As of October 30, 2009, 49,752,726 shares of the registrant’s common stock, par value $0.001 per share, were outstanding.

 

 

 



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FORMFACTOR, INC.

 

FORM 10-Q FOR THE QUARTERLY PERIOD ENDED SEPTEMBER 26, 2009

 

INDEX

 

Part I.

 

Financial Information

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

 

Financial Statements:

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three and nine months ended September  26, 2009 and September 27, 2008

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September  26, 2009 and December 27, 2008

 

4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the nine months ended September  26, 2009 and September 27, 2008

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

 

6

 

 

 

 

 

Item 2.

 

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

23

 

 

 

 

 

Item 3.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

 

33

 

 

 

 

 

Item 4.

 

Controls and Procedures

 

33

 

 

 

 

 

Part II.

 

Other Information

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

 

Legal Proceedings

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

 

34

 

 

 

 

 

Item 5.

 

Other Matters

 

39

 

 

 

 

 

Item 6.

 

Exhibits

 

39

 

 

 

 

 

Signature

 

 

 

40

 

 

 

 

 

Exhibit Index

 

 

 

41

 

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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements

 

FORMFACTOR, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Revenues

 

$

43,773

 

$

52,584

 

$

102,340

 

$

170,300

 

Cost of revenues

 

36,435

 

40,583

 

100,007

 

134,626

 

Gross profit

 

7,338

 

12,001

 

2,333

 

35,674

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

13,775

 

17,079

 

41,823

 

49,288

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

17,366

 

23,675

 

61,939

 

69,038

 

Restructuring

 

 

141

 

7,943

 

8,684

 

Total operating expenses

 

31,141

 

40,895

 

111,705

 

127,010

 

Operating loss

 

(23,803

)

(28,894

)

(109,372

)

(91,336

)

Interest income

 

694

 

2,805

 

2,571

 

10,808

 

Other income (expense), net

 

(415

)

263

 

(920

)

404

 

Loss before income taxes

 

(23,524

)

(25,826

)

(107,721

)

(80,124

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

377

 

(11,785

)

19,969

 

(29,463

)

Net loss

 

$

(23,901

)

$

(14,041

)

$

(127,690

)

$

(50,661

)

Net loss per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(0.48

)

$

(0.29

)

$

(2.59

)

$

(1.04

)

Diluted

 

$

(0.48

)

$

(0.29

)

$

(2.59

)

$

(1.04

)

Weighted-average number of shares used in per share calculations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

49,582

 

48,988

 

49,392

 

48,855

 

Diluted

 

49,582

 

48,988

 

49,392

 

48,855

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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FORMFACTOR, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

September 26,

 

December 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

149,920

 

$

337,926

 

Marketable securities

 

312,687

 

184,968

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowances for doubtful accounts of $9,260 at September 26, 2009 and $4,220 at December 27, 2008

 

48,233

 

34,127

 

Inventories

 

21,166

 

18,788

 

Deferred tax assets

 

3,768

 

23,039

 

Refundable income taxes

 

18,130

 

29,413

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

11,462

 

14,702

 

Total current assets

 

565,366

 

642,963

 

Restricted cash

 

680

 

680

 

Property and equipment, net

 

96,998

 

113,813

 

Deferred tax assets

 

1,928

 

20,580

 

Other assets

 

3,599

 

7,674

 

Total assets

 

$

668,571

 

$

785,710

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

27,450

 

$

33,214

 

Accrued liabilities

 

16,718

 

25,693

 

Income taxes payable

 

105

 

1,904

 

Deferred revenue

 

10,001

 

4,946

 

Deferred rent

 

458

 

452

 

Total current liabilities

 

54,732

 

66,209

 

Long-term income taxes payable

 

6,334

 

7,732

 

Deferred rent and other liabilities

 

5,416

 

5,705

 

Total liabilities

 

66,482

 

79,646

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 16)

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value:

 

 

 

 

 

10,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding at September 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008, respectively

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.001 par value:

 

 

 

 

 

250,000,000 shares authorized; 49,752,366 and 49,062,308 shares issued and outstanding at September 26, 2009 and December 27, 2008, respectively

 

50

 

49

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

626,211

 

602,295

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

1,720

 

1,922

 

Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)

 

(25,892

)

101,798

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

602,089

 

706,064

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

668,571

 

$

785,710

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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FORMFACTOR, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26, 2009

 

September 27,
2008

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(127,690

)

$

(50,661

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

24,204

 

24,063

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

16,412

 

17,905

 

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

 

37,952

 

(9,727

)

Excess tax benefits from equity based compensation plans

 

(508

)

(266

)

Provision for doubtful accounts receivable

 

5,040

 

489

 

Provision for excess and obsolete inventories

 

5,639

 

12,307

 

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

 

743

 

982

 

Non-cash restructuring

 

366

 

 

Foreign currency transaction gains

 

(845

)

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

(18,236

)

28,900

 

Inventories

 

(7,971

)

(5,302

)

Prepaids and other current assets

 

3,487

 

510

 

Refundable income taxes

 

11,582

 

(22,942

)

Other assets

 

6,374

 

830

 

Accounts payable

 

(1,475

)

(3,779

)

Accrued liabilities

 

(9,038

)

(7,811

)

Income tax payable

 

(3,198

)

1,046

 

Deferred rent

 

(392

)

(302

)

Deferred revenues

 

5,050

 

(99

)

Net cash used in operating activities

 

(52,504

)

(13,857

)

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition of property and equipment

 

(13,078

)

(26,418

)

Purchases of marketable securities

 

(419,600

)

(181,004

)

Proceeds from maturities of marketable securities

 

259,999

 

49,015

 

Proceeds from sales of marketable securities

 

31,198

 

277,331

 

Release of restricted cash

 

 

1,570

 

Advance payment for acquisition of assets (Refer to Note 19)

 

(1,731

)

 

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

 

(143,212

)

120,494

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from issuances of common stock and awards, net

 

7,119

 

5,678

 

Excess tax benefits from equity based compensation plans

 

508

 

266

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

7,627

 

5,944

 

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

 

83

 

(199

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

(188,006

)

112,382

 

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

 

337,926

 

315,232

 

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

 

$

149,920

 

$

427,614

 

Supplemental cash flow disclosures:

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment through accounts payable and accruals

 

$

(4,897

)

$

(11,400

)

Income taxes paid (refunded), net

 

$

(25,991

)

$

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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FORMFACTOR, INC.

 

NOTES TO CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Unaudited)

 

Note 1 — Basis of Presentation

 

Basis of presentation. The accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated interim financial statements of FormFactor, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America and pursuant to the instructions to Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Company’s interim financial statements do not include all of the information and footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles for annual financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments considered necessary to fairly present the Company’s financial position, results of operations and cash flows have been included. Operating results for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 26, 2009, or for any other period. The balance sheet at December 27, 2008 has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America for complete financial statements. These financial statements and notes should be read with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto for the year ended December 27, 2008 included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on February 27, 2009.

 

Fiscal Year. The Company operates on a 52/53 week fiscal year, whereby the year ends on the last Saturday of December. Fiscal 2009 will end on December 26, 2009, and will consist of 52 weeks.

 

Reclassifications.  Certain prior period balances have been reclassified to conform to the current financial statement presentation. None of these reclassifications had an impact on reported net loss for any periods presented.

 

Codification. In June 2009 the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, established the Accounting Standards Codification, or Codification, as the source of authoritative GAAP recognized by the FASB. The Codification is effective in the first interim and annual periods ending after September 15, 2009 and had no effect on the Company’s unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

Subsequent Events. The Company has performed an evaluation of subsequent events through November 5, 2009, which is the date the financial statements were issued.

 

Note 2 — Recent Accounting Pronouncements and Other Reporting Considerations

 

In August 2009, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update titled “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures — Measuring Liabilities at Fair Value” which provides clarification that in circumstances in which a quoted price in an active market for the identical liability is not available, a reporting entity is required to measure fair value of such liability using one or more of the techniques prescribed by the update. The Company will adopt this guidance in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.

 

In June 2009, the FASB issued an accounting standard intended to improve financial reporting by providing additional guidance to companies involved with variable interest entities and by requiring additional disclosures about a company’s involvement in variable interest entities. This standard is effective for interim and annual periods ending after November 15, 2009. The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

 

In June 2009, the FASB issued accounting guidance related to accounting for transfers and servicing of financial assets and extinguishments of liabilities. This accounting guidance requires more information about transfers of financial assets where companies have continuing exposure to the risk related to transferred financial assets. It eliminates the concept of a qualifying special purpose entity, changes the requirements for derecognizing financial assets, and requires additional disclosure. This standard is effective for interim and annual periods ending after November 15, 2009. The adoption of this standard is not expected to have a material impact on the Company’s financial statements.

 

For the quarter beginning March 29, 2009, the Company adopted the FASB accounting guidance related to recognition and presentation of other-than-temporary impairments. This accounting guidance amends the prior other-than-temporary impairment (“OTTI”) guidance in U.S. GAAP to make the guidance more operational and to improve the presentation of other-than-temporary impairments in a company’s financial statements. Prior to its issuance, if OTTI was determined to exist, the Company recognized an OTTI charge into earnings in an amount equal to the difference between the investment’s amortized cost basis and its fair value as of the balance sheet date of the reporting period. Under this accounting guidance, if OTTI has been incurred, and it is more-likely-than-not that the Company will not sell the investment security before the recovery of its amortized cost basis, then the OTTI is separated into (a) the amount representing the credit loss and (b) the amount related to all other factors. The amount of the total OTTI related to

 

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the credit loss is recognized in earnings. The amount of the total OTTI related to other factors is recognized in accumulated other comprehensive income (“AOCI”). There was no initial effect of adoption on March 28, 2009.

 

For the quarter beginning March 29, 2009, the Company adopted new accounting guidance issued by the FASB related to determination of fair value when the volume and level of activity for an asset or liability have significantly decreased and identification of transactions that are not orderly. This accounting guidance provides additional guidance for estimating fair value in accordance with the accounting standard on fair value measurements. The adoption of this accounting guidance did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated results of operations or financial condition.

 

For the quarter beginning March 29, 2009, the Company adopted accounting guidance issued by the FASB related to interim disclosures about fair value of financial instruments. This accounting guidance amends the previously issued accounting standard that related to financial instruments, to require disclosures about fair value of financial instruments in interim financial statements as well as in annual financial statements. The adoption of this accounting guidance did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated results of operations or financial condition. See Note 5 for additional disclosures included in accordance with this accounting guidance.

 

For the quarter beginning March 29, 2009, the Company adopted FASB’s newly issued accounting standard related to subsequent events. This accounting standard establishes general standards of accounting for and disclosure of events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued or are available to be issued. It requires the disclosure of the date through which an entity has evaluated subsequent events and the basis for that date—that is, whether that date represents the date the financial statements were issued or were available to be issued. This disclosure should alert all users of financial statements that an entity has not evaluated subsequent events after that date in the set of financial statements being presented. Adoption of accounting standard did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated results of operations or financial condition.

 

In September 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ratified accounting guidance regarding revenue arrangements with multiple deliverables. In absence of vendor-specific objective evidence (VSOE) or other third party evidence (TPE) of the selling price for the deliverables in a multiple-element arrangement, this accounting guidance requires companies to use an estimated selling price (ESP) for the individual deliverables. Companies shall apply the relative-selling price model for allocating an arrangement’s total consideration to its individual elements. Under this model, the ESP is used for both the delivered and undelivered elements that do not have VSOE or TPE of the selling price. This accounting guidance will be applied on a prospective basis for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified beginning in fiscal 2011, with earlier application permitted. Since the Company will apply this accounting guidance on a prospective basis, it is currently unable to evaluate its effect on its consolidated financial statements.

 

Note 3 — Concentration of Credit and Other Risks

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to concentrations of credit risk consist primarily of cash equivalents, investments and trade receivables. The Company’s cash equivalents and marketable securities are held in safekeeping by large, creditworthy financial institutions. The Company invests its excess cash primarily in U.S. banks, government and agency bonds, money market funds and corporate obligations. The Company has established guidelines relative to credit ratings, diversification and maturities that seek to maintain safety and liquidity.

 

The Company sells its products to large multinational semiconductor manufacturers primarily located in Asia and North America. During the three months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008 one customer represented 53.0% and 15.5%, respectively, of total revenues. No other customer represented greater than 10% of total revenues for these fiscal periods. One customer represented 55.0% of total revenues during the nine months ended September 26, 2009, and three customers represented 23.4%, 13.1%, and 13.0% of total revenues for the nine months ended September 27, 2008. No other customer accounted for more than 10% of total revenues in either of these fiscal periods.

 

The Company has significant accounts receivables concentrated with a few customers in the semiconductor industry. While the Company’s allowance for doubtful accounts balance is based on historical loss experience along with anticipated economic trends, unanticipated financial instability in the semiconductor industry could lead to higher than anticipated losses. As of September 26, 2009, three customers accounted for greater than 10% of gross accounts receivable. As of December 27, 2008, four of the Company’s customers accounted for greater than 10% of gross accounts receivable.

 

Note 4 — Restructuring Charges

 

Restructuring charges include costs related to one-time employee termination benefits, cost of long-lived assets abandoned, as well as contract termination costs. The Company recognizes a liability for employee termination benefits when a plan of termination, approved by management and establishing the terms of the benefit arrangement, has been communicated to employees.

 

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The timing of the recognition of one-time employee termination benefits is dependant upon the period of time the employees are required to render service after communication. If employees are not required to render service in order to receive the termination benefits or if employees will not be retained to render service beyond the minimum legal notification period, a liability for the termination benefits is recognized at the communication date. In instances where employees will be retained to render service beyond the minimum legal notification period, the liability for employee termination benefits is measured initially at the communication date based on the fair value of the liability as of the termination date and is recognized ratably over the future service period. The Company records charges related to long-lived assets to be abandoned when the assets cease to be used. The Company records a liability for contract termination costs that will continue to be incurred under a contract for its remaining term without economic benefit to the Company at the cease-use date.

 

The Company recorded restructuring charges of $0.1 million for the three months ended September 27, 2008 and $7.9 million and $8.7 million for the nine months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008, respectively. There were no restructuring charges incurred in the three months ended September 26, 2009. The restructuring plan implemented in the first quarter of 2009 is discussed in detail below. For a complete discussion of all restructuring actions that were implemented prior to fiscal 2009, please refer to the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed on February 27, 2009.

 

In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company implemented a global reorganization and cost reduction plan (the “Q1 2009 Restructuring Plan”) designed to lower the Company’s cash breakeven level in the current market environment. The Q1 2009 Restructuring Plan extended the global cost reduction plans implemented during fiscal 2008 and included workforce reductions of 178 employees spread across all functions of the organization. The Q1 2009 Restructuring Plan also included other actions such as the elimination of 24 contractor positions as well as non-replacement of certain voluntary employee terminations. The Company recorded $7.7 million in charges for this restructuring plan in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 of which $7.3 million related to severance and related benefits and $0.4 million related to write-down of certain assets taken out of service. The Company incurred approximately $0.3 million in connection with this restructuring plan in the second quarter of fiscal 2009 related to severance and related benefits. The following table summarizes the activity related to the Q1 2009 Restructuring Plan as of September 26, 2009 (in thousands):

 

 

 

Employee
Severance and
Benefits

 

Property
and Equipment
Write-down

 

Contract
Termination
and Other

 

Total

 

Accrual at December 27, 2008

 

$

77

 

$

 

$

71

 

$

148

 

Q1’09 Restructuring charges

 

7,332

 

366

 

(19

)

7,679

 

Cash payments

 

(5,287

)

 

 

19

 

(5,268

)

Non-cash settlements

 

(217

)

(366

)

 

(583

)

Accrual at March 28, 2009

 

1,905

 

 

71

 

1,976

 

Q2’09 Restructuring charges

 

250

 

 

14

 

264

 

Cash payments

 

(776

)

 

 

(776

)

Accrual at June 27, 2009

 

1,379

 

 

85

 

1,464

 

Q3’09 Restructuring charges

 

 

 

 

 

Cash payments

 

(1,120

)

 

 

(1,120

)

Accrual at September 26, 2009

 

$

259

 

$

 

$

85

 

$

344

 

 

Restructuring charges are reflected separately as “Restructuring” in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations. The remaining accrual as of September 26, 2009 relates primarily to severance benefits which will be paid within the next six months. As such, the restructuring accrual is recorded as a current liability within Accrued Liabilities in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

 

Note 5 — Fair Value

 

The Company uses fair value measurements to record fair value adjustments to certain financial and non-financial assets and to determine fair value disclosures. Our marketable securities are financial assets recorded at fair value on a recurring basis. The Company also has a building held for sale in Livermore, CA as well as certain manufacturing equipment held for sale, which are measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis and included within ‘Prepaid expenses and other current assets’ in the accompanying Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet.

 

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The accounting standard for fair value defines fair value, establishes a framework for measuring fair value in generally accepted accounting principles, and requires disclosures about fair value measurements. Fair value is defined as the price that would be received from selling an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. When determining the fair value measurements for assets and liabilities required to be recorded at fair value, the Company considers the principal or most advantageous market in which it would transact and consider assumptions that market participants would use when pricing the asset or liability, such as inherent risk, transfer restrictions, and risk of nonperformance. The accounting standard for fair value establishes a fair value hierarchy that requires an entity to maximize the use of observable inputs and minimize the use of unobservable inputs when measuring fair value. A financial instrument’s categorization within the fair value hierarchy is based upon the lowest level of input that is significant to the fair value measurement. The standard describes a fair value hierarchy based on three levels of inputs, the first two of which are considered observable and the last unobservable, that may be used to measure fair value:

 

·                  Level 1 - Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.

 

·                  Level 2 - Inputs, other than the quoted prices in active markets, that are observable either directly or indirectly.

 

·                  Level 3 - Unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.

 

The Company adopted accounting standard for fair value as of the beginning of its fiscal 2008 year for its financial assets and financial liabilities, and as of the beginning of its 2009 fiscal year as it relates to nonrecurring fair value measurement requirements for non-financial assets and liabilities.

 

Assets Measured at Fair Value on a Recurring Basis

 

The Company measures and reports certain assets and liabilities at fair value on a recurring basis, including money market funds, U. S. government securities, municipal bonds, agency securities and foreign currency derivatives. The following tables represent the Company’s fair value hierarchy for its financial assets (cash equivalents and marketable securities):

 

Fair value measured on a recurring basis as of September 26, 2009 (in thousands):

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Total

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money market funds

 

$

128,275

 

$

 

$

128,275

 

Commercial paper

 

 

5,000

 

5,000

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U. S. Treasury

 

 

91,444

 

91,444

 

Municipal bonds

 

 

7,379

 

7,379

 

Agency securities

 

 

208,867

 

208,867

 

Commercial paper

 

 

4,997

 

4,997

 

Total

 

$

128,275

 

$

317,687

 

$

445,962

 

 

Fair value measured on a recurring basis as of December 27, 2008 (in thousands):

 

 

 

Level 1

 

Level 2

 

Total

 

Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Money market funds

 

$

183,765

 

$

 

$

183,765

 

U. S. Treasury

 

 

 

20,000

 

20,000

 

Agency securities

 

 

79,977

 

79,977

 

Marketable securities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

U. S. Treasury

 

 

105,285

 

105,285

 

Municipal bonds

 

 

17,928

 

17,928

 

Agency securities

 

 

61,755

 

61,755

 

Total

 

$

183,765

 

$

284,945

 

$

468,710

 

 

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The Level 1 assets consist of the Company’s money market fund deposits. The Level 2 assets consist of the Company’s available-for-sale debt investment portfolio. The Company’s investments are priced by pricing vendors who provided observable inputs for their pricing without applying significant judgments. Broker’s pricing is used mainly when a quoted price is not available, the investment is not priced by the Company’s pricing vendors or when a broker price is more reflective of fair values in the market in which the investment trades. The Company’s investments are labeled as Level 2 investments because fair values for these investments are based on similar assets without applying significant judgments. In addition, all of the Company’s investments have a sufficient level of trading volume to demonstrate that the fair values used are appropriate for these investments.

 

Assets Measured at Fair Value on a Nonrecurring Basis

 

The building held for sale is classified as Level 3 as the Company used unobservable inputs in its valuation reflecting the Company’s assumptions that market participants would use in pricing this asset due to the absence of recent comparable market transactions and inherent lack of liquidity. The building held for sale was valued at $900,000 as of September 26, 2009. The Company also classified certain manufacturing equipment as held for sale as of September 26, 2009. The equipment was classified as Level 3 as the Company used unobservable inputs in its valuation reflecting the Company’s assumptions that market participants would use in pricing this asset due to the absence of observable market data on pricing and inherent lack of liquidity. The manufacturing equipment held for sale was valued at $250,000 at September 26, 2009.

 

The Company’s fair value processes include controls that are designed to ensure appropriate fair values are recorded. Such controls include model validation, review of key model inputs, and analysis of period-over-period fluctuations and independent recalculation of prices.

 

Note 6 — Marketable Securities

 

The Company classifies its marketable debt securities as “available-for-sale”. All marketable securities represent the investment of funds available for current operations, notwithstanding their contractual maturities. Such marketable securities are recorded at fair value and unrealized gains and losses are recorded to accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) until realized.

 

Marketable securities at September 26, 2009 consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

 

 

Amortized
Cost

 

Gross
Unrealized
Gains

 

Gross
Unrealized
Losses

 

Market
Value

 

U. S. Treasury

 

$

91,142

 

$

316

 

$

(14

)

$

91,444

 

Agency Securities

 

208,353

 

526

 

(12

)

208,867

 

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

7,340

 

38

 

 

7,379

 

Commercial Paper

 

4,997

 

 

 

4,997

 

 

 

$

 311,832

 

$

880

 

$

(26

)

$

312,687

 

 

Marketable securities at December 27, 2008 consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

Gross

 

Gross

 

 

 

 

 

Amortized

 

Unrealized

 

Unrealized

 

Market

 

 

 

Cost

 

Gains

 

Losses

 

Value

 

U. S. Treasury

 

$

104,817

 

$

468

 

$

 

$

105,285

 

Agency Securities

 

60,943

 

836

 

(24

)

61,755

 

Obligations of states and political subdivisions

 

17,862

 

126

 

(60

)

17,928

 

 

 

$

183,622

 

$

1,430

 

$

(84

)

$

184,968

 

 

The Company typically invests in highly-rated securities with low probabilities of default. The Company’s investment policy requires investments to be rated single-A or better, limits the types of acceptable investments, concentration as to security holder and duration of the investment. The net unrealized losses on the Company’s investments during the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 were caused primarily by changes in interest rates. When evaluating the investments for other-than-temporary impairment, the Company reviews factors such as the length of time and extent to which fair value has been below the amortized cost basis, review of current market liquidity, interest rate risk, the financial condition of the issuer, as well as credit rating downgrades.

 

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The Company believes that the unrealized losses are not other-than-temporary. The Company does not have a foreseeable need to liquidate the portfolio and anticipates recovering the full cost of the securities either as market conditions improve, or as the securities mature.

 

Contractual maturities of marketable securities as of September 26, 2009 were as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

Amortized
Cost

 

Market
Value

 

Due in one year or less

 

$

221,350

 

$

221,731

 

Due after one year to three years

 

90,483

 

90,956

 

 

 

$

 311,833

 

$

312,687

 

 

Realized gains on sales and maturities of marketable securities were immaterial for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009. Realized losses on sales and maturities of marketable securities were immaterial for the three months ended September 27, 2008 and were $0.5 million for the nine months ended September 27, 2008.

 

Note 7 — Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

 

A majority of the Company’s trade receivables are derived from sales to large multinational semiconductor manufacturers throughout the world. In order to monitor potential credit losses, the Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers’ financial condition. An allowance for doubtful accounts is maintained for probable credit losses based upon the Company’s assessment of the expected collectibility of all accounts receivable. The allowance for doubtful accounts is reviewed on a quarterly basis to assess the adequacy of the allowance. The Company takes into consideration (1) any circumstances of which the Company is aware of a customer’s inability to meet its financial obligations; and (2) its judgments as to prevailing economic conditions in the industry and their impact on its customers. If circumstances change, and the financial condition of its customers are adversely affected and they are unable to meet their financial obligations to the Company, the Company may need to take additional allowances, which would result in an increase in the Company’s net loss.

 

The Company recorded a provision for doubtful accounts of $5.2 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 primarily due to the heightened risk of non-payment of accounts receivable by certain customers facing financial difficulty. The Company recorded a reduction to provision for doubtful accounts of $0.3 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009 and a provision for doubtful accounts  of $0.1 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. The allowance for doubtful accounts consisted of the following activity for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 (in thousands):

 

 

 

Allowance for
Doubtful
Accounts Receivable

 

Balance at December 27, 2008

 

$

4,220

 

Net additions/(reductions) to provision

 

5,246

 

Deductions

 

 

Balance at March 28, 2009

 

9,466

 

Net additions/(reductions) to provision

 

(315

)

Deductions

 

 

Balance at June 27, 2009

 

9,151

 

Net additions/(reductions) to provision

 

109

 

Deductions

 

 

Balance at September 26, 2009

 

$

9,260

 

 

Note 8 — Inventories

 

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost (principally standard cost which approximates actual cost on a first-in, first-out basis) or market value. Provisions for estimated excess and obsolete inventories are made based on management’s analysis of inventory levels and future sales forecasts. Once the value is adjusted, the original cost of the Company’s inventory less the related inventory write-down represents the new cost basis of such products. Reversal of these write-downs is recognized only when the related inventory has been scrapped or sold.

 

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The Company designs, manufactures and sells a fully custom product into a market that is subject to cyclicality and significant demand fluctuations. Probe cards are complex products, custom to a specific chip design and must be delivered on short lead-times. Probe cards are manufactured in low volumes; therefore, material purchases are often subject to minimum purchase order quantities in excess of the actual demand. It is not uncommon for the Company to acquire production materials and start certain production activities based on estimated production yields and forecasted demand prior to or in excess of actual demand for the Company’s wafer probe cards. These factors make inventory valuation adjustments part of the Company’s normal recurring cost of revenue. Excess and obsolete inventory write downs were $5.6 million, and $12.3 million for the nine months ended September 26, 2009, and September 27, 2008, respectively. The Company retains a portion of the excess inventory until the customer’s design is discontinued. The inventory may be used to satisfy customer warranty obligations.

 

When the Company’s products have been delivered, but the revenue associated with that product is deferred because the related revenue recognition criteria have not been met, the Company defers the related inventory costs. The deferred inventory costs do not exceed the deferred revenue amounts.

 

Inventories consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

 

 

September 26,

 

December 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Raw materials

 

$

1,841

 

$

2,147

 

Work-in-progress

 

8,131

 

7,120

 

Finished goods:

 

 

 

 

 

Deferred cost of revenue

 

5,591

 

1,765

 

Manufactured finished goods

 

5,603

 

7,756

 

 

 

$

 21,166

 

$

18,788

 

 

Note 9 — Warranty

 

The Company offers warranties on its products and records a liability for the estimated future costs associated with customer warranty claims, which is based upon historical experience and the Company’s estimate of the level of future costs. Warranty costs are reflected in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations as a cost of revenues.

 

A reconciliation of the changes in the Company’s warranty liability (included in accrued liabilities in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets) is as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Warranty accrual beginning balance

 

$

634

 

$

1,480

 

$

1,098

 

$

1,383

 

Accrual for warranties issued during the period

 

41

 

1,398

 

13

 

3,886

 

Settlements made during the period

 

(79

)

(985

)

(515

)

(3,376

)

Warranty accrual ending balance

 

$

596

 

$

1,893

 

$

596

 

$

1,893

 

 

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Note 10 — Property and Equipment

 

Property and equipment consisted of the following (in thousands):

 

 

 

Useful Life
(in years)

 

September 26,
2009

 

December 27,
2008

 

Machinery and equipment

 

5 to 7

 

$

112,278

 

$

109,808

 

Computer equipment and software

 

3 to 5

 

34,833

 

28,378

 

Furniture and fixtures

 

5

 

7,088

 

6,860

 

Leasehold improvements

 

1 to 15

 

70,726

 

70,699

 

 

 

 

 

224,925

 

215,745

 

Less: Accumulated depreciation and amortization

 

 

 

(139,761

)

(116,900

)

 

 

 

 

85,164

 

98,845

 

Construction-in-progress

 

 

 

11,834

 

14,968

 

 

 

 

 

$

 96,998

 

$

113,813

 

 

In fiscal 2007, as part of its global manufacturing plan, the Company entered into a land lease offer agreement to establish a manufacturing facility in Singapore. During fiscal 2008, the Company decided not to proceed with the construction of the new manufacturing facility at this proposed site in Singapore. Accordingly in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, the Company entered into a contract for the early termination of the land lease offer agreement in Singapore and received $6.7 million in exchange for surrendering to the lessor the lease offer and related land.

 

Note 11 — Comprehensive loss

 

Comprehensive loss includes foreign currency translation adjustments and unrealized gains (losses) on available-for-sale securities, the impact of which has been excluded from net income and reflected as components of stockholders’ equity.

 

Components of comprehensive loss were as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Net loss

 

$

(23,901

)

$

(14,041

)

$

(127,690

)

$

(50,661

)

Unrealized gain (loss) on investments, net of taxes

 

6

 

116

 

(557

)

(719

)

Cumulative translation adjustments

 

655

 

(273

)

355

 

(47

)

Other Comprehensive income (loss)

 

661

 

(157

)

(202

)

(766

)

Comprehensive Loss

 

$

(23,240

)

$

(14,198

)

$

(127,892

)

$

(51,427

)

 

Components of accumulated other comprehensive income were as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

September 26,

 

December 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

Unrealized gains and losses on investments, net of tax

 

$

523

 

$

1,080

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

1,197

 

842

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

$

1,720

 

$

1,922

 

 

Note 12 — Stockholders’ Equity

 

Stock Option Plans

 

The Company has three equity incentive plans: Incentive Option Plan and Management Incentive Option Plan (together, the “Prior Plans”), and 2002 Equity Incentive Plan (“2002 Plan”), which became effective in June 2002. Upon the effectiveness of the 2002 Plan, the Company ceased granting any equity awards under the Prior Plans, although forfeited, repurchased, cancelled or terminated Prior Plan shares are transferred to the 2002 Plan.

 

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Stock option activity under the Prior Plans and the 2002 Plan during the nine months ended September 26, 2009 is set forth below:

 

 

 

Options
Outstanding

 

Weighted
Average
Exercise Price

 

Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual
Life in Years

 

Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value

 

Balance at December 27, 2008

 

6,686,820

 

$

27.36

 

 

 

 

 

Options granted

 

12,500

 

15.25

 

 

 

 

 

Options exercised

 

(42,498

)

8.76

 

 

 

 

 

Options cancelled:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(220,130

)

32.86

 

 

 

 

 

Expired

 

(25,434

)

38.42

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at March 28, 2009

 

6,411,258

 

27.23

 

4.65

 

$

9,061,934

 

Options granted

 

327,500

 

17.11

 

 

 

 

 

Options exercised

 

(104,794

)

7.85

 

 

 

 

 

Options cancelled:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(243,520

)

37.71

 

 

 

 

 

Expired

 

(233,705

)

30.39

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at June 27, 2009

 

6,156,739

 

$

26.49

 

4.66

 

$

7,180,708

 

Options granted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Options exercised

 

(166,409

)

18.22

 

 

 

 

 

Options cancelled:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forfeited

 

(11,758

)

32.96

 

 

 

 

 

Expired

 

(198,040

)

38.61

 

 

 

 

 

Balance at September 26, 2009

 

5,780,532

 

$

26.30

 

4.63

 

$

21,343,845

 

Vested and expected to vest at September 26, 2009

 

5,475,368

 

$

26.38

 

4.58

 

$

20,030,980

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercisable at September 26, 2009

 

4,178,862

 

$

25.69

 

4.37

 

$

16,069,154

 

 

The intrinsic value of option grants during the nine months ended September 26, 2009 was $7.81 per share. The intrinsic value of option exercises during the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 was $0.9 million and $2.4 million, respectively. Cash received from stock option exercises during the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 was $3.0 million and $4.2 million, respectively.  Gross tax benefits from the exercises of stock options and other equity based awards was approximately $1.3 million and $5.0 million for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009.

 

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Restricted Stock Units

 

Activity of the restricted stock units under the 2002 Plan during the nine months ended September 26, 2009 is set forth below:

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted

 

 

 

 

 

Average Grant

 

 

 

Units

 

Date Fair Value

 

Restricted stock units at December 27, 2008

 

583,865

 

$

19.92

 

Awards granted

 

25,300

 

14.90

 

Awards released

 

(117,307

)

20.10

 

Awards cancelled

 

(35,923

)

18.87

 

Restricted stock units at March 28, 2009

 

455,935

 

19.65

 

Awards granted

 

686,190

 

17.13

 

Awards released

 

(31,730

)

20.87

 

Awards cancelled

 

(13,432

)

19.18

 

Restricted stock units at June 27, 2009

 

1,096,963

 

18.05

 

Awards granted

 

12,560

 

21.82

 

Awards released

 

(5,170

)

18.48

 

Awards cancelled

 

(11,267

)

17.72

 

Restricted stock units at September 26, 2009

 

1,093,086

 

$

18.09

 

 

Note 13 — Stock-Based Compensation

 

The Company accounts for all stock-based compensation to employees and directors, including grants of stock options, as stock-based compensation costs in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements based on the fair value measured as of the date of grant. These costs are recognized as an expense in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations over the requisite service period and increase additional paid-in capital.

 

The table below shows the stock-based compensation expense included in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Stock-based compensation expense included in:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of revenues

 

$

978

 

$

1,099

 

$

2,787

 

$

3,645

 

Research and development

 

910

 

1,087

 

3,385

 

3,842

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

2,615

 

2,908

 

10,240

 

9,795

 

Restructuring

 

 

 

 

623

 

Total stock-based compensation

 

$

4,503

 

$

5,094

 

$

16,412

 

$

17,905

 

Tax effect on stock-based compensation

 

 

(1,751

)

(4,018

)

(5,581

)

Total stock-based compensation, net of tax

 

$

4,503

 

$

3,343

 

$

12,394

 

$

12,324

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense for the nine months ended September 26, 2009 includes $2.5 million resulting from the modification and acceleration of the vesting of a portion of the options awarded to the Company’s founder and former Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors in conjunction with his separation agreement and general release. Stock-based compensation expense for the nine months ended September 27, 2008 includes approximately $0.3 million in stock-based compensation expense resulting from the modification and acceleration of the vesting of a portion of the Company’s former Chief Financial Officer’s stock options in conjunction with his separation agreement and general release and approximately $0.3 million in stock-based compensation expense resulting from the acceleration of the vesting of a portion of the Company’s former Senior Vice President, Product Business Group’s restricted stock units in conjunction with his separation agreement and general release.

 

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The fair value of restricted stock units is equal to the closing market price of the underlying common stock as of the date of grant. The fair value of stock option grants is estimated as of the date of grant using a Black-Scholes option pricing model. The weighted average grant-date fair value of options granted during the nine months ended September 26, 2009 was $7.81 per share. The weighted-average assumptions used for valuation under the Black-Scholes model were as follows:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Stock Options:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend yield

 

 

 

 

Expected volatility

 

52.7

%

53.4

%

53.1

%

Risk-free interest rate

 

3.27

%

1.68

%

3.06

%

Expected term (in years)

 

4.75

 

4.67

 

4.75

 

 

Risk-free interest rates are yields for zero-coupon U.S. Treasury notes maturing approximately at the end of the expected option life. The expected volatility is based on a blend of historical volatility of our common stock using daily stock prices and implied market volatility, both over a period equal to the expected option life. The expected term is based on historical exercise behavior. In fiscal 2008, the Company applied the simplified method approach for deriving expected term. The simplified method is based on the vesting period and the contractual term for each grant, or for each vesting-tranche for awards with graded vesting. The mid-point between the vesting date and the expiration date is used as the expected term under this method.

 

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26, 2009

 

September 27, 2008

 

September 26, 2009

 

September 27, 2008

 

ESPP:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dividend yield

 

 

 

 

 

Expected volatility

 

58.21

%

56.2

%

57.19

%

52.2

%

Risk-free interest rate

 

0.38

%

1.88

%

1.03

%

2.1

%

Expected term (in years)

 

0.5 - 1.0 year

 

0.5 - 1.0 year

 

0.5 - 1.0 year

 

0.5 - 1.0 year

 

 

During the three months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008, 115,011 shares and 150,410 shares, respectively, were issued under the 2002 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”). During the nine months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008, 269,156 shares and 286,349 shares, respectively, were issued under the 2002 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”).

 

Unrecognized Compensation Costs

 

At September 26, 2009, the unrecognized stock-based compensation, adjusted for estimated forfeitures, was as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Expected

 

 

 

Unrecognized

 

Recognition Period

 

 

 

Expense

 

in years

 

Stock options

 

$

16,604

 

1.35

 

Restricted stock units

 

11,950

 

3.01

 

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

308

 

0.35

 

Total unrecognized share-based compensation expense

 

$

28,862

 

 

 

 

Note 14 — Net Loss per Share

 

Basic net loss per share is computed by dividing net loss by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding for the period. Diluted net loss per share is computed giving effect to all potential dilutive common stock, including stock options, restricted stock units and common stock subject to repurchase. Diluted loss per share for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008 were based only on the weighted-average number of shares outstanding during that period as the inclusion of any common stock equivalents would have been anti-dilutive.

 

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A reconciliation of the numerator and denominator used in the calculation of basic and diluted net loss per share follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

 

 

(In thousands)

 

Basic net loss per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numerator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(23,901

)

$

(14,041

)

$

(127,690

)

$

(50,661

)

Denominator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common stock outstanding

 

49,582

 

48,988

 

49,392

 

48,855

 

Diluted net loss per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Numerator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(23,901

)

$

(14,041

)

$

(127,690

)

$

(50,661

)

Denominator:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares used in computing basic net loss per share

 

49,582

 

48,988

 

49,392

 

48,855

 

Add stock options, restricted stock, ESPP, warrants and common stock subject to repurchase

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares used in computing diluted net loss per share

 

49,582

 

48,988

 

49,392

 

48,855

 

 

The following table sets forth the weighted-average of all potentially dilutive securities excluded from the computation in the table above because their effect would have been antidilutive:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Options to purchase common stock

 

4,465

 

6,788

 

5,362

 

6,865

 

Restricted stock units

 

 

43

 

2

 

39

 

Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

51

 

16

 

51

 

5

 

Total potentially dilutive securities

 

4,516

 

6,847

 

5,415

 

6,909

 

 

Note 15 — Income Taxes

 

During the three months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008, the Company recorded an income tax provision  of $0.4 million and an income tax benefit of $11.8 million, respectively.  During the nine months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008, the Company recorded an income tax provision of $20.0 million and an income tax benefit of $29.5 million, respectively.  The Company’s income tax provision for the three months ended September 26, 2009 is primarily related to income taxes of the Company’s non U.S. operations.  The income tax provision for the nine months ended September 26, 2009 is primarily related to the Company recording a valuation allowance covering substantially all of the Company’s U.S. deferred tax assets at the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2009 of $44.7 million.

 

The Company utilizes the asset and liability method of accounting for income taxes, under which deferred taxes are determined based on the temporary differences between the financial statement and tax basis of assets and liabilities using tax rates expected to be in effect during the years in which the basis differences reverse. A valuation allowance is recorded when it is more likely than not that some of the deferred tax assets will not be realized. Significant management judgment is required in determining any valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets.  In evaluating the ability to recover deferred tax assets, the Company considered available positive and negative evidence giving greater weight to its recent cumulative losses and its ability to carryback losses against prior taxable income and lesser weight to its projected financial results due to the challenges of forecasting future periods.  The Company also considered, commensurate with its objective verifiability, the forecast of future taxable income including the reversal of temporary differences and the implementation of feasible and prudent tax planning strategies.  At the end of the second quarter of fiscal 2009, changes in previously anticipated expectations necessitated a valuation allowance against the excess tax benefits to be recognized in that quarter and prior quarters since they are no longer more likely than not realizable.  Under current tax laws, this valuation allowance will not limit the Company’s ability to utilize Federal and state deferred tax assets provided it can generate sufficient future taxable income.

 

The Company classifies interest and penalties related to uncertain tax positions as part of income tax provision. The Company recognized interest expense of $40,000 and $56,000 for the three months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008, respectively, and $170,000 and $305,000 for the nine months ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008, respectively. As of September 26, 2009, the Company had approximately $483,000 of interest and zero penalties related to uncertain tax positions.

 

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The amount of income taxes the Company pays is subject to ongoing audits by Federal, state and non-U.S. tax authorities which might result in proposed assessments. The Company’s estimate for the potential outcome for any uncertain tax issue is judgmental in nature. However, the Company believes that it has adequately provided for any reasonably foreseeable outcome related to those matters. The Company’s future results may include favorable or unfavorable adjustments to its estimated tax liabilities in the period the assessments are made or resolved or when statutes of limitation on potential assessments expire. As of September 26, 2009, changes to the Company’s uncertain tax positions in the next 12 months, that are reasonably possible, are not expected to have a significant impact on its financial position or results of operations.

 

The Company and its subsidiaries file income tax returns in the U.S. Federal jurisdiction, various U.S. states and non-U.S. jurisdictions. The Company is currently under examination by the State of California Franchise Tax Board for fiscal years 2004 and 2005.

 

The Company’s effective tax rate may vary from period to period based on changes in estimated taxable income or loss by jurisdiction, changes to the valuation allowance, changes to federal, state or foreign tax laws, future expansion into areas with varying country, state, and local income tax rates, deductibility of certain costs and expenses by jurisdiction.

 

Note 16 — Commitments and Contingencies

 

Environmental Matters

 

The Company is subject to U.S. federal, state and local, and foreign governmental laws and regulations relating to the protection of the environment, including those governing the discharge of pollutants into the air and water, the management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, the clean-up of contaminated sites and the maintenance of a safe workplace. The Company believes that it complies in all material respects with the environmental laws and regulations that apply to it, including those of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the City of Livermore Water Resources Division and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. No provision has been made for loss from environmental remediation liabilities associated with the Company’s Livermore facility because the Company believes that it is not probable that a liability has been incurred as of September 26, 2009.

 

While the Company believes that it is in compliance in all material respects with the environmental laws and regulations that apply to it, in the future, the Company may receive environmental violation notices, and if received, final resolution of the violations identified by these notices could harm the Company’s operations, which may adversely impact its operating results and cash flows. New laws and regulations, stricter enforcement of existing laws and regulations, the discovery of previously unknown contamination at Company or others’ sites or the imposition of new cleanup requirements could also harm the Company’s operations, thereby adversely impacting its operating results and cash flows.

 

Legal Matters

 

From time to time, the Company may be subject to legal proceedings and claims in the ordinary course of business. For the fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2009, the Company was not involved in any material legal proceedings, other than the proceedings summarized below. In the future the Company may become a party to additional legal proceedings, including proceedings designed to protect its intellectual property rights that require the Company to spend significant resources.

 

Patent Litigation

 

The Company initiated patent infringement litigation in the United States against Phicom Corporation, a Korea corporation, and its U.S. subsidiary, both collectively “Phicom”, and against Micronics Japan Co., Ltd., a Japan corporation, and its U.S. subsidiary, both collectively “Micronics Japan.” In 2005, the Company filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon against Phicom charging that it is willfully infringing four U.S. patents that cover key aspects of the Company’s wafer probe cards—U.S. Patent Nos. 5,974,662, entitled “Method of Planarizing Tips of Probe Elements of a Probe Card Assembly,” 6,246,247, entitled “Probe Card Assembly and Kit, and Methods of Using Same,” 6,624,648, entitled “Probe Card Assembly” and 5,994,152, entitled “Fabricating Interconnects and Tips Using Sacrificial Substrates.” In 2006, the Company also filed an amended complaint in the same Oregon district court adding two additional patents to the litigation—U.S. Patent Nos. 7,073,254, entitled “Method for Mounting a Plurality of Spring Contact Elements” and 6,615,485, entitled “Probe Card Assembly and Kit, And Methods of Making Same.” Phicom answered the complaint and the amended complaint by denying infringement, alleging defenses and asserting counterclaims seeking adjudications on the validity, infringement and enforceability of the Company’s patents. Also in 2006, the Company filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Micronics Japan charging that it is willfully infringing four U.S. patents that cover key aspects of the Company’s wafer probe cards—U.S. Patent Nos. 6,246,247, entitled “Probe Card Assembly and Kit, and Methods of Using Same,” 6,509,751, entitled “Planarizer for a Semiconductor Contactor,” 6,624,648, entitled “Probe Card Assembly” and 7,073,254, entitled “Method for

 

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Mounting a Plurality of Spring Contact Elements.” Micronics Japan answered the complaint by denying infringement, alleging defenses and asserting counterclaims seeking adjudications on the validity, infringement and enforceability of the Company’s patents. The complaints in these actions seek both injunctive relief and monetary damages. These two district court actions have been stayed pending resolution of the complaint that the Company filed with the United States International Trade Commission, or ITC, which is described below.

 

On or about November 13, 2007, the Company filed a complaint with the ITC seeking institution of a formal investigation by the ITC into the activities of Micronics Japan and Phicom. The requested investigation as filed encompassed U.S. Patent Nos. 5,994,152, entitled “Fabricating Interconnects and Tips Using Sacrificial Substrates,” 6,509,751, entitled “Planarizer for a Semiconductor Contactor,” 6,615,485, entitled “Probe Card Assembly and Kit, And Methods of Making Same,” 6,624,648, entitled “Probe Card Assembly,” 7,168,162, entitled “Method of Manufacturing a Probe Card” and 7,225,538, entitled “Resilient Contact Structures Formed and Then Attached to a Substrate,” and alleges that infringement by each of Micronics Japan and Phicom of certain of the identified patents constitute unfair acts in violation of 19 U.S.C. Section 1337.  The ITC complaint alleges violations of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 in the importation into the United States of certain probe card assemblies, components thereof, and certain tested DRAM and NAND flash memory devices and products containing such devices that infringe patents owned by the Company, and requests a permanent exclusion order banning importation into the United States of infringing products and certain downstream products. The asserted patents currently in the investigation are U.S. Patent Nos. 5,994,152, 6,509,751, 6,615,485, 6,624,648 and 7,225,538.

 

On or about December 13, 2007, the ITC provided public notice that it voted to institute an investigation of certain probe card assemblies, components thereof and certain tested DRAM and NAND flash memory devices and products containing such devices. The products at issue in this investigation are probe card assemblies, which are used to test semiconductor devices that have been fabricated on silicon wafers, memory chips that have been so tested, and products containing such chips.

 

The investigation (337-TA-621) was originally referred to the Honorable Theodore R. Essex, an ITC Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”), and in July 2008 was reassigned to the Honorable Charles E. Bullock, a ALJ, who will make an initial determination as to whether there is a violation of Section 337; that initial determination is subject to review by the full ITC Commission (“the Commission”). On or about January 23, 2009, the ALJ, after a September 2008 hearing, issued a claim construction ruling interpreting and defining terms of certain of the claims of the patents-in-suit. On or about January 28, 2009, the Company voluntarily withdrew its allegations to the extent that they encompassed its U.S. Patent No. 7,168,162, and on or about February 13, 2009, the ALJ issued an initial determination holding invalid the asserted claims of the Company’s U.S. Patent No. 6,624,648, after finding as part of the claim construction ruling that one of the terms in the asserted claims of that patent is indefinite. The Company appealed that initial determination of invalidity to the Commission on or about February 18, 2009.  The Commission agreed to review the initial determination and a ruling, termed the “Final Determination” is expected on, or about November 12, 2009.

 

The scheduled hearing relating to the Company’s U.S. Patent Nos. 5,994,152, 6,509,751, 6,615,485, and 7,225,538 was conducted from February 23, 2009 through March 6, 2009.  The ALJ issued a decision, termed an “Initial Determination,” on June 29, 2009. The Initial Determination is directed to four FormFactor patents: U.S. Patent Nos. 5,994,152, entitled “Fabricating Interconnects and Tips Using Sacrificial Substrates,” 6,509,751, entitled “Planarizer for a Semiconductor Contactor,” 6,615,485, entitled “Probe Card Assembly and Kit, And Methods of Making Same,” and 7,225,538, entitled “Resilient Contact Structures Formed and Then Attached to a Substrate.” The Initial Determination found all of the asserted claims of U.S. Patent Nos. 6,509,751, 6,615,485 and 7,225,538 valid and enforceable, and all but one of the asserted claims of U.S. Patent No. 5,994,152 valid and all of the asserted claims enforceable.  The Initial Determination did not find infringement of any of the asserted claims, and therefore did not find a violation of Section 337.

 

The Company, Micronics Japan and Phicom filed additional briefing to the Commission seeking review of parts of the ALJ’s Initial Determination.  The Commission can accept, reject or modify any of the ALJ’s recommendations.  The Commission issued a Notice on September 14, 2009 in which it stated it would review only certain parts of the Initial Determination. The only non-infringement finding the Commission will review is whether Phicom’s products infringe U.S. Patent No. 6,509,751. After review by the Commission is completed, the Final Determination is scheduled to be issued on or about November 12, 2009.  The Final Determination, which is an ITC remedial order in Section 337 cases, is effective when issued and becomes final 60 days after issuance, subject to Presidential review. The Company will evaluate whether it will file an appeal with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and if so on what issues, after issuance of the Final Determination.

 

In addition to the United States litigations, the Company also initiated actions in Seoul, South Korea against Phicom. In 2004 the Company filed two actions in Seoul Southern District Court, located in Seoul, South Korea, against Phicom alleging infringement of the Company’s Korean Patent Nos. 252,457, entitled “Method of Fabricating Interconnections Using Cantilever Elements and Sacrificial Substrates,” 324,064, entitled “Contact Tip Structures for Microelectronic Interconnection Elements and Methods of Making Same,” 278,342, entitled “Method of Altering the Orientation of Probe Elements in a Probe Card Assembly” and 399,210,

 

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entitled “Probe Card Assembly;” as well as two actions the Company filed in 2006 in Seoul Central District Court against Phicom alleging infringement of certain claims of its Korean Patent No. 252,457 and seeking injunctive relief. These actions are all pending, on appeal to the High Court in Seoul as (i) on April 18, 2008, the Seoul Southern District Court issued a ruling that dismissed the Company’s complaint as it related to Korean Patent Nos. 252,457 and 324,064, finding certain claims of Patent Nos. 252,457 and 324,064 were invalid, and that one of the claims of each of the patents was not infringed by Phicom, (ii) in July 2008, the Seoul Central District Court dismissed the Company’s complaint related to Korean Patent No. 252,457, and (iii) on November 27, 2008, the Seoul Southern District Court dismissed the Company’s complaint related to Korean Patent Nos. 278,342 and 399,210.  The Company did not appeal the judgment on the injunctive relief request related to Korean Patent No. 252,457 filed in the Seoul Central District.

 

In response to the Company’s initiation of the infringement actions in Korea, Phicom filed in the Korean Intellectual Property Office, or KIPO, invalidity actions challenging the validity of some or all of the claims of each of the Company’s four patents at issue in the Seoul Southern District Court infringement actions. KIPO dismissed Phicom’s challenges against all four of the patents-at-issue. Phicom appealed the dismissals of the challenges to the Korea Patent Court. In 2005 the Korea Patent Court issued rulings holding invalid certain claims of the Company’s Korean Patent Nos. 278,342 and 399,210. In 2006, the Korea Patent Court issued a ruling holding invalid certain claims of the Company’s Korean Patent No. 324,064, and also issued a ruling upholding the validity of the Company’s Korean Patent No. 252,457. The Company appealed the Patent Court invalidity rulings to the Korea Supreme Court. Phicom appealed the Patent Court ruling on Korean Patent No. 252,457 to the Korea Supreme Court. In September 2007, the Korea Supreme Court affirmed the Patent Court rulings holding invalid certain claims of the Company’s Korean Patent Nos. 278,342 and 399,210. In April 2008, the Korea Supreme Court affirmed the Patent Court ruling holding invalid certain claims of the Company’s Korean Patent No. 324,064. In June 2008, the Korea Supreme Court reversed the Patent Court ruling and finding invalid certain claims of the Company’s Korean Patent No. 252,457 and remanding the case for further trial to the Patent Court.

 

Additionally, one or more third parties have initiated challenges in the U.S. and foreign patent offices against certain of the above and other of the Company’s patents. These actions include re-examination proceedings filed in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office against certain of the Company’s U.S. Patents that are at issue in the ITC investigation, proceedings in Korea against two of the Company’s Korean patents, and proceedings filed in Taiwan against four of the Company’s Taiwan patents.

 

No provision has been made for patent-related litigation because the Company believes that it is not probable that a liability had been incurred as of September 26, 2009. The Company will incur material attorneys’ fees in prosecuting and defending the various identified actions.

 

Securities Litigation

 

On October 31, 2007, a plaintiff filed a purported stockholder class action in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in which the Company and certain of its then officers, including one former officer who was a director at the time of filing, are named as defendants under the caption “Danny McCasland, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated v. FormFactor, Inc., Igor Y. Khandros, Ronald C. Foster and Richard M. Freeman.” Subsequently, plaintiffs filed two other purported stockholder class actions in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California under the captions “Yuk Ling Lui, on Behalf of Herself and All Others Similarly Situated v. FormFactor, Inc., Igor Y. Khandros, Ronald C. Foster and Richard M. Freeman,” and “Victor Albertazzi, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated v. FormFactor, Inc., Igor Y. Khandros, Ronald C. Foster and Richard M. Freeman.” The three actions have been consolidated. The plaintiffs filed these actions following the Company’s restatement of its financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2006, for each of the fiscal quarters for that year, and for the fiscal quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2007. In April 2008, the designated lead plaintiffs filed a Consolidated Amended Complaint. The plaintiffs claimed violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a), and Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, alleging that the defendants knowingly issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business and financial results prior to the restatements. On July 25, 2008, the court granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the Consolidated Amended Complaint with leave to amend. On August 22, 2008 the designated lead plaintiffs filed a Second Amended Complaint. The Second Amended Complaint also alleged violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a), and Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The plaintiffs again claimed that defendants knowingly issued materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business and financial results prior to the restatement, as well as regarding the development of the Harmony product line. Plaintiffs sought to recover unspecified monetary damages, equitable relief and attorneys’ fees and costs. Defendants filed a motion to dismiss the Second Amended Complaint on October 6, 2008, and a hearing on the motion was held on February 6, 2009.  On July 14, 2009, the court issued a ruling granting the Company’s and the other defendants’ motion to dismiss the second amended complaint without leave to amend.  On July 28, 2009, plaintiffs filed a Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment and to Uphold a Revised, Narrowed Second Amended Complaint.  The revised complaint does not contain the accounting and restatement allegations that were included in the Second Amended Complaint but asks the Court to uphold only the Harmony-related allegations.   On September 14, 2009, the court issued a ruling denying plaintiffs’ Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment and to Uphold a Revised, Narrowed Second Amended Complaint. Plaintiffs appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit the Judgment dismissing the case and the Court’s ruling denying their Motion to Alter or Amend the Judgment.

 

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No provision has been made for the securities litigation because the Company believes that it is not probable that a liability had been incurred as of September 26, 2009.

 

Stockholder Derivative Litigation

 

On November 19, 2007, a plaintiff filed a purported stockholder derivative action in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Alameda in which the Company is named as a nominal defendant and certain of its then directors and officers are named as defendants under the caption “John King, Derivatively on Behalf of Nominal Defendant FormFactor, Inc. v. Dr. Igor Y. Khandros, Dr. Homa Bahrami, Dr. Thomas J. Campbell, G. Carl Everett, Jr., Lothar Maier, James A. Prestridge, Harvey A. Wagner, Ronald C. Foster and Richard M. Freeman, and FormFactor, Inc.” Subsequently, another plaintiff filed a second purported stockholder class action in the Superior Court of the State of California for the County of Alameda under the caption “Joseph Priestley, Derivatively on Behalf of FormFactor, Inc. v. Igor Y. Khandros, Mario Ruscev, James A. Prestridge, Thomas J. Campbell, Harvey A. Wagner, G. Carl Everett, Jr., Homa Bahrami, Lothar Maier, William H. Davidow and Joseph R. Bronson, and FormFactor, Inc.” The plaintiffs filed these two later actions following the Company’s restatement of its financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2006, for each of the fiscal quarters for that year, and for the fiscal quarters ended March 31 and June 30, 2007. The plaintiffs allege that the defendants breached their fiduciary duties and violated applicable law by issuing, and permitting the Company to issue, materially false and misleading statements regarding the Company’s business and financial results prior to the restatements. The plaintiffs seek to recover monetary damages, and attorneys’ fees and costs. The two derivative actions which were consolidated have been dismissed without prejudice, though the plaintiffs will have the right to refile the actions at some point in the future.

 

No provision has been made for the stockholder derivative litigation because the Company believes that it is not probable that a liability had been incurred as of September 26, 2009.

 

The Company believes that the factual allegations and circumstances underlying the legal proceedings described above that have been filed against the Company are without merit. The Company also believes that it does not have a material monetary damages exposure in these legal proceedings that would individually or in the aggregate have a material adverse effect on its financial condition, liquidity or results of operations; however, these legal proceedings have been costly and it is possible the Company will incur significant, and possibly material, attorneys’ fees, which may not be covered by its insurance policies. These legal proceedings may also divert the Company’s management’s time and attention away from business operations, which could prove to be disruptive to the Company’s business operations. In addition, an unfavorable outcome or settlement of these proceedings, particularly if it is not covered by or exceeds the Company’s insurance coverage, could individually or in the aggregate adversely impact the Company’s financial condition, liquidity or results of operations.

 

Commercial Litigation

 

On February 20, 2009, the Company filed a complaint for breach of contract, common counts, account stated and injunctive relief against Spansion, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company (“Spansion”), in the state superior court located in Santa Clara County, California. The complaint alleges that Spansion, in breach of Spansion’s obligations under a purchase agreement entered into by the Company and Spansion, has failed to pay the Company for probe cards that the Company designed, developed and manufactured pursuant to several purchase orders placed by Spansion with the Company pursuant to the agreement. The complaint states that as of February 13, 2009, Spansion owed the Company $8,094,533 for probe cards delivered by the Company and not paid for by Spansion. In the complaint, the Company is seeking (i) payment of at least $8,094,533, (ii) a temporary protective order and an injunction enjoining Spansion from assigning or in any way divesting itself of any monies that the Company believes Spansion received from a certain third party entity, (iii) a prejudgment writ of attachment in favor of the Company over Spansion’s corporate assets and property, (iv) costs and (v) attorney’s fees.  Prior to making any appearance or filing any answer in the action, Spansion filed for protection under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Laws of the United States, which served to stay the Company’s complaint against Spansion.  The Company has not recognized $1.4 million of revenue related to shipments to Spansion and has reserved the remaining $6.7 million of the outstanding receivable from Spansion.

 

Indemnification Arrangements

 

The Company from time to time in the ordinary course of its business enters into contractual arrangements with third parties that include indemnification obligations. Under these contractual arrangements, the Company has agreed to defend, indemnify and/or hold the third party harmless from and against certain liabilities. These arrangements include indemnities in favor of customers in the event that the Company’s wafer probe cards infringe a third party’s intellectual property and the Company’s lessors in connection with facility leasehold liabilities that the Company may cause. In addition, the Company has entered into indemnification agreements with its directors and certain of its officers, and its bylaws contain indemnification obligations in favor of its directors, officers and agents. These indemnity arrangements may limit the type of the claim, the total amount that the Company can be required to pay in connection with the indemnification obligation and the time within which an indemnification claim can be made. The duration of the

 

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indemnification obligation may vary, and for most arrangements, survives the agreement term and is indefinite. The Company believes that substantially all of its indemnity arrangements provide for limitations on the maximum potential future payments it could be obligated to make. However, it is not possible to determine or reasonably estimate the maximum potential amount of future payments under these indemnification obligations due to the varying terms of such obligations, the history of prior indemnification claims, the unique facts and circumstances involved in each particular contractual arrangement and in each potential future claim for indemnification, and the contingency of any potential liabilities upon the occurrence of events that are not reasonably determinable. The Company has not had any requests for indemnification under these arrangements. The Company’s management believes that any liability for these indemnity arrangements would not be material to its accompanying consolidated financial statements. The Company has not recorded any liabilities for these indemnification arrangements on its condensed consolidated balance sheet as of September 26, 2009.

 

Note 17 — Derivative Financial Instruments

 

The Company operates and sells its products in various global markets. As a result, the Company is exposed to changes in foreign currency exchange rates. The Company utilizes foreign currency forward contracts to hedge against future movements in foreign exchange rates that affect certain existing foreign currency denominated assets and liabilities. Under this program, our strategy is to have increases or decreases in our foreign currency exposures offset by gains or losses on the foreign currency forward contracts to mitigate the risks and volatility associated with foreign currency transaction gains or losses. The Company does not use derivative financial instruments for speculative or trading purposes. The Company’s derivative instruments, which are generally settled in the same quarter, are not designated as hedging instruments. The Company records the fair value of these contracts as of the end of its reporting period to its consolidated balance sheet with changes in fair value recorded in its consolidated statement of operations. The statement of operations classification for the fair values of these forward contracts is to non-operating income, net, for both realized and unrealized gains and losses.

 

As of September 26, 2009, there were three outstanding foreign exchange forward contracts to sell Japanese Yen, Korean Won and Taiwan Dollars. The following table provides information about the Company’s foreign currency forward contracts outstanding as of September 26, 2009 (in thousands):

 

 

 

Contract Amount
(Local Currency)

 

Contract Amount
(U.S. Dollars)

 

Japanese Yen

 

3,057,387

 

$

33,990

 

Taiwan Dollar

 

27,763

 

857

 

Korean Won

 

2,654,422

 

2,219

 

Total USD notional amount of outstanding foreign exchange contracts

 

 

 

$

37,066

 

 

The contracts were entered into on September 25, 2009 and matured on September 29, 2009. Accordingly, there were no amounts reported in the Company’s Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets as of September 26, 2009 related to these contracts. Additionally, no gains or losses relating to the outstanding derivative contracts were recorded in the fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2009.

 

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The location and amount of gains and losses related to non-designated derivative instruments that matured in the fiscal quarter ended September 26, 2009 in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations are as follows (in thousands):

 

 

 

Location of Gain or

 

Amount of Gain or

 

Derivatives Not Designated as Hedging

 

(loss) Recognized in

 

(Loss) Recognized in

 

Instruments Under ASC 815

 

Loss on Derivative

 

Loss on Derivative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign exchange forward contracts

 

Other Income (expense), net

 

$

(2,327

)

 

Note 18 — Departure of Executive Officer

 

The Company entered into a Separation Agreement and Mutual Release as of May 1, 2009 (the “Separation Agreement”) with its founder and former Executive Chairman Dr. Igor Khandros, who retired from the Company and the board of directors. Under the terms of the Separation Agreement, the Company accelerated vesting of options to acquire 75,000 shares and permitted certain vested stock options to be exercisable until the earlier of (i) May 1, 2014 or (ii) the original expiration date of the applicable stock option (Refer to Note 12). The Company and Dr. Khandros also entered into a consulting agreement effective as of May 1, 2009 under which Dr. Khandros would continue to serve as a key advisor to the Company for a term of one-year for a quarterly consulting fee of $75,000. The consulting agreement was terminated by Dr. Khandros effective July 1, 2009.

 

Note 19 — Subsequent Events

 

In October 2009, the Company completed the acquisition of certain assets from Electroglas Inc., a company under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Delaware (“Electroglas”). Prior to the acquisition, Electroglas was engaged in the supply of semiconductor manufacturing equipment and software to the semiconductor industry. The assets acquired consisted of manufacturing and testing equipment, spare parts and components related to the purchased equipment and other technology assets related to precision motion control automation and all of the intellectual property rights of Electroglas, with the exception of certain trademark rights. The Company believes that the acquisition of these assets will enable it to continue to improve its manufacturing efficiency and provide its customers with high quality end products. The purchase price for the assets, including transaction costs, of approximately $10.5 million will be capitalized in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.  Approximately $2.3 million of the purchase price for these assets was paid or accrued in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 and has been included in “Other Assets” in the condensed consolidated balance sheet.

 

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

 

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

 

This Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and the Securities Act of 1933, which are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. The forward-looking statements include statements concerning, among other things, our business strategy, including anticipated trends and developments in and management plans for our business and the markets in which we operate, financial results, operating results, revenues, gross margin, operating expenses, products, projected costs and capital expenditures, research and development programs, sales and marketing initiatives, and competition. In some cases, you can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “intend” and “continue,” the negative or plural of these words and other comparable terminology.

 

The forward-looking statements are only predictions based on our current expectations and our projections about future events. All forward-looking statements included in this Quarterly Report are based upon information available to us as of the filing date of this Quarterly Report. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. We undertake no obligation to update any of these statements for any reason. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these statements. These factors include the matters discussed in the section titled “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 27, 2008, and in the section titled “Risk Factors” elsewhere in this Quarterly Report. You should carefully consider the numerous risks and uncertainties described under these sections.

 

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes contained in this Quarterly Report. Unless expressly stated or the context otherwise requires, the terms “we,” “our,” “us” and “FormFactor” refer to FormFactor, Inc. and its subsidiaries.

 

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Overview

 

We design, develop, manufacture, sell and support precision, high performance advanced semiconductor wafer probe card products and solutions. Semiconductor manufacturers use our wafer probe cards to perform wafer sort and test on the semiconductor die, or chips, or the whole semiconductor wafer, which is prior to singulation of the wafer into individual separate chips. We work closely with our customers on product design, as each wafer probe card is a custom product that is specific to the chip and wafer designs of the customer. We operate in a single industry segment and have derived substantially all of our revenues from the sale of wafer probe cards incorporating our proprietary technology, including our MicroSpring® interconnect technology.

 

The oversupply of memory devices coupled with the overall global economic downturn and uncertainty in fiscal 2008 had a significant impact on global semiconductor device manufacturing. In the first half of fiscal 2009, we saw our markets continue to be affected by the continuing global macroeconomic downturn which resulted in a significant decrease in demand and continuing market challenges for our advanced wafer probe cards. In the third quarter of fiscal 2009, we saw improvement across all of our business segments. In the DRAM market, demand and supply conditions tightened, as PC and memory module makers along with digital consumer electronics makers increased their DRAM procurement in anticipation of future demand trends. Given these conditions, DRAM device pricing took an upward turn in the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Additionally, we also experienced market share gains in DRAM, acceleration in DDR III, positive mobile DRAM activity and improved results in both Flash and Logic markets. As a result, revenue was up 40.3% sequentially from the three months ended June 27, 2009. Compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2008, revenue was down 16.8%, an improvement from the 40.0% year over year decline we saw in the second quarter of fiscal 2009. While this may signal increased market confidence, we believe the global economic environment remains volatile, creating an uncertain demand environment.

 

We incurred a net loss of $23.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2009 as compared to net loss of $14.0 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2008 primarily due to lower revenues. We incurred a net loss of $127.7 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2009 as compared to net loss of $50.7 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2008 primarily due to lower revenues, the recognition of a valuation allowance of $44.7 million for our deferred tax assets as well as the $5.0 million provision for bad debts due to the heightened risk of non-payment of certain accounts receivable. Net loss for the first nine months of fiscal 2008 included $0.5 million in provision for doubtful debts. In the first quarter of fiscal 2009, we initiated a global reorganization and cost reduction plan designed to lower our cash breakeven level in the current market environment. As part of the plan, we reduced our workforce by approximately 22% and implemented certain non-severance measures that we expect to result in future cost savings.

 

In addition, we are restructuring our operations through our global regionalization strategy by, for example, placing more decision-making in regions close to our semiconductor customers to enhance customer relationships, strengthening our local design, application and service capabilities to improve customer responsiveness, changing our manufacturing structure for shorter cycle time and improved product delivery capabilities, and realigning our research and development efforts. We have accelerated our regionalization efforts by bringing up back-end manufacturing in Asia.  We qualified our back-end manufacturing in Korea during our first quarter of fiscal 2009 and plan to do so in Japan in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, followed by Singapore in fiscal 2010.  The combination of these initiatives is intended to result in a lower manufacturing cost, a simplified manufacturing process and decreased cycle times for our customers.

 

We established a valuation allowance of $44.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2009 against the excess tax benefits recognized in prior quarters. This charge resulted in an income tax provision, rather than an income tax benefit, for the nine months ended September 26, 2009. This valuation allowance was based on our quarterly assessment of the realizability of our deferred tax assets. Significant management judgment is required in determining any valuation allowance recorded against deferred tax assets.  In evaluating the ability to recover deferred tax assets, we considered available positive and negative evidence giving greater weight to our recent cumulative losses, ability to carryback losses against prior taxable income and lesser weight to our projected financial results due to the challenges of forecasting future periods.  We also considered, commensurate with its objective verifiability, the forecast of future taxable income including the reversal of temporary differences and the implementation of feasible and prudent tax planning strategies. The necessity for this valuation allowance and any future adjustments will be based on the available positive and negative evidence at that time, commensurate with its objective verifiability. Under current tax law, this valuation allowance will not limit our ability to utilize Federal and state deferred tax assets provided we can generate sufficient future taxable income.  Our tax provisions in future periods will primarily consist of income taxes on our profits in certain jurisdictions outside of the US in the event they materialize.

 

Our cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities totaled approximately $462.6 million as of September 26, 2009 as compared to $522.9 million at December 27, 2008. We believe that we will be able to satisfy our working capital requirements for the next twelve months with the liquidity provided by our existing cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities. If demand for our products does not increase or if we are unsuccessful in improving our operating efficiency, reducing our cash outlays or increasing our available cash through financing, our cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities will further decline in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

 

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We believe it is likely that the global economic and semiconductor industry downturns will persist; however, we cannot predict their severity or duration. Given the overall weakness of the United States and global economy, and the ongoing downturn in the semiconductor industry and its effects on demand for our products, we are unable to precisely forecast when or if revenues and profitability will return to previous levels.

 

Revenues.  We derive substantially all of our revenues from product sales of wafer probe cards. Revenues from our customers are subject to fluctuations due to factors including, but not limited to, design cycles, technology adoption rates, competitive pressure to reduce prices, cyclicality of the different end markets into which our customers’ products are sold and market conditions in the semiconductor industry. Historically, increases in revenues have resulted from increased demand for our existing products, the introduction of new, more complex products and the penetration of new markets. We expect that revenues from the sale of wafer probe cards will continue to account for substantially all of our revenues for the foreseeable future.

 

Cost of Revenues. Cost of revenues consists primarily of manufacturing materials, payroll and manufacturing-related overhead. Our manufacturing operations rely upon a limited number of suppliers to provide key components and materials for our products, some of which are a sole source. We order materials and supplies based on backlog and forecasted customer orders. Tooling and setup costs related to changing manufacturing lots at our suppliers are also included in the cost of revenues. We expense all warranty costs and inventory provisions as cost of revenues.

 

We design, manufacture and sell a fully custom product into the semiconductor test market, which is subject to significant variability and demand fluctuations. Our wafer probe cards are complex products that are custom to a specific chip design and must be delivered on relatively short lead-times as compared to our overall manufacturing process. As our advanced wafer probe cards are manufactured in low volumes and must be delivered on relatively short lead-times, it is not uncommon for us to acquire production materials and start certain production activities based on estimated production yields and forecasted demand prior to or in excess of actual demand for our wafer probe cards. We record an adjustment to our inventory valuation for estimated obsolete and non-saleable inventories equal to the difference between the cost of inventories and the estimated market value based upon assumptions about future demand and market conditions.

 

Research and Development.   Research and development expenses include expenses related to product development, engineering and material costs. Almost all research and development costs are expensed as incurred. We plan to continue to invest in research and development activities to improve and enhance existing technologies and to develop new technologies for current and new markets and for new applications.

 

Selling, General and Administrative.    Selling, general and administrative expenses include expenses related to sales, marketing, and administrative personnel, provision for doubtful accounts, internal and outside sales representatives’ commissions, market research and consulting, and other sales, marketing, and administrative activities. These expenses also include costs for protecting and enforcing our patent rights and regulatory compliance costs.

 

Restructuring Charges. Restructuring charges include expenses related to employee termination severance pay and benefits, and property and equipment impairment charges incurred as part of our global cost reduction plans.

 

Use of Estimates. Our discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based upon our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. The preparation of consolidated financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”) requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates. Estimates may change as new information is obtained. Significant items that are subject to such estimates include the fair value of revenue elements, fair value of marketable securities, allowance for doubtful accounts, reserves for product warranty, valuation of obsolete and slow moving inventory, valuation and recognition of stock-based compensation, provision for income taxes and valuation allowance for deferred tax assets and, tax liabilities and accruals for other liabilities.

 

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Results of Operations

 

The following table sets forth our operating results as a percentage of revenues for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Revenues

 

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

100.0

%

Cost of revenues

 

83.2

 

77.2

 

97.7

 

79.1

 

Gross profit

 

16.8

 

22.8

 

2.3

 

20.9

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research and development

 

31.5

 

32.4

 

40.9

 

28.9

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

39.7

 

45.0

 

60.5

 

40.5

 

Restructuring charge

 

 

0.3

 

7.8

 

5.1

 

Total operating expenses

 

71.1

 

77.7

 

109.2

 

74.5

 

Operating loss

 

(54.4

)

(54.9

)

(106.9

)

(53.6

)

Interest income, net

 

1.6

 

5.3

 

2.5

 

6.4

 

Other income (expense)

 

(0.9

)

0.5

 

(0.9

)

0.2

 

Loss before income taxes

 

(53.7

)

(49.1

)

(105.3

)

(47.0

)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

 

0.9

 

(22.4

)

19.5

 

(17.3

)

Net loss

 

(54.6

)%

(26.7

)%

(124.8

)%

(29.7

)%

 

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Three and Nine Months Ended September 26, 2009 and September 27, 2008:

 

Revenues

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

% Change

 

2009

 

2008

 

% Change

 

 

 

(In thousands, except percentages)

 

Revenues by Market:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DRAM

 

$

36,430

 

$

36,525

 

(0.3

)%

$

85,243

 

$

108,421

 

(21.4

)%

Flash

 

2,096

 

8,470

 

(75.3

)

4,567

 

36,207

 

(87.4

)

Logic

 

5,247

 

7,589

 

(30.9

)

12,530

 

25,672

 

(51.2

)

Total revenues

 

$

43,773

 

$

52,584

 

(16.8

)%

$

102,340

 

$

170,300

 

(39.9

)%

 

The decrease in revenue for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 was primarily due to weak demand for our advanced wafer probe cards caused by the ongoing downturn in the semiconductor market. For certain of our products we also experienced pricing pressure due to the availability of competitive products, which also contributed to the decrease in revenues.

 

Our revenues for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 were primarily generated by sales of wafer probe cards to manufacturers of DRAM devices. Revenues for our products that address the DRAM segment declined slightly in the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 as compared to the comparable periods in the prior year, primarily due to a number of factors including the relative supply and demand of various semiconductor devices and end products incorporating those devices, semiconductor manufacturers’ efforts to curtail spending and conserve cash by taking capacity offline, reducing production, delaying the transition to new technology nodes and postponing the implementation of tooling cycles. We also experienced pricing pressure on certain DRAM test products due to the competitive environment.

 

Revenues from sales to Flash memory device manufacturers also decreased significantly in the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 compared to the comparable periods in the prior year, with the decrease driven by sales decline in both NOR and NAND Flash wafer probe cards. The weakness in NOR Flash can be attributed to a decline in purchases by certain key customers. The decrease was primarily driven by a decline in revenues from NOR Flash wafer probe cards resulting from our largest NOR customer filing for bankruptcy protection in the first quarter of fiscal 2009. Additionally, revenues from NAND Flash wafer probe cards declined as NAND Flash memory device manufacturers significantly reduced their output in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, in an attempt to promote industry absorption of excess inventories.

 

Revenues from manufacturers of Logic devices decreased in the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 compared to the comparable periods in the prior year, primarily due to the overall downturn in the semiconductor industry which negatively impacted the revenues from sales of our wafer probe cards.

 

Current global economic and semiconductor market conditions have adversely impacted the profitability of our customers and their capital spending and are likely to result in product revenues in the near term that are lower than our revenue levels in comparable periods during prior fiscal years.

 

Revenue by Geographic Region

 

The following table sets forth our revenues by geographic region for the periods indicated:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,
2009

 

% of
Revenues

 

September 27,
2008

 

% of
Revenues

 

September 26,
2009

 

% of
Revenues

 

September 27,
2008

 

% of
Revenues

 

 

 

(In thousands except percentages)

 

Japan

 

$

22,895

 

52.0

%

$

14,371

 

27.3

%

$

56,780

 

55.0

%

$

55,036

 

32.3

%

North America

 

7,046

 

16.0

 

9,959

 

18.9

 

16,226

 

16.0

 

34,440

 

20.2

 

Asia Pacific

 

11,400

 

26.0

 

22,855

 

43.5

 

24,434

 

24.0

 

65,387

 

38.4

 

Europe

 

2,432

 

6.0

 

5,399

 

10.3

 

4,900

 

5.0

 

15,437

 

9.1

 

Total revenues

 

$

43,773

 

100

%

$

52,584

 

100

%

$

102,340

 

100

%

$

170,300

 

100

%

 

Geographic revenue information is based on the location to which we ship the customer product. For example, certain South Korean customers purchase through their North American subsidiaries and accordingly, if the product is shipped to an address in South Korea it is reflected in the revenue for Asia Pacific.

 

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The increase in Japan for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 as compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily due to the increase in our DRAM product sales in the region.  The decrease in revenues in Asia Pacific for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 as compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily due to the decrease in our DRAM product sales in the region.  The decrease in revenues in North America for the three and nine months ended September 26, 2009 compared to the same period in the prior year was primarily driven by decreased demand for all our products in this region. Revenue in Europe increased for the three months ended September 26, 2009 primarily due to the increased demand for our Logic products in this region.

 

The following customers accounted for more than 10% of our revenues:

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

September 26,

 

September 27,

 

 

 

2009

 

2008

 

2009

 

2008

 

Elpida Memory (1)

 

53.0

%

15.5

%

55.0

%

23.4

%

Spansion

 

 

*

 

*