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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

 

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

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010

OR

 

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

Commission File Number 0-16148

 

 

MULTI-COLOR CORPORATION

 

 

Incorporated in the

State of Ohio

 

IRS Employer Identification

Number 31-1125853

4053 Clough Woods Dr.

Batavia, OH 45103

(Address of principal executive offices)

(513) 381-1480

 

 

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Common Stock, no par value

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

 

 

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act.    Yes  ¨    No  x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes  x    No  ¨

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

Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K  x.

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 the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨    Smaller reporting company   ¨

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

The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates was approximately $116,089,000 based upon the closing price of $15.43 per share of Common Stock on the NASDAQ Global Select Market as of September 30, 2009, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter.

As of May 28, 2010, 12,279,947 shares of no par value Common Stock were issued and 12,236,963 shares of no par value Common Stock were outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Portions of the registrant’s proxy statement to be filed pursuant to Regulation 14A of the Exchange Act for its 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on August 11, 2010 are incorporated by reference into Parts II and III of Form 10-K.

 

 

 


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Table of Contents

 

                   Page

Part I

          
  Item 1    -    Business    3
  Item 1A    -    Risk Factors    6
  Item 1B    -    Unresolved Securities and Exchange Commission Staff Comments    8
  Item 2    -    Properties    8
  Item 3    -    Legal Proceedings    8
  Item 4    -    Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders    8

Part II

          
  Item 5    -    Market for the Registrant’s Common Stock, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities    9
  Item 6    -    Selected Financial Data    11
  Item 7    -    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations    12
  Item 7A    -    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk    19
  Item 8    -    Financial Statements and Supplementary Data    20
  Item 9    -    Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure    43
  Item 9A    -    Controls and Procedures    44
  Item 9B    -    Other Information    44

Part III

          
  Item 10    -    Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance    44
  Item 11    -    Executive Compensation    45
  Item 12    -    Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters    45
  Item 13    -    Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence    45
  Item 14    -    Principal Accountant Fees and Services    45

Part IV

          
  Item 15    -    Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules    45
SIGNATURES            48

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

The Company believes certain statements contained in this report that are not historical facts constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by that Act. Reliance should not be placed on forward-looking statements because they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed or implied. Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date made. The Company undertakes no obligation to publically update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Statements concerning expected financial performance, on-going business strategies, and possible future actions which the Company intends to pursue in order to achieve strategic objectives constitute forward-looking information. Implementation of these strategies and the achievement of such financial performance are each subject to numerous conditions, uncertainties and risk factors. Factors which could cause actual performance by the Company to differ materially from these forward-looking statements include, without limitation, factors discussed in conjunction with a forward-looking statement; changes in general economic and business conditions in the U.S. and abroad; the ability to consummate and successfully integrate acquisitions; the ability to manage foreign operations; currency exchange rate fluctuations; the retention, success and financial condition of the Company’s significant customers; competition; acceptance of new product offerings; changes in business strategy or plans; quality of management; the Company’s ability to maintain an effective system of internal control; availability, terms and development of capital and credit; cost and price changes; raw material cost pressures; availability of raw materials; ability to pass raw material cost increases to its customers; business abilities and judgment of personnel; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations, legal proceedings and developments; risk associated with significant leverage; increases in general interest rate levels affecting the Company’s interest costs; ability to manage global political uncertainty; and terrorism and political unrest.

 

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PART I

 

ITEM 1. BUSINESS

OVERVIEW

Multi-Color Corporation (“Multi-Color,” “MCC,” “We,” “Us,” “Our” or “the Company”), established in 1916, is a leader in global label solutions supporting a number of the world’s most prominent brands including leading producers of home and personal care, wine and spirit, food and beverage and specialty consumer products. MCC serves international brand owners in North, Central and South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa via a comprehensive range of the latest Label Technologies in Pressure Sensitive, Cut and Stack, In-Mold, Shrink Sleeve and Heat Transfer. MCC employs approximately 1,100 associates at 12 facilities globally and is a public company trading on the NASDAQ Global Select Market (company symbol: LABL).

Prior to June 2007, the Company was organized into two business segments: Decorating Solutions and Packaging Services. The Decorating Solutions segment’s primary operations consisted of the design and printing of labels, while the Packaging Services segment provided promotional packaging, assembly and fulfillment services. On July 2, 2007, the Company completed the sale of Quick Pak, whose operating results were reported as the Packaging Services segment. Accordingly, the results of Quick Pak are now presented as discontinued operations for all periods and the Company no longer reports any segment results.

The Company is an Ohio-based corporation that was incorporated in 1985, succeeding the predecessor business. Our corporate offices are located at 4053 Clough Woods Drive, Batavia, Ohio 45103 and our telephone number is (513) 381-1480.

Our common stock, no par value, is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “LABL”. See “Item 5 – Market for the Registrant’s Common Stock, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.” We maintain a website (www.multicolorcorp.com) which includes additional information about the Company. The website includes corporate governance information for our shareholders and our Code of Ethics can be found under the corporate governance section. Shareholders can also obtain, free of charge, our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and any amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as soon as reasonably practicable after the Company electronically files such materials with or furnishes such materials to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

The Company provides a wide range of products for the packaging needs of our customers and is one of the world’s largest producers of high quality pressure sensitive, in-mold and heat transfer labels, and a major manufacturer of glue-applied and shrink sleeve labels. The Company also provides a full complement of print methods including flexographic, lithographic, rotogravure and digital, plus in-house pre-press services.

Pressure Sensitive Labels:

Pressure sensitive labels adhere to a surface with pressure. The label typically consists of four elements – a substrate, which may include paper, foil or plastic; an adhesive, which may be permanent or removable; a release coating; and a backing material to protect the adhesive against premature contact with other surfaces. The release coating and protective backing are removed prior to application to the container, exposing the adhesive, and the label is pressed or rolled into place. Innovative features in this area include promotional neckbands, peel-away coupons and resealable labels, see-through window graphics, and holographic foil enhancements to cold and hot foil stamping.

The pressure sensitive market is the largest category of the overall label market and represents a significant growth opportunity. Our strategy is to be a premier global supplier of pressure sensitive labels that demand high impact graphics or are otherwise technically challenging.

In-Mold Labels:

The in-mold label (IML) process applies a label to a plastic container as the container is being formed in the mold cavity. The finished IML product is a finely detailed label that performs consistently well for plastic container manufacturers and adds marketing value and product security for consumer product companies.

Each component of the IML production process requires a special expertise for success. The components include the substrate (the base material for the label), inks, overcoats, varnishes and adhesives. We are unique in the industry in that we manufacture IMLs on rotogravure, flexographic and lithographic printing presses. There are several critical characteristics of a successful IML: the material needs a proper coefficient of friction so that the finished label is easily and consistently picked up and applied to the blow-molded container, the substrate must be able to hold the label’s inks, including metallics and fluorescents, overlay varnishes and adhesives and the material must be able to lay smoothly, without wrinkle or bulge, when applied to a very hot, just molded plastic container that will quickly shrink, along with the label, as its temperature falls. We continually search for alternate substrates to be used in the IML process in order to improve label performance and capabilities as well as to reduce substrate costs. Technical innovations in this area include the use of peel-away IML coupons, scented and holographic labels.

 

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Glue-Applied Labels:

Glue-applied labels are adhered to containers using an adhesive applied during the labeling process. Available in roll-fed and sheeted formats, the labels are an attractive and cost-effective choice for high volume applications. Our facilities in Norway, Michigan, Watertown, Wisconsin, Napa, California and Griffith and Barossa Valley, Australia supply either offset or rotogravure glue-applied labels printed on paper and film.

Our innovations within glue-applied labels include peel-away promotional labels, thermochromics, holographics and metalized films. We also offer promotional products such as scratch-off coupons, static-clings and tags.

Heat Transfer Labels (HTLs):

HTLs are reverse printed and transferred from a special release liner onto the container using heat and pressure. The labels are a composition of inks and lacquers tailored to the customer’s specific needs. These labels are printed and then shipped to blow molders and/or contract decorators who transfer the labels to the containers. Once applied, the labels are permanently adhered to the container. The graphics capabilities include fine vignettes, metallic and thermochromatic inks, as well as the patented “frost”, giving an acid-etch appearance.

Therimage™ is our pioneer heat transfer label technology developed primarily for applications involving plastic containers serving consumer markets in personal care, home improvement products, food and beverage, and health and beauty. The addition of the Clear ADvantage™ brand provides premium graphics on both glass and plastic containers enabling this decorating technology to achieve the highly sought after “no label” look for the health and beauty aid, beverage, personal care, household chemical and promotional markets. Most recently, we have added the new “ink only” and flameless HTL technology to our capabilities in this area. Flameless technology enables us to provide a solution to customers who want to remove open flames from their operations, which are normally required to pre-treat and post-treat containers for Therimage™ and Clear ADvantage™ products. Flameless technology has applications in all the aforementioned markets.

Shrink Sleeve Labels:

Shrink sleeve labels are produced in colorful, cutting edge styles and materials. The labels are manufactured as sleeves, slid over glass or plastic bottles and then heated to conform precisely to the contours of the container. The 360-degree label and tamper resistant feature of the label are marketing advantages that many of our customers seek when choosing this label type.

The shrink sleeve market is a growing decorating technology as consumer product companies look for ways to differentiate their products. Several markets, such as the beverage market within the consumer goods industry, have adopted this decorating technology. Demand for this label solution in the food and personal care markets continues to grow and should broaden the sales opportunities for shrink sleeve labels.

Graphic Services:

In 1991, we were the first gravure printer in the U.S. to produce printing cylinders digitally without the use of film. Our Erlanger, Kentucky facility utilized a laser-exposing and chemical-engraved cylinder process developed by Think Laboratories in Japan. In February 2010, the Company entered into a supply agreement to fulfill its gravure cylinder requirements. As a part of the agreement, the Company sold certain assets associated with the manufacturing of gravure cylinders. The Erlanger facility is currently held for sale. Additionally, our Norway, Michigan facility utilizes a mechanical engraving process to produce print cylinders.

We provide graphics and pre-press services for our customers at all of our manufacturing locations. These services include the conversion of customer digital files and artwork into proofs, production of print layouts and printing plates, and product mock ups and samples for market research.

As a result of these capabilities, we are able to go from concept to printed label, thus increasing our customers’ speed and further enhancing our value proposition.

RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT

Our product leadership group focuses on research and development, product commercialization and technical service support. The group includes chemical, packaging and field engineers who are responsible for developing and commercializing innovative label and application solutions. Technical service personnel also assist customers and manufacturers in improving container and label performance. The services provided by this group differentiate us from many of our competitors and drive our selection for the most challenging projects.

Our research and development expenditures totaled approximately $2,658,000 in 2010, $3,426,000 in 2009, and $3,165,000 in 2008.

SALES AND MARKETING

We provide a complete line of label solutions and a variety of technical and graphic services. Our vision is to be the premier global resource of decorating solutions. We sell to a broad range of consumer product, food, beverage and wine and spirit companies located in North and South America, Australia and New Zealand, and South Africa. Our sales strategy is a consultative selling approach. Our sales organization reviews the requirements of the container and offers a number of alternative decorating methods. Our customers view us as an expert source of materials, methods and technologies with the ability to offer the most cost effective solution.

 

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We have continued to make progress in expanding our customer base and portfolio of products, services and manufacturing locations in order to address issues related to customer concentration. During 2010, 2009 and 2008, sales to major customers (those with 10% or more of the Company’s net revenues) approximated 28%, 32% and 51%, respectively of the Company’s consolidated net revenues. Approximately 18%, 19% and 33% of sales in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, were to the Procter & Gamble Company; approximately 10%, 13% and 18% of sales in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, were to the Miller Brewing Company. Sales concentration with our major customers has been significantly reduced since we have added new customers and products with our acquisition of Collotype which has manufacturing operations in Australia, South Africa and California.

MANUFACTURING

We currently have 12 manufacturing facilities across the U.S., Australia and South Africa. Our wide range of capabilities and versatility facilitates our ability to respond quickly and effectively to changing customer needs. Our current printing equipment consists of gravure, offset, flexographic, letterpress and digital presses and label finishing operations. As part of a manufacturing expansion, plants in Troy and Batavia, Ohio were consolidated into a new and larger facility in Batavia, Ohio. The pre-existing Batavia facility was sold in June 2008 and the Troy facility was sold in July 2009. In July 2009, we closed our Framingham manufacturing facility and the business was transitioned into our Batavia, Ohio and Scottsburg, Indiana facilities. In February, 2010, the Company entered into a supply agreement to fulfill gravure cylinder requirements. As a part of the agreement, the Company sold certain assets associated with the manufacturing of gravure cylinders. The Erlanger facility is currently held for sale. The Norway, Michigan, Watertown and Green Bay, Wisconsin and Adelaide, South Australia plants are ISO 9001 certified.

At March 31, 2010, our backlog was approximately $13,615,000 ($11,735,000 in 2009). The backlog at March 31, 2010 represents one to two weeks of production volume at current staffing levels and is expected to be completed in the next fiscal year.

EMPLOYEES

As of March 31, 2010, we had approximately 1,113 permanent employees and 73 temporary employees, of which 77 are represented by the Graphics Communications Conference of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 77P. The related labor contracts with this union expire in July 2010 and June 2011. We consider our labor relations to be good and have not experienced any work stoppages during the previous decade. All human resource and compensation systems have been developed to align our objectives with the goals of our shareholders.

RAW MATERIALS

Common to the printing industry, we purchase proprietary products from a number of raw material suppliers. To prevent potential disruptions to our manufacturing facilities, we have developed relationships with more than one supply source for each of our critical raw materials. Our raw material suppliers are major corporations with successful historical performance. Although we intend to prevent any long-term business interruption due to our inability to obtain raw materials, there could be short-term manufacturing disruptions during the customer qualification period for any new raw material source.

ACQUISITIONS

We are continually in pursuit of selective acquisitions that will contribute to our growth. We believe that acquisitions are a method of increasing our presence in existing markets, expanding into new markets, gaining new customers and product offerings and improving operating efficiencies through economies of scale. Through acquisitions, we intend to broaden our revenue stream by expanding our lines of innovative label solutions, offering a variety of technical and graphic services and fulfilling the specific needs and requirements of our customers. The printing and packaging industry is highly fragmented and offers many opportunities for acquisitions.

On February 29, 2008, we completed our largest acquisition to date when we purchased Collotype headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia. This acquisition added a substantial number of new customers, increased our position in the pressure sensitive label category, and expanded our geographic footprint with operations in Australia, South Africa and California, as well as expanding our market position in the wine and spirit industry. See Note 16 to our consolidated financial statements for geographic information relating to our net revenues and long-lived assets.

COMPETITION

We have a large number of competitors in the pressure sensitive and glue-applied label markets and several competitors in each of the IML, shrink sleeve, and HTL markets. Some of these competitors in the pressure sensitive and glue-applied label markets have greater financial and other resources than us. The competitors in IML, shrink sleeve and HTL markets are either private companies or subsidiaries of public companies and we cannot assess the financial resources of these organizations. We could be adversely affected should a competitor develop labels similar or technologically superior to our labels. We believe competition is principally dependent upon product performance, service, pricing, technical support and innovation.

PATENTS AND LICENSES

We own a number of patents and patent applications in the U.S., Australia, South Africa and the European Union that relate to the products and services we offer to our customers. Although these patents are important to us, we are not dependent upon any one patent. We believe that these patents, collectively, along with our ability to be a single source provider of many packaging needs, provide us with a competitive advantage over our competition. The expiration or unenforceability of any one of our patents would not have a material adverse effect on us.

 

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REGULATION

Our operations are subject to regulation by federal, state and foreign (Australia and South Africa) environmental protection agencies. To ensure ongoing compliance with these requirements, we have implemented an internal compliance program. Additionally, we continue to make capital investments to maintain compliance with these environmental regulations and to improve our existing equipment. However, there can be no assurances that these regulations will not require expenditures beyond those that are currently anticipated.

In the U.S., the Food and Drug Administration regulates the raw materials used in labels for various products. These regulations apply to the consumer product companies for which we produce labels. We use materials specified by the consumer product companies in producing labels.

 

ITEM 1A. RISK FACTORS

We rely on several large customers and the loss of one of these customers would have a material adverse impact on our operating results and cash flows.

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010, two customers accounted for approximately 28% of our consolidated sales and our top twenty-five customers accounted for 70% of our consolidated sales. While we maintain sales contracts with certain of our largest customers, such contracts do not guarantee sales levels and these contracts require renewal on a regular basis in the ordinary course of business. We cannot guarantee that these contracts will be successfully renewed in the future. The loss or substantial reduction in business of any of our major customers could have a material adverse impact on our operating results and cash flows.

Competition in our business could limit our ability to retain current customers and attract new customers.

We have a large number of competitors in the markets in which we operate. Some of our competitors have greater financial and other resources than us. We could face competitive pressure through (a) new products developed by our competitors that are of superior quality, fit our customers’ needs better or have lower prices; (b) patents obtained or developed by competitors; (c) consolidation of our competitors; (d) pricing pressures; and (e) loss of proprietary supplies of certain materials. The inability to successfully overcome competition in our business could have a material adverse impact on our operating results and cash flows.

Raw material cost increases or shortages could adversely affect our results of operations and cash flows.

As a manufacturer, our sales and profitability are dependent upon the availability and cost of raw materials, which are subject to price fluctuations, and the ability to control or pass on fluctuating costs of raw materials. Inflationary and other increases in the costs of raw materials and energy have occurred in the past and are continuing to recur. Our future performance depends in part on our ability to improve operating efficiencies and pass raw material cost increases to our customers.

We have risks related to the recent economic and credit conditions.

The Company’s operating cash flows provide funding for debt repayment and various discretionary items such as capital expenditures and dividends. Recent uncertainty in global economic conditions has negatively impacted the overall economy which has adversely impacted demand for our products and our ability to manage commercial relationships with our customers, suppliers and creditors.

Slower growth or a decline in key markets could adversely affect our profitability.

Our business could be negatively impacted by continued slower growth or a decline in key end use markets or applications for our products and services which could adversely affect our operating results and cash flows.

Changes in the regulatory or administrative environment could adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.

Laws and regulations at both the state, federal and international levels frequently change and the cost of compliance cannot be precisely estimated. Any changes in regulations, the imposition of additional regulations, or the enactment of any new governmental legislation that impacts employment/labor, trade, health care, tax, environmental or other business issues could have an adverse impact on our financial condition and results of operations.

We are subject to risks associated with our international operations.


        We have operations in the United States, Australia and South Africa, and we intend to continue expansion of our international operations. As a result, our business is exposed to risks inherent in foreign operations. These risks, which can vary substantially by market, include the difficulties associated with managing an organization with operations in multiple countries, compliance with differing laws and regulations (including tax laws, regulations and rates), restrictive actions by foreign governments, changes in economic conditions in each market, foreign customers who may have longer payment cycles than customers in the United States, political and social conditions (including wars, terrorist acts and political instability) and acts of nature, such as typhoons, tsunamis, or earthquakes.

 

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Currency exchange rate fluctuations could have an adverse effect on our revenue and financial results.

Our revenues and earnings and the value of our foreign net assets are affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, which may favorably or adversely affect reported earnings and net assets. Currency exchange rates fluctuate in response to, among other things, changes in local, regional or global economic conditions, the imposition of currency exchange restrictions and unexpected changes in regulatory or taxation environments.

Our ability to develop and market new products is critical for maintaining growth.

Our success depends upon the timely introduction of new products as well as improvements to current products. Research and development relies on innovation and requires anticipation of market trends. Our future results and ability to maintain or improve our competitive position will depend on our ability to successfully identify, develop and sell new or improved products.

We rely primarily on printing presses.

The long-term shutdown of our presses or malfunctions experienced with our presses could negatively impact our ability to fulfill customers’ orders and on-time delivery needs and adversely impact our operating results and cash flows.

Our ability to stay current with our information technology systems could have a material adverse impact on our business.

We are increasingly dependent on the information technology systems we have put into place and any significant breakdown, viruses or destruction could negatively impact our business. We upgrade and install new systems, which if installed or programmed incorrectly, could cause significant disruptions. If a disruption occurs, we could incur losses and costs for interruption of our operations.

If the quality of our products and services does not meet our customer expectations, we may experience decreased sales and earnings.

Occasionally, we ship products with quality issues resulting from defective material, manufacturing, packaging or design. Issues discovered after shipment may cause additional shipping costs, possible discounts or refunds, and potential loss of future sales. Issues discovered before shipping may cause delays in shipping, delays in the manufacturing process and potential cancelled orders. These quality issues could adversely affect our profitability as well as negatively impact our reputation.

Our business growth strategy is partially executed through acquisitions and we may not be successful with acquisitions.

Although we have completed many acquisitions, there can be no assurance that we will find quality businesses at acceptable prices to acquire in the future. With each acquisition that we may complete, we will encounter risks and uncertainties associated with the transaction. We may be unable to retain certain customers and employees and the integration of product lines, procedures, systems and goals may not be successful. Any expected cost synergies from an acquisition may be difficult to obtain. The failure in our ability to successfully integrate an acquisition may negatively impact our operating results and cash flows. Future acquisitions could cause us to incur additional debt, contingent liabilities and increased interest expense, as well as experience dilution in earnings per share.

Our leverage and restrictions contained in our debt agreements could have significant consequences.

As of March 31, 2010, our consolidated indebtedness, including current maturities of long-term indebtedness, was $86 million, which could have important consequences including the following:

 

   

Increasing our vulnerability to general economic and industry conditions;

 

   

Requiring a substantial portion of cash flows from operating activities to be dedicated to the payment of principal and interest on our indebtedness and, as a result, reducing our ability to use our cash flows to fund our operations and capital expenditures, pay dividends, capitalize on future business opportunities and expand our business;

 

   

Exposing us to the risk of increased interest expense as certain of our borrowings are at variable rates of interest;

 

   

Limiting our ability to obtain additional financing for working capital, capital expenditures, additional acquisitions and other business purposes; and

 

   

Limiting our flexibility to adjust to changing market conditions and react to competitive pressures.

We may be able to incur additional indebtedness in the future, subject to the restrictions contained in our debt agreements. If new indebtedness is added to our current debt levels, the related risks that we now face could intensify.

Our debt agreements contain covenants that limit our flexibility in operating our business.

The agreements governing our indebtedness contain various covenants that may adversely affect our ability to operate our business. Among other things, these covenants limit our ability to:

 

   

Incur additional indebtedness;

 

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Make certain investments or loans;

 

   

Transfer or sell certain assets;

 

   

Create or permit liens on assets; and

 

   

Consolidate, merge, sell or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our assets.

The agreements governing our indebtedness also require us to maintain (i) a minimum consolidated net worth, (ii) a maximum consolidated leverage ratio of 3.25 to 1.00, stepping down to 3.00 to 1.00 at December 31, 2010 and for each fiscal quarter thereafter; and (iii) a minimum consolidated interest charge coverage ratio of 3.50 to 1.00. A breach of any of these covenants could result in a default under our debt agreements, which could prompt the lenders to declare all amounts outstanding under the debt agreements to be immediately due and payable and terminate commitments to extend further credit. If we were unable to repay these amounts, the lenders could proceed against the collateral that secures the indebtedness.

We need to comply with various environmental, health and safety laws.

We are subject to environmental, health and safety laws and regulations. We routinely incur costs in complying with these regulations and, if we fail to comply, could incur significant penalties. In addition, failure to comply with environmental requirements could require us to shut down or reduce production or create liability exposure. New environmental laws or regulations may be adopted that could constrain our operations or increase our environmental compliance costs.

We must be able to continue to effectively manage our growth.

We have experienced significant and steady growth over the last several years. Our growth, in particular the acquisition of Collotype in February 2008, places significant demands on our resources and personnel and we must continue to motivate and guide our growing and evolving workforce. The failure to effectively manage our growth could have a material adverse impact on our operating results and cash flows.

We have a significant amount of goodwill and other intangible assets on our balance sheet; an impairment of our goodwill or other intangible assets may adversely affect our operating results.

As of March 31, 2010, we had approximately $134 million of goodwill and intangible assets on our balance sheet, the value of which depends on a number of factors, including earnings growth, market capitalization and the overall success of our business. Accounting standards require us to test goodwill annually for impairment, and more frequently when events or circumstances indicate impairment may exist. There can be no assurance that future reviews of our goodwill and other intangible assets will not result in impairment charges. Although it does not affect cash flow, an impairment charge does have the effect of decreasing our earnings, assets and shareholders’ equity.

 

ITEM 1B. UNRESOLVED SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION STAFF COMMENTS

None.

 

ITEM 2. PROPERTIES

As of March 31, 2010, the Company owned 4 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and leased 8 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Australia and South Africa. The Company expanded its manufacturing operations in October 2007 with the purchase of a new manufacturing facility in Batavia, Ohio. Two of our plants in Ohio have been consolidated into this new facility. The pre-existing Batavia facility was sold in June 2008 and the Troy facility was sold in July 2009. Also, in July 2009, we closed our Framingham manufacturing facility and the business was transitioned into our Batavia, Ohio and Scottsburg, Indiana facilities. In November 2009, the Company moved its corporate headquarters from Sharonville, Ohio to its Batavia, Ohio facility. The previous corporate headquarters in Sharonville, Ohio is currently being subleased. In February, 2010, the Company entered into a supply agreement to fulfill gravure cylinder requirements. As a part of the agreement, the Company sold certain assets associated with the manufacturing of gravure cylinders. The Erlanger facility is currently held for sale.

All of the Company’s properties are in good condition, well maintained and adequate for our intended uses.

 

ITEM 3. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

None.

 

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

Not Applicable.

 

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PART II

 

ITEM 5. MARKET FOR THE REGISTRANT’S COMMON STOCK, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES

Our shares trade in the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol LABL. The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices of our common stock (“Common Stock”) as reported in the NASDAQ Stock Market during fiscal years 2010 and 2009. Our stock is thinly traded and accordingly, the prices below may not be indicative of prices at which a large number of shares can be traded or reflective of prices that would prevail in a more active market.

 

Quarter Ending:

   High    Low    Dividend Per Share

March 31, 2010

   $ 13.60    $ 11.03    $ 0.05

December 31, 2009

   $ 14.73    $ 10.92    $ 0.05

September 30, 2009

   $ 17.55    $ 12.08    $ 0.05

June 30, 2009

   $ 14.44    $ 10.76    $ 0.05

March 31, 2009

   $ 17.02    $ 10.44    $ 0.05

December 31, 2008

   $ 22.90    $ 11.96    $ 0.05

September 30, 2008

   $ 25.70    $ 19.38    $ 0.05

June 30, 2008

   $ 24.71    $ 20.20    $ 0.05

As of May 28, 2010, there were approximately 332 shareholders of record of the Common Stock.

Beginning in and since the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005, we have paid a quarterly dividend of $0.05 per common share.

 

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FIVE YEAR PERFORMANCE GRAPH

The following performance graph compares Multi-Color’s cumulative annual total shareholder return from April 1, 2005 through March 31, 2010, to that of the NASDAQ Market Index, a broad market index, the Hemscott Group Index—Packaging and Containers (“Hemscott index”), an index of approximately 34 printing and packaging industry peer companies, and the Morningstar Packaging & Containers Index (“Morningstar index”), an index of approximately 34 printing and packaging industry peer companies. Multi-Color has used the Hemscott Index as its comparative industry index in prior years. As a result of Morningstar’s acquisition of the Hemscott businesses, Multi-Color expects to use the Morningstar index, a comparable industry index, in future years. The graph assumes that the value of the investment in the common stock and each index was $100 on April 1, 2005, and that all dividends were reinvested. Stock price performances shown in the graph are not indicative of future price performances. This data was furnished by Morningstar, Inc.

COMPARISON OF 5-YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN AMONG

MULTI-COLOR CORPORATION, NASDAQ MARKET INDEX,

MORNINGSTAR PACKAGING & CONTAINERS AND HEMSCOTT GROUP INDEX

LOGO

ASSUMES $100 INVESTED ON APR. 01, 2005

ASSUMES DIVIDEND REINVESTED

FISCAL YEAR ENDING MARCH 31, 2010

 

     2005    2006    2007    2008    2009    2010

Multi-Color Corporation

   $ 100.00    $ 154.98    $ 182.43    $ 175.30    $ 96.66    $ 96.21

Hemscott Group Index

   $ 100.00    $ 102.14    $ 126.99    $ 138.31    $ 79.94    $ 153.46

Morningstar Index

   $ 100.00    $ 101.66    $ 128.46    $ 136.68    $ 74.47    $ 126.73

NASDAQ Market Index

   $ 100.00    $ 117.89    $ 122.27    $ 115.88    $ 78.46    $ 124.22

 

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ITEM 6. SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

     Year Ended March 31,
     2010 (1)    2009 (2)(5)     2008 (3)(5)    2007 (4)(5)    2006 (5)

Net revenues

   $ 276,821    $ 289,763      $ 210,307    $ 192,551    $ 176,945

Gross profit

     48,601      52,806        38,926      37,149      32,996

Operating income

     22,911      22,865        17,499      13,846      16,598

Income from continuing operations

     14,268      11,435        16,007      8,612      9,041

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

     —        (137     6,977      2,414      592

Net income

     14,268      11,298        22,984      11,026      9,633

Basic earnings per share:

             

Income from continuing operations (6)

   $ 1.17    $ 0.94      $ 1.57    $ 0.87    $ 0.92

Income (loss) from discontinued operations (6)

     —        (0.01     0.68      0.24      0.06
                                   

Basic earnings per common share (6)

   $ 1.17    $ 0.93      $ 2.25    $ 1.11    $ 0.98

Diluted earnings per common share:

             

Income from continuing operations (6)

   $ 1.16    $ 0.93      $ 1.52    $ 0.84    $ 0.89

Income (loss) from discontinued operations (6)

     —        (0.01     0.66      0.24      0.06
                                   

Diluted earnings per common share (6)

   $ 1.16    $ 0.92      $ 2.18    $ 1.08    $ 0.95

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic (6)

     12,209      12,156        10,212      9,904      9,787

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted (6)

     12,332      12,355        10,520      10,221      10,105

Dividends declared per common share (6)

   $ 0.20    $ 0.20      $ 0.16    $ 0.12    $ 0.12

Dividends paid

     2,469      2,449        1,688      1,323      1,305

Working capital

     19,934      13,531        18,517      15,832      19,571

Total assets

     285,342      258,208        314,080      107,081      113,634

Short-term debt

     10,001      10,002        10,003      5,150      5,876

Long-term debt

     75,642      92,317        121,748      —        21,925

Stockholders’ equity

   $ 146,628    $ 103,032      $ 119,938    $ 64,423    $ 53,004
                                   

 

1) Fiscal 2010 results include a pre-tax gain of $3,451 ($2,141 after-tax) related to the sale of certain assets associated with the manufacture of gravure cylinders and a charge of $1,219 ($959 after-tax) for remaining lease obligations and other costs related to the relocation of the Company’s corporate headquarters from Sharonville, Ohio to its Batavia, Ohio facility.
2) Fiscal 2009 results include a pre-tax charge of $2,553 ($1,634 after-tax) for expenses related to the closure of the Framingham manufacturing facility.
3) Fiscal 2008 results include a pre-tax gain of $7,659 ($5,001 after-tax) on foreign currency forward contracts (included in income from continuing operations) and a pre-tax gain of $11,278 ($6,922 after-tax) from the sale of Quick Pak (included in income (loss) from discontinued operations).

 

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4) Fiscal 2007 results include $3,048 in pre-tax charges for expenses related to two potential acquisitions that were terminated during the third quarter 2007.
5) Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.
6) All share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the 3-for-2 stock split effective September 17, 2007.

Refer to Item 7, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” for a discussion of the impact of acquisitions completed during recent fiscal years that would impact the comparability of the selected financial data noted above. On February 29, 2008, we acquired Collotype which included seven label manufacturing plants in Australia, South Africa and the United States.

 

ITEM 7. MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

The following discussion and analysis should be read in conjunction with Multi-Color’s consolidated financial statements and notes thereto appearing elsewhere herein.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following table shows for the periods indicated, certain components of Multi-Color’s consolidated statements of income as a percentage of net revenues.

 

     Percentage of Net Revenues  
     2010     2009     2008  

Net revenues

   100.0   100.0   100.0

Cost of revenues

   82.4   81.8   81.5
                  

Gross profit

   17.6   18.2   18.5

Selling, general & administrative expenses

   10.0   9.5   10.2

Gain on sale of certain cylinder assets

   (1.2 )%    —        —     

Facility closure expense

   0.5   0.9   —     
                  

Operating income

   8.3   7.8   8.3

Interest expense

   1.7   2.4   0.4

Net gain on foreign currency forward contracts

   —        —        (3.6 )% 

Other (income) expense, net

   (0.1 )%    (0.1 )%    (0.3 )% 
                  

Income from continuing operations before income tax

   6.7   5.5   11.8

Income tax expense

   1.5   1.7   4.2
                  

Income from continuing operations

   5.2   3.8   7.6

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

   —        —        3.3
                  

Net income

   5.2   3.8   10.9
                  

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

We provide a complete line of innovative decorative label solutions and offer a variety of technical and graphic services to our customers based on their specific needs and requirements. Our customers include a wide range of consumer product companies and we supply labels for many of the world’s best known brands and products, including laundry detergent, fabric care, food, beverages, and wine and spirits.

During fiscal 2010, the Company had revenues of $276.8 million compared to $289.8 million in the prior year. The decrease in revenues was due to a 6% decline in sales volume and pricing partially offset by a 2% favorable foreign exchange impact. The sales decline attributable to volume and pricing was comprised of a $14.2 million or 5% decrease in sales volume and mix and $4 million or 1% of lower pricing. The 5% sales volume decline is primarily related to lower sales volumes to our top two customers.

Gross profit decreased 8% or $4.2 million in 2010 compared to 2009 due to a decrease in revenues as a result of a decrease in sales volume to our top two customers and lower pricing. Gross profit margins remained steady at approximately 18% of sales revenues compared to the prior year.

Operating income was steady at $22.9 million in 2010 compared to 2009 primarily due to the gain on sale of certain cylinder assets and lower facility closure costs offset by $1.8 million of non-cash fixed asset impairments and severance charges and the impact of lower sales volume and pricing.

The label markets we serve continue to experience a competitive environment and price pressures. We continually search for ways to reduce our costs through improved production and labor efficiencies, reduced substrate waste, new substrate options and lower substrate pricing.

We have continued to make progress in expanding our customer base and portfolio of products, services and manufacturing locations in order to address issues related to customer concentration. During 2010, 2009 and 2008, sales to major customers (those with 10% or more of the Company’s net revenues) approximated 28%, 32% and 51%, respectively of the Company’s consolidated net revenues. Approximately 18%, 19% and 33% of sales in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, were to the Procter & Gamble Company; approximately

 

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10%, 13% and 18% of sales in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, were to the Miller Brewing Company. Sales concentration with our major customers has been significantly reduced since we have added new customers and products with our acquisition of Collotype which has manufacturing operations in Australia, South Africa and California. In addition, sales volumes to our two largest customers declined by 5% in 2010 contributing to the decline in customer concentration.

On February 12, 2010, the Company entered into a supply agreement to fulfill gravure cylinder requirements. As a part of the agreement, the Company sold certain assets associated with the manufacturing of gravure cylinders for $4.3 million in cash. The Company recorded an after-tax gain of $2.1 million on the sale in its fourth quarter fiscal 2010 financial results. The Erlanger facility is currently held for sale.

During fiscal 2010, the Company relocated its corporate headquarters from Sharonville, Ohio to its Batavia, Ohio facility in order to consolidate certain of its employees into existing owned office space. The lease for the Sharonville, Ohio location expires in April 2017. In connection with the relocation, the Company recorded a charge of $1.2 million for remaining lease obligations and other costs related to its Sharonville facility. The Sharonville, Ohio location is currently being subleased.

In January 2009, we announced plans to consolidate our heat transfer label (HTL) manufacturing business located in Framingham, Massachusetts into our other existing facilities. The transition began immediately, with final plant closure occurring in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. In connection with the closure of the Framingham facility, the Company recorded a total pre-tax charge of $2.6 during the fourth quarter period ending March 31, 2009, consisting of $1.4 million in cash charges for employee severance and other termination benefits related to 62 associates and $1.2 million in non-cash charges related to asset impairments. During the year ended March 31, 2010, the Company incurred employee retention charges of $261 recorded in selling, general and administrative expense. The remaining liability for employee severance and other termination benefits is expected to be paid by May 2010 and is recorded in accrued liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet.

On February 29, 2008, we acquired Collotype International Holdings Pty. Ltd. (Collotype) which is headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia. Collotype is the world’s leading and highly awarded pressure sensitive wine and spirit label manufacturer and a growing provider of labels in the fast-moving consumer goods marketplace in Australia. Collotype has manufacturing operations in Australia, South Africa and the United States (See Note 3 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements).

Prior to June 2007, the Company was organized into two business segments: Decorating Solutions and Packaging Services. The Decorating Solutions segment’s primary operations involved the design and printing of labels, while the Packaging Services segment provided promotional packaging, assembling and fulfillment services. On July 2, 2007, we completed the sale of Quick Pak, whose operating results were reported as the Packaging Services segment (see Note 4 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements). Accordingly, the results of Quick Pak have been presented as discontinued operations for all periods in the consolidated financial statements and the Company no longer reports any segment results.

Our vision is to be a premier global resource of decorating solutions. We currently serve customers located throughout North, Central and South America, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand. We continue to monitor and analyze new trends in the packaging and consumer products industries to ensure that we are providing appropriate services and products to our customers. Certain factors that influence our business include consumer spending, new product introductions, new packaging technologies and demographics.

Our key objectives for fiscal year 2011 include winning new customers, growing with existing customers, providing greater support to our blue chip customer base, improving our low cost manufacturing market position and continuing to develop our global operations foot print through selective acquisitions.

COMPARISON OF FISCAL YEARS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 AND MARCH 31, 2009

 

     2010    2009    $
Change
    %
Change
 

Net Revenues

   $ 276,821    $ 289,763    $ (12,942   (4 %) 

Net revenues decreased 4% to $276.8 million from $289.8 million. The decrease in revenues was due to a 6% decline in sales volume and pricing partially offset by a 2% favorable foreign exchange impact. The sales decline attributable to volume and pricing was comprised of a $14.2 million or 5% decrease in sales volume and mix and $4 million or 1% of lower pricing. The 5% sales volume decline is primarily related to lower sales volumes to our top two customers.

 

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     2010     2009     $
Change
    %
Change
 

Cost of Revenues

   $ 228,220      $ 236,957      $ (8,737   (4 )% 

% of Net Revenues

     82.4     81.8    

Gross Profit

   $ 48,601      $ 52,806      $ (4,205   (8 )% 

% of Net Revenues

     17.6     18.2    

Cost of revenues decreased 4% or $8.7 million to $228.2 million due to lower North American sales volumes in fiscal year 2010. Gross profit decreased 8% or $4.2 million in 2010 compared to 2009 due to a decrease in revenues as a result of lower sales volume to our top two customers and lower pricing. Gross profit margins remained steady at approximately 18% of sales revenues compared to the prior year.

Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A), Gain on Sale of Certain Cylinder Assets and Facility Closure Expense

 

     2010     2009     $
Change
    %
Change
 

Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) Expense

   $ 27,662      $ 27,388      $ 274      1

% of Net Revenues

     10.0     9.5    

Gain on Sale of Certain Cylinder Assets

   $ (3,451   $ —        $ (3,451   (100 )% 

% of Net Revenues

     (1.2 %)      —      

Facility Closure Expense

   $ 1,479      $ 2,553      $ (1,074   (42 )% 

% of Net Revenues

     0.5     0.9    

SG&A expenses increased $274 compared to the prior year due to $1.1 million in severance charges and $940 in non-cash fixed asset impairments partially offset by the impact of cost reduction actions implemented in the prior year.

On February 12, 2010, the Company entered into a supply agreement to fulfill gravure cylinder requirements. As a part of the agreement, the Company sold certain assets associated with the manufacturing of gravure cylinders for $4.3 million in cash. The Company recorded a pre-tax gain of $3.5 million in the fiscal fourth quarter.

In connection with the closure of the Framingham facility, the Company incurred employee retention charges of $261 in fiscal year 2010 and in fiscal year 2009, a charge of $2.6 million consisting of $1.4 million in cash charges for employee severance and other termination benefits and plant shut down costs and $1.2 million in non-cash asset impairments.

In connection with the relocation of the Company’s corporate headquarters from Sharonville, OH to Batavia, OH, the Company recorded a charge of $1.2 million in facility closure expense in fiscal year 2010.

Interest and Other (Income) Expense

 

     2010     2009     $
Change
    %
Change
 

Interest Expense

   $ 4,753      $ 6,841      $ (2,088   (31 )% 

Other (Income) Expense, net

   $ (326   $ (378   $ 52      14

Interest expense decreased $2.1 million due to a $17 million or 16% net repayment of bank debt and lower interest rates. The decrease in other income was due primarily to lower scrap sales in fiscal year 2010.

 

     2010    2009    $
Change
    %
Change
 

Income Tax Expense

   $ 4,216    $ 4,967    $ (751   (15 %) 

The Company’s effective tax rate was 23% in 2010 compared to 30% in 2009 due to income in lower tax jurisdictions and a recognized tax benefit related to a foreign exchange loss on intercompany loans and other items resulting in a $1 million benefit to income tax expense in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The Company expects its annual effective tax rate to be approximately 30% in fiscal year 2011.

 

     2010    2009     $
Change
   %
Change
 

Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax

   $  —      $ (137   $ 137    100

The sale of Quick Pak was completed during fiscal year 2008 and additional income tax expense related to the sale was recorded in fiscal year 2009. There was no discontinued operations activity during fiscal year 2010.

 

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COMPARISON OF FISCAL YEARS ENDED MARCH 31, 2009 AND MARCH 31, 2008

 

     2009    2008    $
Change
   %
Change
 

Net Revenues

   $ 289,763    $ 210,307    $ 79,456    38

The increase in revenues was due to the Collotype acquisition completed in February 2008, which generated $106.4 million in revenues in 2009 compared to $9.3 million in revenues for the year ended March 31, 2008. This increase was partially offset by a 9% reduction in North American revenues due to lower volumes as a result of the recessionary impact on consumer spending. 60% of the North American sales volume decline is attributable to our largest customer and the remaining 40% to our smaller regional customers.

 

     2009     2008     $
Change
   %
Change
 

Cost of Revenues

   $ 236,957      $ 171,381      $ 65,576    38

% of Net Revenues

     81.8     81.5     

Gross Profit

   $ 52,806      $ 38,926      $ 13,880    36

% of Net Revenues

     18.2     18.5     

Cost of Revenues increased 38% or $65.6 million and gross profit increased 36% or $13.9 million in 2009 compared to 2008 due to the Collotype acquisition, partially offset by the impact of the decrease in North American revenues and plant start-up costs incurred during the first half of the year for the new Batavia, Ohio manufacturing facility.

Selling, General & Administrative (SG&A) and Facility Closure Expense

 

     2009     2008     $
Change
   %
Change
 

Selling, General & Administrative Expense

   $ 27,388      $ 21,427      $ 5,961    28

% of Net Revenues

     9.5     10.2     

Facility Closure Expense

   $ 2,553      $ —        $ 2,553    100

% of Net Revenues

     0.9     N/A        

SG&A expenses increased $6.0 million due to comparable expenses from the Collotype acquisition. As a percent of sales, SG&A expenses were lower due to cost reduction actions and lower incentive pay as a result of not meeting our financial targets.

In connection with the closure of the Framingham facility, the Company recorded a charge in plant closure costs of $2.6 million consisting of $1.4 million in cash charges for employee severance and other termination benefits related to 62 associates and $1.2 million in non-cash charges related to asset impairments.

Interest, Net Gain on Foreign Currency Forward Contracts and Other (Income) Expense

 

     2009     2008     $
Change
   %
Change
 

Interest Expense

   $ 6,841      $ 962      $ 5,879    NM   

Net Gain on Foreign Currency Forward Contracts

   $ —        $ (7,659   $ 7,659    (100 )% 

Other (Income) Expense, net

   $ (378   $ (631   $ 253    (40 )% 

Interest expense increased $5.9 million due to the debt incurred to finance the Collotype acquisition. During fiscal year 2009, the Company repaid $25 million or 19% of long-term debt due to strong cash flow and lower capital expenditures.

During 2008, the Company recorded $7.7 million of net gains on foreign currency forward contracts. The contracts were entered into in connection with the Collotype acquisition in order to purchase Australian dollars and were settled upon the completion of the acquisition in February 2008.

The decrease in other income was due primarily to lower investment income as a result of lower cash balances on hand during 2009.

 

     2009    2008    $
Change
    %
Change
 

Income Tax Expense

   $ 4,967    $ 8,820    $ (3,853   (44 )% 

The Company’s effective tax rate was 30% in 2009 compared to 36% in 2008 due to income in lower tax jurisdictions and the finalization of the acquisition tax structure related to the Company’s international operations.

 

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     2009     2008    $
Change
    %
Change

Income (Loss) from Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax

   $ (137   $ 6,977    $ (7,114   NM

The sale of Quick Pak was completed in July 2007 and therefore, there were 3 months of operations included in 2008 as compared to no operations in fiscal 2009. In addition, the sale of Quick Pak resulted in an after-tax gain of approximately $6.9 million recorded during the second quarter of fiscal 2008. During fiscal year 2009, additional income tax expense was recorded related to the sale of Quick Pak.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The preparation of consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses. We continually evaluate our estimates, including, but not limited to, those related to revenue recognition, bad debts, inventories and any related reserves, income taxes, fixed assets, goodwill and intangible assets. We base our estimates on historical experience and on various other assumptions believed to be reasonable under the facts and circumstances. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

We believe the following critical accounting policies impact the more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements. Additionally, our senior management has reviewed the critical accounting policies and estimates with the Board of Directors’ Audit and Finance Committee. For a more detailed discussion of the application of these and other accounting policies, refer to Note 2 of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes revenue on sales of products when the customer receives title to the goods, which is generally upon shipment or delivery depending on sales terms. Revenues are generally denominated in the currency of the country from which the product is shipped and are net of applicable returns and discounts.

Inventories

Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market value and are maintained using the FIFO (first-in, first-out) or specific identification method. Excess and obsolete cost reductions are generally established based on inventory age.

Accounts Receivable

Our customers are primarily major consumer product and wine and spirit companies and container manufacturers. Accounts receivable consist of amounts due from customers in connection with our normal business activities and are carried at sales value less allowance for doubtful accounts. The allowance for doubtful accounts is established to reflect the expected losses of accounts receivable based on past collection history, age and specific individual risks identified. Losses may also depend to some degree on current and future economic conditions. Although future conditions are unknown to us and may result in additional credit losses, we do not anticipate significant adverse credit circumstances in fiscal 2011. If we are unable to collect all or part of the outstanding receivable balance, there could be a material impact on the Company’s operating results and cash flows.

Goodwill and Other Acquired Intangible Assets

We test goodwill and other intangible assets for impairment annually and/or whenever events or circumstances make it more likely than not that impairment may have occurred. The impairment test is completed based upon our assessment of the estimated fair value of goodwill and other intangible assets. The annual review for impairment of goodwill requires the use of estimates and assumptions which we believe are appropriate. Application of different estimates and assumptions could have a material impact on the consolidated statements of income.

The Company’s $117 million of goodwill at March 31, 2010 relates primarily to the acquisition of Collotype in 2008. The Company completed its annual goodwill impairment test in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. The first step of the impairment review compares the fair value of the Company to the carrying value. The fair value was calculated as of February 28, 2010 by calculating the Multi-Color market capitalization and adding a 15% control premium and comparing it to the Company’s shareholders’ equity balance. The result of the first step did not indicate potential impairment as the estimated fair value of its reporting unit exceeded the carrying value by $37 million. As a result, the second step of the impairment test was not required. Reasonably possible fluctuations in the stock price and market capitalization did not indicate impairment.

Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

We review long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that assets might be impaired and the related carrying amounts may not be recoverable. The determination of whether impairment exists involves various estimates and assumptions, including the determination of the undiscounted cash flows estimated to be generated by the assets involved in the review. The cash flow estimates are based upon our historical experience, adjusted to reflect estimated future market and operating conditions. Measurement of an impairment loss requires a determination of fair value. We base our estimates of fair values on quoted market prices when available, independent appraisals as appropriate and industry trends or other market knowledge. Changes in the market condition and/or losses of a major production line could have a material impact on the consolidated statements of income.

 

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Income Taxes

Income taxes are recorded based on the current year amounts payable or refundable, as well as the consequences of events that give rise to deferred tax assets and liabilities. Deferred tax assets and liabilities result from temporary differences between the tax basis and reported book basis of assets and liabilities and result in taxable or deductible amounts in future years. Our accounting for deferred taxes involves certain estimates and assumptions that we believe are appropriate. Future changes in regulatory tax laws and/or different positions held by taxing authorities may affect the amounts recorded for income taxes.

The benefits of tax positions are not recorded unless it is more likely than not the tax position would be sustained upon challenge by the appropriate tax authorities. Tax benefits that are more likely than not to be sustained are measured at the largest amount of benefit that is cumulatively greater than a 50% likelihood of being realized.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Net cash flows from operating activities in 2010 were $27.6 million, a decrease of $351 compared to the $27.9 million provided by operating activities in 2009. The decrease was due to an increase in accounts receivable and inventories, partially offset by lower interest and income tax payments. Net cash flows from operating activities in 2009 were $27.9 million, an increase of $16.1 million compared to the $11.8 million provided by operating activities in 2008. The increase was due to cash generated from earnings, a decrease in accounts receivable and inventories and lower income tax payments.

Net cash flows used in investing activities were $1.0 million in 2010, $2.2 million in 2009 and $112.4 million in 2008. The investing activities in 2010 include capital expenditures of $6.3 million, partially offset by proceeds from the sale of property plant and equipment of $5.1 million. The investing activities in 2009 include capital expenditures of $10 million, partially offset by refunds from equipment deposits and proceeds from the sale of property plant and equipment. The investing activities in 2008 included the acquisition of Collotype and capital expenditures and equipment deposits relating to the Batavia, Ohio manufacturing facility expansions partially offset by proceeds from the sale of Quick Pak and proceeds on the settlement of foreign currency forward contracts.

Capital expenditures of $6.3 million in 2010 and $10 million in 2009 were funded primarily from cash flow from operations. Capital expenditures in 2009 and 2008 related primarily to the Batavia, Ohio manufacturing facility expansion. The projected amount of capital expenditures for 2011 is $13.9 million.

Cash used in financing activities in 2010 was $22.0 million compared to cash used in financing activities of $26.2 million in 2009. During 2010, net debt payments were $16.7 million compared to net debt payments of $25.0 million in 2009.

On February 29, 2008 and in connection with the Collotype acquisition (see Note 3 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements), the Company executed a new five-year $200 million credit agreement with a consortium of bank lenders (Credit Facility) that expires in 2013. The new Credit Facility contains an election to increase the facility by up to an additional $50 million and the Company terminated its previous $50 million credit facility. At March 31, 2010, the aggregate principal amount of $180 million is available under the Credit Facility through: (i) a $110 million five-year revolving credit facility (“U.S. Revolving Credit Facility”); (ii) the Australian dollar equivalent of a $40 million five-year revolving credit facility (“Australian Sub-Facility”); and (iii) a $30 million term loan facility (“Term Loan Facility”), which amortizes $10 million per year.

The Credit Facility may be used for working capital, capital expenditures and other corporate purposes. Loans under the U.S. Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan Facility bear interest either at: (i) the greater of (a) Bank of America’s prime rate in effect from time to time; and (b) the federal funds rate in effect from time to time plus 0.5%; or (ii) the applicable London interbank offered rate plus the applicable margin for such loans which ranges from 0.75% to 2.00% based on the Company’s leverage ratio at the time of the borrowing. Loans under the Australian Sub-Facility bear interest at the Bank Bill Swap Bid Rate (BBSY) plus the applicable margin for such loans which ranges from 0.75% to 2.00% based on Multi-Color’s leverage ratio at the time of the borrowing.

Available borrowings under the Credit Facility at March 31, 2010 consisted of $65 million under the U.S. Revolving Credit Facility and $29.4 million under the Australian Sub-Facility.

The Credit Facility contains customary representations and warranties as well as customary negative and affirmative covenants. The Credit Facility requires Multi-Color to maintain the following financial covenants: (i) a minimum consolidated net worth; (ii) a maximum consolidated leverage ratio of 3.25 to 1.00, stepping down to 3.00 to 1.00 at December 31, 2010 and for each fiscal quarter thereafter; and (iii) a minimum consolidated interest charge coverage ratio of 3.50 to 1.00. The Credit Facility contains customary mandatory and optional prepayment provisions, customary events of default, and is secured by capital stock of subsidiaries, intercompany debt and the Company’s property and assets, but excluding real property.

In April 2008, the Company entered into two interest rate swap agreements to manage its exposure to interest rate fluctuations on variable debt (See Note 10). The interest rate swaps cover a portion of the debt under the Term Loan Facility and U.S. Revolving Credit Facility. At March 31, 2010, the interest rate swaps resulted in interest payments based on a fixed rate ranging from 4.42% to 4.83% and the balance of the amortizing swap was $24 million.

We believe that we have both sufficient short and long-term liquidity and financing. We had a working capital position of $19.9 million at March 31, 2010 and we were in compliance with our loan covenants and current in our principal and interest payments on all debt.

 

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The following table summarizes the Company’s contractual obligations as of March 31, 2010:

 

(in thousands)

   Total    Year 1    Year 2    Year 3    Year 4    Year 5    More than
5 years

Long-term debt

   $ 85,643    $ 10,001    $ 10,000    $ 65,642    $ —      $ —      $ —  

Interest on long-term debt (1)

     9,751      3,912      3,318      2,521      —        —        —  

Rent due under operating leases

     23,457      4,069      3,686      3,555      3,477      3,405      5,265

Unconditional purchase obligations

     5,494      4,809      685      —        —        —        —  

Pension and post retirement obligations

     1,020      35      59      49      37      62      778

Deferred compensation (2)

     867      533      —        —        —        —        334

Unrecognized tax benefits (3)

     —        —        —        —        —        —        —  
                                                

Total contractual cash obligations

   $ 126,232    $ 23,359    $ 17,748    $ 71,767    $ 3,514    $ 3,467    $ 6,377
                                                

 

1) Interest on floating rate debt was estimated using projected forward LIBOR and BBSY rates as of March 31, 2010.
2) The more than 5 years column includes $334 of deferred compensation obligations as the timing of such payments are not determinable (See Note 11).
3) The table excludes $3,531 in liabilities related to unrecognized tax benefits as the timing and extent of such payments are not determinable.

Inflation

We do not believe that our operations have been materially affected by inflation. Inflationary price increases for raw materials could adversely impact our sales and profitability in the future.

New Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2010, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued revised accounting guidance for the disclosure of the date through which subsequent events have been evaluated. This guidance is effective on the issuance date, which for the Company is March 31, 2010. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In January 2010, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance for improving disclosures about fair value measurements. Among other provisions, this update enhances the usefulness of existing fair value measurement disclosures by requiring both the disaggregation of certain information as well as the inclusion of more robust disclosures about valuation techniques and inputs to recurring and nonrecurring fair value measurements. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2009, which for the Company is April 1, 2010. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In December 2009, the FASB issued accounting guidance requiring companies to provide expanded disclosures for the assets of postretirement benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans. Companies are required to disclose how investment decisions are made, including factors necessary to understand investment policies and strategies, the major categories of plan assets and the inputs, techniques used to measure the fair value of plan assets and significant concentrations of risk within plan assets. This guidance is effective for annual periods ending after December 15, 2009, which for the Company is March 31, 2010. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In June 2009, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance for consolidation of variable interest entities which requires an enterprise to determine whether its variable interest or interests give it a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity. The new guidance also requires ongoing assessments of whether an enterprise is the primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity. This guidance is effective for an entity’s first annual reporting period that begins after November 15, 2009, which for the Company is April 1, 2010. This guidance is not expected to have a material impact on the Company.

In June 2009, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance, which establishes the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) as the source of authoritative accounting principles recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities in preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. This guidance changes the way U.S. GAAP is referenced. The new guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods ending after September 15, 2009. The Company adopted ASC as of July 1, 2009.

In April 2009, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance to address application issues raised on initial recognition and measurement, subsequent measurement and accounting and disclosure of assets and liabilities arising from contingencies in a business combination. This guidance is effective for the first annual reporting period on or after December 31, 2008, which for the Company is April 1, 2009, and early adoption is not permitted. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In April 2008, the FASB issued accounting guidance to amend the factors that should be considered in developing renewal or extension assumptions used to determine the useful life of a recognized intangible asset. This guidance is effective prospectively for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, which for the Company was April 1, 2009. The guidance was adopted as of April 1, 2009.

 

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In March 2008, the FASB issued accounting guidance which amended the disclosure requirements for derivative instruments and hedging activities. The guidance was effective for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after November 15, 2008 which for the Company was January 1, 2009. The guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In December 2007, the FASB issued accounting guidance which changed the way companies accounted for business combinations and required assets acquired and liabilities assumed to be measured at their acquisition-date fair value. Under this accounting guidance, legal fees and other transaction-related costs are expensed as incurred and are no longer included as a cost of acquiring the business. The guidance also required, among other things, acquirers to estimate the acquisition-date fair value of any contingent consideration and to recognize any subsequent changes in the fair value of contingent consideration in earnings. In addition, restructuring costs the acquirer expected, but was not obligated to incur, are recognized separately from the business acquisition. The impact will depend on the number and size of future acquisition transactions, if any, engaged in by the Company. This accounting standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, which for the Company was April 1, 2009, and early adoption is not permitted.

In December 2007, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance which requires all entities to report noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries as a separate component of equity in the consolidated financial statements. The guidance established a single method of accounting for changes in a parent’s ownership interest in a subsidiary that does not result in deconsolidation. Companies will no longer recognize a gain or loss on partial disposals of a subsidiary where control is retained. In addition, in partial acquisitions, where control is obtained, the acquiring company will recognize and measure at fair value 100 percent of the assets and liabilities, including goodwill, as if the entire target company had been acquired. This guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, which for the Company was April 1, 2009, and early adoption is not permitted. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

 

ITEM 7A. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

Multi-Color does not enter into derivatives or other financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes, but we may utilize them to manage our fixed to variable-rate debt ratio or to manage foreign currency exchange rate volatility.

Multi-Color is exposed to market risks from changes in interest rates on certain of its outstanding debt. The outstanding loan balance under our bank credit facility bears interest at a variable rate based on prevailing short-term interest rates in the United States and Australia. In April 2008, the Company entered into two interest rate swaps (“Swaps”), a $40,000 non-amortizing Swap and a $40,000 amortizing Swap, to convert variable interest rates on a portion of outstanding debt to fixed interest rates. The Swaps expire in 2013 and result in interest payments based on fixed rates of 3.45% for the non-amortizing Swap and 3.04% for the amortizing Swap, plus the applicable margin per the requirements in our Credit Facility ranging from 0.75% to 2.00% based on the Company’s leverage ratio (see Note 10 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements). Based on the outstanding debt at March 31, 2010, a 100 basis point change in the interest rate would change interest expense by approximately $219 annually.

Foreign currency exchange risk arises from our Collotype operations in Australia and South Africa as well as from transactions with customers or suppliers denominated in foreign currencies. The functional currency of each of the Company’s subsidiaries is the currency of the country in which the subsidiary operates. The Company did not have a significant foreign exchange risk prior to the Collotype acquisition. The results of operations of our foreign subsidiaries are translated into U.S. dollars at the average exchange rate for each monthly period. As foreign exchange rates change, there are changes to the U.S. dollar equivalent of sales and expenses denominated in foreign currencies. During fiscal 2010, approximately 27% of our net sales were made by our Australian and South African subsidiaries and their combined net income was 48% of the Company’s net income.

The balance sheets of our foreign subsidiaries are translated into U.S. dollars at the closing exchange rates of each monthly balance sheet date. During fiscal 2010, the Company recorded an unrealized foreign currency translation gain of $29,282 in other comprehensive earnings as a result of movements in foreign currency exchange rates related to the Australian Dollar and South African Rand. See Notes 2 and 19 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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ITEM 8. FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTARY DATA

Index to Consolidated Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedules

CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

 

     Page

Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

   21

Reports of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

   22-23

Consolidated Statements of Income for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008

   24

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of March 31, 2010 and 2009

   25

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008

   26

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the years ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008

   27

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

   28

All financial statement schedules have been omitted because they are either not required or the information is included in the financial statements and notes thereto.

 

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MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING

The management of Multi-Color Corporation (the Company) is responsible for the preparation and accuracy of the financial statements and other information included in this report. The Company’s management is also responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f). Under the supervision and with the participation of management, including Multi-Color’s principal executive officer and principal financial officer, the Company conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2010, based on the criteria set forth in “Internal Control – Integrated Framework” issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.

There are inherent limitations on the effectiveness of any system of internal controls and procedures, including the possibility of human error and the circumvention or overriding of the controls and procedures. Accordingly, even effective internal controls and procedures can only provide reasonable assurance of achieving their control objectives.

In meeting its responsibility for the reliability of the financial statements, the Company depends upon its system of internal accounting controls. The system is designed to provide reasonable assurance that assets are safeguarded and that transactions are properly authorized and recorded. The system is supported by policies and guidelines, and by careful selection and training of financial management personnel. The Company also has a Disclosure Committee, whose responsibility is to ensure appropriate disclosures and presentation of the financial statements and notes thereto. Additionally, the Company has an Internal Audit Department to assist in monitoring internal controls and compliance with financial policies and procedures.

The Board of Directors meets its responsibility for overview of the Company’s financial statements through its Audit and Finance Committee which is composed entirely of independent Directors who are not employees of the Company. The Audit and Finance Committee meets periodically with management and Internal Audit to review and assess the activities of each in meeting their respective responsibilities. Grant Thornton LLP, the Company’s independent registered public accounting firm, has full access to the Audit and Finance Committee to discuss the results of their audit work, the adequacy of internal accounting controls and the quality of financial reporting.

Based on the Company’s evaluation, management concluded that internal control over financial reporting was effective as of March 31, 2010. The Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2010 has been audited by Grant Thornton LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is presented in these financial statements on page 22.

June 14, 2010

 

/s/ Francis D. Gerace

Francis D. Gerace
President and Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)

/s/ Dawn H. Bertsche

Dawn H. Bertsche
Senior Vice President Finance, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Accounting Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

Board of Directors and Stockholders

Multi-Color Corporation

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Multi-Color Corporation (an Ohio corporation) and subsidiaries as of March 31, 2010 and 2009, and the related consolidated statements of income, stockholders’ equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 2010. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of Multi-Color Corporation and subsidiaries as of March 31, 2010 and 2009, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 2010 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), Multi-Color Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) and our report dated June 14, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion on the effectiveness of Multi-Color Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP

Cincinnati, Ohio

June 14, 2010

 

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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM

Board of Directors and Stockholders

Multi-Color Corporation

We have audited Multi-Color Corporation’s (an Ohio Corporation) internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Multi-Color Corporation’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on Multi-Color Corporation’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

In our opinion, Multi-Color Corporation maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of March 31, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control – Integrated Framework issued by COSO.

We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheets of Multi-Color Corporation and subsidiaries as of March 31, 2010 and 2009, and the related consolidated statements of income, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended March 31, 2010 and our report dated June 14, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements.

/s/ GRANT THORNTON LLP

Cincinnati, Ohio

June 14, 2010

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

For the Years Ended March 31

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Net revenues

   $ 276,821      $ 289,763      $ 210,307   

Cost of revenues

     228,220        236,957        171,381   
                        

Gross profit

     48,601        52,806        38,926   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     27,662        27,388        21,427   

Gain on sale of certain cylinder assets

     (3,451     —          —     

Facility closure expense

     1,479        2,553        —     
                        

Operating income

     22,911        22,865        17,499   

Interest expense

     4,753        6,841        962   

Net gain on foreign currency forward contracts

     —          —          (7,659

Other (income) expense, net

     (326     (378     (631
                        

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

     18,484        16,402        24,827   

Income tax expense

     4,216        4,967        8,820   
                        

Income from continuing operations

     14,268        11,435        16,007   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

     —          (137     6,977   
                        

Net income

   $ 14,268      $ 11,298      $ 22,984   
                        

Weighted average shares and equivalents outstanding:

      

Basic

     12,209        12,156        10,212   

Diluted

     12,332        12,355        10,520   
                        

Basic earnings per common share:

      

Income from continuing operations

   $ 1.17      $ 0.94      $ 1.57   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

   $ —        $ (0.01   $ 0.68   
                        

Basic earnings per common share

   $ 1.17      $ 0.93      $ 2.25   
                        

Diluted earnings per common share:

      

Income from continuing operations

   $ 1.16      $ 0.93      $ 1.52   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

   $ —        $ (0.01   $ 0.66   
                        

Diluted earnings per common share

   $ 1.16      $ 0.92      $ 2.18   
                        

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

All share and per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the 3-for-2 stock split effective September 17, 2007.

 

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

As of March 31

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

     2010     2009  

ASSETS

    

Current Assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 8,149      $ 3,194   

Accounts receivable, net

     32,546        29,982   

Inventories

     19,528        17,539   

Deferred tax asset

     2,418        1,714   

Prepaid expenses and other

     1,240        3,623   
                

Total current assets

     63,881        56,052   

Assets held for sale

     531        700   

Property, plant and equipment, net

     84,349        86,329   

Goodwill

     117,120        96,729   

Intangible assets, net

     16,829        15,710   

Deferred financing fees and other

     531        804   

Deferred tax asset

     2,101        1,884   
                

Total assets

   $ 285,342      $ 258,208   
                

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

    

Current liabilities:

    

Current portion of long-term debt

   $ 10,001      $ 10,002   

Accounts payable

     22,125        22,820   

Accrued income taxes

     1,353        774   

Accrued and other liabilities

     4,113        2,901   

Accrued payroll and benefits

     6,355        6,024   
                

Total current liabilities

     43,947        42,521   

Long-term debt

     75,642        92,317   

Deferred tax liability

     9,053        9,045   

Other liabilities

     10,072        11,293   
                

Total liabilities

   $ 138,714      $ 155,176   

Commitments and contingencies

    

Stockholders’ equity:

    

Preferred stock, no par value, 1,000 shares authorized, no shares outstanding

     —          —     

Common stock, no par value, stated value of $0.10 per share; 25,000 shares authorized, 12,361 and 12,342 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively

     577        575   

Paid-in capital

     64,606        63,634   

Treasury stock, 36 and 32 shares at cost at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively

     (239     (180

Restricted stock

     (1,780     (2,904

Retained earnings

     87,479        75,680   

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

     (4,015     (33,773
                

Total stockholders’ equity

     146,628        103,032   
                

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 285,342      $ 258,208   
                

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

     Common Stock                                     
     Number
of
Shares
Issued
   Amount    Paid-In
Capital
    Treasury
Stock
    Restricted
Stock
    Retained
Earnings
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
Income (Loss)
    Total  

March 31, 2007

   10,018    $ 341    $ 18,913      $ (119   $ (250   $ 45,750      $ (212   $ 64,423   

Adoption of FIN 48 on April 1, 2007

                 (211       (211
                                                            

Balance at April 1, 2007

   10,018    $ 341    $ 18,913      $ (119   $ (250   $ 45,539      $ (212   $ 64,212   

Net income

                 22,984          22,984   

Issuance of common stock – Collotype acquisition

   2,026      203      36,397                36,600   

Issuance of common stock – other

   150      9      895                904   

Excess tax benefit from stock based compensation

           494                494   

Restricted stock grant

        4      1,406          (1,410         —     

Share-based compensation

           862          359            1,221   

Additional minimum penalty liability adjustment, net of tax of $43

                   69        69   

Common stock dividends

                 (1,688       (1,688

Unrealized foreign currency translation loss

                   (4,858     (4,858
                                                            

March 31, 2008

   12,194    $ 557    $ 58,967      $ (119   $ (1,301   $ 66,835      $ (5,001   $ 119,938   

Adoption of SFAS 158 on April 1, 2008

                 (4       (4
                                                            

Balance at April 1, 2008

   12,194    $ 557    $ 58,967      $ (119   $ (1,301   $ 66,831      $ (5,001   $ 119,934   

Net income

                 11,298          11,298   

Issuance of common stock

   180      8      1,037                1,045   

Excess tax benefit from stock based

compensation

           216                216   

Restricted stock grant

        10      2,490          (2,500         —     

Share-based compensation

           924          897            1,821   

Additional minimum pension liability

adjustment, net of tax of $108

                   (184     (184

Shares acquired under employee plans

             (61           (61

Common stock dividends

                 (2,449       (2,449

Unrealized loss on interest rate swaps, net of tax of $1,312

                   (2,025     (2,025

Unrealized foreign currency translation loss

                   (26,563     (26,563
                                                            

March 31, 2009

   12,374    $ 575    $ 63,634      $ (180   $ (2,904   $ 75,680      $ (33,773   $ 103,032   

Net income

                 14,268          14,268   

Issuance of common stock

   23      1      37                38   

Excess tax benefit from stock based compensation

           (193             (193

Restricted stock grant

        1      249          (250         —     

Share-based compensation

           879          1,374            2,253   

Additional minimum pension liability adjustment, net of tax of $86

                   130        130   

Shares acquired under employee plans

             (59           (59

Common stock dividends

                 (2,469       (2,469

Unrealized gain on interest rate swaps, net of tax of $231

                   346        346   

Unrealized foreign currency translation gain

                   29,282        29,282   
                                                            

March 31, 2010

   12,397    $ 577    $ 64,606      $ (239   $ (1,780   $ 87,479      $ (4,015   $ 146,628   
                                                            

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

All share and per share amounts have been adjusted to reflect the 3-for-2 stock split effective September 17, 2007.

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

For the Years Ended March 31

(In thousands)

 

     2010     2009     2008  

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

      

Net income

   $ 14,268      $ 11,298      $ 22,984   

Less income (loss) from discontinued operations

     —          (137     6,977   
                        

Income from continuing operations

     14,268        11,435        16,007   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities, net of effects of acquisitions:

      

Depreciation

     11,266        11,216        5,969   

Amortization

     1,832        1,831        608   

Gain on foreign currency forward contracts

     —          —          (7,659

Net (gain) loss on disposal of equipment

     251        (261     21   

Net gain on sale of certain cylinder assets

     (3,451     —          —     

Increase in non-current deferred compensation

     183        105        178   

Stock based compensation expense

     2,253        1,821        1,221   

Excess tax (benefit)/deficiency from stock based compensation

     193        (216     (494

Impairment loss on long-lived assets

     1,035        1,372        —     

Leasehold impairments included in facility closure expenses

     711        —          —     

Deferred taxes, net

     (716     7        (1,852

Net (increase) decrease in accounts receivable

     713        5,954        2,056   

Net (increase) decrease in inventories

     (863     2,495        (1,249

Net (increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other

     2,401        (2,272     89   

Net (increase) decrease in accounts payable

     (2,347     (2,328     322   

Net (increase) decrease in accrued and other liabilities

     (533     (3,126     1,105   

Other

     359        (127     146   
                        

Net cash provided by continuing operating activities

     27,555        27,906        16,468   

Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued operating activities

     —          —          (4,691
                        

Net cash provided by operating activities

     27,555        27,906        11,777   

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

      

Capital expenditures

     (6,317     (9,968     (19,315

Acquisition of business, net of cash acquired

     —          —          (115,667

Proceeds from foreign currency forward contracts

     —          —          7,659   

Short-term refunds (deposits) on equipment

     —          6,003        (4,413

Proceeds from sale of plant and equipment

     805        1,729        158   

Proceeds from sale of certain assets associated with the manufacturing of gravure cylinders

     4,250        —          —     

Refund on acquisition purchase price

     235        —          —     
                        

Net cash used in continuing investing activities

     (1,027     (2,236     (131,578

Net cash provided by (used in) discontinued investing activities

     —          —          19,168   
                        

Net cash used in investing activities

     (1,027     (2,236     (112,410

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

      

Borrowings under revolving line of credit

     64,113        55,100        66,000   

Payments under revolving line of credit

     (73,448     (70,117     (9,725

Repayment of long-term debt

     (10,000     (10,000     (5,213

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     38        1,045        902   

Proceeds from issuance of debt

     —          —          50,000   

Excess tax benefit/(deficiency) from stock based compensation

     (193     216        494   

Dividends paid

     (2,469     (2,449     (1,688

Debt issuance costs

     —          (36     (1,391
                        

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     (21,959     (26,241     99,379   

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     386        (499     (275
                        

Net increase (decrease) in cash

     4,955        (1,070     (1,529

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the year

     3,194        4,264        5,793   
                        

Cash and cash equivalents, end of year

   $ 8,149      $ 3,194      $ 4,264   
                        

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

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

(1) THE COMPANY

Multi-Color Corporation (the Company), headquartered in Batavia, Ohio, supplies a complete line of label solutions, offering a variety of technical and graphic services and engravings to consumer product and food and beverage companies, retailers and container manufacturers worldwide. The Company has manufacturing facilities located in North America, Australia and South Africa.

 

(2) SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Basis of Presentation

References to 2010, 2009 and 2008 are for the fiscal years ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. The consolidated financial statements have been prepared in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP) and include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated. Certain prior year balances have been reclassified to conform to current year classifications.

Prior to June 2007, the Company was organized into two segments: Decorating Solutions and Packaging Services. The Decorating Solutions segment’s primary operations involved the design and printing of labels, while the Packaging Services segment provided promotional packaging, assembling and fulfillment services. On July 2, 2007, the Company completed the sale of Quick Pak, whose operating results were reported as the Packaging Services segment (see Note 4 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements). Accordingly, the results of Quick Pak are now presented as discontinued operations for all periods in the consolidated financial statements and the Company no longer reports any segment results as it now only has one business segment.

On February 29, 2008, we acquired Collotype International Holdings Pty. Ltd. (Collotype) which is headquartered in Adelaide, South Australia. Collotype is the world’s leading and highly awarded pressure sensitive wine and spirit label manufacturer and a growing provider of labels in the fast-moving consumer goods marketplace in Australia. Collotype has manufacturing operations in Australia, South Africa and the United States (see Note 3 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements).

Revenue Recognition

The Company recognizes revenue on sales of products when the customer receives title to the goods, which is generally upon shipment or delivery depending on sales terms. Revenues are generally denominated in the currency of the country from which the product is shipped. All revenues are net of applicable returns and discounts.

Cash and Cash Equivalents

The Company records all highly liquid short-term investments with maturities of three months or less as cash equivalents. At March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company had cash in foreign bank accounts of $4,780 and $2,824, respectively.

Accounts receivable

Our customers are primarily major consumer product and wine and spirit companies and container manufacturers. Accounts receivable consist of amounts due from customers in connection with our normal business activities and are carried at sales value less allowance for doubtful accounts. The allowance for doubtful accounts is established to reflect the expected losses of accounts receivable based on past collection history, age and specific individual risks identified. Losses may also depend to some degree on current and future economic conditions. Although future conditions are unknown to us and may result in additional credit losses, we do not anticipate significant adverse credit circumstances in fiscal 2011. If we are unable to collect all or part of the outstanding receivable balance, there could be a material impact on the Company’s operating results and cash flows.

Inventories

Inventories are valued at the lower of cost or market value and are maintained using the FIFO (first-in, first-out) or specific identification method. Excess and obsolete cost reductions are generally established based on inventory age.

Property, Plant and Equipment

Property, plant and equipment are stated at cost.

Depreciation is calculated using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives of the assets, as follows:

 

Buildings

   20-39 years

Machinery and equipment

   3-15 years

Computers

   3-5 years

Furniture and fixtures

   5-10 years

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

Goodwill is not amortized and the Company tests goodwill annually, as of the last day of February of each fiscal year, for impairment by comparing the fair value of the reporting unit goodwill to its carrying amount. Impairment is also tested when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the assets’ carrying values may be greater than the fair values. Intangible assets with definite useful lives are amortized using the straight-line method, which estimates the economic benefit, over periods of up to thirteen years. Intangible assets are also tested for impairment when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the assets’ carrying values may be greater than the fair values.

 

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Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

We review long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that assets might be impaired and the related carrying amounts may not be recoverable. The determination of whether impairment exists involves various estimates and assumptions, including the determination of the undiscounted cash flows estimated to be generated by the assets involved in the review. The cash flow estimates are based upon our historical experience, adjusted to reflect estimated future market and operating conditions. Measurement of an impairment loss requires a determination of fair value. We base our estimates of fair values on quoted market prices when available, independent appraisals as appropriate and industry trends or other market knowledge. Changes in the market condition and/or losses of a major production line could have a material impact on the consolidated statements of income.

Income Taxes

Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are provided for temporary differences between the tax basis and reported basis of assets and liabilities that will result in taxable or deductible amounts in future years.

Earnings per Common Share

The computation of basic earnings per common share (EPS) is based upon the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Diluted EPS is computed using the weighted average number of shares, and if dilutive, potential common shares outstanding during the period. Potential common shares outstanding during the period consist of restricted shares and the incremental common shares issuable upon the exercise of stock options and are reflected in diluted EPS by application of the treasury stock method. The Company excluded 560, 628 and 54 stock options and restricted shares in the twelve months ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, from the computation of diluted EPS because these options would have an anti-dilutive effect.

The following is a reconciliation of the number of shares used in the basic EPS and diluted EPS computations:

 

     2010     2009     2008  
     Shares    Per
Share
Amount
    Shares    Per
Share
Amount
    Shares    Per
Share
Amount
 

Basic EPS

   12,209    $ 1.17      12,156    $ 0.93      10,212    $ 2.25   

Effect of dilutive stock options and restricted shares

   123      (0.01   199      (0.01   308      (0.07
                                       

Diluted EPS

   12,332    $ 1.16      12,355    $ 0.92      10,520    $ 2.18   
                                       

Advertising Costs

Advertising costs are charged to expense as incurred and were minimal in 2010, 2009 and 2008.

Research and Development Costs

Research and development costs are charged to expense as incurred and were $2,658, $3,426 and $3,165 in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

Use of Estimates in Financial Statements

In preparing financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP, management makes estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements, as well as the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

Fair Value Disclosure

The carrying value of financial instruments approximates fair value.

The Company defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset, or paid to transfer a liability, in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. To increase consistency and comparability in fair value measurements, the Company uses a fair value estimating three-level hierarchy that prioritizes the use of observable inputs. The three levels are:

Level 1 - Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities

Level 2 - Observable inputs other than quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities

Level 3 - Unobservable inputs

The determination of where an asset or liability falls in the hierarchy requires significant judgment.

The Company has two interest rate swaps, a $40,000 non-amortizing swap and a $40,000 amortizing swap, to convert variable interest rates on a portion of outstanding debt to fixed interest rates. The Company adjusts the carrying value of these derivatives to their estimated fair values and records the adjustment in other comprehensive earnings.

Foreign Exchange

The functional currency of each of the Company’s subsidiaries is the currency of the country in which the subsidiary operates. Assets and liabilities of foreign operations are translated using period end exchange rates, and revenues and expenses are translated using average exchange rates during each period. Translation gains and losses are reported in accumulated other comprehensive earnings as a component of stockholders’ equity and were a gain of $29,282 during fiscal 2010 and a loss of $26,563 during fiscal 2009 (See Note 19).

Derivative Financial Instruments – Interest Rate Swaps

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Company does not hold or issue derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.

The Company manages interest costs using a mixture of fixed rate and variable rate debt. Additionally, the Company enters into interest rate swaps whereby it agrees to exchange with a counterparty, at specified intervals, the difference between fixed and variable interest amounts calculated by reference to an agreed upon notional principal amount.

The Company’s interest swaps have been designated as effective cash flow hedges at inception and on an ongoing quarterly basis and therefore, any changes in fair value are recorded in other comprehensive earnings. If a hedge or portion thereof is determined to be ineffective, any changes in fair value would be recorded in the consolidated income statement.

Subsequent Events

The Company evaluated subsequent events through the date the financial statements were issued, and noted no material subsequent events had occurred through this date requiring revision to the financial statements.

New Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2010, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued revised accounting guidance for the disclosure of the date through which subsequent events have been evaluated. This guidance is effective on the issuance date, which for the Company is March 31, 2010. This guidance has been adopted as of March 31, 2010.

In January 2010, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance for improving disclosures about fair value measurements. Among other provisions, this update enhances the usefulness of existing fair value measurement disclosures by requiring both the disaggregation of certain information as well as the inclusion of more robust disclosures about valuation techniques and inputs to recurring and nonrecurring fair value measurements. This guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2009, which for the Company is April 1, 2010. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In December 2009, the FASB issued accounting guidance requiring companies to provide expanded disclosures for the assets of postretirement benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans. Companies are required to disclose how investment decisions are made, including factors necessary to understand investment policies and strategies, the major categories of plan assets and the inputs, techniques used to measure the fair value of plan assets and significant concentrations of risk within plan assets. This guidance is effective for annual periods ending after December 15, 2009, which for the Company is March 31, 2010. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In June 2009, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance for consolidation of variable interest entities which requires an enterprise to determine whether its variable interest or interests give it a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity. The new guidance also requires ongoing assessments of whether an enterprise is the primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity. This guidance is effective for an entity’s first annual reporting period that begins after November 15, 2009, which for the Company is April 1, 2010. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In June 2009, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance, which establishes the FASB Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) as the source of authoritative accounting principles recognized by the FASB to be applied by nongovernmental entities in preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. This guidance changes the way U.S. GAAP is referenced. The new guidance is effective for interim and annual reporting periods ending after September 15, 2009. The Company adopted ASC as of July 1, 2009.

In April 2009, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance to address application issues raised on initial recognition and measurement, subsequent measurement and accounting and disclosure of assets and liabilities arising from contingencies in a business combination. This guidance is effective for the first annual reporting period on or after December 31, 2008, which for the Company is April 1, 2009, and early adoption is not permitted. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In April 2008, the FASB issued accounting guidance to amend the factors that should be considered in developing renewal or extension assumptions used to determine the useful life of a recognized intangible asset. This guidance is effective prospectively for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, which for the Company was April 1, 2009. The guidance was adopted as of April 1, 2009.

In March 2008, the FASB issued accounting guidance which amended the disclosure requirements for derivative instruments and hedging activities. The guidance was effective for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after November 15, 2008 which for the Company was January 1, 2009. The guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

In December 2007, the FASB issued accounting guidance which changed the way companies accounted for business combinations and required assets acquired and liabilities assumed to be measured at their acquisition-date fair value. Under this accounting guidance, legal fees and other transaction-related costs are expensed as incurred and are no longer included as a cost of acquiring the business. The guidance also required, among other things, acquirers to estimate the acquisition-date fair value of any contingent consideration and to recognize any subsequent changes in the fair value of contingent consideration in earnings. In addition, restructuring costs the acquirer expected, but was not obligated to incur, are recognized separately from the business acquisition. The impact will depend on the number and size of future acquisition transactions, if any, engaged in by the Company. This accounting standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, which for the Company was April 1, 2009, and early adoption is not permitted.

In December 2007, the FASB issued revised accounting guidance which requires all entities to report noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries as a separate component of equity in the consolidated financial statements. The guidance established a single method of accounting for changes in a parent’s ownership interest in a subsidiary that does not result in deconsolidation. Companies will no longer

 

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recognize a gain or loss on partial disposals of a subsidiary where control is retained. In addition, in partial acquisitions, where control is obtained, the acquiring company will recognize and measure at fair value 100 percent of the assets and liabilities, including goodwill, as if the entire target company had been acquired. This guidance is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, which for the Company was April 1, 2009, and early adoption is not permitted. This guidance did not have a material impact on the Company.

 

(3) ACQUISITIONS

On February 29, 2008, the Company acquired 100% of Collotype which provided the Company with a broader international operating footprint to better serve its existing and acquired customers and an expanded ability to attract new international customers. The results of Collotype’s operations were included in the Company’s consolidated financial statements beginning March 1, 2008.

The purchase price for Collotype, excluding $16,642 of assumed net debt, was based on a multiple of earnings and consisted of the following:

 

Cash

   $ 122,725

Stock

     36,600

Acquisition-related expenses

     4,216
      

Total purchase price

   $ 163,541
      

The value of the 2,026 common shares issued in the acquisition was determined based on estimated fair value. The Company used the average of the closing market price on February 22, 2008, the last trading day prior to the measurement date (four business days prior to closing) and the closing market price on February 25, 2008 to determine the estimated fair value.

The cash portion of the purchase price was funded through $115,000 of borrowings under the Company’s credit facility with the remainder from available cash at the closing date. Assumed net debt included $26,503 of bank debt less $9,861 of cash acquired. At March 31, 2010, $677 was in an escrow account pending resolution of various contingencies primarily related to income taxes for pre-acquisition activities of Collotype. Any return of escrow amounts would represent an offset to additional assumed liabilities with no change in the purchase price.

The determination of the allocation of the purchase price to specific assets acquired and liabilities assumed was finalized during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Based on fair value estimates, the purchase price has been allocated to individual assets acquired and liabilities assumed as follows:

 

Fair value of fixed assets acquired

   $ 44,429   

Intangible assets subject to amortization

     20,100   

Other assets

     26,651   

Deferred tax effect of acquisition

     (1,027

Fair value of liabilities assumed

     (38,820

Goodwill

     112,208   
        

Net assets acquired

   $ 163,541   
        

None of the goodwill arising from this acquisition is deductible for income tax purposes.

The following table provides the unaudited pro forma results of operations for the year ended March 31, 2008 as if Collotype had been acquired as of the beginning of the period presented. The pro forma results include certain purchase accounting adjustments, such as the estimated changes in depreciation, intangible asset amortization and interest expense. However, pro forma results do not include any anticipated synergies from the combination of the two companies, and accordingly, are not necessarily indicative of the results that would have occurred if the acquisition had occurred on the date indicated or that may result in the future.

 

     Year Ended March 31,
     2008

Net revenues

   $ 318,603

Income from continuing operations

     17,902

Net income

     24,879

Diluted earnings per share:

  

Income from continuing operations

   $ 1.45

Income from discontinued operations

     0.56
      

Net income

   $ 2.01
      

 

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(4) DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS

In June 2007, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Packaging Services division, Quick Pak, for $19,200 in cash. The transaction closed on July 2, 2007, and accordingly, the Company recorded an after-tax gain on the sale of $6,922 in the quarter ended September 30, 2007. The results of Quick Pak are presented as discontinued operations for all periods in the consolidated financial statements and the Company no longer reports any segment results. The Company did not have any activity in discontinued operations in fiscal year ending March 31, 2010.

Operating results of discontinued operations are as follows:

 

     Year Ended March 31,  
     2009     2008  

Revenues

   $ —        $ 3,988   
                

Income (loss) from discontinued operations:

    

Gain on sale, before taxes

   $ —        $ 11,269   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, before taxes

     (212     (83
                

Total income (loss) from discontinued operations, before taxes

     (212     11,186   

Income tax expense (benefit)

     (75     4,209   
                

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

   $ (137   $ 6,977   
                

 

(5) ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE ALLOWANCE

The Company’s customers are primarily major consumer product and wine and spirit companies and container manufacturers, and accounts receivable consist of amounts due in connection with normal business activities. The Company records an allowance for doubtful accounts to reflect the estimated losses of accounts receivable based on past collection history, age and specific individual risks identified. The following table summarizes the activity in the allowance for doubtful accounts for 2010 and 2009:

 

     2010     2009  

Balance at beginning of year

   $ 634      $ 479   

Provision

     101        368   

Accounts written-off

     (249     (183

Foreign exchange

     47        (30
                

Balance at end of year

   $ 533      $ 634   
                

 

(6)    INVENTORIES

 

Inventories as of March 31 consisted of the following:

 

    
     2010     2009  

Finished goods

   $ 12,267      $ 10,957   

Work-in-process

     2,390        2,330   

Raw materials

     5,730        4,997   
                
     20,387        18,284   

Inventory reserves

     (859     (745
                
   $ 19,528      $ 17,539   
                

 

(7)    PROPERTY, PLANT AND EQUIPMENT

 

Property, plant and equipment consisted of the following as of March 31:

 

    
     2010     2009  

Land and buildings

   $ 20,448      $ 21,110   

Machinery and equipment

     105,188        98,213   

Furniture, fixtures, computer equipment and software

     12,957        12,983   

Construction in progress

     618        1,650   
                
     139,211        133,956   

Accumulated depreciation

     (54,862     (47,627
                
   $ 84,349      $ 86,329   
                

 

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(8) GOODWILL AND INTANGIBLE ASSETS

Goodwill movements consisted of:

 

Balance at March 31, 2008

   $ 116,644   

Acquisition of Collotype

     (906

Currency translation and other

     (19,009
        

Balance at March 31, 2009

   $ 96,729   

Escrow receipts from indemnification claims related to the Collotype acquisition

     (235

Currency translation and other

     20,626   
        

Balance at March 31, 2010

   $ 117,120   
        

The Company’s acquisition of Collotype was completed in February 2008, one month prior to the Company’s fiscal year-end. The determination of the allocation of the purchase price to specific assets acquired and liabilities assumed was finalized during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, when the Company received final valuations on acquired fixed assets and finalized the tax accounting surrounding the acquisition. Following is a summary of the final changes to the purchase price that impacted goodwill during fiscal 2009 (in thousands):

 

Final adjustments to fixed asset valuations

   $ 3,313   

Final adjustments to deferred tax accounts and reserves

     (4,069

Escrow receipts from indemnification claims and other

     (150
        
   $ (906
        

Intangible assets consisted of the following:

 

     Customer Relationships     Technology     Total  
     2010     2009     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Intangibles – at cost

   $ 18,065      $ 20,822      $ 1,311      $ 1,548      $ 19,376      $ 22,370   

Foreign exchange

     2,725        (2,757     226        (237     2,951        (2,994
                                                
     20,790        18,065        1,537        1,311        22,327        19,376   

Accumulated amortization

     (5,066     (3,447     (432     (219     (5,498     (3,666
                                                

Net intangibles

   $ 15,724      $ 14,618      $ 1,105      $ 1,092      $ 16,829      $ 15,710   
                                                

The intangible assets were established in connection with completed acquisitions. They are amortized, using the straight-line method, over their estimated useful lives based on a number of assumptions including customer attrition rates, percentage of revenue attributable to technologies, royalty rates and projected future revenue growth. The weighted average amortization period for these assets is 11 years. Total amortization expense for 2010, 2009 and 2008 was $1,832, $1,831 and $608, respectively.

The estimated useful lives for each intangible asset class are as follows:

 

Customer relationships

   7 to 14 years

Technologies

   7 to 8 years

The annual estimated amortization expense for future years is as follows:

 

2011

   $ 1,918

2012

     1,918

2013

     1,878

2014

     1,693

2015

     1,675

Thereafter

     7,747
      

Total

   $ 16,829
      

 

(9) DEBT

The components of the Company’s debt consisted of the following as of March 31:

 

     2010     2009  

U.S. Revolving Credit Facility, 1.66% and 2.47% weighted variable interest rate at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively, due in 2013

   $ 45,000      $ 53,000   

Australian Sub-Facility, 5.63% and 4.65% variable interest rate at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively, due in 2013

     10,642        9,317   

Term Loan Facility, 1.67% and 2.60% variable interest rate at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively, due in quarterly installments of $2,500 from 2009 to 2013

     30,000        40,000   

Capital leases

     1        2   
                
     85,643        102,319   

Less current portion of debt

     (10,001     (10,002
                
   $ 75,642      $ 92,317   
                

 

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The following is a schedule of future annual principal payments as of March 31, 2010:

 

2011

   $ 10,001

2012

     10,000

2013

     65,642
      

Total

   $ 85,643
      

On February 29, 2008 and in connection with the Collotype acquisition (see Note 3 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements), the Company executed a new five-year $200 million credit agreement with a consortium of bank lenders (Credit Facility) that expires in 2013. The Credit Facility contains an election to increase the facility by up to an additional $50 million and the Company terminated its previous $50 million credit facility. At March 31, 2010, the aggregate principal amount of $180 million is available under the Credit Facility through: (i) a $110 million five-year revolving credit facility (“U.S. Revolving Credit Facility”): (ii) the Australian dollar equivalent of a $40 million five-year revolving credit facility (“Australian Sub-Facility”); and (iii) a $30 million term loan facility (“Term Loan Facility”), which amortizes $10 million per year.

The Credit Facility may be used for working capital, capital expenditures and other corporate purposes. Loans under the U.S. Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan Facility bear interest either at: (i) the greater of (a) Bank of America’s prime rate in effect from time to time; and (b) the federal funds rate in effect from time to time plus 0.5%; or (ii) the applicable London interbank offered rate plus the applicable margin for such loans which ranges from 0.75% to 2.00% based on the Company’s leverage ratio at the time of the borrowing. Loans under the Australian Sub-Facility bear interest at the Bank Bill Swap Bid Rate (BBSY) plus the applicable margin for such loans, which ranges from 0.75% to 2.00% based on the Company’s leverage ratio at the time of the borrowing.

Available borrowings under the Credit Facility at March 31, 2010 consisted of $65,000 under the U.S. Revolving Credit Facility and $29,358 under the Australian Sub-Facility.

The Credit Facility contains customary representations and warranties as well as customary negative and affirmative covenants which requires the Company to maintain the following financial covenants: (i) a minimum consolidated net worth; (ii) a maximum consolidated leverage ratio of 3.25 to 1.00, stepping down to 3.00 to 1.00 at December 31, 2010 and for each fiscal quarter thereafter; and (iii) a minimum consolidated interest charge coverage ratio of 3.50 to 1.00. The Credit Facility contains customary mandatory and optional prepayment provisions, customary events of default, and is secured by the capital stock of subsidiaries, intercompany debt and all of the Company’s property and assets, but excluding real property.

 

(10) FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

Historically, the Company has used interest rate swap contracts (Swaps) in order to manage its exposure to interest rate fluctuations under variable rate borrowings. Swaps involve the exchange of fixed and variable rate interest payments and do not represent an actual exchange of the underlying notional amounts between the two parties. The Swaps have been designated as cash flow hedges, with the effective portion of the gains and losses, net of tax, recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income.

In April 2008, the Company entered into two Swaps, a $40,000 non-amortizing Swap and a $40,000 amortizing Swap, to convert variable interest rates on a portion of outstanding debt to fixed interest rates. The Swaps expire in 2013 and result in interest payments based on fixed rates of 3.45% for the non-amortizing Swap and 3.04% for the amortizing Swap, plus the applicable margin per the requirements in the Credit Facility ranging from 0.75% to 2.00% based on the Company’s leverage ratio. The fixed interest rates at March 31, 2010 were 4.42% and 4.83% on the amortizing and non-amortizing Swaps, respectively. The balance of the amortizing Swap was $24,000 at March 31, 2010.

The Swaps were designated as highly effective cash flow hedges, with the effective portion of gains and losses, net of tax, recorded in other comprehensive earnings and are measured on an ongoing basis. At March 31, 2010, the fair value of the Swaps was a net liability of $2,760 and was included in other liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet.

Foreign currency exchange risk arises from our international operations in Australia and South Africa as well as from transactions with customers or suppliers denominated in foreign currencies. The functional currency of each of the Company’s subsidiaries is the currency of the country in which the subsidiary operates. At times, the Company uses forward currency contracts to manage the impact of fluctuations in currency exchange rates.

In March 2010, the Company entered into a forward currency contract for $696 to fix the U.S. dollar value of a press to be purchased in South African Rand and delivered in South Africa in December 2010. This forward contract was not designated for hedge accounting treatment and therefore, the change in fair value of the contract is recorded in earnings.

In December 2007, the Company entered into forward currency contracts to fix the U.S. dollar value of the pending Collotype acquisition, which was denominated in Australian dollars. These forward currency contracts did not qualify as hedges for accounting purposes since they related to an anticipated business combination and therefore, any change in fair value was recorded in earnings. Through expiration of these contracts at the closing date, including renewal of contracts that expired prior to the closing date, the Company realized net gains of $7,659 during fiscal year 2008.

 

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(11) DEFERRED COMPENSATION AGREEMENTS

The Company has entered into deferred compensation agreements with certain officers and employees under its 1999 Executive Deferred Compensation Plan, whereby participants may elect to defer a portion of their annual income and also receive an annual Company contribution credit based on a percentage (8% for 2010, 2009 and 2008) of such participant’s base compensation. Amounts due under such agreements are classified as long-term liabilities except for payments that are expected to be made within one year. At March 31, 2010, $533 was classified as short-term and $334 was classified as long-term; at March 31, 2009, $683 was classified as long-term. Such amounts are payable, in general and subject to the terms of the Plan, at the later of the attainment of retirement age (60) or termination of employment. Interest on the deferred amounts, which is included in the balances due, was accrued at 5.25%, 7.25% and 10.25% in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. The expense recognized under the Plan in 2010, 2009 and 2008 was $183, $105 and $178, respectively.

 

(12) EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

The Company maintains a 401K retirement savings plan (Plan) for U.S. employees who meet certain service requirements. The Plan provides for voluntary contributions by eligible U.S. employees up to a specified maximum percentage of gross pay. At the discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors, the Company may contribute a specified matching percentage of the employee contributions. The Company also makes contributions to various retirement savings plans for Australian employees as required by law equal to 9% of gross pay, and for South African employees under a voluntary plan equal to 8% of gross pay. Company contributions to all retirement savings plans were $2,403, $2,183 and $1,073 in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.

The Company has a single employer defined benefit pension plan (Pension Plan) which covers eligible union employees at its Norway, MI plant who were hired prior to July 14, 1998. The Pension plan provides benefits based on a flat payment formula and years of credited service at a normal retirement age of 65. The benefits are actuarially reduced for early retirement. An active participant may annually elect to irrevocably freeze their benefits to participate in the Company 401K retirement savings plan.

The Company also has a post retirement health and welfare plan (Health Plan) that upon retirement provides health benefits to certain active Norway plant employees hired on or before July 31, 1998. The Health Plan allows participants to retire as early as age 62 and remain in the active medical plan until reaching Medicare eligibility at age 65. The Health Plan has no assets and the Company pays benefits as incurred.

In December 2009, the FASB issued accounting guidance requiring companies to provide expanded disclosures for the assets of postretirement benefit plans, including defined benefit pension plans. Companies are required to disclose how investment decisions are made, including factors necessary to understand investment policies and strategies, the major categories of plan assets and the inputs, techniques used to measure the fair value of plan assets and significant concentrations of risk within plan assets. This guidance is effective for annual periods ending after December 15, 2009, which for the Company is March 31, 2010.

The Company used a March 31 measurement date (the fiscal year end) for the Pension Plan and Health Plan in 2010 and 2009, and a December 31 measurement date for the Pension Plan and Health Plan in 2008. Reconciliation of the Plans’ funded status and obligations as of March 31, 2010 and 2009 consisted of the following:

 

     Pension Plan  
     2010     2009     2008  

Net periodic cost components

      

Service cost

   $ 25      $ 25      $ 27   

Interest cost

     80        73        69   

Actual (return) or loss on plan assets

     (214     332        (32

Recognized net actuarial gain or (loss)

     154        (419     (52

Amortization of net actuarial loss

     36        4        1   
                        

Net periodic pension cost

   $ 81      $ 15      $ 13   
                        
     Health Plan  
     2010     2009     2008  

Net periodic cost components

      

Service cost

   $ 25      $ 33      $ 28   

Interest cost

     32        39        32   

Actual (return) or loss on plan assets

     —          —          —     

Recognized net actuarial gain or (loss)

     —          —          —     

Amortization of net actuarial loss

     —          1        7   
                        

Net periodic pension cost

   $ 57      $ 73      $ 67   
                        

 

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     Pension Plan     Health Plan  
     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Change in benefit obligation

        

Projected benefit obligation at beginning of year

   $ 1,342      $ 1,284      $ 529      $ 540   

Service cost

     25        32        25        33   

Interest cost

     80        92        32        39   

Plan participants’ contributions

     —          —          —          6   

Actuarial loss/(gain)

     (43     (66     16        (77

Benefits paid

     —          —          —          (12
                                

Projected benefit obligation at end of year

   $ 1,404      $ 1,342      $ 602      $ 529   

Change in plan assets

        

Fair value of plan assets at beginning of year

   $ 761      $ 1,093      $ —        $ —     

Actual return on plan assets

     214        (332     —          —     

Employer contributions

     —          —          —          6   

Plan participants’ contributions

     —          —          —          6   

Benefits paid

     —          —          —          (12
                                

Fair value of plan assets at end of year

   $ 975      $ 761      $ —        $ —     

Reconciliation of funded status

        

Funded status

   $ (429   $ (581   $ (602   $ (529

Unrecognized net actuarial loss/(gain)

     —          —          11        (6

Employer contributions

     —          —          —          6   
                                

Accrued cost at end of year

   $ (429   $ (581   $ (591   $ (529

Weighted average assumptions

        

Discount rate – net periodic cost

     6.00     5.75     6.00     5.75

Discount rate – projected benefit obligation

     6.20     6.00     5.60     6.00

Expected long-term rate of return on plan assets

     8.00     8.00     —          —     

Rate of compensation increases are not applicable as a result of flat benefit formulas. The discount rate and rate of return were selected based upon current market conditions, Company experience and future expectations. The amount expected to be amortized from accumulated other comprehensive earnings and expected to be included in net periodic pension cost during the next twelve months is less than $50. The liability for the unfunded status of the Pension Plan and Health Plan was classified as long-term in other liabilities on the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheet.

Pension Plan assets consist primarily of listed equity and debt securities. Below are the weighted average asset allocations by category at March 31, 2010 and 2009, and the target allocations for 2011:

 

Asset category

   2010     2009     Target %
2011
 

Equity securities

   61   55   50-60

Debt securities

   16   16   10-20

Real estate

   0   0   0-10

Other

   23   29   20-30
                  

Total

   100   100   100
                  

At March 31, 2010, the fair value of the company’s pension plan assets were as follows:

 

(in thousands)

   Total    Quoted Prices in
Active  Markets for
Identical Assets
(Level 1)
   Significant
Observable  Inputs

(Level 2)
   Significant
Unobservable
Inputs (Level 3)

Guaranteed:

           

Stable Fund

   $ 225    $ —      $ 225    $ —  

Balanced

     398      —        398      —  

U.S. Common Stock:

           

Equity Growth

     53      52      1      —  

Value & Income

     126      125      1      —  

Growth & Income

     88      87      1      —  

Special Equity

     50      48      2      —  

International

     35      11      24      —  
                           

Total

   $ 975    $ 323    $ 652    $ —  
                           

 

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The fair value of the guaranteed fund, balanced fund, domestic common stocks and international fund represents the reported net asset value of shares or underlying assets of the investment. The stable fund’s book value approximates fair value. The methods described above may produce a fair value calculation that may not be indicative of net realizable value or reflective of future fair values. Furthermore, while the Company believes its valuation methods are appropriate and consistent with other market participants, the use of different methodologies or assumptions to determine the fair value of certain financial instruments could result in a different fair value measurement at the reporting date.

Assumed health care cost trend rates have a significant effect on the amounts reported for the Health Plan. The health care cost trend rate assumed in measuring the Health Plan benefit obligation is 7% gradually decreasing to 4% in 2013 and thereafter. A one percentage point change in these assumed rates would increase the post retirement obligation by $62 or decrease the post retirement obligation by $55.

The Health Plan has no assets and the Company pays the benefits as incurred. The Company expects to pay $13 to the Pension Plan and expects to pay $22 to the Health Plan in 2011. Benefits expected to be paid from these plans in the future are as follows:

 

     Pension
Plan
   Health
Plan

2011

   $ 13    $ 22

2012

     13      46

2013

     13      36

2014

     12      25

2015

     36      26

2016-2020

   $ 370    $ 408

 

(13) INCOME TAXES

The provision (benefit) for income taxes includes the following components:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Currently payable

      

Federal

   $ 4,608      $ 2,226      $ 8,275   

State and local

     913        1,015        1,778   

Foreign

     (18     1,338        32   
                        
     5,503      $ 4,579      $ 10,085   
                        

Deferred

      

Federal

     (1,330     947        (983

State and local

     (256     110        (144

Foreign

     299        (669     (138
                        
     (1,287     388        (1,265
                        
   $ 4,216      $ 4,967      $ 8,820   
                        

The following is a reconciliation between the U.S. statutory federal income tax rate and the effective tax rate:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Federal statutory rate

   35.0   35.0   35.0

State and local income taxes, net of federal income tax benefit

   0.9   1.5   3.2

Research and development tax credit

   (0.1 )%    (0.2 )%    —     

Section 199 deduction

   (0.9 )%    (0.8 )%    (1.9 )% 

International rate differential

   (2.3 )%    (2.1 )%    0.1

FIN 48 activity

   (1.6 )%    3.5   (0.8 )% 

Foreign permanent differences

   (6.2 )%    (8.8 )%    —     

Foreign exchange impact on repayment of intercompany loans

   (3.1 )%    —        —     

Other

   1.1   2.2   (0.1 )% 
                  

Effective tax rate

   22.8   30.3   35.5
                  

 

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The net deferred tax components consisted of the following at March 31:

 

     2010     2009  

Deferred tax liabilities:

    

Tax depreciation over book depreciation

   $ (10,718   $ (9,407

Tax intangible amortization over book intangible amortization

     (2,155     (2,497

Software development

     —          (232
                
     (12,873     (12,136
                

Deferred tax assets:

    

Deferred compensation

     347        269   

Inventory reserves

     344        277   

Inventory capitalization

     359        304   

Allowance for doubtful accounts

     182        173   

Stock based compensation expense

     1,646        1,149   

Pension liability

     125        200   

Loss carry-forward amounts

     1,728        1,339   

Interest rate swaps

     1,104        1,312   

Lease obligations

     279        —     

State basis over tax basis of fixed assets

     284        —     

Non-deductible accruals and other

     2,679        1,653   
                

Gross deferred tax asset

     9,077        6.676   

Valuation allowance

     (723     —     
                

Net deferred tax asset

     8,354        6,676   
                

Net deferred tax liability

   $ (4,519   $ (5,460
                

As of March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company had net operating loss carry-forwards in foreign jurisdictions of $5,662 and $4,463, respectively, which will be available to offset future taxable income and income tax liabilities, respectively. The carry-forwards do not expire and can be carried forward indefinitely. Additionally, as of March 31, 2010, the Company had net operating loss carry-forwards in state jurisdictions of approximately $324, which will be available to offset future taxable income and tax liabilities, respectively. The carry-forwards have various expirations and will be carried forward between 3 to 20 years.

Multi-Color recorded a valuation allowance of $723 at March 31, 2010 related to certain deferred tax assets in foreign jurisdictions due to the uncertainty of the realization of future tax benefits from those assets.

The benefits of tax positions are not recorded unless it is more likely than not the tax position would be sustained upon challenge by the appropriate tax authorities. Tax benefits that are more likely than not to be sustained are measured at the largest amount of benefit that is cumulatively greater than a 50% likelihood of being realized.

As of March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company had a liability of $3,531 and $3,821 respectively, recorded for unrecognized tax benefits for U.S., federal, state and foreign tax jurisdictions. As of March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company recognized $128 and $349 respectively for interest and penalties to income tax expense in the consolidated statements of income. The gross amount of interest and penalties included in the liability for March 31, 2010 and 2009 respectively was $1,074 and $926. The total liability for unrecognized tax benefits is classified in other noncurrent liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet, as payment of cash is not anticipated within one year of the balance sheet date for any significant amounts. In addition, the unrecognized tax benefits that, if recognized, would favorably impact the effective tax rate are $3,531. The Company believes it is reasonably possible that approximately $38 of unrecognized tax benefits as of March 31, 2010 will decrease within the next 12 months due to the lapse of statute of limitations and settlements of certain foreign and state income tax matters.

A summary of the activity for the Company’s unrecognized tax benefits follows:

 

     2010     2009  

Balance as of the beginning of the year

   $ 3,821      $ 3,248   

Additions of tax positions of the current year

     109        254   

Additions of tax positions of prior years

     —          498   

Settlements

     —          (8

Reductions of tax positions of prior years

     —          (146

Lapses of applicable statutes of limitations

     (399     (25
                

Balance as of end of year

   $ 3,531      $ 3,821   
                

The Company files income tax returns in the U.S. federal jurisdiction, various foreign jurisdictions and various state and local jurisdictions where the statutes of limitations generally range from three to five years. At March 31, 2010, the Company was examined by the Internal Revenue Service through the fiscal year ended March 31, 2007. The Company is no longer subject to U.S. federal, state and local examinations by tax authorities for years before fiscal 2005. In Australia, the Company is currently open to examination back to fiscal 1999, and in South Africa, the Company is open to examination back to fiscal 2003.

The Company did not provide for U.S. federal income taxes or foreign withholding taxes in fiscal 2010 on approximately $12,337 of undistributed earnings of its foreign subsidiaries as such earnings are intended to be reinvested indefinitely. Quantification of the deferred tax liability, if any, associated with these undistributed earnings is not practicable.

 

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(14) MAJOR CUSTOMERS

During 2010, 2009 and 2008, sales to major customers (those with 10% or more of the Company’s net revenues) approximated 28%, 32% and 51%, respectively of the Company’s consolidated net revenues. Approximately 18%, 19% and 33% of sales in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, were to the Procter & Gamble Company; approximately 10%, 13% and 18% of sales in 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively, were to the Miller Brewing Company.

In addition, accounts receivable balances of such major customers approximated 4% and 17% of the Company’s total accounts receivable balance at March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The loss or substantial reduction of the business of any of the major customers could have a material adverse impact on the Company’s operations.

 

(15) STOCK BASED COMPENSATION

The Company measures compensation costs related to share-based transactions at the grant date, based on the fair value of the award, and recognized them as expense over the requisite service period.

For the year ended March 31, 2010, the Company recorded pre-tax compensation expense for stock-based incentive awards of $2,253 which increased selling, general and administrative expenses by $2,104 and cost of revenues by $149 and had an associated tax benefit of $518. The impact on basic and diluted net income per share for the year ended March 31, 2010 was $0.14.

For the year ended March 31, 2009, the Company recorded pre-tax compensation expense for stock-based incentive awards of $1,821 which increased selling, general and administrative expenses by $1,679 and cost of revenues by $142 and had an associated tax benefit of $546. The impact on basic and diluted net income per share for the year ended March 31, 2009 was $0.10.

For the year ended March 31, 2008, the Company recorded pre-tax compensation expense for stock-based incentive awards of $1,221 which increased selling, general and administrative expenses by $1,121 and cost of revenues by $100 and had an associated tax benefit of $433. The impact on basic and diluted net income per share for the year ended March 31, 2008 was $0.07.

The Company calculates the value of each employee stock option, estimated on the grant date, using the Black-Scholes model and the following weighted average assumptions:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Expected life (years)

   5      5      5   

Risk-free interest rate

   2.1   2.6   4.5

Expected volatility

   49.3   37.5   34.0

Dividend yield

   1.9   0.87   0.62

The Company estimated volatility based on the historical volatility of its common stock. The risk-free interest rate is based on the U.S. Treasury yield for a term consistent with the expected life of the options in effect at the time of the grant. The dividend yield assumption is based on the Company’s history and expectation of dividend payouts. The expected life of the options represents the weighted-average period the stock options are expected to remain outstanding and is based on review of historical exercise behavior of option grants with similar vesting periods. The Company uses an estimated forfeiture rate based on historical data. The forfeitures are estimated at the time of grant and revised, if necessary, in subsequent periods if actual forfeitures differ from those estimates.

Stock Options

As of March 31, 2010, the Company reserved 664 shares for future issuance to key employees and directors under the Company’s stock option plans. Stock options granted under the plans enable the holder to purchase common stock at an exercise price not less than the market value on the date of grant and will expire not more than ten years after the date of grant. The applicable options vest ratably over a three to five year period. A summary of the changes in the options outstanding for years ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 is shown below:

 

     Options     Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price
   Weighted
Average
Remaining
Life
(Years)
   Aggregate
Intrinsic Value

Outstanding at March 31, 2007

   799      $ 14.02      

Granted

   82      $ 23.21      

Exercised

   (92   $ 9.84       $ 373

Forfeited

   (35   $ 16.37      
              

Outstanding at March 31, 2008

   754      $ 15.41      

Granted

   153      $ 22.98      

Exercised

   (81   $ 12.86       $ 415

Forfeited

   (108   $ 19.65      
              

Outstanding at March 31, 2009

   718      $ 16.67      

Granted

   170      $ 32.91      

Exercised

   (7   $ 5.59       $ 18

Forfeited

   (34   $ 36.62      
                        

Outstanding at March 31, 2010

   847      $ 15.68    6.2    $ 5,070
                        

Exercisable at March 31, 2010

   468      $ 14.41    4.8    $ 2,568
                        

Exercisable at March 31, 2009

   376      $ 13.12    5.4    $ 1,920
                        

 

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As of March 31, 2010, the total compensation cost related to nonvested options not yet recognized and the weighted-average period over which it is expected to be recognized is $1,713 and 1.6 years, respectively.

The weighted average grant-date fair value of options granted during the year ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 was $5.47, $7.64 and $8.09, respectively. Cash received from options exercised during the year ended March 31, 2010 was $38, with a tax benefit of $9.

Restricted Stock

The Company’s stock option plans also provide for the issuance of restricted stock to certain employees and directors. The Company has also reserved 255 restricted shares of common stock for future issuance to non-employee directors under the 2006 Director Equity Compensation Plan (the 2006 Director Plan). Restricted stock grants under these plans typically vest over a three to five year period. The cost of these awards is determined using the fair value of the Company’s common stock on the date of the grant and is recognized on a straight-line basis over the period the restrictions lapse. A summary of the changes in restricted shares for the year ended March 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008 is shown below:

 

     Restricted
Shares
    Weighted Average
Grant Date Fair Value

Non-vested restricted shares at March 31, 2007

   15      $ 19.17

Granted

   61      $ 23.98

Vested

   (4   $ 19.17

Forfeited

   (3   $ 19.17
            

Non-vested restricted shares at March 31, 2008

   69      $ 23.38

Granted

   104      $ 25.41

Vested

   (18   $ 20.70

Forfeited

   (6   $ 23.91
            

Non-vested restricted shares at March 31, 2009

   149      $ 24.84

Granted

   17      $ 14.48

Vested

   (26   $ 23.43
            

Non-vested restricted shares at March 31, 2010

   140      $ 23.83
            

As of March 31, 2010, the total compensation cost related to nonvested restricted shares not yet recognized and the weighted-average period over which it is expected to be recognized was $1,780 and 0.9 years.

 

(16) GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

On February 29, 2008, the Company acquired Collotype (see Note 3 to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements) which expanded the Company’s geographic presence. The Company now manufactures labels in the United States, Australia and South Africa. Net revenues, based on the country from which the product is shipped, and long-lived assets by country are as follows:

 

     2010    2009    2008

Net revenues:

        

United States

   $ 200,715    $ 218,731    $ 204,554

Australia

     61,917      59,499      4,838

South Africa

     14,189      11,533      915
                    
   $ 276,821    $ 289,763    $ 210,307
                    
     March 31,     
     2010    2009     

Long-lived assets:

        

United States

   $ 100,411    $ 107,087   

Australia

     105,460      82,371   

South Africa

     13,489      10,814   
                
   $ 219,360    $ 200,272   
                

 

(17) COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

Operating Lease Agreements

The Company has various equipment, office and facility operating leases. Leases expire on various dates through January 2019. Rent expense during 2010, 2009 and 2008 was approximately $3,948, $3,619 and $1,219, respectively.

The annual future minimum rental obligations as of March 31, 2010 are as follows:

 

2011

   $ 4,069

2012

     3,686

2013

     3,555

2014

     3,477

2015

     3,405

Thereafter

     5,265
      

Total

   $ 23,457
      

 

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During fiscal 2010, the Company relocated its corporate headquarters from Sharonville, Ohio to its Batavia, Ohio facility in order to consolidate certain of its employees into existing owned office space. The lease for the Sharonville, Ohio location expires in April 2017. In connection with the relocation, the Company has entered into two agreements to sublease portions of the facility which both expire in April 2017. The Company did not have any sublease rental income from these agreements in fiscal 2010 and the Company projects aggregate future rental income under these agreements to be $2,185.

Purchase Obligations

The Company has entered into long-term purchase agreements (one to three years) for various uniforms, supplies, utilities and other services. The Company has a consigned inventory agreement with a key supplier in which the Company is required to purchase all consigned inventory not consumed within three months of order. Total inventories on consignment under this arrangement were $214 at March 31, 2010. The Company has also entered into agreements to purchase five presses in 2011 for an estimated purchase price of $4,456. The total estimated purchase obligations are $4,809 for 2011.

Litigation

Litigation is instituted from time to time against the Company which involves routine matters incident to the Company’s business. In the opinion of management, the ultimate disposition of pending litigation will not have a material adverse effect upon the Company’s results of operations, financial position or cash flows.

 

(18) SUPPLEMENTAL CASH FLOW DISCLOSURES

Supplemental disclosures with respect to cash flow information and non-cash investing and financing activities are as follows:

 

     2010     2009     2008  

Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:

      

Interest paid

   $ 4,273      $ 6,287      $ 822   

Income taxes paid

     3,150        8,727        12,069   

Supplemental Disclosures of Non-Cash Activities:

      

Additional minimum pension liability

     (216     292        (112

Interest rate swap fair value

     577        (3,337     —     

Business combinations accounted for as a purchase:

      

Assets acquired

     —          (3,150     208,656   

Liabilities assumed

     —          2,845        (45,115

Common stock issued

     —          —          (36,600

Payable for acquisition costs

     —          305        (1,413

Cash acquired

     —          —          (9,861
                        

Net cash paid (received)

   $ —        $ —        $ 115,667   
                        

 

(19) OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

The components of other comprehensive income consist of:

 

     2010    2009     2008  

Net income

   $ 14,268    $ 11,298      $ 22,984   

Additional minimum pension liability, net of tax

     130      (184     69   

Unrealized foreign currency translation gain (loss)

     29,282      (26,563     (4,858

Unrealized gain (loss) on interest rate swaps, net of tax

     346      (2,025     —     
                       

Total

   $ 44,026    $ (17,474   $ 18,195   
                       

 

(20) FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

The Company defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset, or paid to transfer a liability, in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. To increase consistency and comparability in fair value measurements, the Company uses a fair value estimating three-level hierarchy that prioritizes the use of observable inputs. The three levels are:

Level 1 – Quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities

Level 2 – Observable inputs other than quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities

Level 3 – Unobservable inputs

The determination of where an asset or liability falls in the hierarchy requires significant judgment.

Interest rate swaps

The Company has two interest rate swaps, a $40,000 non-amortizing swap and a $40,000 amortizing swap, to convert variable interest rates on a portion of outstanding debt to fixed interest rates. The Company adjusts the carrying value of these derivatives to their estimated fair values and records the adjustment in other comprehensive earnings.

 

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Foreign currency forward contract

In March 2010, the Company entered into a forward currency contract for $696 to fix the U.S. dollar value of a press to be purchased in South African Rand and delivered in South Africa in December 2010. This forward contract was not designated for hedge accounting treatment and therefore, the change in fair value of the contract is recorded in earnings.

At March 31, 2010, the Company carried the following financial assets and liabilities at fair value:

 

         Fair Value Measurement Using
     Fair Value at March 31,
2010
  Quoted Prices in
Active Markets for
Identical Assets

(Level 1)
   Significant Other
Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
  Significant
Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)

Interest rate swaps

   $(2,760)   —      $(2,760)   —  

Foreign currency forward contract

   $(696)   —      $(696)   —  

At March 31, 2009, the Company carried the following financial assets and liabilities at fair value:

 

         Fair Value Measurement Using
     Fair Value at March 31,
2009
  Quoted Prices in
Active Markets for
Identical Assets
(Level 1)
   Significant Other
Observable Inputs
(Level 2)
  Significant
Unobservable Inputs
(Level 3)

Interest rate swaps

   $(3,337)   —      $(3,337)   —  

Fair value measurements of nonfinancial assets and nonfinancial liabilities are primarily used in goodwill and other intangible asset impairment analyses and in the valuation of assets held for sale and other long-lived assets. The Company tests goodwill annually, as of the last day of February of each fiscal year, for impairment by comparing the fair value of the reporting unit goodwill to its carrying amount. Impairment is also tested when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the assets’ carrying values may be greater than the fair values. In 2010 and 2009, the Company did not adjust goodwill or intangible assets to their fair values on a nonrecurring basis. In 2010, the Company recorded $940 in fixed asset impairments to the income statement. The carrying value of these assets was adjusted to $120, the estimated fair value of the assets. In 2009, the Company recorded $1,146 in asset impairment charges related to the closure of it Framingham facility. The carrying value of these assets was adjusted to zero. See Note 21 for further information regarding the Framingham closure.

 

(21) FACILITY CLOSURES

On February 12, 2010, the Company entered into a supply agreement to fulfill gravure cylinder requirements. As a part of the agreement, the Company sold certain assets associated with the manufacturing of gravure cylinders for $4.3 million in cash. The Company recorded a net after-tax gain of $2.1 million on the sale in its fourth quarter fiscal 2010 financial results. A charge of $262 for severance and other termination benefits and for plant clean-up costs is included in the net gain and included in accrued and other liabilities in the Company’s balance sheet. The remaining liability for these costs is expected to be paid out by September 2010. The Erlanger facility is currently held for sale. Below is a roll-forward of the reserves for employee severance and other termination benefits and other plant clean-up costs.

 

     Balance March 31,
2009
   Amounts
Expensed
   Amounts Paid     Balance March 31,
2010

Employee Benefits

   $ —      $ 90    $ (28   $ 62

Plant Clean-up Costs

     —        172      —          172
                            

Total

   $ —      $ 262    $ (28   $ 234
                            

During fiscal 2010, the Company relocated its corporate headquarters from Sharonville, Ohio to its Batavia, Ohio facility in order to consolidate certain of its employees into existing owned office space. The lease for the Sharonville, Ohio location expires in April 2017. In connection with the relocation, the Company recorded a charge of $1,219 million for remaining lease obligations and other costs related to its Sharonville facility and has entered into two agreements to sublease portions of the facility.

In January 2009, the Company announced plans to consolidate its heat transfer label (HTL) manufacturing business located in Framingham, Massachusetts into its other existing facilities. The transition began immediately with final plant closure occurring in the second quarter of fiscal 2010. In connection with the closure of the Framingham facility, the Company recorded a total pre-tax charge of $2,553 during its fourth quarter period ending March 31, 2009, consisting of $1,407 in cash charges for employee severance and other termination benefits related to 62 associates and other shut-down costs and $1,146 in non-cash charges related to asset impairments. This pre-tax charge is included in plant closure costs in the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Income and the $1,407 liability for severance and other termination benefits and other shut-down costs is included in accrued and other liabilities in the Company’s Consolidated Balance Sheet. During the year ended March 2010, the Company incurred employee retention charges of $261 recorded in selling, general and administrative expense. The remaining liability for employee severance and other termination benefits and other shut-down costs is expected to be paid by May 2010 and is recorded in accrued liabilities on the consolidated balance sheet. Below is a roll-forward of the reserves for employee severance and other termination benefits and other plant shut-down costs.

 

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     Balance March
31, 2009
   Amounts
Expensed
   Amounts Paid     Balance March
31, 2010

Employee Benefits and Other Accruals

   $ 1,407    $ 261    $ (1,577   $ 91

 

(22) QUARTERLY DATA (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands, except per share data)

Earnings per share amounts are computed independently each quarter. As a result, the sum of each quarter’s per-share amount may not equal the total per-share amount for the respective year due to rounding.

Fiscal 2010:

 

     Quarter
     First    Second    Third    Fourth    Total

Net revenues

   $ 69,658    $ 71,963    $ 65,981    $ 69,219    $ 276,821

Gross profit

     12,955      12,821      11,359      11,466      48,601

Income from continuing operations

     3,985      3,432      2,199      4,652      14,268

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

     —        —        —        —        —  

Net income

   $ 3,985    $ 3,432    $ 2,199    $ 4,652    $ 14,268

Basic earnings (loss) per share:

              

Continuing operations

   $ 0.33    $ 0.28    $ 0.18    $ 0.38    $ 1.17

Discontinued operations

   $ —      $ —      $ —      $ —      $ —  
                                  

Net income

   $ 0.33    $ 0.28    $ 0.18    $ 0.38    $ 1.17
                                  

Diluted earnings (loss) per share:

              

Continuing operations

   $ 0.32    $ 0.28    $ 0.18    $ 0.38    $ 1.16

Discontinued operations

   $ —      $ —      $ —      $ —      $ —  
                                  

Net income

   $ 0.32    $ 0.28    $ 0.18    $ 0.38    $ 1.16
                                  

In the fourth quarter of 2010, the Company recorded a pre-tax gain of $3,451 ($2,141 after-tax) related to the sale of certain assets associated with the manufacture of gravure cylinders. During Fiscal 2010 the Company recorded a charge of $1,219 ($959 after-tax) for remaining lease obligations and other costs related to the relocation of the Company’s corporate headquarters from Sharonville, Ohio to its Batavia, Ohio facility.

Fiscal 2009:

 

     Quarter  
     First     Second     Third    Fourth    Total  

Net revenues

   $ 79,450      $ 80,637      $ 62,644    $ 67,032    $ 289,763   

Gross profit

     14,970        14,687        10,275      12,874      52,806   

Income from continuing operations

     2,837        4,140        1,606      2,852      11,435   

Income (loss) from discontinued operations

     (143     (27     —        33      (137

Net income

   $ 2,694      $ 4,113      $ 1,606    $ 2,885    $ 11,298   

Basic earnings (loss) per share:

            

Continuing operations

   $ 0.23      $ 0.34      $ 0.13    $ 0.23    $ 0.94   

Discontinued operations

   $ (0.01   $ —        $ —      $ —      $ (0.01