SYNNEX Corporation
SYNNEX CORP (Form: 10-K, Received: 02/05/2010 16:36:19)
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

 

FORM 10-K

 

 

 

(Mark One)

 

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

 

For the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009

 

OR

 

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

 

For the transition period from                      to                     

 

Commission File Number: 001-31892

 

 

 

SYNNEX CORPORATION

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   94-2703333

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

44201 Nobel Drive

Fremont, California

  94538
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip Code)

 

(510) 656-3333

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

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

Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share

New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

 

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

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the 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 Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    Yes   ¨     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 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, or 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. (Check one).

 

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 Exchange Act).    Yes   ¨     No   x

The aggregate market value of Common Stock held by non-affiliates of the registrant (based upon the closing sale price on the New York Stock Exchange as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter (May 31, 2009) was approximately $525,991,279. Shares held by each executive officer, director and by each person who owns 10% or more of the outstanding Common Stock have been excluded in that such persons may be deemed to be affiliates. This determination of affiliate status is not necessarily a conclusive determination for other purposes.

As of January 20, 2010, there were 34,406,600 shares of Common Stock, $0.001 per share par value, outstanding.

 

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

 

Items 10 (as to directors and Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance), 11, 12 (as to Beneficial Ownership), 13 and 14 of Part III incorporate by reference information from the registrant’s proxy statement to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the registrant’s 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders to be held on March 22, 2010.

 

 

 


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SYNNEX CORPORATION

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

2009 FORM 10-K

 

          Page

PART I

   1

Item 1.

   Business Overview    1

Item 1A.

   Risk Factors    8

Item 1B.

   Unresolved Staff Comments    23

Item 2.

   Properties    23

Item 3.

   Legal Proceedings    23

Item 4.

   Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders    23

PART II

   25

Item 5.

   Market for Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters    25

Item 6.

   Selected Consolidated Financial Data    27

Item 7.

   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.    28

Item 7A.

   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk    51

Item 8.

   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data    53

Item 9.

   Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure    104

Item 9A.

   Controls and Procedures    104

Item 9B.

   Other Information    104

PART III

   105

Item 10.

   Directors and Executive Officers of the Registrant    105

Item 11.

   Executive Compensation    105

Item 12.

  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

   105

Item 13.

   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions    106

Item 14.

   Principal Accountant Fees and Services    106

PART IV

   107

Item 15.

   Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules    107

 


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PART I

 

When used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “Report”), the words “believes,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “allows,” “can,” “may,” “designed,” “will,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These are statements that relate to future periods and include statements about our business model and our services, expected benefits and developments of our services and operations, our market strategy, our infrastructure, our investment on IT systems, potential effects of the economic environment, anticipated benefits of our acquisitions including any related increase in fourth quarter seasonality, impact of acquisitions on our financial position, our revenue and operating results, economic and industry trends, our gross margins, our agreements with MiTAC International Corporation, or MiTAC International, our relationship with MiTAC International and Sun Microsystems, competition with Synnex Technology International, our estimates regarding our capital requirements, our future needs for additional financing, concentration of products and customers, adequacy of our facilities, our legal proceedings, our international operations, our strategic acquisitions of businesses and assets, effect of future expansion on our operations, adequacy of our cash resources to meet our capital needs, adequacy of our disclosure controls and procedures, dependency on personnel, pricing pressures, competition, impact of changes in tax regulations, impact of rules and regulations affecting public companies, impact of our accounting policies, statements regarding our capitalization and stock price, our dividend policy, our estimated fair value of our reporting units and statements regarding our securitization programs and revolving credit lines. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those risks discussed below, as well as the seasonality of the buying patterns of our customers, concentration of sales to large customers, dependence upon and trends in capital spending budgets in the IT industry, fluctuations in general economic conditions and risks set forth below under Item 1A, “Risk Factors.” These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

In the sections of this Report entitled “Business Overview” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” all references to “SYNNEX,” “we,” “us,” “our” or the “Company” mean SYNNEX Corporation and our subsidiaries, except where it is made clear that the term means only the parent company or one of its segments.

 

SYNNEX, the SYNNEX Logo, CONCENTRIX, the CONCENTRIX Logo, EMJ, NEW AGE, PC WHOLESALE, and all other SYNNEX company, product and services names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of SYNNEX Corporation. SYNNEX and the SYNNEX Logo Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.

 

Item 1. Business Overview

 

We are a Fortune 500 corporation and a leading business process services company, serving resellers, retailers and original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, in multiple regions around the world. We operate in two segments, distribution services and global business services, or GBS. We provide services in distribution, contract assembly and business process outsourcing services, or BPO. Our distribution services segment distributes computing, consumer electronics and complementary products to a variety of customers, including value-added resellers, or VARs, system integrators and retailers, as well as provides assembly services to OEMs, including integrated supply chain management, build-to-order and configure-to-order system configurations, materials management and logistics. Our GBS segment offers a range of services to our customers that include customer management, software development, and back office processing on a global platform. We deliver these services through various methods including voice, chat, web, email, and digital print.

 

We bring synergy to our customers’ business process services requirements by bringing supply chain management, contract assembly and distribution expertise together under one service provider. Our business

 

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model is flexible and modular to accommodate the specific needs of our customers. To further enhance our business process services solutions, we provide value-added support services such as demand generation, pre-sales support, product marketing, print and fulfillment, back office outsourcing and post-sales technical support.

 

We combine our core strengths in distribution, demand generation, supply chain management, and contract assembly in an effort to help our customers achieve greater efficiencies in time to market, cost minimization, real-time linkages in the supply chain and aftermarket product support. We distribute more than 15,000 technology products (as measured by active SKUs) from more than 100 IT OEM suppliers to more than 15,000 resellers, system integrators, and retailers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. We employ over 7,000 full-time and temporary employees worldwide. From a geographic perspective, approximately 98% of our total revenue was from North America for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008 and 97% for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2007.

 

We purchase IT systems, peripherals, system components, software and networking equipment from OEM suppliers such as Hewlett-Packard Company, or HP, Acer, Panasonic, Seagate and Lenovo and sell them to our reseller and retail customers. We perform a similar function for our purchases of licensed software products. Our reseller customers include VARs, corporate resellers, government resellers, system integrators, direct marketers and retailers.

 

We operate in the distribution and contract assembly services industries, which are characterized by low gross profit as a percentage of revenue, or gross margin, and low income from operations as a percentage of revenue, or operating margin. The market for IT products and services is generally characterized by declining unit prices and short product life cycles. We set our sales price based on the market supply and demand characteristics for each particular product or bundle of products we distribute and services we provide.

 

In our distribution segment, we are highly dependent on the end-market demand for IT products and services. This end-market demand is influenced by many factors including the introduction of new IT products and software by OEMs, replacement cycles for existing IT products, overall economic growth and general business activity. A difficult and challenging economic environment may also lead to consolidation or decline in the IT industry and increased price-based competition.

 

We have been in business since 1980 and are headquartered in Fremont, California with distribution, sales, contract assembly and contact center facilities in the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. We were originally incorporated in the State of California as COMPAC Microelectronics, Inc. in November 1980, and we changed our name to SYNNEX Information Technologies, Inc. in February 1994. We later reincorporated in the State of Delaware under the name of SYNNEX Corporation in October 2003.

 

Our Products and Suppliers

 

We distribute a broad line of IT products, including IT systems, peripherals, system components, software and networking equipment for more than 100 OEM suppliers, enabling us to offer comprehensive solutions to our reseller customers.

 

During fiscal year 2009, our product mix by category was in the following ranges:

 

Product Category:

    

Peripherals

   35% - 39%

IT Systems

   29% - 33%

System Components

   13% - 17%

Software

   10% - 14%

Networking Equipment

   3% - 7%

 

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Our suppliers include leading IT systems, networking equipment and consumer electronics suppliers. Our primary OEM suppliers are HP, Acer, Panasonic, Seagate, Lenovo, Intel, Lexmark, Symantec, Microsoft and Xerox.

 

Our largest OEM supplier is HP. Revenue from the sale of HP products represented approximately 36%, 32%, and 28% of our revenue for fiscal years 2009, 2008, and 2007 respectively. We entered into a U.S. Business Development Partner Agreement with HP on November 6, 2003, which governs our relationship with HP in the United States. The agreement remains in effect until May 31, 2010 unless terminated earlier in accordance with its terms. As is typical with our OEM supplier agreements, either party may terminate the agreement upon 30 days written notice. In addition, either party may terminate the agreement with cause upon 15 days written notice. “Cause” is not defined in the agreement. In the event the agreement is terminated for cause or if we fail to perform our obligations under the agreement, our agreements with HP for the resale of products, support and services will automatically terminate upon such default or termination. In the event of any breach of the agreement by us, HP may terminate the agreement and we may be required to refund HP any discounts or program payments paid during the period we were in breach of the agreement and reimburse HP for reasonable attorneys’ fees. If either party becomes insolvent or bankrupt, the other party may terminate the agreement without notice and cancel any unfulfilled obligations, except for payment obligations. Our subsidiaries in Canada and Mexico have territorial supplier agreements with subsidiaries of HP located in the respective countries.

 

In addition to HP, we have distribution agreements with most of our suppliers. These agreements usually provide for nonexclusive distribution rights and pertain to specific geographic territories. The agreements are also generally short-term, subject to periodic renewal, and often contain provisions permitting termination by either our supplier or us without cause upon relatively short notice. An OEM supplier that elects to terminate a distribution agreement will generally repurchase its products carried in our inventory.

 

Our distribution and contract assembly business subjects us to the risk that the value of our inventory will be affected adversely by suppliers’ price reductions or by technological changes affecting the usefulness or desirability of the products comprising our inventory. Many of our OEM suppliers offer us limited protection from the loss in value of our inventory due to technological change or a supplier’s price reductions. Under many of these agreements, we have a limited period of time to return or exchange products or claim price protection credits. We monitor our inventory levels and attempt to time our purchases to maximize our protection under supplier programs.

 

Our Customers

 

We distribute IT products to more than 15,000 resellers, system integrators and retailers. Resellers are classified primarily by the end-users to whom they sell as well as the services they provide. End-users include large corporations or enterprises, governments, small-to medium-sized businesses, or SMBs, and personal users. In addition, resellers vary greatly in size and geographic reach. Our reseller customers buy from us and other distributors. Our larger reseller customers also buy certain products directly from OEM suppliers. Systems integrators offer services in addition to product resale, primarily in systems customization, integration, and deployment. Retailers serve mostly end users, and to a small degree, small office/home office customers.

 

No customer accounted for more than 10% of our total revenue in fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007. Some of our largest customers include CDW Corporation, Systemax Inc., and STAPLES Business Depot.

 

Our Services

 

We offer a variety of services to our customers. These services can be purchased individually or they can be purchased in combination with others in the form of supply chain solutions. The three major categories of services include the following:

 

Distribution Services. We have sophisticated pick, pack and ship operations, which allows us to efficiently receive shipments from our OEM suppliers and quickly fill orders for our reseller and retail customers. We generally stock or otherwise have access to the inventory of our OEM suppliers to satisfy the demands of our reseller and retail customers.

 

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Contract Assembly Services. We provide our OEM contract assembly customers with systems design and build-to-order, or BTO, and configure-to-order, or CTO, assembly capabilities. BTO assembly consists of building a group of systems with the same pre-defined specifications, generally for our OEM customers’ inventory. CTO assembly consists of building a customized system for an OEM customer’s individual order specifications. We also offer production value-added services such as kitting, reconfiguration, asset tagging and hard drive imaging.

 

Business Process Outsourcing. We offer a range of services to our customers that include customer management, software development, and back office processing on a global platform. We deliver these services through various methods including voice, chat, web, email, and digital print.

 

The above major categories of services are complemented by the following:

 

Logistics Services. We provide logistics support to our reseller customers such as outsourced fulfillment, virtual distribution and direct ship to end-users. Other logistics support activities we provide include generation of customized shipping documents, multi-level serial number tracking for customized, configured products and online order and shipment tracking. We also offer full turn-key logistics solutions designed to address the needs of large volume or specialty logistics services. Full turn-key service offerings is modular in nature and is designed to cover all aspects of the logistics lifecycle including, transportation management, inventory optimization, complementary product matching, reverse logistics, asset refurbishment and disposal and strategic procurement.

 

Online Services. We maintain electronic data interchange, or EDI, and web-based communication links with many of our reseller and retail customers. These links improve the speed and efficiency of our transactions with our customers by enabling them to search for products, check inventory availability and prices, configure systems, place and track orders, receive invoices, review account status and process returns. We also have web-based application software that allows our customers or their end-user customers to order software and take delivery online.

 

Financing Services. We offer our reseller customers a wide range of financing options, including net terms, third party leasing, floor plan financing, letters of credit backed financing and arrangements where we collect payments directly from the end-user. The availability and terms of our financing services are subject to our credit policies or those of third party financing providers to our customers.

 

Marketing Services. We offer our OEM suppliers a full range of marketing activities targeting resellers, system integrators and retailers including direct mail, external media advertising, reseller product training, targeted telemarketing campaigns, national and regional trade shows, database analysis, print on demand services and web-based marketing.

 

Technical Solutions Services. We provide our reseller customers technical support services, including pre- and post-sales support.

 

Joint Supply Chain Management and Distribution Services. We provide our contract assembly customers with materials procurement and management activities including planning, purchasing, expediting and warehousing system components and materials used in the assembly process. Because we distribute many of the system components used in the assembly of our contract assembly customers’ products, our assembly customers are able to minimize their inventory risk by taking advantage of the terms and conditions of our distribution relationships. In addition, we also offer increased inventory availability to our contract assembly customers because we stock items for both distribution and assembly.

 

For a discussion of our business by segments, please see Note 17 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

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Sales and Marketing

 

As of November 30, 2009, we employed 3,977 sales, marketing, contact center and demand generation services professionals. For distribution, we serve our large commercial, government reseller and retail customers through dedicated sales professionals. We market to smaller resellers and OEMs through dedicated regional sales teams. In addition, we have dedicated product management and sales specialists that focus on the sale and promotion of the products of selected suppliers. These specialists are also directly involved in establishing new relationships with leading OEMs to create demand for their products and services and with resellers for their customers’ needs. Our sales and marketing professionals are complemented by members of our executive management team who are integral in identifying potential new customer opportunities, promoting sales growth and ensuring customer satisfaction. We have sales offices in North America, Latin America and Asia and attempt to have sales and marketing professionals in close proximity to our reseller, retail and OEM customers.

 

We also have a sales team dedicated to cultivating new business process services opportunities with IT product OEMs. On selected opportunities, this team works with MiTAC International Corporation, or MiTAC International, to offer OEMs comprehensive outsourced supply chain solutions, please see Note 16 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements. This joint sales effort enables us to deliver complete design-to-delivery solutions for our OEM customers.

 

In addition, as part of our GBS business, we have sales teams dedicated to cultivating new business process services opportunities for our contact center and demand generation services, as well as for selling selected products in China. In our contact centers, we are contracted primarily by OEMs to provide services to their end user customers.

 

Our Operations

 

We operate close to 20 distribution facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Our distribution processes are highly automated to reduce errors, ensure timely order fulfillment and enhance the efficiency of our warehouse operations and back office administration. Our distribution facilities are geographically dispersed to be near reseller customers and their end-users. This decentralized, regional strategy enables us to benefit from lower shipping costs and shorter delivery lead times to our customers. Furthermore, we track several performance measurements to continuously improve the efficiency and accuracy of our distribution operations. Our regional locations also enable us to make local deliveries and provide will-call fulfillment to more customers than if our distribution operations were more centralized, resulting in better service to our customers. Our workforce is comprised of permanent and temporary employees, enabling us to respond to short-term changes in order activity.

 

Our proprietary IT systems and processes enable us to automate many of our distribution operations. We use radio frequency and bar code scanning technologies in all of our warehouse operations to maintain real-time inventory records, facilitate frequent cycle counts and improve the accuracy of order fulfillment. We use palm readers to capture real-time labor cost data, enabling efficient management of our daily labor costs.

 

To enhance the accuracy of our distribution order fulfillment and protect our inventory from shrinkage, our distribution systems also incorporate numerous controls. These controls include order weight checks, bar code scanning, and serial number profile verification to verify that the product shipped matches the customer order. We also use digital video imaging to record our small package shipping activities by order. These images and other warehouse and shipping data are available online to our customer service representatives, enabling us to quickly respond to order inquiries by our customers.

 

We operate our principal contract assembly facilities in the United States and the United Kingdom. We generally assemble IT systems, including workstations and servers, by incorporating system components from our distribution inventory and other sources. Additionally, we perform production value-added services, including kitting, asset tagging, hard drive imaging and reconfiguration. Our contract assembly facilities are ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001 certified.

 

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In our GBS segment we provide comprehensive range of services to enhance the customer lifecycle and build customer relationships. These services primarily consist of technical support, customer service, demand generation, back office support for sales, marketing and administrative functions, solutions designed to acquire, support, retain and renew customer relationships.

 

Services are provided from multiple global locations to customers worldwide in multiple languages. The GBS services platform is supported by proprietary technology to enable efficient and secure customer contact through various methods including voice, chat, web, e-mail and digital print.

 

International Operations

 

Approximately 17%, 20%, and 22% of our total revenue for fiscal years 2009, 2008, and 2007 respectively, originated outside of the United States, with approximately 15%, 18%, and 19% for fiscal years 2009, 2008, and 2007 respectively, of our total revenue generated in Canada. A key element in our business strategy has been to provide our GBS capabilities to OEMs in locations that are cost beneficial, but low risk. However, our end market strategy for our distribution business remains focused on North America. For a discussion of our net revenue by geographic region, please see Note 17 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Purchasing

 

Product costs represent our single largest expense and IT product inventory is one of our largest working capital investments. Furthermore, product procurement from our OEM suppliers is a highly complex process that involves incentive programs, rebate programs, price protection, volume and early payment discounts and other arrangements. Consequently, efficient and effective purchasing operations are critical to our success.

 

Our purchasing group works closely with many areas of our organization, especially our product managers who work closely with our OEM suppliers and our sales force, to understand the volume and mix of IT products that should be purchased. In addition, the purchasing group utilizes an internally developed, proprietary information systems application tool, which further aids the purchasing group in forecasting future product demand based on several factors, including historical sales levels, expected product life cycle and current and projected economic conditions. Our information system tools also track warehouse and channel inventory levels and open purchase orders on a real-time basis enabling us to stock inventory at a regional level closer to the customer as well as to actively manage our working capital resources. This level of automation promotes greater efficiencies of inventory management by replenishing and turning inventory, as well as placing purchase orders on a more frequent basis. Furthermore, our system tools also allow for automated checks and controls to prevent the generation of inaccurate orders.

 

Managing our OEM supplier incentive programs is another critical function of our purchasing group. We attempt to maximize the benefits of incentives, rebates and volume and early payment discounts that our OEM suppliers offer us from time to time. We carefully evaluate these supplier incentive benefits relative to our product handling and carrying costs so that we do not overly invest in our inventory. We also closely monitor inventory levels on a product-by-product basis and plan purchases to take advantage of OEM supplier provided price protection. By managing inventory levels at each of our regional distribution facilities, we can minimize our shipping costs by stocking products near to our resellers, retailers, and their end-user customers.

 

Financial Services

 

We offer various financing options to our customers as well as prepayment, credit card and cash on delivery terms. We also collect outstanding accounts receivable on behalf of our reseller customers in certain situations. In issuing credit terms to our reseller customers, we closely and regularly monitor their creditworthiness through our information systems, which contain detailed information on each customer’s payment history, as well as through periodic detailed credit file reviews by our financial services staff. In addition, we participate in a North American credit association whose members exchange customer credit rating information. We have also

 

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purchased credit insurance in some geographies to further control credit risks. Finally, we establish reserves for estimated credit losses in the normal course of business based on the overall quality and aging of the receivable portfolio, the existence of a limited amount of credit insurance and specifically identified customer risks.

 

We also sell to certain reseller customers pursuant to third party floor plan financing. The expenses charged by these financing companies are subsidized either by our OEM suppliers or paid by us. We generally receive payment from these financing companies within 15 to 30 days from the date of sale, depending on the specific arrangement.

 

Information Technology

 

Our IT systems manage the entire order cycle, including processing customer orders, production planning, customer billing and payment tracking. These internally developed IT systems make our operations more efficient and provide visibility into our operations. We believe our IT infrastructure is scalable to support further growth. Continuous enhancement of our IT systems facilitates improved product and inventory management, streamlines order and fulfillment processes, and increases operational flexibility.

 

To allow our customers and suppliers to communicate and transact business with us in an efficient and consistent manner, we have implemented a mix of proprietary and off-the-shelf software programs, which integrate our IT systems with those of our customers and suppliers. In particular, we maintain EDI and web-based communication links with many of our reseller and retail customers to enable them to search for products, check real-time pricing, inventory availability and specifications, place and track orders, receive invoices and process returns. We plan to continue making significant investments in our IT systems to facilitate the flow of information, increase our efficiency and lower transaction costs.

 

Competition

 

We operate in a highly competitive environment, both in the United States and internationally. The IT product industry is characterized by intense competition, based primarily on product availability, credit terms, price, speed and accuracy of delivery, effectiveness of sales and marketing programs, ability to tailor specific solutions to customer needs, quality and depth of product lines, pre-sale and post-sale technical support, flexibility and timely response to design changes, technological capabilities and product quality, service and support. We compete with a variety of regional, national and international IT product distributors and manufacturers.

 

Our major competitors in IT product distribution include Arrow, Avnet, Bell Microproducts, Ingram Micro, ScanSource and Tech Data and, to a lesser extent, regional distributors. We also face competition from our OEM suppliers, which also sell directly to resellers, retailers and end-users. The distribution industry has historically undergone, and continues to undergo, consolidation. During this period, a number of players within the IT distribution industry exited or merged with other players. Over the years we have participated in this consolidation through our acquisitions of Merisel Canada Inc., Gates/Arrow, EMJ Data Systems Limited, Azerty United Canada, PC Wholesale and New Age Electronics, or New Age, and we continue to evaluate other opportunities. Our major competitors in our global business services include Teleperformance, Teletech and Accenture, and other global and regional service providers.

 

We constantly seek to expand our business into areas primarily related to our core distribution business as well as other support, logistics, business process outsourcing and related value-added services. As we enter new business areas, we may encounter increased competition from our current competitors and/or new competitors.

 

Some of our competitors are substantially larger and have greater financial, operating, manufacturing and marketing resources than us. Some of our competitors may have broader geographic breadth and range of services than us. Some may have more developed relationships with their existing customers. We attempt to offset our comparative scale disadvantage by focusing on a limited number of leading OEMs to represent, running an efficient and low cost operation and offering a high level of value add and customer service.

 

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Employees

 

As of November 30, 2009, we had 6,330 full-time employees, including 3,977 in sales, marketing, contact center and demand generation services professionals, 1,750 in operations, and 603 in executive, finance, IT and administration. Given the variability in our business and the quick response time required by customers, it is critical that we are able to rapidly ramp-up and ramp-down our distribution capabilities to maximize efficiency. As a result, we frequently use a significant number of temporary or contract workers, which totaled approximately 990, on a full-time equivalent basis, at November 30, 2009. Our employees are not represented by a labor union, nor are they covered by a collective bargaining agreement. We consider our employee relations to be good.

 

Available Information

 

Our website is http://www.synnex.com. We make available free of charge, on or through our website, our Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports, if any, or other filings filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act as soon as reasonably practicable after electronically filing or furnishing these reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. Information contained on our website is not a part of this report. We have adopted a code of ethics applicable to our principal executive, financial and accounting officers. We make available free of charge, on or through our website’s investor relations page, our code of ethics.

 

The SEC maintains an Internet site at http://www.sec.gov that contains the Annual Report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports, if any, or other filings filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act, proxy and information statements of the Company. All reports that the Company files with the SEC may be read and copied at the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC, 20549. Information about the operation of the Public Reference Room can be obtained by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors

 

The following are certain risk factors that could affect our business, financial results and results of operations. These risk factors should be considered in connection with evaluating the forward-looking statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K because these factors could cause the actual results and conditions to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. Before you invest in our Company, you should know that making such an investment involves some risks, including the risks described below. The risks that have been highlighted here are not the only ones that we face. If any of the risks actually occur, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be negatively affected. In that case, the trading price of our common stock could decline, and you may lose all or part of your investment.

 

Risks Related to Our Business

 

We anticipate that our revenue and operating results will fluctuate, which could adversely affect the enterprise value of our Company and our securities.

 

Our operating results have fluctuated and will fluctuate in the future as a result of many factors, including:

 

   

general economic conditions and level of IT spending;

 

   

the loss or consolidation of one or more of our significant OEM suppliers or customers;

 

   

market acceptance, product mix and useful life of the products we distribute;

 

   

market acceptance, quality, pricing and availability of our services;

 

   

competitive conditions in our industries that impact our margins;

 

   

pricing, margin and other terms with our OEM suppliers;

 

 

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decline in inventory value as a result of product obsolescence;

 

   

variations in our levels of excess inventory and doubtful accounts, and changes in the terms of OEM supplier-sponsored programs, such as price protection and return rights; and

 

   

the impact of the business acquisitions we make.

 

Although we attempt to control our expense levels, these levels are based, in part, on anticipated revenue. Therefore, we may not be able to control spending in a timely manner to compensate for any unexpected revenue shortfall.

 

Our operating results also are affected by the seasonality of the IT products and services industry. We have historically experienced higher sales in our fourth fiscal quarter due to patterns in the capital budgeting, federal government spending and purchasing cycles of end-users. These patterns may not be repeated in subsequent periods. You should not rely on period-to-period comparisons of our operating results as an indication of future performance. The results of any quarterly period are not indicative of results to be expected for a full fiscal year. In future quarters, our operating results may be below our expectations or those of our public market analysts or investors, which would likely cause our share price to decline.

 

We depend on a small number of OEMs to supply the IT products that we sell and the loss of, or a material change in, our business relationship with a major OEM supplier could adversely affect our business, financial position and operating results.

 

Our future success is highly dependent on our relationships with a small number of OEM suppliers. Sales of Hewlett-Packard Company, or HP, products represented approximately 36%, 32%, and 28% of our total revenue in fiscal years 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively. Our OEM supplier agreements typically are short-term and may be terminated without cause upon short notice. For example, our agreement with HP will expire on May 31, 2010. The loss or deterioration of our relationships with a major OEM supplier, the authorization by OEM suppliers of additional distributors, the sale of products by OEM suppliers directly to our reseller customers and end-users, or our failure to establish relationships with new OEM suppliers or to expand the distribution and supply chain services that we provide OEM suppliers could adversely affect our business, financial position and operating results. For example in fiscal year 2008, International Business Machines Corporation, or IBM, terminated its approval to market IBM System X and related products and services. In addition, OEM suppliers may face liquidity or solvency issues that in turn could negatively affect our business and operating results.

 

Our business is also highly dependent on the terms provided by our OEM suppliers. Generally, each OEM supplier has the ability to change the terms and conditions of its distribution agreements, such as reducing the amount of price protection and return rights or reducing the level of purchase discounts, rebates and marketing programs available to us. From time to time we may conduct business with a supplier without a formal agreement because the agreement has expired or otherwise. In such case, we are subject to additional risk with respect to products, warranties and returns, and other terms and conditions. If we are unable to pass the impact of these changes through to our reseller customers, our business, financial position and operating results could be adversely affected.

 

Our gross margins are low, which magnifies the impact of variations in revenue, operating costs and bad debt on our operating results.

 

As a result of significant price competition in the IT products and services industry, our gross margins are low, and we expect them to continue to be low in the future. Increased competition arising from industry consolidation and low demand for certain IT products may hinder our ability to maintain or improve our gross margins. These low gross margins magnify the impact of variations in revenue, operating costs and bad debt on our operating results. A portion of our operating expenses is relatively fixed, and planned expenditures are based in part on anticipated orders that are forecasted with limited visibility of future demand. As a result, we may not

 

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be able to reduce our operating expenses as a percentage of revenue to mitigate any further reductions in gross margins in the future. If we cannot proportionately decrease our cost structure in response to competitive price pressures, our business and operating results could suffer.

 

We also receive purchase discounts and rebates from OEM suppliers based on various factors, including sales or purchase volume and breadth of customers. A decrease in net sales could negatively affect the level of volume rebates received from our OEM suppliers and thus, our gross margins. Because some rebates from OEM suppliers are based on percentage increases in sales of products, it may become more difficult for us to achieve the percentage growth in sales required for larger discounts due to the current size of our revenue base. A decrease or elimination of purchase discounts and rebates from our OEM suppliers would adversely affect our business and operating results.

 

Because we sell on a purchase order basis, we are subject to uncertainties and variability in demand by our reseller and contract assembly services customers, which could decrease revenue and adversely affect our operating results.

 

We sell to our reseller and contract assembly services customers on a purchase order basis rather than pursuant to long-term contracts or contracts with minimum purchase requirements. Consequently, our sales are subject to demand variability by our reseller and contract assembly services customers. The level and timing of orders placed by our customers vary for a variety of reasons, including seasonal buying by end-users, the introduction of new hardware and software technologies and general economic conditions. Customers submitting a purchase order may cancel, reduce or delay their orders. If we are unable to anticipate and respond to the demands of our reseller and contract assembly services customers, we may lose customers because we have an inadequate supply of products, or we may have excess inventory, either of which may harm our business, financial position and operating results.

 

The success of our contact center business is subject to the terms and conditions of our customer contracts.

 

We provide contact center support services to our customers under contracts with provisions that could impact our profitability. Many of our contracts have short termination provisions that could cause fluctuations in our revenue and operating results from period to period. For example, some contracts have performance related bonus or penalty provisions, whereby we could receive a bonus if we satisfy certain performance levels or have to pay a penalty for failing to do so. In addition, our customers may not guarantee a minimum call volume; however, we hire employees based on anticipated average call volumes. The reduction of call volume, loss of any customers, payment of any penalties for failure to meet performance levels or inability to terminate any unprofitable contracts may have an adverse impact on our operations and financial results.

 

We are subject to the risk that our inventory value may decline, and protective terms under our OEM supplier agreements may not adequately cover the decline in value, which in turn may harm our business, financial position and operating results.

 

The IT products industry is subject to rapid technological change, new and enhanced product specification requirements, and evolving industry standards. These changes may cause inventory on hand to decline substantially in value or to rapidly become obsolete. Most of our OEM suppliers offer limited protection from the loss in value of inventory. For example, we can receive a credit from many OEM suppliers for products held in inventory in the event of a supplier price reduction. In addition, we have a limited right to return a certain percentage of purchases to most OEM suppliers. These policies are often subject to time restrictions and do not protect us in all cases from declines in inventory value. In addition, our OEM suppliers may become unable or unwilling to fulfill their protection obligations to us. The decrease or elimination of price protection or the inability of our OEM suppliers to fulfill their protection obligations could lower our gross margins and cause us to record inventory write-downs. If we are unable to manage our inventory with our OEM suppliers with a high degree of precision, we may have insufficient product supplies or we may have excess inventory, resulting in inventory write-downs, either of which may harm our business, financial position and operating results.

 

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We depend on OEM suppliers to maintain an adequate supply of products to fulfill customer orders on a timely basis, and any supply shortages or delays could cause us to be unable to timely fulfill orders, which in turn could harm our business, financial position and operating results.

 

Our ability to obtain particular products in the required quantities and to fulfill reseller customer orders on a timely basis is critical to our success. In most cases, we have no guaranteed price or delivery agreements with our OEM suppliers. We occasionally experience a supply shortage of certain products as a result of strong demand or problems experienced by our OEM suppliers. If shortages or delays persist, the price of those products may increase, or the products may not be available at all. In addition, our OEM suppliers may decide to distribute, or to substantially increase their existing distribution business, through other distributors, their own dealer networks, or directly to resellers. Accordingly, if we are not able to secure and maintain an adequate supply of products to fulfill our reseller customer orders on a timely basis, our business, financial position and operating results may be adversely affected.

 

Because we conduct substantial operations in China, risks associated with economic, political and social events in China could negatively affect our business and operating results.

 

A substantial portion of our IT systems operations, including our IT systems support and software development operations is located in China. In addition, we also conduct general and administrative activities from our facility in China. As of November 30, 2009, we had 778 support personnel located in China. We expect to increase our operations in China in the future. Our operations in China are subject to a number of risks relating to China’s economic and political systems, including:

 

   

a government controlled foreign exchange rate and limitations on the convertibility of the Chinese Renminbi;

 

   

extensive government regulation;

 

   

changing governmental policies relating to tax benefits available to foreign-owned businesses;

 

   

the telecommunications infrastructure;

 

   

a relatively uncertain legal system; and

 

   

uncertainties related to continued economic and social reform.

 

Our IT systems are an important part of our global operations. Any significant interruption in service, whether resulting from any of the above uncertainties, natural disasters or otherwise, could result in delays in our inventory purchasing, errors in order fulfillment, reduced levels of customer service and other disruptions in operations, any of which could cause our business and operating results to suffer.

 

We may have higher than anticipated tax liabilities.

 

We conduct business globally and file income tax returns in various tax jurisdictions. Our effective tax rate could be adversely affected by several factors, many of which are outside of our control, including:

 

   

changes in income before taxes in various jurisdictions in which we operate that have differing statutory tax rates;

 

   

changing tax laws, regulations, and/or interpretations of such tax laws in multiple jurisdictions;

 

   

effect of tax rate on purchase accounting for acquisitions;

 

   

resolution of issues arising from tax audit or examinations and any related interest or penalties; and

 

   

uncertainty in obtaining tax holiday extensions, expiration or loss of tax holidays in various jurisdictions.

 

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We report our results of operations based on our determination of the amount of taxes owed in various tax jurisdictions in which we operate. The determination of our worldwide provision for income taxes and other tax liabilities requires estimation, judgment and calculations where the ultimate tax determination may not be certain. Our determination of tax liability is always subject to review or examination by tax authorities in various tax jurisdictions. Any adverse outcome of such review or examination could have a negative impact on our operating results and financial condition. The results from various tax examinations and audit may differ from the liabilities recorded in our financial statements and may adversely affect our financial results and cash flows.

 

We have pursued and intend to continue to pursue strategic acquisitions or investments in new markets and may encounter risks associated with these activities, which could harm our business and operating results.

 

We have in the past pursued and in the future expect to pursue acquisitions of, or investments in, businesses and assets in new markets, either within or outside the IT products industry, that complement or expand our existing business. Our acquisition strategy involves a number of risks, including:

 

   

difficulty in successfully integrating acquired operations, IT systems, customers, and OEM supplier relationships, products and businesses with our operations;

 

   

loss of key employees of acquired operations or inability to hire key employees necessary for our expansion;

 

   

diversion of our capital and management attention away from other business issues;

 

   

increase in our expenses and working capital requirements;

 

   

in the case of acquisitions that we may make outside of the United States, difficulty in operating in foreign countries and over significant geographical distances; and

 

   

other financial risks, such as potential liabilities of the businesses we acquire.

 

We have incurred costs and encountered difficulties in the past in connection with our acquisitions and investments. For example, our operating margins were initially adversely affected as a result of our acquisition of the Redmond Group of Companies, or RGC. Prior to the acquisition, RGC was not a profitable business. After the acquisition, RGC initially caused a negative effect on our operating margins as we integrated RGC’s operations with our business to leverage synergies and consolidate redundant expenses. Future acquisitions may result in dilutive issuances of equity securities, the incurrence of additional debt, large write-offs, a decrease in future profitability, or future losses. The incurrence of debt in connection with any future acquisitions could restrict our ability to obtain working capital or other financing necessary to operate our business. Our recent and future acquisitions or investments may not be successful, and if we fail to realize the anticipated benefits of these acquisitions or investments, our business and operating results could be harmed.

 

Because of the capital-intensive nature of our business, we need continued access to capital, which, if not available to us or if not available on favorable terms, could harm our ability to operate or expand our business.

 

Our business requires significant levels of capital to finance accounts receivable and product inventory that is not financed by trade creditors. If cash from available sources is insufficient, proceeds from our accounts receivable securitization and revolving credit programs are limited or cash is used for unanticipated needs, we may require additional capital sooner than anticipated. In the event we are required, or elect, to raise additional funds, we may be unable to do so on favorable terms, or at all. Our current and future indebtedness could adversely affect our operating results and severely limit our ability to plan for, or react to, changes in our business or industry. We could also be limited by financial and other restrictive covenants in any securitization or credit arrangements, including limitations on our borrowing of additional funds and issuing dividends. Furthermore, the cost of securitization or debt financing could significantly increase in the future, making it cost

 

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prohibitive to securitize our accounts receivable or borrow, which could force us to issue new equity securities. If we issue new equity securities, existing stockholders may experience dilution, or the new equity securities may have rights, preferences or privileges senior to those of existing holders of common stock. If we cannot raise funds on acceptable terms, we may not be able to take advantage of future opportunities or respond to competitive pressures or unanticipated requirements. Any inability to raise additional capital when required could have an adverse effect on our business and operating results.

 

The terms of our debt arrangements impose significant restrictions on our ability to operate which in turn could negatively affect our ability to respond to business and market conditions and therefore could have an adverse effect on our business and operating results.

 

As of November 30, 2009, we had approximately $304 million in outstanding short and long-term borrowings under term loans, convertible senior notes and lines of credit, excluding trade payables. The terms of one or more of the agreements under which this indebtedness was incurred may limit or restrict, among other things, our ability to:

 

   

incur additional indebtedness;

 

   

pay dividends or make certain other restricted payments;

 

   

consummate certain asset sales or acquisitions;

 

   

enter into certain transactions with affiliates; and

 

   

merge, consolidate or sell, assign, transfer, lease, convey or otherwise dispose of all or substantially all of our assets.

 

We are also required to maintain specified financial ratios and satisfy certain financial condition tests, including a minimum net worth and a fixed charge coverage ratio as outlined in our senior secured revolving line of credit arrangement. Our inability to meet these ratios and tests could result in the acceleration of the repayment of the related debt, the termination of the facility or the increase in our effective cost of funds. As a result, our ability to operate may be restricted and our ability to respond to business and market conditions may be limited, which could have an adverse effect on our business and operating results.

 

We may not be able to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness and may be forced to take other actions to satisfy our obligations under our indebtedness or we may experience a financial failure, which may hinder the repayment of our convertible senior notes.

 

Our ability to make scheduled debt payments or to refinance our debt obligations depends on our financial and operating performance, which is subject to prevailing economic and competitive conditions and to certain financial, business and other factors beyond our control. We cannot assure that we will maintain a level of cash flows from operating activities sufficient to permit us to pay the principal, premium, if any, and interest on our indebtedness.

 

If our cash flows and capital resources are insufficient to fund our debt service obligations, we may be forced to reduce or delay capital expenditures, sell assets or operations, seek additional capital or restructure or refinance our indebtedness. We cannot assure that we would be able to take any of these actions, that these actions would be successful and permit us to meet our scheduled debt service obligations or that these actions would be permitted under the terms of our existing or future debt agreements. In the absence of such operating results and resources, we could face substantial liquidity problems and might be required to dispose of material assets or operations to meet our debt service and other obligations. Some of our credit facilities restrict our ability to dispose of assets and use the proceeds from the disposition. We may not be able to consummate those dispositions or to obtain the proceeds which we could realize from them and these proceeds may not be adequate to meet any debt service obligations then due.

 

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If we cannot make scheduled payments on our debt, we will be in default and, as a result:

 

   

our debt holders could declare all outstanding principal and interest to be due and payable;

 

   

the lenders under our credit agreement could terminate their commitments to loan us money and foreclose against the assets securing their borrowings; and

 

   

we could be forced into bankruptcy or liquidation, which is likely to result in delays in the payment of our indebtedness and in the exercise of enforcement remedies related to our indebtedness.

 

Repayment of our debt is dependent on cash flow generated by our subsidiaries.

 

Our ability to service our debt and our ability to repay current or future indebtedness when due, depend in large part upon the earnings of our subsidiaries. Our subsidiaries may not be able to, or may not be permitted to, make distributions to enable us to make payments in respect of our indebtedness, including the convertible senior notes. Each subsidiary is a distinct legal entity and, under certain circumstances, legal and contractual restrictions may limit our ability to obtain cash from our subsidiaries. In the event that we do not receive distributions from our subsidiaries, we may be unable to make required principal and interest payments on our indebtedness.

 

A portion of our revenue is financed by floor plan financing companies and any termination or reduction in these financing arrangements could increase our financing costs and harm our business and operating results.

 

A portion of our product distribution revenue is financed by floor plan financing companies. Floor plan financing companies are engaged by our customers to finance, or floor, the purchase of products from us. In exchange for a fee, we transfer the risk of loss on the sale of our products to the floor plan companies. We currently receive payment from these financing companies within approximately 15 to 30 days from the date of the sale, which allows our business to operate at much lower relative working capital levels than if such programs were not available. If these floor plan arrangements are terminated or substantially reduced, the need for more working capital and the increased financing cost could harm our business and operating results.

 

We have significant credit exposure to our reseller customers, and negative trends in their businesses could cause us significant credit loss and negatively impact our cash flow and liquidity position.

 

We extend credit to our reseller customers for a significant portion of our sales to them. Resellers and retailers have a period of time, generally 30 days after the date of invoice, to make payment. As a result, we are subject to the risk that our reseller customers will not pay for the products they purchase. In addition, our Mexico operations primarily focus on various long term projects with government and other local agencies, which involve extended payment terms and could expose us to additional collection risks. Our credit exposure risk may increase due to liquidity or solvency issues experienced by our resellers as a result of an economic downturn or a decrease in IT spending by end-users. If we are unable to collect payment for products we ship to our reseller customers or if our reseller customers are unable to timely pay for the products we ship to them, it will be more difficult or costly to utilize accounts receivable-based financing, which could negatively impact our cash flow and liquidity position.

 

We may suffer adverse consequences from changing interest rates.

 

Our borrowings and securitization arrangements are variable-rate obligations that could expose us to interest rate risks. At November 30, 2009, we had approximately $150 million in such variable-rate obligations. If interest rates increase, our interest expense would increase, which would negatively affect our net income. An increase in interest rates may increase our future borrowing costs and restrict our access to capital.

 

Additionally, current market conditions, and overall credit conditions could limit our availability of capital, which could cause increases in interest margin spreads over underlying indices, effectively increasing the cost of our borrowing. While some of our credit facilities have contractually negotiated spreads, terms such as these are subject to ongoing negotiations.

 

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We experienced theft of product from our warehouses and future thefts could harm our operating results.

 

From time to time we have experienced incidents of theft at various facilities.

 

These types of incidents may make it more difficult or expensive for us to obtain theft coverage in the future. Also, incidents of theft may occur for which we may not be fully insured.

 

We are dependent on a variety of IT and telecommunications systems, and any failure of these systems could adversely impact our business and operating results.

 

We depend on IT and telecommunications systems for our operations. These systems support a variety of functions including inventory management, order processing, shipping, shipment tracking, billing, and contact center support.

 

Failures or significant downtime of our IT or telecommunications systems could prevent us from taking customer orders, printing product pick-lists, shipping products, billing customers and handling call volume. Sales also may be affected if our reseller customers are unable to access our pricing and product availability information. We also rely on the Internet, and in particular electronic data interchange, or EDI, for a large portion of our orders and information exchanges with our OEM suppliers and reseller customers. The Internet and individual websites have experienced a number of disruptions and slowdowns, some of which were caused by organized attacks. In addition, some websites have experienced security breakdowns. If we were to experience a security breakdown, disruption or breach that compromised sensitive information, it could harm our relationship with our OEM suppliers and reseller customers. Disruption of our website or the Internet in general could impair our order processing or more generally prevent our OEM suppliers and reseller customers from accessing information. Our contact call center is dependent upon telephone and data services provided by third party telecommunications service vendors and our IT and telecommunications system. Any significant increase in our IT and telecommunications costs or temporary or permanent loss of our IT or telecommunications systems could harm our relationships with our customers. The occurrence of any of these events could have an adverse effect on our operations and financial results.

 

We rely on independent shipping companies for delivery of products, and price increases or service interruptions from these carriers could adversely affect our business and operating results.

 

We rely almost entirely on arrangements with independent shipping companies, such as FedEx and UPS, for the delivery of our products from OEM suppliers and delivery of products to reseller and retail customers. Freight and shipping charges can have a significant impact on our gross margin. As a result, an increase in freight surcharges due to rising fuel cost or general price increases will have an immediate adverse effect on our margins, unless we are able to pass the increased charges to our reseller customers or renegotiate terms with our OEM suppliers. In addition, in the past, UPS has experienced work stoppages due to labor negotiations with management. An increase in freight or shipping charges, the termination of our arrangements with one or more of these independent shipping companies, the failure or inability of one or more of these independent shipping companies to deliver products, or the unavailability of their shipping services, even temporarily, could have an adverse effect on our business and operating results.

 

Changes in foreign exchange rates and limitations on the convertibility of foreign currencies could adversely affect our business and operating results.

 

In the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008, approximately 17% and 20%, respectively, of our total revenue was generated outside the United States. Most of our international revenue, cost of revenue and operating expenses are denominated in foreign currencies. We presently have currency exposure arising from both sales and purchases denominated in foreign currencies. Changes in exchange rates between foreign currencies and the U.S. dollar may adversely affect our operating margins. For example, if these foreign currencies appreciate against the U.S. dollar, it will make it more expensive in terms of U.S. dollars to purchase inventory or pay expenses with foreign currencies. This could have a negative impact to us if revenue related to

 

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these purchases is transacted in U.S. dollars. In addition, currency devaluation can result in a loss to us if we hold deposits of that currency and make our products, which are usually purchased by us with U.S. dollars, relatively more expensive than products manufactured locally. We currently conduct only limited hedging activities, which involve the use of currency forward contracts. Hedging foreign currencies can be risky. There is also additional risk if the currency is not freely or actively traded. Some currencies, such as the Chinese Renminbi and Philippines Peso, are subject to limitations on conversion into other currencies, which can limit our ability to hedge or to otherwise react to rapid foreign currency devaluations. We cannot predict the impact of future exchange rate fluctuations on our business and operating results.

 

Because of the experience of our key personnel in the IT service industry and their technological expertise, if we were to lose any of our key personnel, it could inhibit our ability to operate and grow our business successfully.

 

We operate in the highly competitive IT service industry. We are dependent in large part on our ability to retain the services of our key senior executives and other technical experts and personnel. Except for Robert Huang, our Chairman of the Board of Directors and Kevin Murai, our President and Chief Executive Officer, our employees and executives generally do not have employment agreements. Furthermore, we do not carry “key person” insurance coverage for any of our key executives. We compete for qualified senior management and technical personnel. The loss of, or inability to hire, key executives or qualified employees could inhibit our ability to operate and grow our business successfully.

 

We may become involved in intellectual property or other disputes that could cause us to incur substantial costs, divert the efforts of our management, and require us to pay substantial damages or require us to obtain a license, which may not be available on commercially reasonable terms, if at all.

 

We may from time to time receive notifications alleging infringements of intellectual property rights allegedly held by others relating to our business or the products we sell or assemble for our OEM suppliers and others. Litigation with respect to patents or other intellectual property matters could result in substantial costs and diversion of management and other resources and could have an adverse effect on our business. Although we generally have various levels of indemnification protection from our OEM suppliers and contract assembly services customers, in many cases any indemnification to which we may be entitled is subject to maximum limits or other restrictions. In addition, we have developed proprietary IT systems that play an important role in our business. If any infringement claim is successful against us and if indemnification is not available or sufficient, we may be required to pay substantial damages or we may need to seek and obtain a license of the other party’s intellectual property rights. We may be unable to obtain such a license on commercially reasonable terms, if at all.

 

We are from time to time involved in other litigation in the ordinary course of business. We may not be successful in defending these or other claims. Regardless of the outcome, litigation could result in substantial expense and could divert the efforts of our management.

 

We have significant operations concentrated in Northern California, South Carolina, Ontario, Beijing, and the Philippines and any disruption in the operations of our facilities could harm our business and operating results.

 

Our worldwide operations could be subject to natural disasters and other business disruptions, which could seriously harm our revenue and financial condition and increase our costs and expenses. We have significant operations in our facilities located in Fremont, California, Greenville, South Carolina, Ontario, Canada, Beijing, China and Manila, Cagayan De Oro and Davao, Philippines. As a result, any prolonged disruption in the operations of our facilities, whether due to technical difficulties, power failures, break-ins, destruction or damage to the facilities as a result of a natural disaster, fire or any other reason, could harm our operating results. In addition, our Philippines operation is at greater risk due to adverse weather conditions, such as typhoons. We currently do not have a formal disaster recovery plan and may not have sufficient business interruption insurance to compensate for losses that could occur.

 

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Global health, economic, political and social conditions may harm our ability to do business, increase our costs and negatively affect our stock price.

 

Worldwide economic conditions have experienced a significant downturn due to the credit conditions impacted by the subprime mortgage crisis and other factors, including slower economic activity which may impact our results of operations. External factors such as potential terrorist attacks, acts of war, geopolitical and social turmoil or epidemics and other similar outbreaks, in many parts of the world could prevent or hinder our ability to do business, increase our costs and negatively affect our stock price, which in turn, may require us to record an impairment in the carrying value of our goodwill in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification, or ASC350, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other .” More generally, these geopolitical social and economic conditions could result in increased volatility in the United States and worldwide financial markets and economy. For example, increased instability may adversely impact the desire of employees and customers to travel, the reliability and cost of transportation and our ability to obtain adequate insurance at reasonable rates and may require us to incur increased costs for security measures for our domestic and international operations. We are predominantly uninsured for losses and interruptions caused by terrorism, acts of war and similar events. These uncertainties make it difficult for us and our customers to accurately plan future business activities. While general economic conditions have recently begun to improve, there is no assurance that this trend will continue or at what rate.

 

Part of our business is conducted outside of the United States, exposing us to additional risks that may not exist in the United States, which in turn could cause our business and operating results to suffer.

 

We have international operations in Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom. For the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008, approximately 17% and 20%, respectively, of our total revenue was generated outside the United States. For the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008, approximately 15% and 18%, respectively, of our total revenue was generated in Canada. No country other than the U.S. and Canada accounted for more than 10% of our total revenue. Our international operations are subject to risks, including:

 

   

political or economic instability;

 

   

changes in governmental regulation;

 

   

changes in import/export duties;

 

   

trade restrictions;

 

   

difficulties and costs of staffing and managing operations in certain foreign countries;

 

   

work stoppages or other changes in labor conditions;

 

   

difficulties in collecting of accounts receivable on a timely basis or at all;

 

   

taxes; and

 

   

seasonal reductions in business activity in some parts of the world.

 

We may continue to expand internationally to respond to competitive pressure and customer and market requirements. Establishing operations in any other foreign country or region presents risks such as those described above as well as risks specific to the particular country or region. In addition, until a payment history is established over time with customers in a new geography or region, the likelihood of collecting accounts receivable generated by such operations could be less than our expectations. As a result, there is a greater risk that reserves set with respect to the collection of such accounts receivable may be inadequate. In addition, our Mexico operations primarily focus on various long-term projects with government and other local agencies, which involve extended payment terms and could expose us to additional collection risks. Furthermore, if our international expansion efforts in any foreign country are unsuccessful, we may decide to cease operations, which would likely cause us to incur additional expenses and loss.

 

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In addition, changes in policies or laws of the United States or foreign governments resulting in, among other things, higher taxation, currency conversion limitations, restrictions on fund transfers or the expropriation of private enterprises, could reduce the anticipated benefits of our international expansion. Furthermore, any actions by countries in which we conduct business to reverse policies that encourage foreign trade or investment could adversely affect our business. If we fail to realize the anticipated revenue growth of our future international operations, our business and operating results could suffer.

 

Our investments in our contact center business could adversely affect our operating results as a result of operation execution risks related to managing and communicating with remote resources, technologies, customer satisfaction and employee turnover.

 

Our contact center business in the Philippines may be adversely impacted if we are unable to manage and communicate with these remote resources. Service quality may be placed at risk and our ability to optimize our resources may be more complicated if we are unable to manage our resources remotely. Contact centers use a wide variety of different technologies to allow them to manage a large volume of work. These technologies ensure that employees are kept productive. Any failure in technology may impact the business adversely. The success of our contact center business primarily depends on performance of our employees and resulting customer satisfaction. Any increase in average waiting time or handling time or lack of promptness or technical expertise of our employees will directly impact customer satisfaction. Any adverse customer satisfaction may impact the overall business. Generally, the employee turnover rate in the contact center business and the risk of losing experienced employees to competitors are high. Higher turnover rates increase recruiting and training costs and decrease operating efficiencies and productivity. If we are unable to successfully manage our contact centers, our results of operations could be adversely affected and we may not realize the benefits of our recent acquisitions.

 

Risks Related to Our Relationship with MiTAC International Corporation

 

As of November 30, 2009, our executive officers, directors and principal stockholders owned approximately 35% of our common stock and this concentration of ownership could allow them to control all matters requiring stockholder approval and could delay or prevent a change in control of SYNNEX.

 

As of November 30, 2009, our executive officers, directors and principal stockholders owned approximately 35% of our outstanding common stock. In particular, MiTAC International and its affiliates owned approximately 34% of our common stock.

 

In addition, MiTAC International’s interests and ours may increasingly conflict. For example, we rely on MiTAC International for certain manufacturing and supply services and for relationships with certain key customers. As a result of a decrease in their ownership in us, we may lose these services and relationships, which may lead to increased costs to replace the lost services and the loss of certain key customers. We cannot predict the likelihood that we may incur increased costs or lose customers if MiTAC International’s ownership percentage of us decreases in the future.

 

We rely on MiTAC International for manufacturing and contract assembly services and supply components and the loss of these services or components would require us to seek alternate providers that may charge us more for their services and components.

 

We rely on MiTAC International to manufacture and supply subassemblies and components for some of our contract assembly services customers, including Sun Microsystems, our primary contract assembly services customer, and our reliance on MiTAC International may increase in the future. Our relationship with MiTAC International has been informal and is not governed by long-term commitments or arrangements with respect to pricing terms, revenue or capacity commitments. Accordingly, we negotiate manufacturing, pricing and other material terms on a project-by-project basis. As MiTAC’s ownership interest in us decreases, MiTAC’s interest in the success of our business and operations may decrease as well. In the event MiTAC International no longer

 

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provides such services and components to us, we would need to find an alternative source for these services and components. We may be unable to obtain alternative services and components on similar terms, which may in turn increase our contract assembly costs. In addition, we may not find manufacturers with sufficient capacity, which may in turn lead to shortages in our product supplies. Increased costs and products shortages could harm our business and operating results.

 

Our business relationship with MiTAC International has been and will continue to be negotiated as related parties and therefore may not be the result of arms’-length negotiations between independent parties. Our relationship, including pricing and other material terms, with our shared customers or with MiTAC International, may or may not be as advantageous to us as the terms we could have negotiated with unaffiliated third parties. We have a joint sales and marketing agreement with MiTAC International, pursuant to which both parties agree to use their commercially reasonable efforts to promote the other party’s service offerings to their respective customers who are interested in such product offerings. To date, there has not been a significant amount of sales attributable to the joint marketing agreement. This agreement does not provide for the terms upon which we negotiate manufacturing and pricing terms. These negotiations have been on a case-by-case basis. The agreement has an initial term of one year and automatically renews for subsequent one-year terms unless either party provides written notice of non-renewal within 90 days of the end of any renewal term. The agreement may also be terminated without cause either by the mutual written agreement of both parties or by either party without cause upon 90 days prior written notice of termination to the other party. Either party may immediately terminate the agreement by providing written notice (a) of the other party’s material breach of any provision of the agreement and failure to cure within 30 days, or (b) if the other party becomes bankrupt or insolvent. In addition, we are party to a general agreement with MiTAC International and Sun Microsystems under which we work with MiTAC International to provide contract assembly services to Sun Microsystems.

 

Some of our customer relationships evolved from relationships between such customers and MiTAC International and the loss of such relationships could harm our business and operating results.

 

Our relationship with Sun Microsystems and some of our other customers evolved from relationships that were initiated by MiTAC International. Our relationship with Sun Microsystems is a joint relationship with MiTAC International and us, and the future success of our relationship with Sun Microsystems depends on MiTAC International continuing to work with us to service Sun Microsystems’ requirements. The original agreement between Sun Microsystems and MiTAC International was signed on August 28, 1999 and we became a party to the agreement on February 12, 2002. On May 16, 2007, we entered into a new Master Supply Agreement to be effective as of May 1, 2007 with Sun Microsystems and MiTAC International. Pursuant to this new agreement, the terms for the manufacture and purchase of each particular product awarded by Sun Microsystems are individually negotiated and if agreed upon by the parties, such terms are included in a product award letter. There is no minimum level of commitment required by any of the parties under this agreement. As under the prior agreement, we negotiate manufacturing, pricing and other material terms, on a project-by-project basis with MiTAC International and Sun Microsystems for a given project. All of our contract assembly services to Sun Microsystems are covered by this agreement. This agreement has a term of three years and is automatically renewed for one-year periods until terminated in accordance with its terms. Any party may terminate this agreement with written notice if one of the other parties materially breaches any provision of the agreement and the breach is incapable of being cured or is not cured within 30 days. This agreement may also be terminated on written notice if one of the other parties becomes bankrupt or insolvent. If we are unable to maintain our relationship with MiTAC International, our relationship with Sun Microsystems could suffer and we could lose other customer relationships or referrals, which in turn could harm our business, financial position and operating results.

 

There could be potential conflicts of interest between us and MiTAC International and its affiliates, which could impact our business and operating results.

 

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disposition of securities, election of directors, payment of dividends and other business matters. Similar risks could exist as a result of Matthew Miau’s positions as our Chairman Emeritus, the Chairman of MiTAC International and as a director or officer of MiTAC International’s affiliates. In fiscal year 2008, Mr. Miau received a $225,000 retainer from us and was granted a restricted stock award of 2,000 shares of our common stock for his services as Chairman of the Board based primarily upon his non-executive back-up role to Robert Huang, our then President and Chief Executive Officer. Compensation payable to Mr. Miau was based upon approval of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which is composed of disinterested members of the Board. For fiscal year 2009, Mr. Miau received the same compensation as other independent directors. Mr. Miau’s compensation is based upon the approval of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. We also have adopted a policy requiring material transactions in which any of our directors has a potential conflict of interest to be approved by our Audit Committee, which is also composed of disinterested members of the Board.

 

Synnex Technology International Corp., or Synnex Technology International, a publicly-traded company based in Taiwan and affiliated with MiTAC International, currently provides distribution and fulfillment services to various markets in Asia and Australia, and is also a potential competitor of ours. As of November 30, 2009, MiTAC Incorporated, a privately-held company based in Taiwan and a separate entity from MiTAC International, directly and indirectly owned approximately 14.9% of Synnex Technology International and approximately 8.1% of MiTAC International. As of November 30, 2009, MiTAC International directly and indirectly owned 0.2% of Synnex Technology International and Synnex Technology International directly and indirectly owned approximately 0.3% of MiTAC International. In addition, MiTAC International directly and indirectly owned approximately 8.7% of MiTAC Incorporated and Synnex Technology International directly and indirectly owned approximately 14.0% of MiTAC Incorporated as of November 30, 2009. Synnex Technology International indirectly through its ownership of Peer Developments Limited owned approximately 13.7% of our outstanding common stock as of November 30, 2009. Neither MiTAC International, nor Synnex Technology International is restricted from competing with us. In the future, we may increasingly compete with Synnex Technology International, particularly if our business in Asia expands or Synnex Technology International expands its business into geographies or customers we serve. Although Synnex Technology International is a separate entity from us, it is possible that there will be confusion as a result of the similarity of our names. Moreover, we cannot limit or control the use of the Synnex name by Synnex Technology International in certain geographies and our use of the Synnex name may be restricted as a result of registration of the name by Synnex Technology International or the prior use in jurisdictions where it currently operates.

 

Risks Related to Our Industry

 

Volatility in the IT industry could have a material adverse effect on our business and operating results.

 

The IT industry in which we operate has experienced decreases in demand. Softening demand for our products and services caused by an ongoing economic downturn and over-capacity may impact our revenue, as well the salability of inventory and collection of reseller customer accounts receivable.

 

While in the past we may have benefited from consolidation in our industry resulting from delays or reductions in IT spending in particular, and economic weakness in general, any such volatility in the IT industry could have an adverse effect on our business and operating results.

 

Our business may be adversely affected by some OEM suppliers’ strategies to increase their direct sales, which in turn could cause our business and operating results to suffer.

 

Consolidation of OEM suppliers has resulted in fewer sources for some of the products that we distribute. This consolidation has also resulted in larger OEM suppliers that have significant operating and financial resources. Some OEM suppliers, including some of the leading OEM suppliers that we service, have been selling

 

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products directly to end-users, thereby limiting our business opportunities. If large OEM suppliers increasingly sell directly to end-users or our resellers, rather than use us as the distributor of their products, our business and operating results will suffer.

 

OEMs could limit the number of supply chain service providers with which they do business, which in turn could negatively impact our business and operating results.

 

For example, the termination of our contract by HP with us would have a significant negative effect on our revenue and operating results. A determination by any of our primary OEMs to consolidate their business with other distributors or contract assemblers would negatively affect our business and operating results. For example, IBM recently consolidated its business with distributors, including SYNNEX, and, as a result, we no longer distribute certain IBM products and services.

 

The IT industry is subject to rapidly changing technologies and process developments, and we may not be able to adequately adjust our business to these changes, which in turn would harm our business and operating results.

 

Dynamic changes in the IT industry, including the consolidation of OEM suppliers and reductions in the number of authorized distributors used by OEM suppliers, have resulted in new and increased responsibilities for management personnel and have placed, and continue to place, a significant strain upon our management, operating and financial systems and other resources. We may be unable to successfully respond to and manage our business in light of industry developments and trends. Also crucial to our success in managing our operations will be our ability to achieve additional economies of scale. Our failure to achieve these additional economies of scale or to respond to changes in the IT industry could adversely affect our business and operating results.

 

We are subject to intense competition in the IT industry, both in the United States and internationally, and if we fail to compete successfully, we will be unable to gain or retain market share.

 

We operate in a highly competitive environment, both in the United States and internationally. The IT product distribution, BPO and contract assembly services industries are characterized by intense competition, based primarily on product availability, credit availability, price, speed of delivery, ability to tailor specific solutions to customer needs, quality and depth of product lines, pre-sale and post-sale technical support, flexibility and timely response to design changes, and technological capabilities, service and support. We compete with a variety of regional, national and international IT product distributors and contract manufacturers and assemblers. In some instances, we also compete with our own customers, our own OEM suppliers and MiTAC International and its affiliates.

 

Our primary competitors are substantially larger and have greater financial, operating, manufacturing and marketing resources than us. Some of our competitors may have broader geographic breadth and range of services than us and may have more developed relationships with their existing customers. We may lose market share in the United States or in international markets, or may be forced in the future to reduce our prices in response to the actions of our competitors and thereby experience a reduction in our gross margins.

 

In addition, in our contact center business, we also face competition from our customers. For example, some of our customers may have internal capability and resources to provide their own call centers. Furthermore, pricing pressures and quality of services could impact our business adversely. Our ability to provide a high quality of service is dependent on our ability to retain and properly train our employees and to continue investing in our infrastructure, including IT and telecommunications systems.

 

We may initiate other business activities, including the broadening of our supply chain capabilities, and may face competition from companies with more experience in those new areas. In addition, as we enter new areas of business, we may also encounter increased competition from current competitors or from new competitors,

 

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including some who may once have been our OEM suppliers or reseller customers. Increased competition and negative reaction from our OEM suppliers or reseller customers resulting from our expansion into new business areas may harm our business and operating results.

 

Compliance with changing regulation of corporate governance and public disclosure may result in additional expenses.

 

Changing laws, regulations and standards relating to corporate governance and public disclosure, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC, regulations and New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE, rules, are creating uncertainty for companies such as ours. These new or changed laws, regulations and standards are subject to varying interpretations in many cases due to their lack of specificity, and as a result, their application in practice may evolve over time as new guidance is provided by regulatory and governing bodies, which could result in continuing uncertainty regarding compliance matters and higher costs necessitated by ongoing revisions to disclosure and corporate governance practices. As a result, our efforts to comply with evolving laws, regulations and standards have resulted in, and are likely to continue to result in, increased general and administrative expenses and a diversion of management time and attention from revenue-generating activities to compliance activities. In particular, our ongoing efforts to comply with Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 and the related regulations regarding our management’s required assessment of our internal control over financial reporting and our independent registered public accounting firm’s attestation of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting have required the commitment of significant financial and managerial resources. We expect these efforts to require the continued commitment of significant resources. If our efforts to comply with new or changed laws, regulations and standards differ from the activities intended by regulatory or governing bodies due to ambiguities related to practice, our reputation may be harmed.

 

If we are unable to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting, our ability to report our financial results on a timely and accurate basis may be adversely affected, which in turn could cause the market price of our common stock to decline.

 

Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires our management to report on, and our independent registered public accounting firm to attest to, the effectiveness of our internal control structure and procedures for financial reporting. We completed an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009, and we have an ongoing program to perform the system and process evaluation and testing necessary to continue to comply with these requirements. In the past, however, our internal controls have not eliminated all error. For example, in fiscal year 2007, we made a reclassification adjustment to our Consolidated Financial Statements and we were unable to timely file a Form 8-K relating to an acquisition. We expect to continue to incur increased expense and to devote additional management resources to Section 404 compliance. In the event that one of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer or independent registered public accounting firm determine that our internal control over financial reporting is not effective as defined under Section 404, investor perceptions and our reputation may be adversely affected and the market price of our stock could decline.

 

Changes to financial accounting standards may affect our results of operations and cause us to change our business practices.

 

We prepare our financial statements to conform to generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or GAAP. These accounting principles are subject to interpretation by the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the SEC and various bodies formed to interpret and create appropriate accounting policies. A change in those policies can have a significant effect on our reported results and may affect our reporting of transactions completed before a change is announced. Changes to those rules or the questioning of current practices may adversely affect our reported financial results or the way we conduct our business.

 

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We are subject to rules and regulations as a public company that will increase our administration costs which, in turn, could harm our operating results.

 

As a public company, we incur significant legal, accounting and other expenses. In addition, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, as well as rules subsequently implemented by the SEC, has required changes in corporate governance practices of public companies. In addition to final rules and rule proposals already made by the SEC, the NYSE has adopted revisions to its requirements for companies that are NYSE-listed. These rules and regulations have increased our legal and financial compliance costs, and made some activities more time consuming or costly. These rules and regulations could make it more difficult and more expensive for us to obtain director and officer liability insurance, and we may be required to accept reduced coverage or incur substantially higher costs to obtain coverage. These rules and regulations could also make it more difficult for us to attract and retain qualified members of our Board of Directors, particularly to serve on our Audit Committee and Compensation Committee, and qualified executive officers.

 

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

 

None.

 

Item 2. Properties

 

Our principal executive office is located in Fremont, California, which is owned by us. We operate distribution, assembly services and administrative facilities in seven different countries.

 

Our distribution business segment occupies over 30 facilities covering approximately 3 million square feet. We own a 620,000 square feet distribution and administrative center in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, a 340,000 square feet logistics facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi, a 127,700 square feet administrative and warehouse facility in Fremont, California, a 124,400 square feet administrative and assembly facility in Telford, United Kingdom, a 62,500 square feet distribution facility in Greenville, South Carolina. All of our remaining facilities are leased.

 

Our GBS business segment occupies over 15 facilities covering approximately 406,000 square feet, not including the facilities occupied by HiChina Web Solutions which is held for sale. We own a 74,325 square feet administrative and services facility in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, a 40,435 square feet administrative facility in Beijing, China and two administrative and services facilities in Tokyo, Japan occupying 4,078 square feet. All of our remaining facilities are leased.

 

We have sublet unused portions of some of our facilities. We believe our facilities are well maintained and adequate for current operating needs. Leases for our current facilities expire between February 2010 and November 2015.

 

Item 3. Legal Proceedings

 

We are from time to time involved in legal proceedings in the ordinary course of business. We do not believe that these proceedings will have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial position or cash flows of our business.

 

In addition, we have been involved in various bankruptcy preference actions where we were a supplier to the companies now in bankruptcy. These preference actions are filed by the bankruptcy trustee on behalf of the bankrupt estate and generally seek to have payments made by the debtor within 90 days prior to the bankruptcy returned to the bankruptcy estate for allocation among all of the bankruptcy estate’s creditors.

 

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

 

None.

 

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Executive Officers of the Registrant

 

The following table sets forth information regarding our executive officers as of November 30, 2009:

 

Name

   Age   

Position

Kevin Murai

   46    President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director

Peter Larocque

   48    President, U.S. Distribution

Dennis Polk

   43    Chief Operating Officer

Thomas Alsborg

   47    Chief Financial Officer

Simon Leung

   44    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

 

Kevin Murai, our President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director, joined us in March 2008. He served as Co-Chief Executive Officer until Robert Huang’s retirement in December 2008. Prior to SYNNEX, Mr. Murai was employed for 19 years at Ingram Micro, Inc. where he served in several executive management positions, including President and Chief Operating Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

 

Peter Larocque is our President, U.S. Distribution since July 2006 and previously served as Executive Vice President of Distribution since June 2001, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing from September 1997 until June 2001. Mr. Larocque is responsible for our U.S. distribution business. Mr. Larocque received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

Dennis Polk is our Chief Operating Officer and has served in this capacity since July 2006. He previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Finance since joining us in February 2002. Mr. Polk received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Santa Clara University.

 

Thomas Alsborg is our Chief Financial Officer. He joined us in March 2007. Prior to SYNNEX, Mr. Alsborg was with Solectron Corporation where he served in various accounting and finance capacities over his ten-year tenure including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Solectron Global Services, Vice President of Finance and Vice President, Investor Relations. Prior to Solectron, Mr. Alsborg was with McDonald’s Corporation and a CPA with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Alsborg received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the Oral Roberts University, a Master in Business Administration, Finance and International Business from Santa Clara University.

 

Simon Leung is our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and has served in this capacity since May 2001. Mr. Leung joined us in November 2000 as Corporate Counsel. Prior to SYNNEX, Mr. Leung was an attorney at the law firm of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. Mr. Leung received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

 

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PART II

 

Item 5. Market for Registrant’s Common Equity and Related Stockholder Matters

 

Our common stock, par value $0.001, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange, or NYSE, under the symbol “SNX.” The following table sets forth the range of high and low sales prices for our common stock for each of the periods listed, as reported by the NYSE.

 

     Price Range of
Common Stock
     Low    High

Fiscal Year 2008

         

First Quarter

   $ 17.63    $ 23.81

Second Quarter

   $ 19.94    $ 25.20

Third Quarter

   $ 21.89    $ 27.28

Fourth Quarter

   $ 8.63    $ 23.56

Fiscal Year 2009

         

First Quarter

   $ 8.70    $ 17.98

Second Quarter

   $ 13.23    $ 26.00

Third Quarter

   $ 22.51    $ 32.57

Fourth Quarter

   $ 24.98    $ 33.02

 

As of January 20, 2010, our common stock was held by 984 stockholders of record. Because many of the shares of our common stock are held by brokers and other institutions on behalf of stockholders, we are unable to estimate the total number of beneficial owners represented by these stockholders of record. We have not declared or paid any cash dividends since our inception. We currently intend to retain future earnings, if any, for use in our operations and the expansion of our business. If we elect to pay cash dividends in the future, payment will depend on our financial condition, results of operations and capital requirements, as well as other factors deemed relevant by our Board of Directors. In addition, our credit facilities place restrictions on our ability to pay dividends.

 

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Stock Price Performance Graph

 

The stock price performance graph below, which assumes a $100 investment on November 30, 2004, compares our cumulative total shareowner return, the NYSE Composite Index and the Standard Industrial Classification, or SIC, Code Index (SIC Code 5045—Computer and Computer Peripheral Equipment and Software) for the period beginning November 30, 2004 through November 30, 2009. The closing price per share of our common stock was $28.31 on November 30, 2009. No cash dividends have been declared on our common stock since the initial public offering. The comparisons in the table are required by the SEC and are not intended to forecast or be indicative of possible future performance of our common stock.

 

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     Fiscal Years Ended
     11/30/2004    11/30/2005    11/30/2006    11/30/2007    11/30/2008    11/30/2009

SYNNEX Corporation

   100.00    62.81    91.14    82.92    41.98    113.62

NYSE Market Index

   100.00    111.60    133.83    150.20    87.60    114.16

Computers & Peripheral Equipment

   100.00    92.57    106.82    97.99    49.66    94.25

 

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

 

Information regarding the Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans can be found under Item 12 of this Report.

 

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Item 6. Selected Consolidated Financial Data

 

The following selected consolidated financial data are qualified by reference to, and should be read together with, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” included in Item 7 of this Report and the Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes included in Item 8 of this Report. The selected consolidated statements of operations and cash flow data presented below for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of November 30, 2009 and 2008 have been derived from our audited Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Report. The consolidated statements of operations and other data for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2006 and 2005 and the consolidated balance sheet data as of November 30, 2007, 2006 and 2005 have been derived from our Consolidated Financial Statements that are not included in this Report. The consolidated statements of operations data include the operating results from our acquisitions from the closing date of each acquisition. Historical operating results are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for any future period. Please see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and Note 2 and Note 18 to our Consolidated Financial Statements included elsewhere in this Report for a discussion of factors, such as business combinations, that affect the comparability of the following selected consolidated financial data.

 

    Fiscal Years Ended November 30,  
    2009     2008     2007     2006     2005  
    (in thousands, except per share data)  

Statements of Operations Data:

         

Revenue

  $ 7,719,197      $ 7,736,726      $ 6,986,714      $ 6,343,514      $ 5,640,769   

Cost of revenue

    (7,296,167     (7,322,862     (6,640,295     (6,058,155     (5,402,211
                                       

Gross profit

    423,030        413,864        346,419        285,359        238,558   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    (273,381     (267,498     (236,938     (189,117     (159,621
                                       

Income from continuing operations before non-operating items and income taxes

    149,649        146,366        109,481        96,242        78,937   

Interest expense and finance charges, net

    (13,983     (15,006     (15,054     (16,659     (17,036

Other income (expense), net

    3,036        (7,812     1,429        570        1,559   
                                       

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and minority interest

    138,702        123,548        95,856        80,153        63,460   

Provision for income taxes

    (50,656     (45,705     (35,216     (28,320     (23,912

Minority interest in a subsidiary

    133        225        —          (448     58   
                                       

Income from continuing operations

    88,179        78,068        60,640        51,385        39,606   

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

    3,909        5,729        2,487        —          511   

Gain on sale of discontinued operations, net of tax

    —          —          —          —          12,708   
                                       

Net income

  $ 92,088      $ 83,797      $ 63,127      $ 51,385      $ 52,825   
                                       

Net income per common share, basic:

         

Continuing operations

  $ 2.70      $ 2.47      $ 1.96      $ 1.73      $ 1.39   

Discontinued operations

    0.12        0.18        0.08        —          0.46   
                                       

Net income per common share, basic

  $ 2.82      $ 2.65      $ 2.04      $ 1.73      $ 1.85   
                                       

Net income per common share, diluted:

         

Continuing operations

  $ 2.59      $ 2.35      $ 1.86      $ 1.61      $ 1.27   

Discontinued operations

    0.11        0.17        0.07        —          0.43   
                                       

Net income per common share, diluted

  $ 2.70      $ 2.52      $ 1.93      $ 1.61      $ 1.70   
                                       
    November 30,  
    2009     2008     2007     2006     2005  
    (in thousands)  

Balance Sheet Data:

         

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 37,816      $ 35,147      $ 21,925      $ 27,881      $ 13,636   

Working capital

    762,683        590,588        419,708        416,865        350,529   

Total assets

    2,100,288        2,032,880        1,887,103        1,382,734        1,082,488   

Current borrowings under term loans and lines of credit

    150,740        340,466        351,142        50,834        28,548   

Long-term borrowings

    153,160        152,287        37,537        47,967        1,153   

Total stockholders’ equity

    818,370        679,841        604,554        511,546        437,225   
    Fiscal Years Ended November 30,  
    2009     2008     2007     2006     2005  
    (in thousands)  

Other Data:

         

Depreciation and amortization from continuing operations

  $ 17,803      $ 16,811      $ 14,512      $ 9,781      $ 8,778   

 

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

 

The following discussion and analysis of the Company’s financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with “Selected Consolidated Financial Data” and the Consolidated Financial Statements and related Notes included elsewhere in this Report.

 

When used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, or the Report, the words “believes,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “intends,” “allows,” “can,” “may,” “designed,” “will,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These are statements that relate to future periods and include statements about our business model and our services, expected benefits and developments of our services and operations, our market strategy, our infrastructure, our investment in our IT systems, potential effects of the economic environment, anticipated benefits of our acquisitions including any related increase in fourth quarter seasonality, impact of acquisitions on our financial position, our revenue and operating results, economic and industry trends, our gross margins, our agreements with MiTAC International Corporation, or MiTAC International, our relationship with MiTAC International and Sun Microsystems, competition with Synnex Technology International, our estimates regarding our capital requirements, our future needs for additional financing, concentration of products and customers, expansion of our operations, our international operations, adequacy of our facilities, our legal proceedings, our strategic acquisitions of businesses and assets, effect of future expansion on our operations, adequacy of our cash resources to meet our capital needs, adequacy of our disclosure controls and procedures, dependency on personnel, pricing pressures, competition, impact of changes in tax regulations, impact of rules and regulations affecting public companies, impact of our accounting policies, statements regarding our capitalization and stock price, our dividend policy, our estimated fair value of our reporting units and statements regarding our securitization programs and revolving credit lines. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, those risks discussed below, as well as the seasonality of the buying patterns of our customers, concentration of sales to large customers, dependence upon and trends in capital spending budgets in the IT industry, fluctuations in general economic conditions and risks set forth below under Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors.” These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof. We expressly disclaim any obligation or undertaking to release publicly any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect any change in our expectations with regard thereto or any change in events, conditions or circumstances on which any such statement is based.

 

Overview

 

We are a Fortune 500 corporation and a leading business process services company, serving resellers, retailers and original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, in multiple regions around the world. We operate in two segments, distribution services and global business services, or GBS. We provide services in distribution, contract assembly and business process outsourcing services, or BPO. Our distribution services segment distributes computing, consumer electronics and complementary products to a variety of customers, including value-added resellers, or VARs, system integrators and retailers, as well as provides assembly services to OEMs, including integrated supply chain management, build-to-order and configure-to-order system configurations, materials management and logistics. Our GBS segment offers a range of services to our customers that include customer management, software development, and back office processing on a global platform. We deliver these services through various methods including voice, chat, web, email, and digital print.

 

We bring synergy to our customers’ business process services requirements by bringing supply chain management, contract assembly and distribution expertise together under one service provider. Our business model is flexible and modular to accommodate the specific needs of our customers. To further enhance our business process services solutions, we provide value-added support services such as demand generation, pre-sales support, product marketing, print and fulfillment, back office outsourcing and post-sales technical support.

 

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We combine our core strengths in distribution, demand generation, supply chain management, and contract assembly in an effort to help our customers achieve greater efficiencies in time to market, cost minimization, real-time linkages in the supply chain and aftermarket product support. We distribute to more than 15,000 technology products (as measured by active SKUs) from more than 100 IT OEM suppliers to more than 15,000 resellers, system integrators, and retailers throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. We employ over 7,000 full-time and temporary employees worldwide. From a geographic perspective, approximately 98% of our total revenue was from North America for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008 and 97% for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2007.

 

We purchase IT systems, peripherals, system components, software and networking equipment from OEM suppliers such as Hewlett-Packard Company, or HP, Acer, Panasonic, Seagate and Lenovo and sell them to our reseller and retail customers. We perform a similar function for our purchases of licensed software products. Our reseller customers include VARs, corporate resellers, government resellers, system integrators, direct marketers and retailers. Products purchased from our largest OEM supplier, HP, accounted for approximately 36%, 32%, and 28% of our total revenue for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively.

 

Revenue and Cost of Revenue

 

We derive our revenue primarily through the distribution of IT systems, peripherals, system components, software, networking equipment, assembly services and BPO. For products, we recognize revenue generally as products are shipped, if a purchase order exists, the sale price is fixed or determinable, collection of the resulting accounts receivable is reasonably assured, risk of loss and title have transferred and product returns are reasonably estimable. Shipping terms are typically F.O.B. our warehouse. Provisions for sales returns are estimated based on historical data and are recorded concurrently with the recognition of revenue. We review and adjust these provisions periodically. Revenue is reduced for early payment discounts and volume incentive rebates offered to customers.

 

We provide our BPO services in our GBS segment to customers under contracts that typically consist of a master services agreement or statement of work, which contains the terms and conditions of each program and service we offer. Our agreements are usually short-term in nature, subject to early termination by our customers or us for any reason, typically with 30 to 90 days notice. Revenue is recognized as services are performed and if collection is reasonably assured.

 

None of our customers accounted for more than 10% of our total revenue in fiscal years 2009, 2008 or 2007. Approximately 36%, 32%, and 28% of our total revenue in fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively, was derived from the sale of HP products.

 

The distribution and contract assembly services industries in which we operate are characterized by low gross profit as a percentage of revenue, or gross margin, and low income from operations as a percentage of revenue, or operating margin. The market for IT products and services is generally characterized by declining unit prices and short product life cycles. Our overall business is also highly competitive on the basis of price. We set our sales price based on the market supply and demand characteristics for each particular product or bundle of products we distribute and services we provide. From time to time, we also participate in the incentive and rebate programs of our OEM suppliers. These programs are important determinants of the final sales price we charge to our reseller customers. To mitigate the risk of declining prices and obsolescence of our distribution inventory, our OEM suppliers generally offer us limited price protection and return rights for products that are marked down or discontinued by them. We carefully manage our inventory to maximize the benefit to us of these supplier provided protections.

 

In our distribution segment, we are highly dependent on the end-market demand for IT products and services. This end-market demand is influenced by many factors including the introduction of new IT products and software by OEMs, replacement cycles for existing IT products, overall economic growth and general business activity. A difficult and challenging economic environment may also lead to consolidation or decline in the IT industry and increased price-based competition.

 

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A significant portion of our cost of revenue is the purchase price we pay our OEM suppliers for the products we sell, net of any rebates and purchase discounts received from our OEM suppliers. Cost of product distribution revenue also consists of provisions for inventory losses and write-downs, freight expenses associated with the receipt in and shipment out of our inventory, and royalties due to OEM vendors. In addition, cost of revenue includes the cost of materials, labor and overhead for our contract assembly and GBS services.

 

Margins

 

The IT product industry in which we operate is characterized by low gross margin, and operating margin. Our gross margin has fluctuated between 4.96% and 5.48% annually over the past three years due to changes in the mix of products and services we offer, customers we sell to, incentives and rebates received from our OEM suppliers, competition, seasonality and replacement of less profitable business with investments in higher margin and more profitable lines and lower costs associated with increased efficiencies. Increased competition arising from industry consolidation and low demand for IT products may hinder our ability to maintain or improve our gross margin. Generally, when our revenue becomes more concentrated on limited products or customers, our gross margin tends to decrease due to increased pricing pressure from OEM suppliers or reseller customers. Our operating margin from continuing operations has also fluctuated between 1.6% and 1.9% annually over the past three years, based primarily on our ability to achieve economies of scale, the management of our operating expenses, changes in the relative mix of our distribution, contract assembly and BPO revenue, and the timing of our acquisitions and investments.

 

Recent Acquisitions and Divestitures

 

We seek to augment our services offering growth with strategic acquisitions of businesses and assets that complement and expand our global business services capabilities. We also divest businesses that we deem not strategic to our ongoing operations. Our historical acquisitions have brought us new reseller customers, retail customers and OEM suppliers, new product lines, extended the geographic reach of our operations, particularly targeted in international markets, and expanded the services we provide to our OEM suppliers and customers. We account for acquisitions using the purchase method of accounting and include acquired entities within our Consolidated Financial Statements from the closing date of the acquisition.

 

Acquisitions and Divestitures during the Year Ended November 30, 2009

 

During the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009, we completed two acquisitions in our GBS segment. Through these acquisitions, we acquired web development services and complementary products for a total consideration of approximately $6.6 million. One of the acquisitions is reported under discontinued operations. These acquisitions, individually and in the aggregate, did not meet the conditions of material business combinations.

 

On December 22, 2009, we completed the sale of our controlling interest in China Civilink (Cayman), which operates in China as HiChina Web Solutions, providing domain name registration, web site hosting and design, to Alibaba.com Limited. Under the terms of the agreement, we received approximately $60 million for our approximately 79% controlling ownership in HiChina Web Solutions, subject to a 10% holdback for a period of six months. We have agreed to guarantee the obligations of the holding company that sold HiChina Web Solutions. HiChina Web Solutions was a part of our GBS segment.

 

Acquisitions during the Year Ended November 30, 2008

 

During the fiscal year ended November 30, 2008, we completed the following acquisitions:

 

On April 1, 2008, we purchased substantially all of the assets of New Age Electronics Inc., or New Age, a privately-held distributor of IT and consumer electronics products to the U.S. retail sector. This acquisition expanded our consumer electronics distribution business. We paid a purchase price of $31.5 million in cash and

 

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an additional $11.8 million was accrued, to be paid subject to compliance with certain post-closing conditions. As of November 30, 2008, we paid $9.6 million of the accrual in full settlement of the additional payment. The acquisition agreement provided for additional earn-out payments to be paid subject to achieving certain milestones during the first twelve months after the date of acquisition. During fiscal year 2009, we paid $14.0 million toward the final earn-out payment. In connection with the net assets acquired, we refinanced approximately $84.0 million in working capital debt. The New Age business has been fully integrated into our distribution segment.

 

The purchase price allocation based on the fair value of assets acquired and liabilities assumed is as follows:

 

     Fair Value  
     (in thousands)  

Purchase consideration

  

Cash paid

   $ 55,146   

Transaction cost

     125   
        
   $ 55,271   
        

Allocation

  

Cash

   $ 11,164   

Accounts receivable

     69,927   

Inventories

     71,774   

Program receivable

     5,306   

Fixed assets

     1,248   

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     387   

Goodwill

     32,430   

Intangible assets (1)

     12,253   

Accounts payable

     (54,076

Accrued liabilities

     (10,937

Lease obligations

     (202

Loan payable

     (84,003
        
   $ 55,271   
        

 

(1) Intangible assets will be amortized over a period of ten years.

 

The following unaudited pro forma financial information combines the consolidated results of operations as if the acquisition of New Age had occurred as of the beginning of the periods presented. Pro forma adjustments include only the effects of events directly attributable to transactions that are factually supportable and expected to have a continuing impact. The pro forma results contained in the table below include pro forma adjustments for amortization of acquired intangibles and depreciation expense.

 

     Pro Forma Basis for Fiscal Years Ended
     November 30, 2008    November 30, 2007
     (in thousands)

Revenue

   $ 8,036,378    $ 7,882,929

Income from continuing operations

     78,820      65,442

Net income per common share-basic

   $ 2.49    $ 2.11

Net income per common share-diluted

     2.37      2.00

 

The pro forma financial information is not necessarily indicative of the operating results that would have occurred had the acquisition been consummated as of the beginning of the periods presented, nor is it necessarily indicative of future operating results.

 

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Building Acquisition

 

On July 30, 2009, we completed the purchase of a previously leased administrative and warehouse facility in Fremont, California. The facility is approximately one hundred twenty eight thousand square feet. The total purchase price for this facility was approximately $12.2 million.

 

Restructuring Charges

 

In fiscal year 2007, in connection with the acquisition of Redmond Group of Companies, or RGC, we announced a restructuring program in Canada. The measures, which included workforce reductions, facilities consolidation and other related expenses, were intended to align our capacity and infrastructure, and utilize synergies within the business to provide more cost effective services to our customers. During fiscal year 2007, we accrued $2.4 million in restructuring costs against goodwill related to the RGC acquisition in Canada as required for business combinations accounted by utilizing the purchase method of accounting. These charges were primarily associated with facilities consolidation of $1.1 million, workforce reductions of $0.7 million and contract termination costs of $0.6 million. During fiscal year 2009, we recorded an additional restructuring accrual of $0.9 million for the remaining lease obligations on the RGC facility. The balance outstanding for facility and exit costs as of November 30, 2009 and 2008 was $0.6 million and $0.3 million, respectively.

 

In fiscal year 2007, in conjunction with the above, we recorded $2.7 million for the restructuring, impairment and consolidation of our Canadian operations as a result of the acquisition of RGC and the purchase of our logistics facility in Guelph, Canada in March 2007. These charges were primarily associated with $1.1 million for facilities consolidation, $0.5 million for workforce reductions, and $0.3 million for other costs. All charges were recorded in accordance with Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification 420, “Exit or Disposal Cost Obligations.” The majority of all non-continuing employees’ terminations were completed by November 30, 2007. This restructuring program was completed in fiscal year 2008.

 

In conjunction with this restructuring program, we recorded an impairment loss of $0.8 million for a property located in Ontario, Canada which is held for sale based on the fair value less costs to sell in accordance with FASB ASC 360, “Property, Plant and Equipment,” section, “Subsequent Measurement.” The net book value of the property was $1.7 million at November 30, 2008. In fiscal year 2009, this property was sold for $1.6 million at a loss of $.05 million.

 

In fiscal year 2008, in connection with the acquisition of New Age, we recorded liabilities of $0.6 million, as required for business combinations accounted by utilizing the purchase method of accounting. The measures, which included workforce reductions and facilities consolidation, that were intended to align our capacity and infrastructure, and utilize synergies within the business to provide more cost effective services to our customers. These charges were primarily associated with workforce reductions of $0.4 million and facilities consolidation of $0.2 million. This restructuring program was completed in fiscal year 2008.

 

Economic and Industry Trends

 

Our revenue is highly dependent on the end-market demand for IT products. This end-market demand is influenced by many factors including the introduction of new IT products and software by OEMs, replacement cycles for existing IT products and overall economic growth and general business activity. A difficult and challenging economic environment may also lead to consolidation or decline in the IT distribution industry and increased price based competition. The GBS industry is also extremely competitive. The customers’ performance measures are based on competitive pricing terms and quality of services. Accordingly, we could be subject to pricing pressure and may experience a decline in our average selling prices for our services.

 

Seasonality

 

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federal government spending and purchasing cycles of our customers and end-users. In addition, with the addition of New Age in 2008, which has a higher concentration of consumer electronics sales, we expect our fourth quarter seasonal spike may be larger. These patterns may not be repeated in subsequent periods.

 

Deferred Compensation Plan

 

We have a deferred compensation plan for a limited number of our directors and employees. We maintain a liability on our balance sheet for salary and bonus amounts deferred by participants and we accrue interest expense on uninvested amounts. Interest expense on the deferred amounts is classified in “Interest expense and finance charges, net” on our consolidated statement of operations. The plan allows for the participants to essentially direct investments of deferred amounts in equity securities and other investments. The equity securities are either classified as trading securities or cost securities. Generally, the gains (losses) on the deferred compensation securities are recorded in “Other income (expense), net” and an equal amount is charged (or credited if losses) to “Selling, general and administrative expenses” relating to compensation amounts which are payable to the plan participants. For the deferred compensation investments, we recorded a gain of $2.7 million, a loss of $5.9 million and a gain of $0.4 million in the fiscal years ended 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

 

The discussions and analyses of our consolidated financial condition and results of operations are based on our Consolidated Financial Statements, which have been prepared in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosure of any contingent assets and liabilities at the financial statement date, and reported amounts of revenue and expenses during the reporting period. On an ongoing basis, we review and evaluate our estimates and assumptions, including those that relate to accounts receivable, vendor programs, inventories, goodwill and intangible assets, and income taxes. Our estimates are based on our historical experience and a variety of other assumptions that we believe to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making our judgment about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily available from other sources. Actual results could differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

 

We believe the following critical accounting policies are affected by our judgment, estimates and/or assumptions used in the preparation of our Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Revenue Recognition. We recognize revenue generally as products are shipped, if a purchase order exists, the sale price is fixed or determinable, collection of the resulting accounts receivable is reasonably assured, risk of loss and title have transferred and product returns are reasonably estimable. Shipping terms are typically F.O.B. our warehouse. Provisions for sales returns are estimated based on historical data and are recorded concurrently with the recognition of revenue. These provisions are reviewed and adjusted periodically by us. Revenue is reduced for early payment discounts and volume incentive rebates offered to customers.

 

We purchase licensed software products from OEM vendors and distribute them to customers. Revenue is recognized upon shipment of software products when a purchase order exists, the sales price is fixed or determinable and collection of the resulting accounts receivable is reasonably assured. Subsequent to the sale of software products, we generally have no obligation to provide any modification, customization, upgrades, enhancements, or any other post-sales customer support.

 

Our Mexico operation primarily focuses on projects with the Mexican government and other local agencies that are long-term in nature. Under the agreements, the payments are due on a monthly basis and are contingent upon performing certain services and meeting certain conditions. We recognize product revenue and cost of revenue on a straight-line basis over the term of the contract.

 

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We provide our GBS services to our customers under contracts that typically consist of a master services agreement or statement of work, which contains the terms and conditions of each program and service we offer. These agreements are usually short-term in nature and subject to early termination by the customers or the Company for any reason, typically with 30 to 90 days notice. Typically the contracts are time-based or transactions based. Revenue is generally recognized over the term of the contract if the service has already been rendered, the sales price is fixed or determinable and collection of the resulting accounts receivable is reasonably assured.

 

Allowance for Doubtful Accounts. We provide allowances for doubtful accounts on our accounts receivable for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our customers to make payments for outstanding balances. In estimating the required allowance, we take into consideration the overall quality and aging of the accounts receivable, credit evaluations of customers’ financial condition and existence of credit insurance. We also evaluate the collectability of accounts receivable based on specific customer circumstances, current economic trends, historical experience with collections and value and adequacy of collateral received from customers.

 

OEM Supplier Programs. We receive funds from OEM suppliers for inventory price protection, product rebates, marketing and infrastructure reimbursement, and promotion programs. Product rebates are recorded as a reduction of cost of revenue. Marketing, infrastructure and promotion programs are recorded, net of direct costs, in selling, general and administrative expense. Any excess funds associated with these programs are recorded in cost of revenue. We accrue rebates based on the terms of the program and sales of qualifying products. Some of these programs may extend over one or more quarterly reporting periods. Amounts received or receivable from OEM suppliers that are not yet earned are deferred on our balance sheet. Actual rebates may vary based on volume or other sales achievement levels, which could result in an increase or reduction in the estimated amounts previously accrued. In addition, OEM suppliers may seek to change the terms of some or all of these programs or cease them altogether. Any such change could lower our gross margins on products we sell or revenue earned. We also provide reserves for receivables on OEM supplier programs for estimated losses resulting from OEM suppliers’ inability to pay, or rejections of such claims by OEM suppliers.

 

Inventories. Our inventory levels are based on our projections of future demand and market conditions. Any sudden decline in demand and/or rapid product improvements and technological changes can cause us to have excess and/or obsolete inventories. On an ongoing basis, we review for estimated obsolete or unmarketable inventories and write-down our inventories to their estimated net realizable value based upon our forecasts of future demand and market conditions. These write-downs are reflected in our cost of revenue. If actual market conditions are less favorable than our forecasts, additional inventory reserves may be required. Our estimates are influenced by the following considerations: sudden decline in demand due to economic downturns, rapid product improvements and technological changes, our ability to return to OEM suppliers a certain percentage of our purchases, and protection from loss in value of inventory under our OEM supplier agreements.

 

Goodwill and Intangible Assets. We assess potential impairment of our goodwill and intangible assets when there is evidence that recent events or changes in circumstances have made recovery of an asset’s carrying value unlikely. We also assess potential impairment of our goodwill and intangible assets on an annual basis during our fourth quarter, regardless if there is evidence or suspicion of impairment. If indicators of impairment were present in intangible assets used in operations and future undiscounted cash flows were not expected to be sufficient to recover the assets’ carrying amount, an impairment loss would be charged to expense in the period identified. The amount of an impairment loss would be recognized as the excess of the asset’s carrying value over its fair value. Factors we consider important, which may cause impairment, include: significant changes in the manner of use of the acquired asset, negative industry or economic trends, and significant underperformance relative to historical or projected operating results. No impairment loss was recorded for the periods presented.

 

In accordance with ASC 350, “Intangible—Goodwill and Other,” a two-step impairment test is required to identify potential goodwill impairment and measure the amount of the goodwill impairment loss to be recognized. In the first step, the fair value of each reporting unit is compared to its carrying value to determine if the goodwill is impaired. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds the carrying value of the net assets

 

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assigned to that unit, then goodwill is not impaired and no further testing is required. If the carrying value of the net assets assigned to the reporting unit were to exceed its fair value, then the second step is performed in order to determine the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill and an impairment loss is recorded for an amount equal to the difference between the implied fair value and the carrying value of the goodwill.

 

For the purpose of goodwill analysis, we have two reporting units, as defined by ASC 350, “Intangible—Goodwill and Other.” Our distribution services business segment is comprised of one Distribution Services reporting unit and the GBS business segment is comprised of one contact center reporting unit. We conducted our annual impairment analysis in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009. Our goodwill impairment analysis did not result in an impairment charge for the fiscal years ended 2009, 2008 or 2007.

 

Determining the fair value of a reporting unit, intangible asset or a long-lived asset is judgmental and involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions. We base our fair value estimates on assumptions that we believe are reasonable but are uncertain and subject to changes in market conditions.

 

Long-lived assets. We review the recoverability of our long-lived assets, such as property and equipment, when events or changes in circumstances occur that indicate the carrying value of the asset group may not be recoverable. The assessment of possible impairment is based on our ability to recover the carrying value of the asset or asset group from the expected future pre-tax cash flows, undiscounted and without interest charges, of the related operations. If these cash flows are less than the carrying value of such assets, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between estimated fair value and carrying value. The measurement of impairment requires management to estimate future cash flows and the fair value of long-lived assets. No impairment of long-lived assets was recorded for the periods presented.

 

Income Taxes. As part of the process of preparing our Consolidated Financial Statements, we estimate our income taxes in each of the taxing jurisdictions in which we operate. This process involves estimating our current tax expense together with assessing any temporary differences resulting from the different treatment of certain items, such as the timing for recognizing revenue and expenses, for tax and accounting purposes, as well as estimating foreign tax credits. These differences may result in deferred tax assets and liabilities, which are included in our consolidated balance sheet. We assess the likelihood that our deferred tax assets, which include net operating loss carry forwards and temporary differences that are expected to be deductible in future years, will be recoverable from future taxable income or other tax planning strategies. If recovery is not likely, we provide a valuation allowance based on our estimates of future taxable income in the various taxing jurisdictions, and the amount of deferred taxes that are ultimately considered more likely than not realizable. The provision for current and deferred taxes involves evaluations and judgments of uncertainties in the interpretation of complex tax regulations by various taxing authorities. Actual results could differ from our estimates.

 

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Results of Operations

 

The following table sets forth, for the indicated periods, data as percentages of revenue:

 

    Fiscal Years Ended
November 30,
 
        2009             2008             2007      

Statements of Operations Data:

     

Revenue

  100.00   100.00   100.00

Cost of revenue

  (94.52   (94.65   (95.04
                 

Gross profit

  5.48      5.35      4.96   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

  (3.54   (3.46   (3.39
                 

Income from continuing operations before non-operating items and income taxes

  1.94      1.89      1.57   

Interest expense and finance charges, net

  (0.18   (0.19   (0.22

Other income (expense), net

  0.04      (0.10   0.02   
                 

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and minority interest

  1.80      1.60      1.37   

Provision for income taxes

  (0.66   (0.59   (0.50

Minority interest in a subsidiary

  —        —        —     
                 

Income from continuing operations

  1.14      1.01      0.87   

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

  0.05      0.07      0.03   
                 

Net income

  1.19   1.08   0.90
                 

 

Fiscal Years Ended November 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007 from Continuing Operations

 

Revenue

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,     Percent Change  
     2009     2008     2007     2009 to 2008     2008 to 2007  
     (in thousands)              

Revenue

   $ 7,719,197      $ 7,736,726      $ 6,986,714      -0.2   10.7

Distribution Revenue

     7,639,094        7,674,048        6,938,926      -0.5   10.6

GBS Revenue

     101,138        82,494        65,316      22.6   26.3

Inter-Segment Elimination

     (21,035     (19,816     (17,528   6.2   13.1

 

In our distribution business, we sell in excess of 15,000 technology products (as measured by active SKU’s) from more than 100 IT OEM suppliers to more than 15,000 resellers. The prices of our products are highly dependent on the volumes purchased within a product category. The products we sell from one period to the next are often not comparable because of rapid changes in product models and features. The revenue generated in our GBS segment relates to BPO services such as demand generation, pre-sales support, product marketing, print and fulfillment, back office IT, development outsourcing, and post-sales technical support. The programs and customer service requirements change frequently from one period to the next and are often not comparable.

 

In fiscal year 2009, the distribution market place experienced a deep economic recession which caused overall channel volumes to decline between 10-15%.

 

Our decrease in distribution revenue year over year for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009, was primarily attributable to the slow economic environment and adverse impact of foreign exchange translation of our Canadian distribution operations offset by market share gains and the full year impact of the New Age acquisition.

 

Our increase in distribution revenue for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2008 from the fiscal year ended November 30, 2007, was primarily attributable to our acquisition of New Age on April 1, 2008 in the United States and also to the full year impact of the acquisitions of PC Wholesale and RGC, which occurred in fiscal year 2007 in the United States and Canada, respectively.

 

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Our increase in GBS revenue year over year for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009 was mainly due to increased business, higher call volumes in our contact centers and additional revenue generated from our smaller acquisition.

 

More than 75% of the increase in our GBS revenue for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2008 from the fiscal year ended November 30, 2007 was attributable to full impact of the acquisitions made in fiscal years 2007 and 2008. The remaining increase in revenue was a result of continued organic growth.

 

Gross Profit

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,     Percent Change  
     2009     2008     2007     2009 to 2008     2008 to 2007  
     (in thousands)              

Gross Profit

   $ 423,030      $ 413,864      $ 346,419      2.2   19.5

Percentage of Revenue

     5.48     5.35     4.96   2.4   7.9

 

Our gross profit is affected by a variety of factors, including competition, the average selling prices, variety of products and services we sell, the customers to whom we sell, our sources of revenue by division, rebate and discount programs from our suppliers, freight costs, reserves for inventory losses, fluctuations in revenue and overhead costs of our contract assembly and our mix of business including our GBS services.

 

Our gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased by 13 basis points over the prior fiscal year 2008 primarily due to net changes in our product mix, expansion of our GBS services, greater success in maximizing our variable incentives and pricing policies and continued focus on costs and freight management.

 

The increase in gross profit as a percentage of revenue by 39 basis points in fiscal year 2008 over fiscal year 2007 was primarily due to the expansion of our GBS services, greater success in maximizing our variable incentives and continued focus on costs, inventory and freight management.

 

No specific customers, or changes in pricing strategy, individually or in the aggregate, contributed significantly to the change in gross profit.

 

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,     Percent Change  
     2009     2008     2007     2009 to 2008     2008 to 2007  
     (in thousands)              

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

   $ 273,381      $ 267,498      $ 236,938      2.2   12.9

Percentage of Revenue

     3.54     3.46     3.39   2.3   2.1

 

Approximately two-thirds of our selling, general and administrative expenses consist of personnel costs such as salaries, commissions, bonuses, share-based compensation, deferred compensation expense or income, and temporary personnel fees. Selling, general and administrative expenses also include costs of our facilities, utility expense, professional fees, depreciation expense on our capital equipment, bad debt expense, amortization expense of our intangible assets, administration and marketing expense, offset in part by reimbursements from OEM suppliers.

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased in fiscal year 2009 from fiscal year 2008, both on a dollar basis as well as percentage of revenue due to an increase in deferred compensation cost of $8.6 million, and an increase in depreciation and amortization expenses mainly due to the acquisitions and leasehold improvements of $0.9 million. These increases were offset in part by a reduction of $3.8 million of personnel and professional expenses and a reduction of $2.3 million in overhead, travel and communication costs as a result of cost control efforts.

 

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Selling, general and administrative expenses increased in fiscal year 2008 from fiscal year 2007, both on a dollar basis as well as percentage of revenue due to a $23.8 million increase in compensation cost resulting from an increase in the number of employees, primarily from acquisitions, $10.6 million increase in overhead costs, rent and professional fees to support the operations, $2.8 million increase in bad debt expense, and $2.4 million increase in depreciation and amortization expenses mainly due to the acquisitions and leasehold improvements. These increases were offset in part by $6.3 million of increased losses related to our deferred compensation program and a decrease in restructuring costs of $2.7 million.

 

Income from Continuing Operations before Non-Operating Items, Income Taxes and Minority Interest

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,     Percent Change  
           2009                 2008                 2007           2009 to 2008     2008 to 2007  
     (in thousands)              

Income from continuing operations before non-operating Items, income taxes and minority interest

   $ 149,649      $ 146,366      $ 109,481      2.2   33.7

Percentage of Total Revenue

     1.94     1.89     1.57   2.6   20.4

Distribution income from continuing operations before non-operating income taxes and minority interest

     137,724        138,826        103,088      -0.8   34.7

Percentage of Distribution Revenue

     1.80     1.81     1.49   -0.6   21.5

GBS income from continuing operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest

     11,925        7,540        6,393      58.2   17.9

Percentage of GBS Revenue

     11.79     9.14     9.79   29.0   -6.6

 

Our income from continuing operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest as a percentage of revenue increased to 1.94% in fiscal year 2009 from 1.89% and 1.57% in fiscal years 2008 and 2007, respectively, as a result of the higher margin profile in our GBS segment and improvements in gross margin in our distribution segment, partially offset by higher selling, general and administrative expenses.

 

Our distribution segment income from continuing operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest as a percentage of distribution revenue decreased to 1.80% for fiscal year 2009 from the prior year of 1.81% primarily due to higher selling, general and administrative expenses offset by higher gross profit due to changes in the mix of our business, foreign exchange impact on inventory purchases, greater success in maximizing our variable incentives, and other cost reductions.

 

Our distribution segment income from continuing operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest as a percentage of revenue increased to 1.81% for fiscal year 2008 from 1.49% for fiscal year 2007, primarily due to the improvement in gross margin as a result of changes in the mix of our business, foreign exchange impact, greater success in maximizing our variable incentives and continued focus on costs, and improvements in inventory and freight management. These were offset in part by higher selling and administrative expenses to support our increased revenue.

 

Our GBS segment income from continuing operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest as a percentage of GBS revenue increased to 11.8% for fiscal year 2009 from the prior year of 9.1%, primarily due to increased volume of business and better utilization of resources in our contact centers.

 

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Our GBS segment income from continuing operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest as a percentage of revenue decreased to 9.1% for fiscal year 2008 as compared to 9.8% for fiscal year 2007 mainly due to increased selling, general and administrative expenses to support increased revenue.

 

Interest Expense and Finance Charges, Net

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,    Percent Change  
           2009                2008                2007          2009 to 2008     2008 to 2007  
     (in thousands)             

Interest expense and finance charges, net

   $ 13,983    $ 15,006    $ 15,054    -6.8   -0.3

 

Amounts recorded in interest expense and finance charges, net, consist primarily of interest expense paid on our lines of credit, other debt, fees associated with third party accounts receivable flooring arrangements and the sale or pledge of accounts receivable through our securitization facilities, offset by income earned on our cash investments and financing income from our multi-year contracts in our Mexico operation.

 

The decrease in interest expense and finance charges, net, in fiscal year 2009 from fiscal year 2008 was mainly due to lower finance charges of $6.8 million as a result of lower borrowings, lower flooring sales, and lower interest rates. This decrease was partially offset by $5.7 million of lower interest income primarily from our Mexico operation.

 

The decrease in interest expense and finance charges, net, in fiscal year 2008 from fiscal year 2007, was mainly due to lower finance charges of $1.7 million due to lower flooring sales and lower interest rates. This decrease was offset by lower interest income primarily from our Mexico operation of $1.8 million.

 

Other Income (Expense), Net

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,    Percent Change  
           2009                2008                 2007          2009 to 2008     2008 to 2007  
     (in thousands)             

Other income (expense), net

   $ 3,036    $ (7,812   $ 1,429    -138.9   -646.7

 

Amounts recorded in other income (expense), net, include foreign currency transaction gains and losses, investment gains and losses, including those in our deferred compensation plan and other non-operating gains and losses.

 

The increase in other income, net, in fiscal year 2009 from fiscal year 2008, was primarily due to gains of $9.6 million on deferred compensation investments and foreign exchange gains of $1.0 million.

 

The increase in other expense, net, in fiscal year 2008 from fiscal year 2007, was due to losses of $7.0 million in trading securities, $1.3 million for other-than-temporary impairment of our investments and foreign exchange losses of $1.0 million.

 

Provision for Income Taxes

 

Income taxes consist of our current and deferred tax expense resulting from our income earned in domestic and foreign jurisdictions.

 

Our effective tax rate was 36.5% in fiscal year 2009 as compared with an effective tax rate of 37.0% in fiscal 2008. The effective tax rate in fiscal year 2009 was slightly lower than fiscal year 2008, primarily due to higher profit contributions from lower tax jurisdictions as well as certain favorable permanent differences and an

 

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impact on deferred tax assets in certain foreign jurisdictions. Our effective tax rate was 37.0% in fiscal year 2008 as compared with an effective tax rate of 36.7% in fiscal year 2007. The effective tax rate in fiscal year 2008 was slightly higher than in fiscal year 2007, primarily due to an impact on deferred tax assets in certain foreign jurisdictions.

 

Our future effective tax rates could be adversely affected by earnings being lower than anticipated in countries where we have lower statutory rates and earnings being higher than anticipated in countries where we have higher statutory rates, by changes in the valuations of our deferred tax assets or liabilities, or by changes or interpretations in tax laws, regulations or accounting principles. In addition, we are subject to the continuous examination of our income tax returns by the Internal Revenue Service and other tax authorities. Currently we are undergoing a U.S. Internal Revenue Service audit for the 2004 and 2005 tax years. We regularly assess the likelihood of adverse outcomes resulting from these examinations to determine the adequacy of our provision for income taxes.

 

Minority Interest

 

Minority interest is the portion of earnings from operations attributable to others. In March 2008, we acquired a controlling interest in Nihon Daikou Shouji Co. Ltd, or NDS, which operates in Japan. The minority interest is contained within our GBS segment.

 

Discontinued Operations

 

On December 22, 2009, we completed the sale of our controlling interest in China Civilink (Cayman), which operates in China as HiChina Web Solutions providing domain name registration, web site hosting and design, to Alibaba.com Limited. Under the terms of the agreement, we received approximately $60 million for our approximately 79% controlling ownership in HiChina Web Solutions, subject to a 10% holdback for a period of six months. We have agreed to guarantee the obligations of the holding company that sold HiChina Web Solutions. HiChina Web Solutions was a part of our GBS segment.

 

The following table sets forth the portion of our results of operations attributable to HiChina Web Solutions:

 

     Fiscal Year Ended
November 30,
 
     2009     2008     2007  
     (in thousands)  

Revenue

   $ 37,081      $ 31,504      $ 17,405   

Cost of revenue

     (16,078     (13,450     (8,444
                        

Gross profit

     21,003        18,054        8,961   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     (15,736     (12,573     (6,297
                        

Income from operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest

     5,267        5,481        2,664   

Interest expense and finance charges, net

     413        575        181   

Other expense, net

     (7     (19     (35
                        

Income from operations before income taxes and minority interest

     5,673        6,037        2,810   

Provision for income taxes

     (474     610        49   

Minority interest

     (1,290     (918     (372
                        

Net income

   $ 3,909      $ 5,729      $ 2,487   
                        

 

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The following table includes HiChina assets and liabilities that have been segregated and classified as assets held for sale and liabilities related to assets held for sale, as appropriate in the consolidated balance sheets at November 30, 2009 and 2008.

 

     November 30,
2009
   November 30,
2008
     (in thousands)

Assets

     

Cash and Cash equivalents

   $ 21,590    $ 20,880

Short term investments

     8,952      2,051

Property and equipment, net

     6,256      4,099

Goodwill

     29,920      25,730

Intangible assets

     3,670      2,102

Other assets

     3,797      2,522
             

Total assets held for sale

   $ 74,185    $ 57,384
             

Liabilities

     

Current deferred liabilities

   $ 10,198    $ 8,312

Other liabilities

     7,950      6,582
             

Total liabilities related to assets held for sale

   $ 18,148    $ 14,894
             

Minority interest

   $ 7,402    $ 1,876
             

 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

 

Cash Flows

 

Our business is working capital intensive. Our working capital needs are primarily to finance accounts receivable and inventory. We rely heavily on debt, accounts receivable flooring programs and the sale or pledge of our accounts receivable under our securitization programs for our working capital needs.

 

We have financed our growth and cash needs to date primarily through working capital financing facilities, convertible debt, bank credit lines and cash generated from operations. The primary uses of cash have been to fund working capital, for acquisitions and for the generation of increased sales.

 

To increase our market share and better serve our customers, we may further expand our operations through investments or acquisitions. We expect that such expansion would require an initial investment in personnel, facilities and operations. These investments or acquisitions would likely be funded primarily by additional borrowings or issuing common stock.

 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $262.0 million in fiscal year 2009. Cash provided by operating activities in fiscal year 2009 was primarily due to increase in accounts payable of $103.0 million, net income of $92.1 million, decrease in deferred assets of $44.7 million, was mainly due to a decrease in deferred costs of the multi-year contracts from our Mexico operation, and depreciation and amortization of $19.6 million, offset by decrease in deferred liabilities of $23.2 million, increase in inventory by $11.9 million and an increase in accounts receivable of $6.5 million.

 

In May 2009, our Canadian revolving accounts receivable securitization program was refinanced with a secured revolving credit arrangement. As a result, the related accounts receivable was brought on-balance sheet as compared to off-balance sheet under the prior arrangement. At the time of financing, $53.1 million of accounts receivable was recorded on-balance sheet.

 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $52.6 million in fiscal year 2008. Cash provided by operating activities in fiscal year 2008 was primarily due to $83.8 million of net income, a decrease in other assets of $41.6 million, and depreciation and amortization of $18.8 million, offset by an increase in accounts receivable of

 

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$45.0 million, increase in inventories of $25.4 million, decrease in accounts payable of $36.6 million and a decrease in deferred liabilities of $28.3 million. The decrease in other assets and deferred liabilities resulted from the decrease in deferred revenue and deferred costs of the multi-year contracts from our Mexico operation.

 

Net cash used in operating activities was $152.5 million in fiscal year 2007. Cash used in operating activities in fiscal year 2007 was primarily attributable to the net increase in accounts receivable of $321.9 million and a decrease in deferred liabilities of $29.6 million, offset by a decrease in other assets of $38.3 million, increase in accounts payable of $71.4 million, depreciation and amortization of $15.8 million, and net income of $63.1 million. The increase in accounts receivable of $321.9 million is primarily due to a change in terms in our U.S. securitization arrangement during the first quarter of fiscal year 2007 which resulted in accounts receivable transacted in our U.S. securitization arrangement being classified as on-balance sheet transactions versus the prior quarter when they were classified as off-balance sheet.

 

Net cash used in investing activities was $69.6 million, $65.7 million and $136.8 million in fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Cash used in investing activities in fiscal year 2009 was primarily for capital expenditures of $25.0 million, which includes the purchase of a previously leased administrative and warehouse building in Fremont, California for $12.2 million, increase in restricted cash of $15.7 million which primarily relates to lockbox collections under our borrowing arrangements, and also for our future payments to our vendors relating to the long-term projects at the Company’s Mexico operation and purchase of short-term investments net of proceeds of $12.7 million. Cash used in investing activities in fiscal year 2008 was primarily for the acquisition of New Age and others for $28.0 million in total (net of cash acquired of $16.9 million) and capital expenditures of $33.5 million, which was primarily for the construction of a new logistics facility in Olive Branch, Mississippi and the expansion of our sales and marketing headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina. Cash used in investing activities in fiscal year 2007 was primarily due to the acquisition of SYNNEX-Concentrix Corporation, PC Wholesale, HiChina Web Solutions and RGC for $106.8 million in total, capital expenditures of $22.8 million and increase in restricted cash of $4.1 million.

 

In 2009, investments with maturities from the date of purchase greater than three months and less than one year have been corrected to classify such amounts as short-term investments rather than cash equivalents. The impact as of November 30, 2008 was a $3.0 million reduction in cash and a corresponding increase in short-term investments. The impact to cash flow from investing activities for fiscal 2007 and 2008 was not material; accordingly, no amounts have been revised. The impact on net cash used in investing activities for each of the interim periods in fiscal year 2009 was: for the three months ended February 28, 2009 the net cash used in investing activities was $3.9 million as reported and is $2.7 million as corrected; for the six months ended May 31, 2009 the net cash used in investing activities was $36.3 million as reported and is $39.2 million as corrected; and for the nine-months ended August 31, 2009 the net cash used in investing activities was $59.7 million as reported and is $63.6 million as corrected. We concluded that the correction was not material to prior period annual consolidated financial statements and to the interim consolidated financial statements for fiscal 2009 based on SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 99: Materiality. We will present corrected consolidated statements of cash flows for each of the interim periods in fiscal 2009 in the fiscal 2010 comparative interim consolidated financial statements.

 

Net cash used in financing activities was $183.3 million in fiscal year 2009 and was a result of net cash used to repay bank loans and lines of credit of $196.9 million. Net cash provided by financing activities was $20.4 million in fiscal year 2008 and was primarily related to the proceeds from the issuance of convertible debt of $140.2 million, net, and proceeds from the issuance of common stock of $3.9 million, offset by the net repayments of securitization arrangements, bank loans and revolving line of credit of $120.7 million and repayment of a bank overdraft of $4.7 million. Net cash provided by financing activities was $309.3 million in fiscal year 2007, and was primarily related to net proceeds from securitization arrangements, bank loans and our revolving line of credit of $286.1 million, bank overdraft of $14.7 million and proceeds from issuance of common stock of $6.3 million.

 

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We believe the unused portions of the lines of credit on our arrangements are sufficient to support our operating activities.

 

Interest expense was $18.0 million in 2009. It increased by $8.4 million from 2008 due to all financing arrangements being treated as on-balance sheet arrangements in 2009.

 

Capital Resources

 

Our cash and cash equivalents totaled $37.8 million and $35.1 million at November 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively. We believe we will have sufficient resources to meet our present and future working capital requirements for the next twelve months, based on our financial strength and performance, existing sources of liquidity, available cash resources and funds available under our various borrowing arrangements.

 

On-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

We primarily finance our U.S. operations with an accounts receivable securitization program, or U.S. Arrangement, by selling up to a maximum of $350.0 million in U.S. trade accounts receivable, or U.S. Receivables. On January 23, 2009, we amended and restated the U.S. Arrangement, or the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement, to replace the lead bank and agent. The maturity date of the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement was amended from February 11, 2011 to January 22, 2010. The effective borrowing cost under the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement became a blend of the prevailing dealer commercial paper rates plus a program fee of 0.75% per annum based on the used portion of the commitment and a facility fee of 0.75% per annum payable on the commitment. The balance outstanding on the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement as of November 30, 2009 was $119.0 million. The balance outstanding and pledged on the U.S. Arrangement as of November 30, 2008 was $207.2 million.

 

Subsequent to our fiscal 2009, year end, the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement was renewed on January 11, 2010 and has a new maturity date of January 10, 2011. Under the terms of renewal the program fee is reduced from 0.75% to 0.65% and the facility fee is reduced from 0.75% to 0.65%.

 

Under the terms of the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement, we sell, on a revolving basis, our U.S. Receivables to a wholly-owned, bankruptcy-remote subsidiary. The borrowings are funded by pledging all of the rights, title and interest in and to the U.S. Receivables as security. Any borrowings under the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement are recorded as debt on our consolidated balance sheet. As is customary in trade accounts receivable securitization arrangements, a credit rating agency’s downgrade of the third party issuer of commercial paper or of a back-up liquidity provider (which provides a source of funding if the commercial paper market cannot be accessed) could result in an increase in our cost of borrowing or loss of our financing capacity under these programs if the commercial paper issuer or liquidity back-up provider is not replaced. Loss of such financing capacity could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

 

We have a senior secured revolving line of credit arrangement, or the Revolver, with a group of financial institutions. On January 23, 2009, we amended and restated the Revolver, or the Amended and Restated Revolver, to replace the lead bank and agent. The Amended and Restated Revolver’s maximum commitment was also amended from $120.0 million to $80.0 million. The Amended and Restated Revolver retains an accordion feature to increase the maximum commitment by an additional $70.0 million to $150.0 million at our request in the event one or more of the existing lenders or another financial institution which becomes a lender agrees to provide the increased commitment. Interest on borrowings under the Amended and Restated Revolver is based on the financial institution’s prime rate or LIBOR plus 2.50% per annum at our option. A fee of 0.50% per annum is payable with respect to the unused portion of the commitment. The Amended and Restated Revolver is secured by our inventory and other assets and expires on February 11, 2011. Among other changes, the Revolver was further amended such that it would be a default under the Amended and Restated Revolver if the maturity date of the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement were not extended. In addition, it would be also an event of default under the Amended and Restated Revolver if (1) a lender under the U.S. Amended and Restated

 

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Arrangement declines to extend the maturity date at any point within 60 days prior to the maturity date of the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement, unless availability under the Amended and Restated Revolver exceeds $60.0 million or we have a binding commitment in place to renew or replace the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement or (2) at least 20 days prior to the maturity date of the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement we do not have in place a binding commitment to renew or replace the U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement on substantially similar terms and conditions, unless we have no amounts outstanding under the Amended and Restated Revolver at such time. There was no borrowing outstanding under the Amended and Restated Revolver as of November 30, 2009. The borrowing outstanding under the Revolver as of November 30, 2008 was $95.0 million.

 

SYNNEX Canada replaced the Canadian revolving line of credit arrangement or Canadian Arrangement of $30.0 million and replaced the accounts receivable securitization program, of C$110.0 million with a Canadian Revolving Arrangement in May 2009, having a maximum commitment of C$125.0 million. The Canadian Revolving Arrangement provides a sublimit of $5.0 million for the issuance of standby letters of credit. As of November 30, 2009, there were outstanding standby letters of credit totaling $3.2 million. SYNNEX Canada has granted a security interest on substantially all of its assets in favor of the lenders under this revolving credit facility. In addition, we pledged our stock in SYNNEX Canada as collateral for the Canadian Revolving Arrangement. The Canadian Revolving Arrangement expires in May 2012. The interest rate applicable is (i) 2.5% for a Base Rate Loan in Canadian Dollars, (ii) 3.25% for a Base Rate Loan in U.S. Dollars, and (iii) 1% for a BA (Banker’s Acceptance) Rate Loan. A fee of 0.375% per annum is payable with respect to the unused portion of the commitment. The balance outstanding under our Canadian Revolving Arrangement as of November 30, 2009 was $29.1 million. The balance outstanding under the prior revolving line of credit arrangement as of November 30, 2008 was $15.0 million.

 

SYNNEX Canada also has a credit facility with a financial institution in Canada to allow us to issue documentary letters of credit up to a maximum of C$30.0 million for validity up to 180 days. The letters of credit are issued to secure purchases of inventory from manufacturers and to finance import activities. This facility has an overdraft limit up to a maximum amount of C$2.0 million available in Canadian and U.S. dollars for a maximum of two business days to repay draws under letters of credit or letters of guarantee. SYNNEX Canada has granted a lien, in favor of the financial institution in Canada, on the inventory financed under this credit facility, all accounts receivable from the sale of such inventory, all proceeds of sale of such inventory and collection of such accounts receivable and up to C$3.0 million in cash on deposit with the financial institution in Canada. In connection with this credit facility, we issued a guarantee of SYNNEX Canada’s obligations in favor of the financial institution in Canada of up to C$20.0 million. Letters of credit issued against this facility were $0.9 million as of November 30, 2009 and $2.8 million as of November 30, 2008.

 

Our Mexico subsidiary, SYNNEX Mexico S.A. de C.V., or SYNNEX Mexico, established a secured term loan agreement, or Mexico Term Loan, with a group of financial institutions in May 2006. The interest rate for any unpaid principal amount is the Equilibrium Interbank Interest Rate, plus 2.00% per annum. During the twelve months ended November 30, 2009, this loan was repaid in its entirety. As of November 30, 2008 the balance outstanding on this term loan was $20.2 million.

 

We have other lines of credit and revolving facilities with financial institutions which provide for borrowing capacity aggregating approximately $5.8 million and $5.4 million at November 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively. At November 30, 2009 and 2008, we had borrowings of $2.1 million and $2.5 million, respectively, outstanding under these facilities.

 

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We also have various term loans, including a term loan facility in Canada, short-term borrowings and mortgages with financial institutions, totaling approximately $10.0 million and $9.2 million at November 30, 2009 and 2008, respectively. The expiration dates of all of our various facilities range from 2010 to 2017. Future principal payments due under these term loans and mortgages, and payments due under our operating lease arrangements after November 30, 2009 are as follows (in thousands):

 

     Payments Due by Period
     Total    Less than
1 Year
   1 - 3
Years
   3 - 5
Years
   > 5
Years

Contractual Obligations:

              

Principal debt payments

   $ 160,150    $ 150,740    $ 1,265    $ 1,407    $ 6,738

Interest on debt

     4,237      1,755      937      795      750

Non-cancelable operating leases

     80,079      16,868      30,471      23,029      9,711
                                  

Total

   $ 244,466    $ 169,363    $ 32,673    $ 25,231    $ 17,199
                                  

 

We have also issued guarantees to certain vendors and lenders of our subsidiaries for an aggregate amount of $105.1 million as of November 30, 2009 and $180.7 million as of November 30, 2008. We are obligated under these guarantees to pay amounts due should our subsidiaries not pay valid amounts owed to their vendors or lenders. The vendor guarantees are typically less than one-year arrangements, with 30-day cancellation clauses and the lender guarantees are typically for the term of the loan agreement.

 

As of November 30, 2009 we had a liability of $10.1 million for unrecognized tax benefits under certain tax positions. As we are unable to reasonably predict the timing of settlement of these liabilities, the table above excludes such liabilities.

 

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

 

Our Canadian subsidiary, SYNNEX Canada Limited, or SYNNEX Canada, replaced the accounts receivable securitization program in Canada, with a secured revolving credit arrangement, or the Canadian Revolving Arrangement, in May 2009. In connection with the Canadian Revolving Arrangement, we pledged our stock in SYNNEX Canada. Prior to its replacement, the Canadian Arrangement was accounted for as an off-balance sheet transaction because we funded the advances by selling rights, title and interest in U.S. and Canadian trade receivables, or Canadian Receivables, to the financial institution on a fully-serviced basis. The amount of our Canadian Receivables sold to the financial institution and not yet collected from customers as of November 30, 2008 was $59.2 million. Under the terms and conditions of the Canadian Revolving Arrangement the accounts receivable portion is accounted for as an on-balance sheet financing arrangement.

 

Covenants Compliance

 

In relation to our U.S. Amended and Restated Arrangement, the Amended and Restated Revolver and the Canadian Revolving Arrangement, we have a number of covenants and restrictions that, among other things, require us to comply with certain financial and other covenants and restrict our ability to incur additional debt. These covenants require us to maintain specified financial ratios and satisfy certain financial condition tests, including minimum net worth and fixed charge coverage ratio. They also limit our ability to make or forgive intercompany loans, pay dividends and make distributions, make certain acquisitions, repurchase our stock, create liens, cancel debt owed to us, enter into agreements with affiliates, modify the nature of our business, enter into sale-leaseback transactions, make certain investments, enter into new real estate leases, transfer and sell assets, cancel or terminate any material contracts and merge or consolidate. The covenants also limit our ability to pay cash upon conversion, redemption or repurchase of the Convertible Senior Notes subject to certain liquidity tests. As of November 30, 2009, we were in compliance with all material covenants for the above arrangements.

 

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Convertible Debt

 

In May 2008, we issued $143.8 million of aggregate principal amount of our 4.0% Convertible Senior Notes due 2018, or the Notes, in a private placement. The Notes bear interest at a rate of 4.0% per annum. Interest on the Notes is payable in cash semi-annually in arrears on May 15 and November 15 of each year, beginning November 15, 2008. In addition, we will pay contingent interest in respect of any six-month period from May 15 to November 14 or from November 15 to May 14, with the initial six-month period commencing May 15, 2013, if the trading price of the Notes for each of the ten trading days immediately preceding the first day of the applicable six-month period equals 120% or more of the principal amount of the Notes. During any interest period when contingent interest is payable, the contingent interest payable per Note is equal to 0.55% of the average trading price of the Notes during the ten trading days immediately preceding the first day of the applicable six-month interest period. The Notes mature on May 15, 2018, subject to earlier redemption, repurchase or conversion.

 

Holders may convert their Notes at their option at any time prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the maturity date for such Notes under the following circumstances: (1) during any fiscal quarter after the fiscal quarter ended August 31, 2008 (and only during such fiscal quarter), if the last reported sale price of our common stock for at least 20 trading days in the period of 30 consecutive trading days ending on the last trading day of the immediately preceding fiscal quarter is equal to or more than 130% of the conversion price of the Notes on the last day of such preceding fiscal quarter; (2) during the five business-day period after any five consecutive trading-day period, or the Measurement Period, in which the trading price per $1,000 principal amount of the Notes for each day of that Measurement Period was less than 98% of the product of the last reported sale price of the common stock and the conversion rate of the Notes on each such day; (3) if we have called the particular Notes for redemption, until the close of business on the business day prior to the redemption date; or (4) upon the occurrence of certain corporate transactions. In addition, holders may also convert their Notes at their option at any time beginning on November 15, 2017, and ending at the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the maturity date for the Notes, without regard to the foregoing circumstances. Upon conversion, we will pay or deliver, as the case may be, cash, shares of the common stock or a combination thereof at our election. The initial conversion rate for the Notes will be 33.9945 shares of common stock per $1,000 principal amount of Notes, equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $29.42 per share of common stock. Such conversion rate will be subject to adjustment in certain events but will not be adjusted for accrued interest, including any additional interest and any contingent interest.

 

We may not redeem the Notes prior to May 20, 2013. We may redeem the Notes, in whole or in part, for cash on or after May 20, 2013, at a redemption price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be redeemed, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to (including any additional interest and any contingent interest), but excluding, the redemption date.

 

Holders may require us to repurchase all or a portion of their Notes for cash on May 15, 2013 at a purchase price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be repurchased, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to (including any additional interest and any contingent interest), but excluding, the repurchase date. If we undergo a fundamental change, holders may require us to purchase all or a portion of their Notes for cash at a price equal to 100% of the principal amount of the Notes to be purchased, plus any accrued and unpaid interest to (including any additional interest and any contingent interest), but excluding, the fundamental change repurchase date.

 

The Notes are senior, unsecured obligations of ours and rank equally in right of payment with other senior unsecured debt and rank senior to subordinated notes, if any. The Notes effectively rank junior to any of our secured indebtedness to the extent of the assets securing such indebtedness. The Notes are also structurally subordinated in right of payment to all indebtedness and other liabilities and commitments (including trade payables) of our subsidiaries. The net proceeds from the Notes were used for general corporate purposes and to reduce outstanding balances under the U.S. Arrangement and the Revolver.

 

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The Notes are governed by an indenture, dated as of May 12, 2008, between us and U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee, which contains customary events of default.

 

The Notes as hybrid instruments are accounted as convertible debt and are recorded at carrying value with no separate accounting for the conversion features. The right of the holders of the Notes to require us to repurchase the Notes in the event of a fundamental change and the contingent interest feature would require separate measurement from the Notes; however, the amount is insignificant. The additional shares issuable following certain corporate transactions do not require bifurcation and separate measurement from the Notes.

 

Related Party Transactions

 

We have a business relationship with MiTAC International, a publicly-traded company in Taiwan, that began in 1992 when it became our primary investor through its affiliates. As of November 30, 2009, MiTAC International and its affiliates beneficially owned approximately 34% of our common stock. In addition, Matthew Miau, the Chairman Emeritus of our Board of Directors, is also the Chairman of MiTAC International and a director or officer of MiTAC International’s affiliates. As a result, MiTAC International generally has significant influence over us and over the outcome of all matters submitted to stockholders for consideration, including any merger or acquisition of ours. Among other things, this could have the effect of delaying, deterring or preventing a change of control over us with the loss of any premium that stockholders otherwise might receive in connection with such a transaction.

 

We work closely with MiTAC International to collaborate on OEM outsourcing opportunities and jointly market MiTAC International’s design and electronic manufacturing services and our contract assembly capabilities. This relationship has enabled us to build relationships with MiTAC International’s customers and we continue to work with and depend on MiTAC International to jointly serve our shared customers. We purchased inventories, including notebook computers, motherboards and other peripherals, from MiTAC International and its affiliates totaling approximately $235.5 million, $261.6 million and $297.9 million during fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Our sales to MiTAC International and its affiliates during fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007 totaled approximately $2.8 million, $2.0 million and $1.9 million, respectively. Most of these purchases and sales were pursuant to our Master Supply Agreement with MiTAC International and Sun Microsystems, one of our contract assembly customers. Our business relationship to date with MiTAC International has been informal and is not governed by long-term commitments or arrangements with respect to pricing terms, revenue or capacity commitments.

 

Accordingly, we negotiate manufacturing, pricing and other material terms on a case-by-case basis with MiTAC International and our contract assembly customers for a given project. While MiTAC International is a related party and a controlling stockholder, we believe that the significant terms under these agreements, including pricing, would not materially differ from the terms we could have negotiated with unaffiliated third parties, and we have adopted a policy requiring that material transactions with MiTAC International or its related parties be approved by our Audit Committee, which is composed solely of independent directors. In addition, Mr. Miau’s compensation is approved by the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, which is also composed solely of independent directors. As MiTAC International’s ownership interest in us decreases as a result of sales of our stock and additional dilution, its interest in the success of our business and operations may decrease as well.

 

We remain dependent on MiTAC International as a contract assembly partner. Any change in the pricing or other material terms demanded by MiTAC International could have a material adverse effect on our business, particularly our contract assembly business with Sun Microsystems.

 

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Beneficial Ownership of our Common Stock by MiTAC International.

 

As noted above, MiTAC International and its affiliates in the aggregate beneficially owned approximately 34% of our common stock as of November 30, 2009. These shares are owned by the following entities:

 

MiTAC International (1)

   6,738,412

Synnex Technology International Corp. (2)

   4,689,244
    

Total

   11,427,656
    

 

(1) Shares are held via Silver Star Developments Ltd., a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International. Excludes 1,167,228 shares (of which 46,394 shares are directly held and 1,120,834 shares are subject to exercisable options) held by Matthew Miau.
(2) Synnex Technology International Corp., or Synnex Technology International, is a separate entity from us and is a publicly-traded corporation in Taiwan. Shares held via Peer Development Ltd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Synnex Technology International. MiTAC International owns a minority interest in MiTAC Incorporated, a privately-held Taiwanese company, which in turn holds a minority interest in Synnex Technology International.

 

While the ownership structure of MiTAC International and its affiliates is complex, it has not had a material adverse effect on our business in the past, and we do not expect it to do so in the future.

 

During fiscal year 2007, we purchased shares of MiTAC International and one of its affiliates related to the deferred compensation plan of Robert Huang, our then President and Chief Executive Officer. During fiscal year 2008, we purchased additional shares of MiTAC International related to Mr. Huang’s deferred compensation plan and in 2009 had no such purchases. As of November 30, 2009, the value of the investment was $1.2 million. Except as described herein, none of our officers or directors has an interest in MiTAC International or its affiliates.

 

Synnex Technology International is a publicly-traded corporation in Taiwan that currently provides distribution and fulfillment services to various markets in Asia and Australia, and is also a potential competitor of ours. Neither MiTAC International nor Synnex Technology International is restricted from competing with us. In the future, we may increasingly compete with Synnex Technology International, particularly if our business in Asia expands or Synnex Technology International expands its business into geographies or customers we serve. Although Synnex Technology International is a separate entity from us, it is possible that there will be confusion as a result of the similarity of our names. Moreover, we cannot limit or control the use of the Synnex name by Synnex Technology International in certain geographies and our use of the Synnex name may be restricted as a result of registration of the name by Synnex Technology International or the prior use in jurisdictions where it currently operates.

 

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

 

In December 2007, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, issued a new accounting pronouncement which establishes principles and requirements for how an acquirer recognizes and measures in its financial statements the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree and the goodwill acquired. This also establishes disclosure requirements to enable the evaluation of the nature and financial effects of the business combination. In April 2009, the FASB issued additional guidance to require that assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a business combination that arise from contingencies be recognized at fair value if fair value can be reasonably estimated. If the fair value cannot be reasonably estimated, the asset or liability will be recognized in accordance with ASC 450, “Contingencies.” The new standard is effective for fiscal years that begin after December 15, 2008, and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. We will account for business combinations under the new standard effective December 1, 2009.

 

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In December 2007, the FASB issued accounting and reporting standards for ownership interests in subsidiaries held by parties other than the parent, the amount of consolidated net income attributable to the parent and to the noncontrolling interest, changes in a parent’s ownership interest and the valuation of retained noncontrolling equity investments when a subsidiary is deconsolidated. This standard also establishes disclosure requirements that clearly identify and distinguish between the interests of the parent and the interests of the noncontrolling owners. This standard is effective as of the beginning of an entity’s fiscal year that begins after December 15, 2008, and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. Effective December 1, 2009, minority interest will be reported under the stockholders’ equity.

 

In April 2008, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement which amends the factors that should be considered in developing renewal or extension assumptions used to determine the useful life of a recognized intangible asset under ASC 350, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other.” The intent of the position is to improve the consistency between the useful life of a recognized intangible asset under this standard and the period of expected cash flows used to measure the fair value of the asset under ASC 805, “Business Combinations.” This new standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008 and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. We do not expect the adoption of this new standard to have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In May 2008, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement which requires an issuer of certain convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash (or other assets) on conversion to separately account for the liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the instrument in a manner that reflects the issuer’s non-convertible debt borrowing rate. This is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008 on a retroactive basis and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The accounting pronouncement is applicable to our Convertible Senior Notes which were issued in May 2008. The impact of the adoption of the new pronouncement will be an increase in non-cash interest expense, net of tax, in a range of approximately $2.5 million to $3.2 million per annum.

 

In June 2008, the FASB ratified guidance for determining whether an equity-linked financial instrument, or embedded feature, is indexed to an entity’s own stock. This is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, and interim periods within those fiscal years. We do not expect the ratification of this new standard to have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In November 2008, the FASB clarified guidance that the initial carrying value of an equity method investment should be determined in accordance with ASC 805, “Business Combination.” Other-than-temporary impairment of an equity method investment should be recognized in accordance with ASC 323, “Investments—Equity Method and Joint Ventures,” is effective on a prospective basis in fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008 and interim periods within those fiscal years, and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. We do not expect the clarified guidance to have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In November 2008, the FASB ratified the standard that applies to defensive assets that are acquired intangible assets which the acquirer does not intend to actively use, but intends to hold to prevent its competitors from obtaining access to the asset. This standard clarifies that defensive intangible assets are separately identifiable and should be accounted for as a separate unit of accounting in accordance with ASC 805, “Business Combinations,” and ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures.” This standard is effective for intangible assets acquired in fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008 and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. Intangible assets acquired in fiscal year 2010 and later will be accounted for in accordance with this standard. We do not expect the ratification of this standard to have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In November 2008, the FASB ratified the standard that clarifies whether a financial instrument for which the payoff to the counterparty is based, in whole or in part, on the stock of an entity’s consolidated subsidiary is indexed to the reporting entity’s own stock. This standard is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after

 

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December 15, 2008 and interim periods within those fiscal years and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. We do not have any financial instruments indexed to our stock as of November 30, 2009.

 

In June 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement that eliminates the concept of a qualifying special-purpose entity, creates more stringent conditions for reporting a transfer of a portion of a financial asset as a sale, clarifies other sale-accounting criteria, and changes the initial measurement of a transferor’s interest in transferred financial assets. This standard will be effective for transfers of financial assets in annual reporting periods beginning after November 15, 2009 and in interim periods within those first annual reporting periods with earlier adoption prohibited. This standard will be applicable to us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. We do not expect the adoption of this new standard to have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In June 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement to require an enterprise to perform an analysis to determine whether the enterprise’s variable interest or interests give it a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity. This analysis identifies the primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity as one with the power to direct the activities of a variable interest entity that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance and the obligation to absorb losses of the entity that could potentially be significant to the variable interest. This new standard will be effective as of the beginning of the annual reporting period commencing after November 15, 2009 and will be adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. We do not expect the adoption of this new standard to have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In October 2009, the FASB issued an update to the existing multiple-element revenue arrangements guidance. This revised guidance primarily provides two significant changes: 1) eliminates the need for objective and reliable evidence of the fair value for the undelivered element in order for a delivered item to be treated as a separate unit of accounting, and 2) eliminates the residual method to allocate the arrangement consideration. This accounting update is effective for the first annual reporting period beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early adoption permitted provided that the revised guidance is retroactively applied to the beginning of the year of adoption. We are currently assessing the future impact of this new accounting update to our consolidated financial statements.

 

In October 2009, the FASB issued an accounting standard addressing how entities account for revenue arrangements that contain both hardware and software elements. Due to the significant difference in the level of evidence required for separation of multiple deliverables within different accounting standards, this particular accounting standard will modify the scope of accounting guidance for software revenue recognition. Many tangible products containing software and non-software components that function together to deliver the tangible products’ essential functionality will be accounted for under the revised multiple-element arrangement revenue recognition guidance disclosed above. This accounting standard is effective for the first annual reporting period beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early adoption permitted provided that the revised guidance is retroactively applied to the beginning of the year of adoption. We are currently assessing the future impact of this new accounting standard to our consolidated financial statements.

 

During the fiscal year 2009, we adopted the following accounting standards:

 

Effective December 1, 2007, we adopted new standards relating to the fair value disclosure of our financial assets and liabilities. Effective December 1, 2008, we adopted these new accounting standards as they applied to our non-financial assets and non-financial liabilities. The impact of our adoption is discussed in Note 11 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Effective December 1, 2008, we adopted new standards relating to accounting for transfers of financial assets and repurchase financing transactions. These new standards require that an initial transfer of a financial asset and a repurchase financing that was entered into contemporaneously with, or in contemplation of, the initial transfer be evaluated together as a linked transaction unless certain criteria are met. We adopted these standards in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 and the adoption had no impact on our financial statements.

 

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In March 2008, the FASB issued a new standard that requires enhanced disclosures for derivative instruments, including those used in hedging activities. It is effective for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after November 15, 2008, and was adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The impact of the adoption of this standard is discussed in Note 10 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

In December 2008, the FASB issued standards that amend and enhance the disclosure requirements for public enterprises that have a variable interest in a variable interest entity. These standards are effective for the first reporting period ending after December 15, 2008 and were adopted by us in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The disclosures required by these standards are included in Note 2 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

In May 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement that establishes the standards for accounting for and disclosures of events that occur after the balance sheet date, but before the financial statements are issued or are available to be issued. The statement sets forth the circumstances under which an entity should recognize events or transactions occurring after the balance sheet date in the financial statements. The statement also identifies the disclosures that an entity should make about events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date. This new standard is effective for interim and annual periods ending after June 15, 2009 and was adopted by us in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. This standard requires entities to disclose the date through which subsequent events were evaluated. We have evaluated subsequent events through the time of filing these financial statements with the SEC on February 5, 2010.

 

In June 2009, the FASB launched the “FASB Accounting Standards Codification,” which supersedes all existing non-SEC accounting and reporting standards. This standard is effective in the first interim and annual periods ending after September 15, 2009 and was adopted by us in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009. This pronouncement had no effect on our consolidated financial statements upon adoption, other than prior references to GAAP were replaced with references to the applicable codification paragraphs.

 

Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk

 

Foreign Currency Risk

 

We are exposed to foreign currency risk in the ordinary course of business. We hedge cash flow exposures for our major countries using a combination of forward contracts. Principal currencies hedged are the Canadian dollar, Philippines peso, Mexican peso and British pound. These instruments are generally short-term in nature, with typical maturities of less than one year. We do not hold or issue derivative financial instruments for trading purposes.

 

The following table presents the hypothetical changes in fair values in our outstanding derivative instruments at November 30, 2009 and 2008 that are sensitive to the changes in foreign currency exchange rates (in thousands). The modeling technique used measures the change in fair values arising from an instantaneous strengthening or weakening of the U.S. dollar by 5%, 10% and 15% (in thousands). Although we do not apply hedge accounting to our forward contracts, our foreign exchange contracts are marked-to-market and any material gains and losses on our hedge contracts resulting from a hypothetical, instantaneous change in the strength of the U.S. dollar would be significantly offset by mark-to-market gains and losses on the corresponding assets and liabilities being hedged.

 

    Loss on Derivative Instruments Given a
Weakening of U.S. dollar by X Percent
    Gain (Loss)
Assuming No
Change in
Exchange Rate
    Gain on Derivative Instruments
Given a Strengthening of U.S. dollar
by X Percent
        15%             10%             5%               5%           10%           15%    

Forward contracts at November 30, 2009

  $  (13,865   $ (8,967   $   (4,571   $ (69   $    3,010   $    6,311   $ 9,347

Forward contracts at November 30, 2008

  $  (16,077   $  (10,127   $   (4,799   $    2,058      $ 4,347   $ 8,306   $   11,929

 

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Interest Rate Risk

 

During the last two years, the majority of our debt obligations have been short-term in nature and the associated interest obligations have floated relative to major interest rate benchmarks. While we have not used derivative financial instruments to alter the interest rate characteristics of our investment holdings or debt instruments in the past, we may do so in the future.

 

A 1.5% increase or decrease in rates at November 30, 2009 would not result in any material change in the fair value of our obligations. The following tables present the hypothetical interest expense related to our outstanding borrowings for the years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008 that are sensitive to changes in interest rates. The modeling technique used measures the interest expense arising from hypothetical parallel shifts in the respective countries’ yield curves, of plus or minus 5%, 10% and 15% for the years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008 (in thousands).

 

     Interest Expense Given an Interest
Rate Decrease by X Percent
   Actual Interest
Expense Assuming
No Change in
Interest Rate
   Interest Expense Given an Interest
Rate Increase by X Percent
         15%            10%            5%               5%            10%            15%    

SYNNEX US

   $ 5,805    $ 6,146    $ 6,488    $ 6,829    $ 7,171    $ 7,512    $ 7,853

SYNNEX Canada

     1,242      1,315      1,388      1,461      1,534      1,607      1,680
                                                

Total for the year ended November 30, 2009

   $ 7,047    $ 7,461    $ 7,876    $ 8,290    $ 8,705    $ 9,119    $ 9,533
                                                
     Interest Expense Given an Interest
Rate Decrease by X Percent
   Actual Interest
Expense Assuming
No Change in
Interest Rate
   Interest Expense Given an Interest
Rate Increase by X Percent
         15%            10%            5%               5%            10%            15%    

SYNNEX US

   $ 9,929    $ 10,513    $ 11,097    $ 11,681    $ 12,265    $ 12,849    $ 13,433

SYNNEX Mexico

     1,830      1,937      2,045      2,153      2,260      2,368      2,475

SYNNEX Canada

     516      546      577      607      638      668      698

SYNNEX UK

     7      8      8      9      9      9      10
                                                

Total for the year ended November 30, 2008

   $ 12,282    $ 13,004    $ 13,727    $ 14,450    $ 15,172    $ 15,894    $ 16,616
                                                

 

Equity Price Risk

 

The equity price risk associated with our marketable equity securities at November 30, 2009 and 2008 is not material in relation to our consolidated financial position, results of operations or cash flow. Marketable equity securities include shares of common stock. The investments are classified as either trading or available-for-sale securities. Securities classified as trading are recorded at fair market value, based on quoted market prices and unrealized gains and losses are included in results of operations. Securities classified as available-for-sale are recorded at fair market value, based on quoted market prices and unrealized gains and losses are included in other comprehensive income. Realized gains and losses, which are calculated based on the specific identification method, are recorded in operations as incurred.

 

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Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

 

INDEX

 

     Page

Consolidated Financial Statements of SYNNEX Corporation

  

Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

   54

Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

   55

Consolidated Balance Sheets as of November 30, 2009 and 2008

   56

Consolidated Statements of Operations for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007

   57

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity and Comprehensive Income for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007

   58

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007

   59

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

   60

Selected Quarterly Consolidated Financial Data (Unaudited)

   103

Financial Statement Schedule

  

Schedule II: Valuation and Qualifying Accounts for the fiscal years ended November  30, 2009, 2008 and 2007

   104

 

Financial statement schedules not listed above are either omitted because they are not applicable or the required information is shown in the Consolidated Financial Statements or in the Notes thereto.

 

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Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting

 

Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f). Our internal control over financial reporting is 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. Our internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the Company; (ii) 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 (iii) 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.

 

Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, we conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting based on the framework in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. Based on this assessment, our management concludes that, as of November 30, 2009, our internal control over financial reporting was effective based on those criteria.

 

The effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting as of November 30, 2009 has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in its report which appears in Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders

of SYNNEX Corporation

 

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements listed in the accompanying index present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of SYNNEX Corporation and its subsidiaries at November 30, 2009 and November 30, 2008, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended November 30, 2009 in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America. In addition, in our opinion, the financial statement schedule listed in the accompanying index presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein when read in conjunction with the related consolidated financial statements. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of November 30, 2009, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). The Company’s management is responsible for these financial statements and financial statement schedule, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on these financial statements, on the financial statement schedule, and on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our integrated 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 audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audits of the financial statements included examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements, assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, and evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

 

As discussed in Note 7, the Company changed its method of accounting for uncertainty in income taxes in 2008.

 

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 (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) 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 (iii) 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.

 

/s/    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

 

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

San Jose, California

February 5, 2010

 

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SYNNEX CORPORATION

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except for par value)

 

     November 30,
2009
   November 30,
2008

ASSETS

     

Current assets:

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 37,816    $ 35,147

Short-term investments

     21,219      13,348

Accounts receivable, net

     820,633      807,185

Receivable from vendors, net

     99,610      95,735

Receivable from affiliates

     5,144      4,659

Inventories

     713,813      696,008

Deferred income taxes

     27,787      25,299

Current deferred assets

     13,830      13,322

Other current assets

     26,522      9,445

Assets held for sale

     74,185      24,981
             

Total current assets

     1,840,559      1,725,129

Property and equipment, net

     94,725      80,503

Goodwill

     107,563      87,708

Intangible assets, net

     18,066      24,354

Deferred income taxes

     2,849      5,923

Long-term deferred assets

     10,636      50,907

Other assets

     25,890      25,953

Assets held for sale

     —        32,403
             

Total assets

   $ 2,100,288    $ 2,032,880
             

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

     

Current liabilities:

     

Borrowings under securitization, term loans and lines of credit

   $ 150,740    $ 340,466

Accounts payable

     687,432      571,329

Payables to affiliates

     82,728      73,631

Accrued liabilities

     117,599      109,726

Current deferred liabilities

     18,798      22,497

Income taxes payable

     2,431      4,593

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

     18,148      12,299
             

Total current liabilities

     1,077,876      1,134,541

Long-term borrowings

     9,410      8,537

Convertible debt

     143,750      143,750

Long-term liabilities

     29,285      26,591

Long-term deferred liabilities

     9,742      30,972

Deferred income taxes

     1,442      1,380

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

     —        2,595
             

Total liabilities

     1,271,505      1,348,366
             

Minority interest in a subsidiary

     3,011      2,797

Minority interest of discontinued operations

     7,402      1,876
             

Commitments and contingencies (Note 21)

     —        —  

Stockholders’ equity:

     

Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000 shares authorized, no shares issued or outstanding

     —        —  

Common stock, $0.001 par value, 100,000 shares authorized,

     

33,602 and 31,954 shares issued and outstanding

     34      32

Additional paid-in capital

     236,213      207,558

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     23,723      5,357

Accumulated other comprehensive income of discontinued operations

     3,428      4,010

Retained earnings

     554,972      462,884
             

Total stockholders’ equity

     818,370      679,841
             

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

   $ 2,100,288    $ 2,032,880
             

 

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except for per share amounts)

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,  
     2009     2008     2007  

Revenue

   $ 7,719,197      $ 7,736,726      $ 6,986,714   

Cost of revenue

     (7,296,167     (7,322,862     (6,640,295
                        

Gross profit

     423,030        413,864        346,419   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     (273,381     (267,498     (236,938
                        

Income from continuing operations before non-operating items, income taxes and minority interest

     149,649        146,366        109,481   

Interest expense and finance charges, net

     (13,983     (15,006     (15,054

Other income (expense), net

     3,036        (7,812     1,429   
                        

Income from continuing operations before income taxes and minority interest

     138,702        123,548        95,856   

Provision for income taxes

     (50,656     (45,705     (35,216

Minority interest in a subsidiary

     133        225        —     
                        

Income from continuing operations

     88,179        78,068        60,640   

Income from discontinued operations, net of tax

     3,909        5,729        2,487   
                        

Net income

   $ 92,088      $ 83,797      $ 63,127   
                        

Earnings per share—basic:

      

Income from continuing operations

   $ 2.70      $ 2.47      $ 1.96   

Income from discontinued operations

     0.12        0.18        0.08   
                        

Net income per common share—basic

   $ 2.82      $ 2.65      $ 2.04   
                        

Earnings per share—diluted:

      

Income from continuing operations

   $ 2.59      $ 2.35      $ 1.86   

Income from discontinued operations

     0.11        0.17        0.07   
                        

Net income per common share—diluted

   $ 2.70      $ 2.52      $ 1.93   
                        

Weighted-average common shares outstanding—basic

     32,711        31,619        30,942   
                        

Weighted-average common shares outstanding—diluted

     34,013        33,263        32,674   
                        

 

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (in thousands)

 

    Common Stock   Additional
Paid-In
    Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
    Retained
Earnings
    Total
Stockholders’
    Comprehensive
Income
 
    Shares   Amount          

Balances, November 30, 2006

  30,477   $ 30   $ 181,188      $ 13,999      $ 316,329      $ 511,546     

Share-based compensation

  —       —       5,281        —          —          5,281     

Tax benefits from exercise of non-qualified stock options

  —       —       2,310        —          —          2,310     

Issuance of common stock on exercise of options and restricted stock

  814     1     6,610        —          —          6,611     

Issuance of common stock for employee stock purchase plan

  37     —       739        —          —          739     

Change in unrealized gains on available for sale securities

  —       —       —          245        —          245        245   

Foreign currency translation adjustment

  —       —       —          14,695        —          14,695        14,695   

Net income

  —       —       —          —          63,127        63,127        63,127   
                                                 

Balances, November 30, 2007

  31,328     31     196,128        28,939        379,456        604,554        78,067   
                   

Share-based compensation

  —       —       6,637        —          —          6,637     

Tax benefits from exercise of non-qualified stock options

  —       —       2,091        —          —          2,091     

Issuance of common stock on exercise of options and restricted stock

  587     1     3,149        —          —          3,150     

Issuance of common stock for employee stock purchase plan

  39     —       741        —          —          741     

Cumulative effect of adopting uncertain tax position

  —       —       (1,188     —          (369     (1,557  

Change in unrealized gains on available for sale securities

  —       —       —          578        —          578        578   

Foreign currency translation adjustment

  —       —       —          (20,150     —          (20,150     (20,150

Net income

  —       —       —          —          83,797        83,797        83,797   
                                                 

Balances, November 30, 2008

  31,954     32     207,558        9,367        462,884        679,841        64,225   
                   

Share-based compensation

  —       —       8,193        —          —          8,193     

Tax benefits from exercise of non-qualified stock options

  —       —       7,018        —          —          7,018     

Issuance of common stock on exercise of options and restricted stock

  1,596     2     11,663        —          —          11,665     

Issuance of common stock for employee stock purchase plan

  52     —       751        —          —          751     

Changes in HiChina minority interest

  —       —       1,030        —          —          1,030     

Change in unrealized gains on available for sale securities

  —       —       —          24        —          24        24   

Foreign currency translation adjustment

  —       —       —          17,760        —          17,760        17,760   

Net income

  —       —       —          —          92,088        92,088        92,088   
                                                 

Balances, November 30, 2009

  33,602   $ 34   $ 236,213      $ 27,151      $ 554,972      $ 818,370      $ 109,872   
                                                 

 

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

 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,  
     2009     2008     2007  

Cash flows from operating activities:

      

Net income

   $ 92,088      $ 83,797      $ 63,127   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

      

Depreciation expense

     11,701        11,010        9,187   

Amortization of intangible assets

     7,925        7,754        6,578   

Share-based compensation

     8,193        6,637        5,281   

Provision for doubtful accounts

     12,235        10,304        7,491   

Inventory reserve

     13,809        9,006        6,135   

Tax benefits from employee stock plans

     7,018        2,091        2,310   

Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation

     (6,135     (1,815     (2,145

Unrealized (gain) loss on trading securities

     (3,229     5,216        (401

Realized (gain) loss on investments

     505        443        (559

Loss (gain) on disposal of fixed assets

     167        25        (17

Loss on impairment of fixed assets

     —          —          828   

Other-than-temporary impairment on securities

     94        1,288        221   

Minority interest

     1,157        693        372   

Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisition of businesses:

      

Accounts receivable

     (6,455     (45,013     (321,941

Receivables from vendors

     (2,509     2,760        864   

Receivables from affiliates

     (485     5,130        (7,934

Inventories

     (11,883     (25,385     (4,278

Other assets

     44,725        41,632        38,305   

Payable to affiliates

     9,097        6,297        (22,497

Accounts payable

     103,008        (36,622     71,376   

Accrued liabilities

     4,190        (4,332     24,868   

Deferred liabilities

     (23,176     (28,323     (29,624
                        

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

     262,040        52,593        (152,453
                        

Cash flows from investing activities:

      

Purchase of investments

     (34,421     (14,005     (9,015

Proceeds from sale of investments

     21,678        14,692        5,805   

Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

     (16,121     (28,015     (106,783

Purchase of property and equipment

     (25,011     (33,521     (22,781

Purchase of intangible asset

     —          (1,432     —     

Increase in restricted cash

     (15,715     (3,412     (4,051
                        

Net cash used in investing activities

     (69,590     (65,693     (136,825
                        

Cash flows from financing activities:

      

Proceeds from revolving line of credit and securitization

     2,713,857        1,756,514        1,341,921   

Payment of revolving line of credit and securitization

     (2,890,255     (1,853,720     (1,043,038

Proceeds from bank loans

     —          —          11,042   

Payment of bank loans

     (20,489     (23,515     (23,872

Proceeds from the issuance of convertible debt (net of issuance costs of $3,575)

     —          140,175        —     

Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation

     6,135        1,815        2,145   

Bank overdraft

     (4,980     (4,742     14,733   

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

     12,416        3,890        6,331   
                        

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

     (183,316     20,417        309,262   
                        

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

     (5,754     10,889        (4,990
                        

Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

     3,380        18,206        14,994   

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

     56,026        37,820        22,826   
                        

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

   $ 59,406      $ 56,026      $ 37,820   
                        

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

      

Interest paid

   $ 18,012      $ 9,639      $ 7,072   
                        

Income taxes paid

   $ 44,409      $ 44,492      $ 31,254   
                        

 

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

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

NOTE 1—ORGANIZATION AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION:

 

SYNNEX Corporation (together with its subsidiaries, herein referred to as “SYNNEX” or the “Company”) is a business process services company offering a comprehensive range of services to original equipment manufacturers (“OEMs”), software publishers and reseller and retailer customers worldwide. SYNNEX’s service offering includes product distribution, logistics services, global business services (“GBS”) and contract assembly. SYNNEX is headquartered in Fremont, California and has operations in the United States, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, the Philippines and the United Kingdom (“UK”).

 

NOTE 2—SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES:

 

Use of estimates

 

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) in the United States requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenue and expense during the reporting period. The Company evaluates these estimates on a regular basis and bases them on historical experience and on various assumptions that the Company believes are reasonable. Actual results could differ from the estimates.

 

Principles of consolidation

 

The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries and majority-owned subsidiaries in which no substantive participating rights are held by minority stockholders. All significant intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated.

 

The Consolidated Financial Statements include 100% of the assets and liabilities of these majority-owned subsidiaries and the ownership interest of minority investors is recorded as minority interest. Investments in 20% through 50% owned affiliated companies are included under the equity method of accounting where the Company exercises significant influence over operating and financial affairs of the investee and is not the primary beneficiary. Investments in less than 20% owned companies or investments in 20% through 50% owned companies where the Company does not exercise significant influence over operating and financial affairs of the investee are recorded under the cost method.

 

Consolidation of variable interest entity

 

In fiscal year 2007, the Company acquired a majority interest in China Civilink (Cayman). China Civilink operated in China as HiChina Web Solutions. HiChina Web Solutions provided internet and webhosting services. People’s Republic of China (“PRC”) law currently limits foreign ownership of companies that provided internet content and advertising services. To comply with these foreign ownership restrictions, the Company operated in China with PRC citizens through contractual arrangements. The Company has the ability to substantially influence the daily operations and financial affairs. As a result of these contractual arrangements, which enabled the Company to control HiChina Web Solutions and its affiliates, the Company is the primary beneficiary of these companies. Accordingly, the Company regarded HiChina Web Solutions as a variable interest entity under ASC 810, “Consolidation.” On December 22, 2009 the Company sold its interest in HiChina Web Solutions to Alibaba.com Ltd. and its results are presented as a discontinued operation.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(continued)

(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Segment reporting

 

Operating segments are based on products and services provided by each segment, internal organization structure, manner in which operations are managed, criteria used by the Chief Operating Decision Maker (“CODM”) to assess the segment performance as well as resources allocation and the availability of discrete financial information. During fiscal year 2008, the Company changed its business strategy on managing its operations which prompted changes to its internal organization structure, resource allocation and measuring its financial performance. The change in the business strategy has enabled the Company to focus on providing a full range of distribution and GBS offerings to its customers which resulted in two segments.

 

The distribution services segment distributes computer systems and complementary products to a variety of customers, including value-added resellers, system integrators and retailers, as well as provides assembly services to OEMs, including integrated supply chain management, build-to-order and configure-to-order system configurations, materials management and logistics.

 

The GBS services segment provides contact center services that deliver voice, e-mail and technical support services on a global platform, demand generation services, and print on demand services.

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

The Company considers all highly liquid debt instruments purchased with an original maturity or remaining maturity at date of purchase of three months or less to be cash equivalents. Cash equivalents consist principally of money market deposit accounts that are stated at cost, which approximates fair value. The Company is exposed to credit risk in the event of default by financial institutions to the extent that cash balances with financial institutions are in excess of amounts that are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

 

Restricted cash

 

As of November 30, 2009, the Company had restricted cash in the amount of $31,319. Of this amount, $14,304 is reported in “Other assets” and relates to future payments to its vendors relating to the long-term projects at the Company’s Mexico operation. The remaining $17,015 is reported in “Other current assets” and relates to the lockbox collections under the Company’s borrowing arrangements.

 

As of November 30, 2008, the Company had restricted cash in the amount of $15,604 which is reported in “Other assets” primarily for future payments to its vendors relating to the long-term projects at the Company’s Mexico operation.

 

Investments

 

The Company classifies its investments in marketable securities as trading and available-for-sale. Marketable securities related to its deferred compensation plan are classified as trading and are recorded at fair value, based on quoted market prices, and unrealized gains and losses are included in “Other income (expense), net” in the Company’s financial statements. All other securities are classified as available-for-sale and are recorded at fair market value, based on quoted market prices, and unrealized gains and losses are included in “Accumulated other comprehensive income,” a component of stockholders’ equity. Realized gains and losses on available-for-sale securities, which are calculated based on the specific identification method, and declines in value judged to be other-than-temporary, if any, are recorded in “Other income (expense), net” as incurred.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(continued)

(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

To determine whether a decline in value is other-than-temporary, the Company evaluates several factors, including the current economic environment, market conditions, operational and financial performance of the investee, and other specific factors relating to the business underlying the investment, including business outlook of the investee, future trends in the investee’s industry and the Company’s intent to carry the investment for a sufficient period of time for any recovery in fair value. If a decline in value is deemed as other-than-temporary, the Company records reductions in carrying values to estimated fair values, which are determined based on quoted market prices if available or on one or more of the valuation methods such as pricing models using historical and projected financial information, liquidation values, and values of other comparable public companies.

 

Long-term investments include instruments that the Company has the ability and intent to hold for more than twelve months.

 

The Company has investments in equity instruments of privately-held companies and investments for which there are not readily determinable fair values. These investments are included in short-term investment and other assets and are accounted for under the cost method. The Company monitors its investments for impairment by considering current factors, including the economic environment, market conditions, operational performance and other specific factors relating to the business underlying the investment, and records reductions in carrying values when necessary.

 

For the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009 the Company recorded another-than-temporary impairment of $94 in the value of investments. The Company recorded an other-than-temporary impairment of $1,288 and $221 for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Allowance for doubtful accounts

 

The allowance for doubtful accounts is an estimate to cover the losses resulting from the inability of customers to make payments for outstanding balances. In estimating the required allowance, the Company takes into consideration the overall quality and aging of the accounts receivable, credit evaluations of customers’ financial condition and existence of credit insurance. The Company also evaluates the collectability of accounts receivable based on specific customer circumstances, current economic trends, historical experience with collections and any value and adequacy of collateral received from customers.

 

Inventories

 

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is computed based on the weighted-average method. Inventories consist of finished goods purchased from various manufacturers for distribution resale and components used for assembly services. The Company records estimated inventory reserves for quantities in excess of demand, cost in excess of market value and product obsolescence.

 

Property and equipment

 

Property and equipment are stated at cost, less accumulated depreciation and amortization. Depreciation and amortization are computed using the straight-line method based upon the shorter of the estimated useful lives of the assets, or the lease term of the respective assets, if applicable. Maintenance and repairs are charged to expense as incurred, and improvements are capitalized. When assets are retired or otherwise disposed of, the cost and accumulated depreciation and amortization are removed from the accounts and any resulting gain or loss is

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(continued)

(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

reflected in operations in the period realized. The ranges of estimated useful lives for property and equipment categories are as follows:

 

Equipment and Furniture

   3-7 years

Software

   3-7 years

Leasehold Improvements

   2-10 years

Buildings

   39 years

 

Goodwill and Intangible assets

 

The Company assesses potential impairment of its goodwill and intangible assets when there is evidence that recent events or changes in circumstances have made recovery of an asset’s carrying value unlikely. The Company also assesses potential impairment of its goodwill and assets on an annual basis during its fourth quarter, regardless if there is evidence of impairment. If indicators of impairment were to be present in intangible assets used in operations and future undiscounted cash flows were not expected to be sufficient to recover the assets’ carrying amount, an impairment loss would be charged to expense in the period identified. The amount of an impairment loss would be recognized as the excess of the asset’s carrying value over its fair value. Factors the Company considers important, which may cause impairment include, among others, significant changes in the manner of use of the acquired asset, negative industry or economic trends, and significant underperformance relative to historical or projected operating results. No impairment loss was recorded for the periods presented.

 

In accordance with ASC 350, “Intangible—Goodwill and Other,” a two-step impairment test is required to identify potential goodwill impairment and measure the amount of the goodwill impairment loss to be recognized. In the first step, the fair value of each reporting unit is compared to its carrying value to determine if the goodwill is impaired. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds the carrying value of the net assets assigned to that unit, then goodwill is not impaired and no further testing is required. If the carrying value of the net assets assigned to the reporting unit were to exceed its fair value, then the second step is performed in order to determine the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill and an impairment loss is recorded for an amount equal to the difference between the implied fair value and the carrying value of the goodwill.

 

For the purpose of its goodwill analysis, the Company has two reporting units, as defined by ASC 350, “Intangible—Goodwill and Other.” The Company’s distribution services business segment is comprised of one Distribution Services reporting unit and the GBS business segment is comprised of the contact center reporting unit. The Company conducted their annual impairment analysis in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009. The goodwill impairment analysis did not result in an impairment charge for the fiscal years ended 2009, 2008 or 2007.

 

Determining the fair value of a reporting unit and intangible asset is judgmental and involves the use of significant estimates and assumptions. The Company based their fair value estimates on assumptions that they believe are reasonable but are uncertain and subject to changes in market conditions.

 

Purchased intangible assets are amortized over the useful lives based on the estimate of the use of economic benefit of the asset or on the straight-line amortization method.

 

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NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS—(continued)

(amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

Intangible assets primarily consist of vendor lists and customer lists. Intangible assets are amortized as follows:

 

Vendor Lists

   4-10 years

Customer Lists

   4-8 years

Other Intangible Assets

   3-10 years

 

Software costs

 

The Company develops its software platform for internal use only. The majority of development costs include payroll and other related costs, such as costs of support, maintenance and training functions that are not subject to capitalization. The costs of software enhancements were not material for the periods presented. If internal software development costs become material, the Company will capitalize the costs based on the defined criteria for capitalization in accordance with ASC 350, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other,” subtopic 40, “Internal—Use Software.”

 

Impairment of long-lived assets

 

The Company reviews the recoverability of its long-lived assets, such as property and equipment and intangible assets, when events or changes in circumstances occur that indicate the carrying value of the asset or asset group may not be recoverable. The assessment of possible impairment is based on the Company’s ability to recover the carrying value of the asset or asset group from the expected future pre-tax cash flows, undiscounted and without interest charges, of the related operations. If these cash flows are less than the carrying value of such assets, an impairment loss is recognized for the difference between estimated fair value and carrying value. The measurement of impairment requires management to estimate future cash flows and the fair value of long-lived assets. No impairment of long-lived assets was recorded for the periods presented.

 

Long-term deferred assets and long-term deferred liabilities

 

The Company’s Mexico operation has entered into multi-year contracts to sell equipment to independent third-party contractors that provide equipment and services to the Mexican government. The payments by the Mexican government are generally due on a monthly basis and are contingent upon the contractors continuing to provide services to the Mexican government. The Company recognizes product revenue and cost of revenue on a straight-line basis over the term of the contracts. All long-term accounts receivable and deferred cost of revenue associated with these contracts are included in the consolidated balance sheet under the caption “Long-term deferred assets.” According to contract terms, the Company also holds back a certain amount of accounts payable for a certain period of time. All long-term accounts payable and long-term deferred revenues associated with these contracts are included in the consolidated balance sheet under the caption “Long-term deferred liabilities.”

 

Concentration of credit risk

 

Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to significant concentration of credit risk consist principally of accounts receivable, cash and cash equivalents. The Company’s cash and cash equivalents are maintained with high quality institutions, the compositions and maturities of which are regularly monitored by management. Through November 30, 2009, the Company had not experienced any losses on such deposits.

 

Accounts receivable include amounts due from customers primarily in the technology industry. The Company performs ongoing credit evaluations of its customers’ financial condition and limits the amount of

 

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credit extended when deemed necessary, but generally requires no collateral. The Company also maintains allowances for potential credit losses. In estimating the required allowances, the Company takes into consideration the overall quality and aging of the receivable portfolio, the existence of a limited amount of credit insurance and specifically identified customer risks. Through November 30, 2009, such losses have been within management’s expectations.

 

In fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007, no single customer exceeded 10% or more of the Company’s total revenue. At November 30, 2009 and 2008, one customer accounted for approximately 11% and 17% of the total consolidated accounts receivable balance, respectively. Products purchased from the Company’s largest OEM supplier, Hewlett-Packard Company (“HP”), accounted for approximately 36%, 32% and 28% of the total revenue for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.

 

Revenue recognition

 

The Company recognizes revenue generally as products are shipped, if a purchase order exists, the sale price is fixed or determinable, collection of resulting accounts receivable is reasonably assured, risk of loss and title have transferred and product returns are reasonably estimable. Shipping terms are typically F.O.B. the Company’s warehouse. Provisions for sales returns are estimated based on historical data and are recorded concurrently with the recognition of revenue. These provisions are reviewed and adjusted periodically by the Company. Revenue is reduced for early payment discounts and volume incentive rebates offered to customers.

 

The Company purchases licensed software products from OEM vendors and distributes them to customers. Revenue is recognized upon shipment of software products when a purchase order exists, the sales price is fixed or determinable and collection of the resulting accounts receivable is reasonably assured. Subsequent to the sale of software products, the Company generally has no obligation to provide any modification, customization, upgrades, enhancements, or any other post-sales customer support.

 

The Company’s Mexico operation primarily focuses on projects with the Mexican government and other local agencies that are long-term in nature. Under the agreements, the payments are due on a monthly basis and contingent upon performing certain services and meeting certain conditions. The Company recognizes product revenue and cost of revenue on a straight-line basis over the term of the contract.

 

The Company provides GBS services to its customers under contracts that typically consist of a master services agreement or statement of work, which contains the terms and conditions of each program and service it offers. These agreements are usually short-term in nature and subject to early termination by the customers or the Company for any reason, typically with 30 to 90 days notice. Typically the contracts are time-based or transactions based. Revenue is generally recognized over the term of the contract if the service has already been rendered, the sales price is fixed or determinable and collection of the resulting accounts receivable is reasonably assured.

 

Shipping and Handling Costs

 

Costs related to shipping and handling are included in the cost of revenue.

 

OEM supplier programs

 

Funds received from OEM suppliers for inventory volume promotion programs, price protection and product rebates are recorded as adjustments to cost of revenue and the carrying value of inventories, as

 

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appropriate. Where there is a binding agreement, the Company tracks vendor promotional programs for volume discounts on a program-by-program basis and records them as a reduction of cost of revenue based on a systematic and rational allocation. The Company monitors the balances of vendor receivables on a quarterly basis and adjusts the balances due for differences between expected and actual sales volume. Vendor receivables are generally collected through reductions authorized by the vendor, to accounts payable. Funds received for specific marketing and infrastructure reimbursements, net of direct costs, are recorded as adjustments to selling, general and administrative expenses, and any excess reimbursement amount is recorded as an adjustment to cost of revenue.

 

Royalties

 

The Company purchases licensed software products from OEM vendors, which it subsequently distributes to resellers. Royalties to OEM vendors are accrued and recorded in cost of revenue when software products are shipped and revenue is recognized.

 

Warranties

 

The Company’s OEM suppliers generally warrant the products distributed by the Company and allow returns of defective products. The Company generally does not independently warrant the products it distributes; however, the Company does warrant the following: (1) its services with regard to products that it assembles for its customers, and (2) products that it builds to order from components purchased from other sources. To date neither warranty expense, nor the accrual for warranty costs has been material to the Company’s Consolidated Financial Statements.

 

Advertising

 

Costs related to advertising and product promotion expenditures are charged to selling, general and administrative expenses as incurred and are primarily offset by OEM marketing reimbursements. To date, net costs related to advertising and promotion expenditures have not been material.

 

Income taxes

 

The asset and liability method is used in accounting for income taxes. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recognized for the expected tax consequences of temporary differences between the tax bases of assets and liabilities and their reported amounts in the financial statements using enacted tax rates and laws that will be in effect when the difference is expected to reverse. Valuation allowances are provided against deferred tax assets that are not likely to be realized.

 

Foreign currency translations

 

The functional currencies of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries are their respective local currencies, with the exception of the Company’s operations in the UK and the Philippines, for which the functional currencies are the U.S. dollar. The financial statements of the foreign subsidiaries, other than the operations in the UK and the Philippines, are translated into U.S. dollars for consolidation as follows: assets and liabilities at the exchange rate as of the balance sheet date, stockholders’ equity at the historical rates of exchange, and income and expense amounts at the average exchange rate for the month. Translation adjustments resulting from the translation of the subsidiaries’ accounts are included in “Accumulated other comprehensive income.” Gains and losses resulting

 

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from foreign currency transactions are included within “Other income (expense), net.” Such amounts are not significant to any of the periods presented.

 

Comprehensive income

 

Comprehensive income is defined as the change in equity of a business enterprise during a period from transactions and other events and circumstances from non-owner sources. The primary components of comprehensive income for the Company include net income, foreign currency translation adjustments arising from the consolidation of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries and unrealized gains and losses on the Company’s available-for-sale securities.

 

Share-based compensation

 

ASC 718, “Compensation—Stock Compensation” requires the recognition of the fair value of share-based compensation. Under the fair value recognition provisions of ASC 718, “Compensation—Stock Compensation,” share-based compensation is estimated at the grant date based on the fair value of the awards expected to vest and recognized as expense ratably over the requisite service period of the award. The Company has used the Black-Scholes valuation model to estimate fair value of share-based awards, which requires various assumptions including estimating stock price volatility and expected life.

 

Net income per common share

 

Net income per common share-basic is computed by dividing the net income for the period by the weighted-average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the period. Diluted weighted-average shares include the dilutive effect of stock options, restricted stock and restricted stock units. The calculation of net income per common share is presented in Note 15.

 

ASC 260, “Earnings per Share,” requires that employee stock options, non-vested restricted stock and similar equity instruments granted by the Company be treated as potential common shares outstanding in computing diluted earnings per share. Diluted shares outstanding include the dilutive effect of in-the-money options. Under the treasury stock method, the amount the employee must pay for exercising stock options, the amount of compensation cost for future services that the Company has not yet recognized and the amount of tax benefits that would be recorded in additional paid-in capital when the award becomes deductible are assumed to be used to repurchase shares.

 

With respect to the Company’s convertible debt, the Company intends to settle its conversion spread (i.e., the intrinsic value of convertible debt based on the conversion price and current market price) in shares. The Company accounts for its conversion spread using the treasury stock method. It is the Company’s intent to cash-settle the principal amount of the convertible debt; accordingly, the principal amount has been excluded from the determination of diluted earnings per share.

 

Reclassifications

 

Certain reclassifications have been made to prior period amounts to conform to current period presentation. Such reclassifications have no effect on net income as previously reported. Prior period financial information is adjusted to present results from continuing operation.

 

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Recent accounting pronouncements

 

In December 2007, the Financial Accounting Standards Board, or FASB, issued a new accounting pronouncement which establishes principles and requirements for how an acquirer recognizes and measures in its financial statements the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, any noncontrolling interest in the acquiree and the goodwill acquired. This also establishes disclosure requirements to enable the evaluation of the nature and financial effects of the business combination. In April 2009, the FASB issued additional guidance to require that assets acquired and liabilities assumed in a business combination that arise from contingencies be recognized at fair value if fair value can be reasonably estimated. If the fair value cannot be reasonably estimated, the asset or liability will be recognized in accordance with ASC 450, “Contingencies.” The new standard is effective for fiscal years that begin after December 15, 2008, and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company will account for business combinations under the new standard effective December 1, 2009.

 

In December 2007, the FASB issued accounting and reporting standards for ownership interests in subsidiaries held by parties other than the parent, the amount of consolidated net income attributable to the parent and to the noncontrolling interest, changes in a parent’s ownership interest and the valuation of retained noncontrolling equity investments when a subsidiary is deconsolidated. This standard also establishes disclosure requirements that clearly identify and distinguish between the interests of the parent and the interests of the noncontrolling owners. This standard is effective as of the beginning of an entity’s fiscal year that begins after December 15, 2008, and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. Effective December 1, 2009, minority interest will be reported under the stockholders’ equity.

 

In April 2008, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement which amends the factors that should be considered in developing renewal or extension assumptions used to determine the useful life of a recognized intangible asset under ASC 350, “Intangibles—Goodwill and Other.” The intent of the position is to improve the consistency between the useful life of a recognized intangible asset under this standard and the period of expected cash flows used to measure the fair value of the asset under ASC 805, “Business Combinations.” This new standard is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008 and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company does not expect the adoption of this new standard to have a material impact its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In May 2008, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement which requires an issuer of certain convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash (or other assets) on conversion to separately account for the liability (debt) and equity (conversion option) components of the instrument in a manner that reflects the issuer’s non-convertible debt borrowing rate. This is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008 on a retroactive basis and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The accounting pronouncement is applicable to our Convertible Senior Notes which were issued in May 2008. The impact of the adoption of the new pronouncement will be an increase in non-cash interest expense, net of tax, in a range of approximately $2,537 to $3,211 per annum.

 

In June 2008, the FASB ratified guidance for determining whether an equity-linked financial instrument, or embedded feature, is indexed to an entity’s own stock. This is effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2008, and interim periods within those fiscal years. The Company does not expect the ratification of this new standard to have a material impact on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In November 2008, the FASB clarified guidance that the initial carrying value of an equity method investment should be determined in accordance with ASC 805, “Business Combinations.” Other-than-temporary impairment of an equity method investment should be recognized in accordance with ASC 323,

 

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“Investments—Equity Method and Joint Ventures.” ASC 323, “Investments—Equity Method and Joint Ventures,” is effective on a prospective basis in fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008 and interim periods within those fiscal years, and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company does not expect the clarified guidance to have a material impact on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In November 2008, the FASB ratified the standard that applies to defensive assets that are acquired intangible assets which the acquirer does not intend to actively use, but intends to hold to prevent its competitors from obtaining access to the asset. This standard clarifies that defensive intangible assets are separately identifiable and should be accounted for as a separate unit of accounting in accordance with ASC 805, “Business Combinations” and ASC 820, “Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures .” This standard is effective for intangible assets acquired in fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008 and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. Intangible assets acquired in fiscal year 2010 and after will be accounted for in accordance with this standard. The Company does not expect the ratification of this standard to have a material impact on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In November 2008, the FASB ratified the standard that clarifies whether a financial instrument for which the payoff to the counterparty is based, in whole or in part, on the stock of an entity’s consolidated subsidiary is indexed to the reporting entity’s own stock. This standard is effective for fiscal years beginning on or after December 15, 2008 and interim periods within those fiscal years and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company does not have any financial instruments indexed to their stock as of November 30, 2009.

 

In June 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement that eliminates the concept of a qualifying special-purpose entity, creates more stringent conditions for reporting a transfer of a portion of a financial asset as a sale, clarifies other sale-accounting criteria, and changes the initial measurement of a transferor’s interest in transferred financial assets. This standard will be effective for transfers of financial assets in annual reporting periods beginning after November 15, 2009 and in interim periods within those first annual reporting periods with earlier adoption prohibited. This standard will be applicable to the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company does not expect the adoption of this new standard to have a material impact on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In June 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement to require an enterprise to perform an analysis to determine whether the enterprise’s variable interest or interests give it a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity. This analysis identifies the primary beneficiary of a variable interest entity as one with the power to direct the activities of a variable interest entity that most significantly impact the entity’s economic performance and the obligation to absorb losses of the entity that could potentially be significant to the variable interest. This new standard will be effective as of the beginning of the annual reporting period commencing after November 15, 2009 and will be adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2010. The Company does not expect the adoption of this new standard to have a material impact on its consolidated results of operations and financial condition.

 

In October 2009, the FASB issued an update to the existing multiple-element revenue arrangements guidance. This revised guidance primarily provides two significant changes: 1) eliminates the need for objective and reliable evidence of the fair value for the undelivered element in order for a delivered item to be treated as a separate unit of accounting, and 2) eliminates the residual method to allocate the arrangement consideration. This accounting update is effective for the first annual reporting period beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early

 

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adoption permitted provided that the revised guidance is retroactively applied to the beginning of the year of adoption. The Company is currently assessing the future impact of this new accounting update to its consolidated financial statements.

 

In October 2009, the FASB issued an accounting standard addressing how entities account for revenue arrangements that contain both hardware and software elements. Due to the significant difference in the level of evidence required for separation of multiple deliverables within different accounting standards, this particular accounting standard will modify the scope of accounting guidance for software revenue recognition. Many tangible products containing software and non-software components that function together to deliver the tangible products’ essential functionality will be accounted for under the revised multiple-element arrangement revenue recognition guidance disclosed above. This accounting standard is effective for the first annual reporting period beginning on or after June 15, 2010, with early adoption permitted provided that the revised guidance is retroactively applied to the beginning of the year of adoption. The Company is currently assessing the future impact of this new accounting update to its consolidated financial statements.

 

During the fiscal year 2009, the Company adopted the following accounting standards:

 

Effective December 1, 2007, the Company adopted new standards relating to the fair value disclosure of its financial assets and liabilities. Effective December 1, 2008 the Company adopted these new accounting standards as they applied to its non-financial assets and non-financial liabilities. The impact of the Company’s adoption is discussed in Note 11.

 

Effective December 1, 2008 the Company adopted new standards relating to accounting for transfers of financial assets and repurchase financing transactions. These new standards require that an initial transfer of a financial asset and a repurchase financing that was entered into contemporaneously with, or in contemplation of, the initial transfer be evaluated together as a linked transaction unless certain criteria are met. The Company adopted these standards in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009 and the adoption had no impact on its financial statements.

 

In March 2008, the FASB issued a new standard that requires enhanced disclosures for derivative instruments, including those used in hedging activities. It is effective for fiscal years and interim periods beginning after November 15, 2008, and was adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The impact of the adoption of this standard is discussed in Note 10.

 

In December 2008, the FASB issued standards that amend and enhance the disclosure requirements for public enterprises that have a variable interest in a variable interest entity. These standards are effective for the first reporting period ending after December 15, 2008 and were adopted by the Company in the first quarter of fiscal year 2009. The disclosures required by these standards are included in Note 2.

 

In May 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting pronouncement that establishes the standards for accounting for and disclosures of events that occur after the balance sheet date, but before the financial statements are issued or are available to be issued. The statement sets forth the circumstances under which an entity should recognize events or transactions occurring after the balance sheet date in the financial statements. The statement also identifies the disclosures that an entity should make about events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date. This new standard is effective for interim and annual periods ending after June 15, 2009 and was adopted by the Company in the third quarter of fiscal year 2009. This standard requires entities to disclose the date through which subsequent events were evaluated. The Company has evaluated subsequent events through the time of filing these financial statements with the SEC on February 5, 2010.

 

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In June 2009, the FASB launched “The FASB Accounting Standards Codification,” which supersedes all existing non-SEC accounting and reporting standards. This standard is effective in the first interim and annual periods ending after September 15, 2009 and was adopted by the Company in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2009. This pronouncement had no effect on the Company’s consolidated financial statements upon adoption, other than prior references to GAAP were replaced with references to the applicable codification paragraphs.

 

NOTE 3—STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

 

Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan

 

The Company’s 2003 Stock Incentive Plan was adopted by its Board of Directors and approved by its stockholders in 2003 and amended in 2008. The plan provides for the direct award or sale of shares of common stock, restricted stock and restricted stock units, the grant of options to purchase shares of common stock and the award of stock appreciation rights to employees and non-employee directors, advisors and consultants.

 

The 2003 Stock Incentive Plan is administered by the Company’s Compensation Committee. The Compensation Committee determines which eligible individuals are to receive awards under the plan, the number of shares subject to the awards, the vesting schedule applicable to the awards and other terms of the award, subject to the limits of the plan. The Compensation Committee may delegate its administrative authority, subject to certain limitations, with respect to individuals who are not officers.

 

The Board of Directors may amend or modify the 2003 Stock Incentive Plan at any time, subject to any required stockholder approval. The plan will terminate no later than September 1, 2013. The number of shares granted, issued, retainable or vested under an award may be subject to the attachment of individual, divisional or Company-wide performance goals.

 

The number of authorized shares under the 2003 Stock Incentive Plan will not exceed 14,112 shares of common stock. No participant in the 2003 Stock Incentive Plan may receive option grants or stock appreciation rights for more than 1,500 shares per calendar year, or more than 2,500 shares in the participant’s first calendar year of service. No participant may receive restricted shares or restricted stock units that relate to more than 1,500 shares per calendar year, or more than 2,500 shares in the participant’s first calendar year of service. During the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009, the Board of Directors granted 157 options at exercise prices ranging from $19.51 to $30.96. During the fiscal year ended November 30, 2008, the Board of Directors granted 264 options at exercise prices ranging from $19.41 to $21.52 per share. In the fiscal year ended November 30, 2007, the Board of Directors granted 183 options at exercise prices ranging from $20.40 to $21.24 per share.

 

Under the 2003 Stock Incentive Plan:

 

Qualified employees are eligible for the grant of incentive stock options to purchase shares of common stock.

 

Qualified employees and non-employee directors, advisors and consultants are eligible for the grant of nonstatutory stock options, stock appreciation rights, restricted stock grants and restricted stock units.

 

The outstanding stock options and restricted stock awards granted to qualified employees vest over a five-year period and the stock options have a contractual term of ten years.

 

Prior to January 4, 2007, qualified non-employee directors who first joined the Board of Directors after the plan was effective received an initial option grant of twenty-five thousand shares, and all non-employee directors

 

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were eligible for annual option grants of five thousand shares for each year they continued to serve. The exercise price of these option grants was equal to 100% of the fair market value of those shares on the date of the grant.

 

Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan, on and after January 4, 2007:

 

After January 4, 2007, qualified non-employee directors who first join the Board of Directors after the plan is effective receive an initial option grant of ten thousand shares and two thousand shares of restricted stock. All non-employee directors are eligible for annual grants of two thousand shares of restricted stock for each year they continue to serve. The exercise price of these option grants is equal to 100% of the fair market value of those shares on the date of the grant. In addition, one third of the restricted stock grants vest on each anniversary date of the grant over a period of three years. One third of the stock options shall vest on the first anniversary date of the grant and the remaining shall vest monthly over a two year period starting one month after the first anniversary of the date of grant. The annual grants of restricted stock vest in full upon the director’s retirement with the consent of the Board of Directors

 

Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan, after November 21, 2008:

 

After November 21, 2008, the vesting schedule for qualified non-employee directors’ annual grants of two thousand shares of restricted stock was amended for newly issued grants. One quarter of the restricted shares shall vest on the last day of each quarter there after following the date of the grant over a period of one year.

 

The Compensation Committee determines the exercise price of options or the purchase price of restricted stock grants, but the option price for incentive stock options will not be less than 100% of the fair market value of the stock on the date of grant and the option price for nonstatutory stock options will not be less than 85% of the fair market value of the stock on the date of grant.

 

The following table summarizes the stock options outstanding and exercisable under the Company’s option plans as of November 30, 2009 and 2008:

 

     Number of Options at
November 30, 2009
   Number of Options at
November 30, 2008
     Outstanding    Exercisable    Outstanding    Exercisable

Amended and Restated 2003 Stock Incentive Plan

   3,729    3,208    5,044    4,290
                   

 

2003 Employee Stock Purchase Plan

 

The Company’s 2003 Employee Stock Purchase Plan (“ESPP”) permits eligible employees to purchase common stock through payroll deductions. The maximum number of shares a participant may purchase during a single accumulation period is one thousand two hundred fifty. The plan was approved by the Company’s stockholders and approved by its Board of Directors in 2003. A total of 750 shares of common stock have been reserved for issuance under the ESPP.

 

The weighted-average per share ESPP enrollment date fair value of stock options during the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009 and 2008 was $1.80 and $2.05, respectively.

 

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In March 2005, the Company’s Board of Directors approved the following amendments to the ESPP to be effective for the accumulation period beginning April 1, 2005:

 

   

Reduction of participant purchase price discount of Company stock from 15% to 5%;

 

   

Reduction of two year offering periods and six month accumulation periods to three month offering and accumulation periods;

 

   

Maximum purchase limit of $10 of stock per calendar year per participant; and

 

   

Associate vice president level employees and above are not eligible to participate.

 

NOTE 4—SHARE-BASED COMPENSATION:

 

The Company recognizes share-based compensation expense under the provisions of ASC 718, “Compensation—Stock Compensation,” which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all share-based payment awards made to employees and directors, including employee stock options and employee stock purchases, based on estimated fair values. The effects of recording share-based compensation for the fiscal years ended November 30, 2009, 2008 and 2007 were as follows:

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,  
     November 30, 2009     November 30, 2008     November 30, 2007  

Share-based compensation expense by type of award:

      

Employee stock options

   $ 2,730      $ 2,833      $ 2,409   

Restricted stock

     4,735        3,723        2,811   

Employee stock purchase plan

     100        81        62   
                        

Total share-based compensation

     7,565        6,637        5,282   

Tax effect on share-based compensation

     (2,763     (2,309     (1,882
                        

Net effect on net income

   $ 4,802      $ 4,328      $ 3,400   
                        

 

During the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009, the Company granted approximately 157 stock options, with an estimated total grant-date fair value of $1,771. Of this amount, the Company estimated that the share-based compensation for the awards not expected to vest was $37 for the fiscal year ended November 30, 2009. As of November 30, 2009, the unamortized stock based compensation balance related to stock options was $6,665 and will be recognized over an estimated weighted-average amortization period of 3.34 years.

 

Valuation Assumptions

 

ASC 718, “Compensation—Stock Compensation,” requires companies to estimate the fair value of share-based payment awards on the date of grant using an option-pricing model. The value of the portion of the award that is ultimately expected to vest is recognized as expense over the requisite service period in the Company’s financial statements. Share-based compensation expense recognized during the period is based on the value of the portion of share-based payment awards that is ultimately expected to vest during the period.

 

The Company estimates the fair value of stock options using the Black-Scholes valuation model, consistent with the provisions of ASC 718, “Compensation—Stock Compensation.” The Black-Scholes option-pricing model was developed for use in estimating the fair value of short-lived exchange traded options that have no vesting restrictions and are fully transferable. In addition, option-pricing models require the input of highly

 

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subjective assumptions, including the option’s expected life and the price volatility of the underlying stock. The expected stock price volatility assumption was determined using historical volatility of the Company’s common stock. The fair value of each option grant is estimated on the date of grant using the Black-Scholes option valuation model and the straight-line attribution approach with the following weighted-average assumptions:

 

     Fiscal Years Ended November 30,  
         2009             2008             2007      

Stock option plan:

      

Expected life (years)

   5.7      5.8      5.8   

Risk free interest rate

   2.6   2.2   3.9

Expected volatility

   43.6   39.7   35.6

Dividend yield

   0   0   0

Stock purchase plan:

      

Expected life (years)

   0.3      0.3      0.3   

Risk free interest rate

   0.1   0.9   3.5

Expected volatility

   65.1   50.0   35.5

Dividend yield

   0   0   0

 

A summary of the activity under the Company’s stock option plans is set forth below:

 

     Shares Available
For Grant