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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

 

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

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2010

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 001-12929

 

 

CommScope, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

Delaware   36-4135495

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

1100 CommScope Place, SE

Hickory, North Carolina

(Address of principal executive offices)

28602

(Zip Code)

(828) 324-2200

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

 

 

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

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

 

Large accelerated filer     x    Accelerated filer   ¨
Non-accelerated filer     ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    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

As of April 23, 2010 there were 94,452,729 shares of Common Stock outstanding.

 

 

 


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Form 10-Q

March 31, 2010

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CommScope, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(Unaudited — In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Net sales

   $ 721,606      $ 742,251   
                

Operating costs and expenses:

    

Cost of sales

     516,765        573,526   

Selling, general and administrative

     112,585        101,205   

Research and development

     29,808        28,962   

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

     20,764        20,824   

Restructuring costs

     47,852        8,703   
                

Total operating costs and expenses

     727,774        733,220   
                

Operating (loss) income

     (6,168     9,031   

Other income (expense), net

     1,252        (10,030

Interest expense

     (24,530     (30,627

Interest income

     1,477        1,479   
                

Loss before income taxes

     (27,969     (30,147

Income tax benefit

     5,853        9,625   
                

Net loss

   $ (22,116   $ (20,522
                

Loss per share:

    

Basic

   $ (0.23   $ (0.29

Diluted

   $ (0.23   $ (0.29

Weighted average shares outstanding:

    

Basic

     94,295        71,800   

Diluted

     94,295        71,800   

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited — In thousands, except share amounts)

 

     March  31,
2010
    December 31,
2009
 
    

Assets

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 561,604      $ 662,440   

Short-term investments

     60,294        40,465   
                

Total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

     621,898        702,905   

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $17,239 and $16,572, respectively

     608,686        598,959   

Inventories, net

     340,910        314,047   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     53,830        61,435   

Deferred income taxes

     80,830        67,610   
                

Total current assets

     1,706,154        1,744,956   

Property, plant and equipment, net

     381,668        412,388   

Goodwill

     995,023        995,037   

Other intangibles, net

     696,996        721,390   

Other noncurrent assets

     68,249        67,545   
                

Total Assets

   $ 3,848,090      $ 3,941,316   
                

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

    

Accounts payable

   $ 236,219      $ 200,869   

Other accrued liabilities

     287,932        247,447   

Current portion of long-term debt

     11,874        140,810   
                

Total current liabilities

     536,025        589,126   

Long-term debt

     1,396,036        1,403,668   

Deferred income taxes

     123,081        143,132   

Pension and other postretirement benefit liabilities

     152,086        134,770   

Other noncurrent liabilities

     119,619        121,637   
                

Total Liabilities

     2,326,847        2,392,333   

Commitments and contingencies

    

Stockholders’ Equity:

    

Preferred stock, $.01 par value; Authorized shares: 20,000,000; Issued and outstanding shares: None at March 31, 2010 or December 31, 2009

     —          —     

Common stock, $.01 par value; Authorized shares: 300,000,000; Issued and outstanding shares: 94,393,464 at March 31, 2010 and 94,217,797 at December 31, 2009

     1,047        1,046   

Additional paid-in capital

     1,370,371        1,361,156   

Retained earnings

     372,768        394,884   

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

     (73,214     (58,434

Treasury stock, at cost: 10,350,516 shares at March 31, 2010 and 10,348,195 shares at December 31, 2009

     (149,729     (149,669
                

Total Stockholders’ Equity

     1,521,243        1,548,983   
                

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

   $ 3,848,090      $ 3,941,316   
                

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited — In thousands)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Operating Activities:

    

Net loss

   $ (22,116   $ (20,522

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:

    

Depreciation and amortization

     48,205        50,003   

Equity-based compensation

     8,917        3,547   

Deferred income taxes

     (27,840     (19,944

Non-cash restructuring charges

     15,274        —     

Loss on conversion of debt securities

     —          8,649   

Changes in assets and liabilities:

    

Accounts receivable

     (14,835     54,130   

Inventories

     (28,607     73,583   

Prepaid expenses and other assets

     5,482        (5,766

Accounts payable and other liabilities

     80,606        (59,904

Other

     (1,745     1,588   
                

Net cash provided by operating activities

     63,341        85,364   

Investing Activities:

    

Additions to property, plant and equipment

     (8,752     (13,825

Proceeds from disposal of property, plant and equipment

     6,619        371   

Net purchases of short-term investments

     (19,829     —     

Cash paid for acquisitions

     —          (84
                

Net cash used in investing activities

     (21,962     (13,538

Financing Activities:

    

Principal payments on long-term debt

     (136,158     (356,736

Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt

     —          100,000   

Net borrowings under revolving credit facility

     —          75,000   

Long-term debt financing costs

     —          (2,160

Proceeds from the issuance of common shares under equity-based compensation plans

     282        17   

Excess tax benefits from equity-based compensation

     50        —     

Common shares repurchased under equity-based compensation plans

     (60     —     
                

Net cash used in financing activities

     (135,886     (183,879

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

     (6,329     (9,305
                

Change in cash and cash equivalents

     (100,836     (121,358

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

     662,440        412,111   
                

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

   $ 561,604      $ 290,753   
                

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

and Comprehensive Income (Loss)

(Unaudited — In thousands, except share amounts)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Number of common shares outstanding:

    

Balance at beginning of period

     94,217,797        70,798,864   

Issuance of shares under equity-based compensation plans

     26,301        92,634   

Shares repurchased under equity-based compensation plans

     (2,321     —     

Issuance of shares to employee benefit plan

     151,687        —     

Issuance of shares for conversion of convertible debentures

     —          1,714,092   
                

Balance at end of period

     94,393,464        72,605,590   
                

Common stock:

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 1,046      $ 811   

Issuance of shares to employee benefit plan

     1        —     

Issuance of shares for conversion of convertible debentures

     —          17   
                

Balance at end of period

   $ 1,047      $ 828   
                

Additional paid-in capital:

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 1,361,156      $ 969,976   

Equity-based compensation

     5,012        4,226   

Issuance of shares to employee benefit plan

     4,186        —     

Tax benefit from shares issued under equity-based compensation plans

     17        —     

Issuance of shares for conversion of convertible debentures

     —          32,607   
                

Balance at end of period

   $ 1,370,371      $ 1,006,809   
                

Retained earnings:

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 394,884      $ 317,085   

Net loss

     (22,116     (20,522
                

Balance at end of period

   $ 372,768      $ 296,563   
                

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss):

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ (58,434   $ (132,411

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

     (14,780     (18,838
                

Balance at end of period

   $ (73,214   $ (151,249
                

Treasury stock, at cost:

    

Balance at beginning of period

   $ (149,669   $ (147,103

Net shares (repurchased) issued under equity-based compensation plans

     (60     416   
                

Balance at end of period

   $ (149,729   $ (146,687
                

Total stockholders’ equity

   $ 1,521,243      $ 1,006,264   
                
     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Comprehensive income (loss):

    

Net loss

   $ (22,116   $ (20,522

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

    

Foreign currency loss

     (9,982     (22,061

Gain on derivative financial instruments

     2,708        3,672   

Amortization of unrecognized pension and other postretirement benefit amounts

     (385     113   

Pension and other postretirement benefit activity

     (7,121     —     

Loss on available-for-sale investments

     —          (562
                

Total other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax

     (14,780     (18,838
                

Total comprehensive income (loss)

   $ (36,896   $ (39,360
                

See notes to unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

1. BACKGROUND AND BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Background

CommScope, Inc., along with its direct and indirect subsidiaries (CommScope or the Company), is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew Solutions™ brand, the Company is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® brands, CommScope is also a world leader in network infrastructure solutions, including cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network design services for business enterprise applications. CommScope is also the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for digital subscriber line (DSL), fiber-to-the-node and wireless applications.

Basis of Presentation

The condensed consolidated balance sheet as of March 31, 2010 and the condensed consolidated statements of operations, cash flows, stockholders’ equity and comprehensive income (loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 are unaudited and reflect all adjustments of a normal recurring nature that are, in the opinion of management, necessary for a fair presentation of the interim period financial statements. The results of operations for the interim period are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations to be expected for the full year.

The unaudited interim condensed consolidated financial statements of CommScope have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Accordingly, certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America have been condensed or omitted. The significant accounting policies followed by the Company are set forth in Note 2 to the consolidated financial statements within the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 (the 2009 Form 10-K). There were no changes in the Company’s significant accounting policies during the three months ended March 31, 2010, other than changing the annual impairment test date for goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets (discussed below) and the adoption of new accounting guidance regarding the consolidation of variable interest entities (Accounting Standards Update 2009-17). The implementation of these changes did not have an impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements. In addition, the Company reaffirms the use of estimates in the preparation of the financial statements as set forth in the 2009 Form 10-K. These interim condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the Company’s audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in the 2009 Form 10-K.

Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.

Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

Since the Company adopted the specific provisions of ASC 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other (formerly SFAS No. 142, Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets), effective January 1, 2002, the annual goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset impairment tests of the January 1, 2002 goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset balances has been performed as of August 31 of each year, while the goodwill related to the Andrew acquisition has been tested as of October 1. As a result of the significance of the Andrew acquisition on December 27, 2007, and the impact of the acquisition to the recorded goodwill balance, management reassessed and, as of March 31, 2010, changed its annual impairment testing date from August 31 to October 1 for the entire goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible asset balances. The Company’s management believes this change in testing date is preferable to allow additional time to plan and execute its review of the completeness and accuracy of the impairment testing process given the significant increase in goodwill as a result of the Andrew acquisition. The Company does not believe that this change in annual impairment testing dates will accelerate or delay an impairment charge or otherwise avoid an impairment charge. The Company will apply the new annual impairment testing date prospectively following the August 31 annual impairment test.

In addition to the annual impairment test, goodwill and other intangible assets with indefinite lives are tested on an interim basis if events have occurred or circumstances exist that indicate the carrying value of these intangible assets may no longer be recoverable.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

Concentrations of Risk

Net sales to Anixter International Inc. and its affiliates (Anixter) accounted for approximately 18% of the Company’s total net sales during the three months ended March 31, 2010. Sales to Anixter primarily originate within the Enterprise segment. Other than Anixter, no customer accounted for 10% or more of the Company’s total net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2010. No customer accounted for 10% or more of the Company’s total net sales for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

Accounts receivable from Anixter and Alcatel-Lucent represented approximately 15% and 11%, respectively, of net accounts receivable as of March 31, 2010. Other than Anixter and Alcatel-Lucent, no other customer accounted for 10% or more of the Company’s net accounts receivable as of March 31, 2010.

Product Warranties

The Company recognizes a liability for the estimated claims that may be paid under its customer warranty agreements to remedy potential deficiencies of quality or performance of the Company’s products. These product warranties extend over periods ranging from one to twenty-five years from the date of sale, depending upon the product subject to the warranty. The Company records a provision for estimated future warranty claims as cost of sales based upon the historical relationship of warranty claims to sales and specifically-identified warranty issues. The Company bases its estimates on assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances and revises its estimates, as appropriate, when events or changes in circumstances indicate that revisions may be necessary.

The following table summarizes the activity in the product warranty accrual, included in other accrued liabilities, for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009.

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Product warranty accrual, beginning of period

   $ 27,625      $ 32,866   

Provision for warranty claims

     3,592        4,955   

Warranty claims paid

     (2,585     (7,400
                

Product warranty accrual, end of period

   $ 28,632      $ 30,421   
                

Commitments and Contingencies

As a result of a 2007 jury verdict in favor of TruePosition, Inc. and subsequent post-trial proceedings, Andrew LLC (a wholly owned subsidiary of CommScope) is subject to a civil judgment in the amount of $48.8 million (including accrued interest) for patent infringement. The Company has recorded a liability for this amount as of March 31, 2010. The trial court also granted a permanent injunction against further infringing sales. CommScope disagrees with these determinations and continues to believe that the products at issue do not infringe TruePosition’s patent. CommScope’s appeal is currently pending before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Subject to the outcome of this and possible additional legal actions that may be taken by the Company and/or TruePosition, the ultimate resolution of this litigation may be materially different than the Company’s current estimate, which does not include legal fees the Company may incur in further appeals or other proceedings.

In March 2010, an arbitrator issued an interim decision regarding claims made by the Company against EMS Technologies, Inc. (EMS) related to warranty claims arising from a business Andrew had acquired from EMS. That decision awarded $11.4 million to the Company, subject to various positive and negative adjustments that may be made by the arbitrator. The Company estimates that the final award will be between $8.0 million and $14.8 million. Pending final resolution, the Company has not recognized any portion of the arbitrator’s award.

In addition to the TruePosition litigation described above, CommScope is either a plaintiff or a defendant in pending legal matters in the normal course of business; however, management believes none of these legal matters, other than the TruePosition litigation, will have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial statements upon final disposition. In addition, CommScope is subject to various federal, state, local and foreign laws and regulations governing the use, discharge, disposal and remediation of hazardous materials. Compliance with current laws and regulations has not had, and is not expected to have, a materially adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had commitments of $41.6 million to purchase metals that are expected to be consumed in normal production during 2010. In the aggregate, these commitments are at prices slightly below market prices as of March 31, 2010.

Earnings (Loss) Per Share

Basic and diluted loss per share is computed by dividing the net loss by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the applicable period. Below is a summary of the amounts used in the basic and diluted loss per share computations for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009:

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Net loss for basic

   $ (22,116   $ (20,522 )

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

     94,295        71,800   

Basic and diluted loss per share

   $ (0.23   $ (0.29 )

The calculation of diluted loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2010 excludes the dilutive effect of stock options (0.6 million shares), restricted stock units and performance share units (0.8 million shares), and convertible debt (10.5 million shares) because they would have decreased the loss per share. The calculation of diluted loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2009 excludes the dilutive effect of stock options (0.1 million shares), restricted stock units and performance share units (0.4 million shares), and convertible debt (8.9 million shares) because they would have decreased the loss per share. Out-of-the-money options to purchase 1.4 million and 2.5 million shares were excluded from the computation of diluted loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively, because they would have been antidilutive.

Income taxes

The income tax benefit for the three months ended March 31, 2010 is net of a $2.3 million charge related to changes to the tax deductibility of prescription drug benefits to certain retirees (Medicare Part D) made as part of the health care reform legislation enacted in March 2010. The effective income tax rate of 20.9% for the three months ended March 31, 2010 also reflects the tax impact of earnings and losses in certain jurisdictions with no tax benefit recognized related to losses in certain other jurisdictions. The Company’s effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was 31.9%, which reflected the benefits derived from significant operations outside the U.S. that are generally taxed at rates lower than the U.S. statutory rate of 35%.

Accounting Standards Not Yet Adopted

In September 2009, the FASB ratified the final consensuses reached by the Emerging Issues Task Force regarding revenue arrangements with multiple deliverables and software revenue recognition. The consensus reached on arrangements with multiple deliverables addresses how consideration should be allocated to different units of accounting and removes the previous criterion that entities must use objective and reliable evidence of fair value in separately accounting for deliverables. The consensus reached on software revenue recognition excludes products containing both software and non-software components that function together to deliver the product’s essential functionality from the scope of current revenue recognition guidance for software products. Although these consensuses are effective for the Company as of January 1, 2011, early adoption is permitted with expanded disclosures and application of the adjustments to the beginning of the fiscal year of adoption. The Company is currently assessing the timing of adoption. The Company expects to adopt these consensuses on a prospective basis which would impact the timing of revenue recognition for all agreements entered into or materially modified after January 1 of the year of adoption.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

2. SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL STATEMENT INFORMATION

Short-term Investments

As of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, the Company’s short-term investments were held-to-maturity securities that mature within one year. See Note 5 for discussion of the fair value of these securities.

As of March 31, 2010, the Company’s short-term investments were composed of the following:

 

     Amortized
Cost
   Gross
Unrealized
Gains
   Gross
Unrealized
Losses
    Fair
Value

Federal agency notes

   $ 30,006    $ —      $ (11   $ 29,995

Corporate debt obligations

     30,288      —        (12     30,276
                            
   $ 60,294    $ —      $ (23   $ 60,271
                            

As of December 31, 2009, the Company’s short-term investments were composed of the following:

 

     Amortized
Cost
   Gross
Unrealized
Gains
   Gross
Unrealized
Losses
    Fair
Value

Federal agency notes

   $ 30,008    $ —      $ (55   $ 29,953

Corporate debt obligations

     10,457      —        (10     10,447
                            
   $ 40,465    $ —      $ (65   $ 40,400
                            

Inventories

 

     March  31,
2010
   December 31,
2009
     

Raw materials

   $ 92,451    $ 85,443

Work in process

     94,480      84,488

Finished goods

     153,979      144,116
             
   $ 340,910    $ 314,047
             

Other Current Accrued Liabilities

 

     March 31,
2010
   December 31,
2009

Compensation and employee benefit liabilities

   $ 62,470    $ 48,734

Litigation reserve

     48,752      48,558

Deferred revenue

     46,512      36,538

Warranty reserve

     28,632      27,625

Restructuring reserve

     35,443      6,140

Other

     66,123      79,852
             
   $ 287,932    $ 247,447
             

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

Cash Flow Information

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
     2010    2009

Cash paid during the period for:

     

Income taxes, net of refunds

   $ 14,305    $ 12,355

Interest

     24,296      26,130

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

     

Conversion of senior subordinated debentures to common stock

   $ —      $ 24,029

Issuance of shares in lieu of cash for executive bonuses

     —        1,078

3. FINANCING

 

     March 31,
2010
    December 31,
2009
 

Seven-year senior secured term loan due December 2014

   $ 752,968      $ 838,295   

Six-year senior secured term loan due December 2013

     357,536        406,815   

3.25% senior subordinated convertible notes due July 2015

     287,500        287,500   

Other

     9,906        11,868   
                
     1,407,910        1,544,478   

Less: Current portion

     (11,874     (140,810
                
   $ 1,396,036      $ 1,403,668   
                

Senior Secured Credit Facilities

In March 2010, the Company made the annual excess cash flow payment for 2009 as required under its senior secured credit facilities (see Note 7 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the 2009 Form 10-K), reducing the seven-year senior secured term loan by $80.5 million and the six-year senior secured term loan by $47.1 million. In connection with the excess cash flow payment, the Company wrote off $1.5 million in deferred financing fees, which are included in interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2010. No portion of the senior secured term loans was reflected as a current portion of long-term debt as of March 31, 2010 related to the excess cash flow payment that will be due in the first quarter of 2011. The amount that may be payable as an excess cash flow payment in 2011 cannot currently be reliably estimated.

During the three months ended March 31, 2010, the Company also made mandatory payments of $6.5 million on its senior secured term loans reflecting the net proceeds from the sale of assets, in addition to a scheduled maturity of $0.5 million.

As of March 31, 2010, the Company had remaining availability of approximately $365.5 million under the senior secured revolving credit facility.

As of March 31, 2010, the minimum interest coverage ratio and the maximum consolidated leverage ratio permitted under the senior secured credit facilities were both 3.75 to 1.0. The Company’s estimated interest coverage ratio and consolidated leverage ratio as of March 31, 2010 were 5.29 to 1.0 and 2.78 to 1.0, respectively. Management believes the Company was in compliance with all of its covenants under the senior secured credit facilities as of March 31, 2010.

Other Matters

The weighted average effective interest rate on outstanding borrowings under the above debt instruments, including the effect of the interest rate swap (see Note 4) and amortization of deferred financing fees, was 6.14% and 5.83% at March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, respectively.

See Note 7 in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements in the 2009 Form 10-K for additional information on the terms and conditions of the senior secured credit facilities and the 3.25% senior subordinated convertible notes.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

4. DERIVATIVES AND HEDGING ACTIVITIES

The Company is exposed to a variety of risks related to its ongoing business operations. The primary risks that are addressed by using derivative instruments are interest rate risk and foreign currency exchange rate risk. The Company holds an interest rate swap to manage the variability of forecasted interest payments attributable to changes in interest rates on a portion of the term loans issued under the senior secured credit facilities. The interest rate swap agreement was designated as a cash flow hedge at inception and such designation was substantially effective at March 31, 2010 and is expected to continue to be effective for the duration of the swap agreement, resulting in no material hedge ineffectiveness.

Prior to the agreement’s expiration in December 2009, the Company used a cross currency swap, which was designated as a fair value hedge, to hedge against fluctuations in the fair value of certain of the Company’s euro-denominated assets.

The Company also uses derivative instruments such as forward contracts to reduce the risk of certain foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. These instruments are not held for speculative or trading purposes. These contracts are not designated as hedges for hedge accounting and are marked to market each period through earnings. The balance sheet location and fair value of each of the Company’s derivatives are as follows:

 

          Fair Value of Asset (Liability)  
     Balance Sheet Location    March 31, 2010     December 31, 2009  

Derivative designated as hedging instrument:

       

Interest rate swap

   Other noncurrent liabilities    $ (38,723   $ (42,909
                   

Derivatives not designated as hedging instruments:

       

Foreign currency contracts

   Prepaid expenses and
other current assets
     224        133   

Foreign currency contracts

   Other accrued liabilities      (23     (248
                   

Total derivatives not designated as hedging instruments

        201        (115
                   

Total derivatives

      $ (38,522   $ (43,024
                   

The pretax impact of the interest rate swap on the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 is as follows:

 

Interest Rate Swap Designated as Cash Flow Hedge

   Gain (Loss)
Recognized

in OCI
(Effective
Portion)
    Location of Gain
(Loss) Recognized
in Net Loss
(Effective and
Ineffective  Portions)
   Gain (Loss)
Reclassified from
Accumulated OCI to
Net Loss
(Effective Portion)
    Gain (Loss)
Recognized in
Net Loss
(Ineffective
Portion)
 

Three months ended March 31, 2010

   $ (5,347   Interest expense    $ (9,645   $ (112

Three months ended March 31, 2009

     (2,845   Interest expense      (8,673     157   

Any gain (loss) on the cross currency swap was offset by the (loss) gain on the euro-denominated assets hedged by the swap. The following table summarizes the pretax impact of the cross currency swap on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2009.

 

Cross Currency Swap Designated as Fair Value Hedge

  

Location of Gain (Loss)

   Gain (Loss)
Recognized in
Net Loss

Three months ended March 31, 2009

   Other income (expense), net    $445

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

The pretax impact of the foreign currency forward contracts not designated as hedging instruments on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 is as follows:

 

Foreign Currency Forward Contracts Not Designated as Hedging Instruments

  

Location of Gain (Loss)

   Gain (Loss)
Recognized in
Net Loss
 

Three months ended March 31, 2010

   Other income (expense), net    $ (79

Three months ended March 31, 2009

   Other income (expense), net      (3,553

Activity in the accumulated net loss on derivative instruments included in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) consisted of the following:

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Accumulated net loss on derivative instruments, beginning of period

   $ (32,699   $ (50,137

Gain on interest rate swap designated as a cash flow hedge, net of taxes

     2,708        3,672   
                

Accumulated net loss on derivative instruments, end of period

   $ (29,991   $ (46,465
                

During the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, the income tax expense related to the gain on the derivative financial instruments reported within other comprehensive loss was $(1,590) and $(2,156), respectively.

5. FAIR VALUE MEASUREMENTS

Fair value measurements using quoted prices in active markets for identical assets and liabilities fall within Level 1 of the fair value hierarchy, measurements using significant other observable inputs fall within Level 2, and measurements using significant unobservable inputs fall within Level 3.

The Company’s financial instruments consist primarily of cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, trade receivables, trade payables, debt instruments and an interest rate swap (see Note 4). For cash and cash equivalents, trade receivables and trade payables, the carrying amounts of these financial instruments as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 were considered representative of their fair values due to their short terms to maturity. The fair values of the Company’s short-term investments and 3.25% senior subordinated convertible notes (see Note 3) were based on quoted market prices. The fair values of the Company’s senior secured term loans were based on indicative quotes. The fair value of the Company’s interest rate swap agreement was based on the net present value of the difference between the expected future fixed rate interest payments and variable rate interest payments.

The carrying amounts, estimated fair values and valuation input levels of the Company’s short-term investments, senior secured term loans, convertible debt and interest rate swap as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009, are as follows:

 

     March 31, 2010    December 31, 2009     
     Carrying Amount    Fair Value    Carrying Amount    Fair Value    Valuation Inputs

Assets:

              

Short-term investments

   $ 60,294    $ 60,271    $ 40,465    $ 40,400    Level 1

Liabilities:

              

Seven-year senior secured term loan

     752,968      749,203      838,295      820,481    Level 2

Six-year senior secured term loan

     357,536      350,832      406,815      394,611    Level 2

3.25% senior subordinated convertible notes

     287,500      349,485      287,500      342,125    Level 1

Interest rate swap

     38,723      38,723      42,909      42,909    Level 2

As a result of restructuring actions announced in the three months ended March 31, 2010, the Company determined that the carrying value of certain property in Omaha, Nebraska was no longer recoverable. The carrying value of this property was reduced to its estimated fair value of $13.7 million, which was based upon a market approach that considered the selling prices of comparable properties (Level 3 valuation inputs).

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

The fair value estimates presented above are based on pertinent information available to management as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009. Although management is not aware of any factors that would significantly affect these fair value estimates, such amounts have not been comprehensively revalued for purposes of these financial statements since those dates, and current estimates of fair value may differ significantly from the amounts presented.

6. SEGMENTS

The Company’s four reportable segments, which align with the manner in which the business is managed, are as follows: Antenna, Cable and Cabinets Group (ACCG); Enterprise; Broadband; and Wireless Network Solutions (WNS).

The ACCG segment includes product offerings of primarily passive transmission devices for the wireless infrastructure market including base station antennas, coaxial cable and connectors and microwave antennas as well as secure environmental enclosures for electronic devices and equipment used by wireline and wireless providers.

The Enterprise segment consists mainly of structured cabling systems for business enterprise applications and connectivity solutions for wired and wireless networks within organizations. The segment also includes coaxial cable for various video and data applications that are not related to cable television.

The Broadband segment consists mainly of coaxial cable, fiber optic cable and conduit for cable television system operators. These products support multi-channel video, voice and high-speed data services for residential and commercial customers using hybrid fiber coaxial architecture.

The WNS segment consists of base station subsystems and core network products, such as power amplifiers, filters, location-based systems, network optimization analysis systems and products and solutions that extend and enhance the coverage of wireless networks, such as radio frequency (RF) repeaters and distributed antenna systems. Base station subsystems and RF products cover all of the major wireless standards and frequency bands and are sold individually or as part of integrated systems.

The following tables provide summary financial information by segment as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 and for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 (in millions):

 

     March 31,
2010
   December 31,
2009

Identifiable segment-related assets:

     

ACCG

   $ 1,835.1    $ 1,906.0

Enterprise

     345.8      312.9

Broadband

     344.4      334.2

WNS

     620.1      617.7
             

Total identifiable segment-related assets

     3,145.4      3,170.8

Reconciliation to total assets:

     

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

     621.9      702.9

Deferred income tax asset

     80.8      67.6
             

Total assets

   $ 3,848.1    $ 3,941.3
             

The following table presents goodwill by reportable segment as of March 31, 2010 and December 31, 2009 (in millions):

 

     March 31,
2010
   December 31,
2009

Goodwill:

     

ACCG

   $ 706.7    $ 706.7

Enterprise

     20.9      20.9

Broadband

     133.6      133.6

WNS

     133.8      133.8
             

Total goodwill

   $ 995.0    $ 995.0
             

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

The following table provides net sales and operating income (loss) by segment for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 (in millions):

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Net sales:

    

ACCG

   $ 258.6      $ 325.9   

Enterprise

     197.9        144.0   

Broadband

     111.0        114.2   

WNS

     155.8        159.0   

Inter-segment eliminations

     (1.7     (0.8
                

Consolidated net sales

   $ 721.6      $ 742.3   
                

Operating income (loss):

    

ACCG

   $ (40.3 )   $ (13.4

Enterprise

     18.1        7.4   

Broadband

     13.3        8.6   

WNS

     2.7        6.4   
                

Consolidated operating income (loss)

   $ (6.2   $ 9.0   
                

7. RESTRUCTURING COSTS

In early 2010, the Company initiated new restructuring actions (the 2010 Restructuring Initiatives). The objectives of the 2010 Restructuring Initiatives are to realign and lower the Company’s cost structure and improve capacity utilization. To achieve these objectives, the Company announced the closure of manufacturing facilities in Omaha, Nebraska and Newton, North Carolina, among other actions. Much of the production capacity from these facilities will be shifted to other existing facilities or contract manufacturers. These actions primarily affect the ACCG and Enterprise segments. During 2009 and 2008, the Company implemented restructuring actions to complete acquisition-related integration efforts and to lower the combined manufacturing, selling and administrative cost structure of the Company (the 2008 Integration Initiatives). During the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, the Company’s pretax restructuring charges, by segment, related to both initiatives were as follows:

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
     2010     2009

ACCG

   $ 31,510      $ 1,560

Enterprise

     15,744        1,223

Broadband

     (32 )     3,777

WNS

     630        2,143
              

Total

   $ 47,852      $ 8,703
              

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

2010 Restructuring Initiatives

During the three months ended March 31, 2010, the Company incurred $48.0 million in employee-related costs and asset impairments related to the 2010 Restructuring Initiatives. The activity within the liability established for these restructuring actions, which is included in other accrued liabilities, was as follows:

 

     Employee-
Related
Costs
    Asset
Impairments
    Total  

Balance as of December 31, 2009

   $ —        $ —        $ —     

Charge recorded

     39,078        8,935        48,013   

Cash paid

     (1,672     —          (1,672

Other non-cash items

     (6,347     (8,935     (15,282
                        

Balance as of March 31, 2010

   $ 31,059      $ —        $ 31,059   
                        

Employee-related costs include the expected severance costs and related benefits as well as one-time severance benefits that are accrued over the remaining period employees are required to work in order to receive such benefits. The costs recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2010 include a $6.3 million estimated net curtailment loss related to pension and other postretirement benefits.

Asset impairment charges recognized during the three months ended March 31, 2010 primarily relate to the planned plant closure in Omaha. The carrying value of the Omaha facility has been written down to its estimated fair value and depreciation will continue to be recognized. As a result of restructuring and consolidation actions, there is unutilized real estate at various facilities in the U.S. and internationally, which is recorded in property, plant and equipment on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets at the lower of cost or estimated fair value. The Company is attempting to sell or lease this unutilized space. Additional impairment charges may be incurred related to these or other excess assets.

The Company expects to incur equipment relocation costs during 2010 related to the costs to uninstall, pack, ship and reinstall manufacturing equipment as well as the costs to prepare the receiving facility to accommodate the equipment. These costs are expensed as incurred.

Additional pretax costs related to actions announced to date under the 2010 Restructuring Initiatives of $8 million to $13 million are expected to be recognized by the end of 2011. Cash payments of $8 million to $10 million are expected during the remainder of 2010 with an additional $34 million to $37 million expected to be paid in 2011 and beyond. Additional restructuring actions may be identified and resulting charges and cash requirements could be material.

2008 Integration Initiatives

The activity within the liability established for the 2008 Integration Initiatives, which is included in other accrued liabilities, was as follows:

 

     Employee-
Related
Costs
    Lease
Termination
Costs
    Asset
Impairments
    Total  

Balance as of December 31, 2009

   $ 1,343      $ 4,797      $ —        $ 6,140   

Additional charge (recovery) recorded

     (7     21        (175     (161

Cash (paid) recovered

     (700     (940     175        (1,465

Foreign exchange and other non-cash items

     (17     (113     —          (130
                                

Balance as of March 31, 2010

   $ 619      $ 3,765      $ —        $ 4,384   
                                

Since the inception of the 2008 Integration Initiatives, the Company has recognized restructuring charges of $58.1 million and established a restructuring liability as part of the Andrew purchase price allocation of $54.4 million. Cash payments of $102.4 million, including $1.5 million paid during the three months ended March 31, 2010, have been made since the inception of the 2008 Integration Initiatives. The Company does not expect to incur any additional charges related to the completion of the 2008 Integration Initiatives and expects to pay substantially all of the remaining liability during 2010.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

8. EMPLOYEE BENEFIT PLANS

 

     Pension Benefits     Other Postretirement
Benefits
 
     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009     2010     2009  

Service cost

   $ 670      $ 665      $ 749      $ 867   

Interest cost

     3,477        3,143        1,460        1,586   

Recognized actuarial loss (gain)

     9        495        (337     (172

Amortization of prior service cost (credits)

     (156     (193     (136     23   

Amortization of transition obligation

     3        4        —          —     

Curtailment loss (gain)

     7,383        —          (1,044     —     

Expected return on plan assets

     (3,724     (2,715     (152     (131
                                

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 7,662      $ 1,399      $ 540      $ 2,173   
                                

The net curtailment loss recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2010 is included in restructuring costs on the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (see Note 7).

The Company contributed $1.9 million to its pension plans during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and anticipates making additional contributions of at least $4.0 million to these plans during 2010. The Company contributed $1.1 million to its other postretirement benefit plans during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and anticipates making additional contributions of approximately $3.2 million to these plans during 2010.

9. EQUITY-BASED COMPENSATION PLANS

As of March 31, 2010, $35.6 million of total unrecognized compensation costs related to non-vested awards are expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.9 years. There were no significant capitalized equity-based compensation costs at March 31, 2010.

Stock Options

The following table summarizes the stock option activity for the three months ended March 31, 2010 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Shares     Weighted
Average Option
Exercise Price
Per Share
   Weighted Average
Grant Date
Fair Value
Per Share
   Aggregate
Intrinsic
Value

Outstanding at December 31, 2009

   3,020      $ 24.44      

Granted

   690      $ 29.51    $ 14.58   

Exercised

   (20   $ 14.32      

Expired or forfeited

   (129   $ 69.33    $ 4.50   
              

Outstanding at March 31, 2010

   3,561      $ 23.85       $ 28,327
              

Exercisable at March 31, 2010

   2,501      $ 23.23       $ 23,241

Expected to vest

   1,024      $ 25.29       $ 4,978

The total intrinsic value of options exercised during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 was $247 and $6, respectively.

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

The exercise prices of outstanding options at March 31, 2010 were in the following ranges:

 

    Options Outstanding   Options Exercisable

Range of Exercise

Prices

  Shares
(in thousands)
  Weighted
Average
Remaining
Contractual Life
(in years)
  Weighted
Average
Exercise Price
Per Share
  Shares
(in thousands)
  Weighted
Average
Exercise Price
Per Share
$7.43 to $16.00   1,083   5.6   $ 11.15   804   $ 11.62
16.01 to 28.02   1,003   3.4   $ 18.00   1,003   $ 18.00
28.03 to 41.00   953   8.4   $ 30.24   263   $ 32.16
41.01 to 71.81   522   5.2   $ 49.79   431   $ 51.58
             
$7.43 to $71.81   3,561   5.7   $ 23.85   2,501   $ 23.23
             

The Company uses the Black-Scholes model to estimate the fair value of stock option awards. Key input assumptions used in the model to estimate the fair value of stock options include the grant price of the award, the expected option term, volatility of the Company’s stock, the risk-free interest rate and the Company’s projected dividend yield. The Company believes that the valuation technique and the approach utilized to develop the underlying assumptions are appropriate in estimating the fair values of CommScope stock options. Estimates of fair value are not intended to predict actual future events or the value ultimately realized by employees who receive equity awards. Subsequent events are not indicative of the reasonableness of the original estimates of fair value made by the Company. The following table presents the weighted average assumptions used to estimate the fair value of stock option awards granted during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009.

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
     2010     2009  

Expected option term (in years)

     5.0        5.0   

Risk-free interest rate

     2.5     1.7

Expected volatility

     55.0     55.0

Expected dividend yield

     0     0

Weighted average exercise price (stock price at grant date)

   $ 29.51      $ 9.80   

Weighted average fair value at grant date

   $ 14.58      $ 4.74   

Performance Share Units

The following table summarizes the performance share unit activity for the three months ended March 31, 2010 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Performance
Share

Units
    Weighted Average Grant
Date Fair Value
Per Share

Outstanding and non-vested at December 31, 2009

   219      $ 41.22

Granted

   287      $ 29.51

Forfeited

   (3   $ 36.06
        

Outstanding and non-vested at March 31, 2010

   503      $ 34.57
        

 

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CommScope, Inc.

Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements — (Continued)

(Unaudited — In Thousands, Unless Otherwise Noted)

 

Restricted Stock Units

The following table summarizes the restricted stock unit activity for the three months ended March 31, 2010 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Restricted
Stock
Units
    Weighted Average Grant
Date Fair Value
Per Share

Outstanding and non-vested at December 31, 2009

   994      $ 23.31

Granted

   307      $ 29.51

Vested and shares issued

   (7   $ 37.96

Forfeited

   (15   $ 22.07
        

Outstanding and non-vested at March 31, 2010

   1,279      $ 24.74
        

Other

During the three months ended March 31, 2010, the Company issued 0.2 million shares of its common stock valued at $4.2 million as an employer contribution to the CommScope, Inc. Retirement Savings Plan. This issuance of shares is included in equity-based compensation as an adjustment to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows.

 

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

The following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 is provided to increase the understanding of, and should be read in conjunction with, the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes included in this document as well as the audited Consolidated Financial Statements, related notes thereto and management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations, including management’s discussion and analysis about the application of critical accounting policies, included in our 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Overview

CommScope, Inc., along with its direct and indirect subsidiaries (CommScope or the Company), is a world leader in infrastructure solutions for communication networks. Through its Andrew Solutions™ brand, the Company is a global leader in radio frequency subsystem solutions for wireless networks. Through its SYSTIMAX® and Uniprise® brands, CommScope is also a world leader in network infrastructure solutions, including cables and connectivity, enclosures, intelligent software and network design services for business enterprise applications. CommScope is also the premier manufacturer of coaxial cable for broadband cable television networks and one of the leading North American providers of environmentally secure cabinets for digital subscriber line (DSL), fiber-to-the-node and wireless applications.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING POLICIES

There have been no changes in our critical accounting policies or significant accounting estimates as disclosed in our 2009 Annual Report on Form 10-K other than changing the annual impairment test date for goodwill and other indefinite-lived intangible assets and the implementation of new accounting guidance regarding the consolidation of variable interest entities. These changes did not have a material impact on our financial statements.

COMPARISON OF RESULTS OF OPERATIONS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2010 WITH THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2009

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,              
     2010     2009              
     Amount     % of Net
Sales
    Amount     % of Net
Sales
    Dollar
Change
    %
Change
 
     (dollars in millions, except per share amounts)  

Net sales

   $ 721.6      100.0   $ 742.3      100.0   $ (20.7 )   (2.8 )% 

Gross profit

     204.8      28.4        168.7      22.7        36.1      21.4   

SG&A expense

     112.6      15.6        101.2      13.6        11.4      11.2   

R&D expense

     29.8      4.1        29.0      3.9        0.8      2.9   

Amortization of purchased intangible assets

     20.8      2.9        20.8      2.8        (0.1 )   (0.3 )

Restructuring costs

     47.9      6.6        8.7      1.2        39.1      NM   

Net loss

     (22.1   (3.1     (20.5   (2.8     (1.6   NM   

Loss per diluted share

     (0.23       (0.29      

 

NM — Not meaningful

Net sales

The decrease in net sales for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009 is primarily attributable to lower capital spending by wireless service providers (both directly and through original equipment manufacturers). This decline was partially offset by an increase in sales of Enterprise segment products. For further details by segment, see the section titled “Segment Results” below.

Gross profit (net sales less cost of sales)

The year-over-year increase in gross profit of $36.1 million is primarily due to increased sales of Enterprise products that have higher margins, improved 2010 factory utilization and benefits from cost reduction initiatives implemented during 2009. These improvements in gross profit were partially offset by the reinstatement of cash incentive bonus programs that had been suspended for 2009. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2009 was negatively affected by higher cost inventory and outstanding purchase commitments that were on hand at the beginning of 2009. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2009 was also negatively affected by a $3.1 million charge related to the TruePosition litigation.

 

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The timing of a sustained improvement in the overall economic environment remains uncertain. We expect continued volatility in the costs of certain raw materials, particularly copper, aluminum, plastics and other polymers. If raw material costs increase and we delay implementing price increases or are unable to achieve market acceptance of announced or future price increases, gross profit may be adversely affected. Price reductions in response to a significant decline in raw material costs may also have an adverse impact on gross profit.

Selling, general and administrative expense

The year-over-year increase in selling, general and administrative expense (SG&A) of $11.4 million was primarily related to the reinstatement of cash incentive bonus programs in 2010 that had been suspended for 2009. In the first quarter of 2009, SG&A expense was reduced by recoveries of accounts receivable that had been previously written off. The increase in SG&A expense as a percentage of sales is the result of higher SG&A expense and the decreased level of net sales.

Research and development

Research and development (R&D) expense increased by $0.8 million year over year primarily as a result of the reinstatement of cash incentive bonus programs as described above. R&D expense as a percentage of net sales increased to 4.1% for the three months ended March 31, 2010, compared to 3.9% for the three months ended March 31, 2009, due to higher R&D expense as well as the decrease in net sales. R&D activities generally relate to ensuring that our products are capable of meeting the developing technological needs of our customers, bringing new products to market and modifying existing products to better serve our customers.

Amortization of purchased intangibles

The amortization of purchased intangibles was essentially unchanged in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009. There is additional amortization expense of $3.6 million included in cost of sales in both periods related to patents and technologies.

Restructuring Costs

We recognized pretax restructuring costs of $47.9 million and $8.7 million during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. The restructuring costs recognized in the first quarter of 2010 are primarily related to workforce reductions and asset impairments resulting from planned facility closures as part of restructuring initiatives that began in early 2010 (the 2010 Restructuring Initiatives). The restructuring costs recognized in the first quarter of 2009 included $5.5 million in employee-related costs, $2.8 million in lease termination costs and $0.5 million in equipment relocation costs resulting from integration and cost reduction actions initiated in 2008 (the 2008 Integration Initiatives).

The objectives of the 2010 Restructuring Initiatives are to realign and lower our cost structure and improve capacity utilization. To achieve these objectives, we have announced the closure of production facilities in Omaha, Nebraska and Newton, North Carolina, among other actions. Much of the capacity at those facilities will be shifted to other existing facilities or contract manufacturers. Charges incurred during the first quarter of 2010 for these restructuring actions included $39.1 million for employee-related costs (including a $6.3 million net curtailment loss related to pension and other postretirement benefits) and $8.9 million for asset impairment charges, primarily related to reducing the carrying value of the Omaha facility to its estimated fair value.

Additional pretax costs related to actions announced to date under the 2010 Restructuring Initiatives of $8 million to $13 million are expected to be recognized by the end of 2011. Cash payments related to these costs and the completion of the 2008 Integration Initiatives of $8 million to $10 million are expected during the remainder of 2010 with an additional $34 million to $37 million expected to be paid in 2011 and beyond. Additional restructuring actions may be identified and resulting charges and cash requirements could be material.

Other income (expense), net

Foreign exchange gains (losses) of $0.8 million and $(1.4) million are included in net other income (expense) for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively. Net other expense for the three months ended March 31, 2009 includes a loss of $8.6 million on the induced conversion of our 1% convertible senior subordinated debentures.

 

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Net interest income (expense)

We incurred net interest expense of $23.1 million during the three months ended March 31, 2010 compared to $29.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2009. This decrease is mainly the result of the reduction in outstanding debt. Interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2010 and 2009 includes $1.5 million and $2.1 million, respectively, related to the write off of deferred financing costs in connection with accelerated debt payments.

Our weighted average effective interest rate on outstanding borrowings, including the interest rate swap and amortization of deferred financing costs, was 6.14% as of March 31, 2010, 5.83% as of December 31, 2009 and 5.94% as of March 31, 2009.

Income taxes

The income tax benefit for the three months ended March 31, 2010 is net of a $2.3 million charge related to changes to the tax deductibility of prescription drug benefits to certain retirees (Medicare Part D) made as part of the health care reform legislation enacted in March 2010. Excluding the impact of this item, the effective tax rate for the quarter was 29.2%, which reflects the tax impact of earnings and losses in certain jurisdictions with no tax benefit recognized related to losses in certain other jurisdictions. Our effective income tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2009 was 31.9%. We generally expect that our effective income tax rate will reflect the benefits from significant operations outside the U.S., which are generally taxed at lower rates than the U.S. statutory rate.

Segment Results

 

     Three Months Ended March 31,              
     2010     2009              
     Amount     % of Net
Sales
    Amount     % of Net
Sales
    Dollar
Change
    %
Change
 
     (dollars in millions, except per share amounts)  

Net sales by segment:

            

ACCG

   $ 258.6      35.8   $ 325.9      43.9 %   $ (67.3   (20.7 )% 

Enterprise

     197.9      27.4     144.0      19.4     53.9      37.4

Broadband

     111.0      15.4     114.2      15.4     (3.2   (2.8 )% 

WNS

     155.8      21.6     159.0      21.4     (3.2   (2.0 )% 

Inter-segment eliminations

     (1.7   (0.2 )%      (0.8   (0.1 )%      (0.9   NM   
                              

Consolidated net sales

   $ 721.6      100.0   $ 742.3      100.0   $ (20.7   (2.8 )% 
                              

Total domestic sales

   $ 381.7      52.9   $ 359.0      48.4   $ 22.7      6.3

Total international sales

     339.9      47.1     383.3      51.6     (43.4   (11.3 )% 
                              

Total worldwide sales

   $ 721.6      100.0   $ 742.3      100.0   $ (20.7   (2.8 )% 
                              

Operating income (loss) by segment:

            

ACCG

   $ (40.3   (15.6 )%    $ (13.4   (4.1 )%    $ (26.9   NM   

Enterprise

     18.1      9.1     7.4      5.1     10.7      144.6

Broadband

     13.3      12.0     8.6      7.6     4.7      54.7

WNS

     2.7      1.7     6.4      4.0     (3.7   (57.8 )% 
                              

Consolidated operating income (loss)

   $ (6.2   (0.9 )%    $ 9.0      1.2   $ (15.2   (168.9 )% 
                              

 

NM — Not meaningful

Antenna, Cable and Cabinets Group Segment

The ACCG segment includes product offerings of primarily passive transmission devices for the wireless infrastructure market including base station antennas, coaxial cable and connectors and microwave antennas as well as secure environmental enclosures for electronic devices and equipment used by wireline and wireless providers.

 

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The ACCG segment experienced a significant decline in sales in the Asia Pacific (APAC) and Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009. In addition to a continued slowdown in spending by wireless service providers, the pending auction of 3G licenses and new regulatory restrictions in India negatively affected sales of antennas and other products in the APAC region in the first quarter of 2010. Foreign exchange rates favorably affected ACCG segment sales by 3% for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Despite first quarter challenges, we expect demand for our ACCG products to be positively affected by wireless capacity expansion in emerging markets and growth in mobile data services in developed markets. Uncertainty in the global economy may continue to depress capital spending by telecommunication providers and negatively impact both of these markets and consequently our net sales.

The ACCG segment reported an operating loss of $40.3 million in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to an operating loss of $13.4 million in the first quarter of 2009 primarily as a result of a $30.0 million increase in restructuring charges and the reinstatement of cash incentive bonus programs in 2010 that had been suspended for 2009. These increased costs were partially offset by benefits from previous cost reduction efforts. In addition, ACCG segment operating income for the first quarter of 2009 was negatively affected by higher cost inventory and outstanding purchase commitments that were on hand at the beginning of 2009.

Enterprise Segment

The Enterprise segment consists mainly of structured cabling systems for business enterprise applications and connectivity solutions for wired and wireless networks within organizations. The segment also includes coaxial cable for various video and data applications that are not related to cable television.

Enterprise segment net sales increased in all major geographic regions for the three months ended March 31, 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009. In particular, U.S. sales of Enterprise segment products increased in the first quarter of 2010 as a result of increasing demand for data center capacity and improvements in government and corporate spending on information technology.

We expect long-term demand for Enterprise products to be driven by global information technology spending and the ongoing need for bandwidth, which creates demand for high-performance structured cabling solutions in the enterprise market. Uncertain global economic conditions, an ongoing slowdown in commercial construction activity and reduction in the levels of distributor inventories may negatively affect demand for our products.

The increase in Enterprise segment operating income for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009 is primarily attributable to the increase in net sales. This improvement in operating income was partially offset by a $14.5 million increase in restructuring costs and the reinstatement of cash incentive bonus programs in 2010 that had been suspended for 2009.

Broadband Segment

The Broadband segment consists mainly of coaxial cable, fiber optic cable and conduit for cable television system operators. These products support multi-channel video, voice and high-speed data services for residential and commercial customers using hybrid fiber coaxial architecture.

The decrease in net sales of Broadband products for the first quarter of 2010 mainly resulted from lower domestic net sales primarily as a result of a reduction in prices on certain cable products. This decline was partially offset by an increase in net sales in Central and Latin America and EMEA.

We expect demand for Broadband products to continue to be influenced by ongoing maintenance requirements of cable networks, cable providers’ competition with telecommunication service providers and activity in the residential construction market. Spending by our Broadband customers on maintaining and upgrading networks is expected to continue, though it may be influenced by the deterioration in global economic conditions and the tight credit markets.

The increase in Broadband segment operating income for the first quarter of 2010 largely reflects the $3.8 million decrease in restructuring charges in the three months ended March 31, 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009 and the positive impact of previous cost reduction efforts. These improvements were partially offset by the reinstatement of cash incentive bonus programs in 2010 that had been suspended for 2009.

 

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Wireless Network Solutions Segment

The WNS segment consists of base station subsystems and core network products, such as power amplifiers, filters, location-based systems, network optimization analysis systems and products and solutions that extend and enhance the coverage of wireless networks, such as RF repeaters and distributed antenna systems. Base station subsystems and RF products cover all of the major wireless standards and frequency bands and are sold individually or as part of integrated systems.

WNS segment net sales decreased in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter of 2009 primarily due to lower sales in EMEA and the U.S. Foreign exchange rates favorably affected WNS segment sales by 3% for the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009.

We expect demand for our WNS products to be positively affected by the continuing expansion of wireless capacity in emerging markets as well as convergence and growth in mobile data services in developed markets. Given that much of the demand for WNS products is driven by large customer projects, quarterly changes in net sales for this segment may be volatile. Current global economic conditions may slow capital spending by telecommunication providers and negatively impact both of these markets and consequently our net sales.

WNS segment operating income for the first quarter of 2010 decreased $3.7 million as compared to the first quarter of 2009 due in part to the reinstatement of cash incentive bonus programs in 2010 that had been suspended for 2009. In the first quarter of 2009, WNS segment operating income was adversely affected by a $3.1 million charge related to the TruePosition litigation. The impact of the litigation charge was partially offset by recoveries of accounts receivable in the first quarter of 2009 that had been previously written off.

LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

The following table summarizes certain key measures of our liquidity and capital resources.

 

     March 31,
2010
    December 31,
2009
    Dollar
Change
    %
Change
 
     (dollars in millions)  

Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments

   $ 621.9      $ 702.9      $ (81.0   (11.5 )% 

Working capital, excluding cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and current portion of long-term debt

     560.1        593.7        (33.6   (5.7 )

Availability under revolving credit facility

     365.5        358.8        6.7      1.9   

Long-term debt, including current portion

     1,407.9        1,544.5        (136.6   (8.8

Total capitalization (1)

     2,929.2        3,093.5        (164.3   (5.3

Long-term debt as a percentage of total capitalization

     48.1     49.9    

 

(1) Total capitalization includes long-term debt, including the current portion, and stockholders’ equity.

Our principal sources of liquidity, both on a short-term and long-term basis, are cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments, cash flows provided by operations and availability under credit facilities. The primary uses of liquidity include funding working capital requirements (primarily inventory and accounts receivable, net of accounts payable and other accrued liabilities), debt service requirements, capital expenditures, payment of certain restructuring costs and funding of pension and other postretirement obligations.

The decrease in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments during the quarter ended March 31, 2010 was primarily driven by $134.6 million of principal payments on our senior secured term loans. These decreases were partially offset by $63.3 million in net cash flow from operations.

The decrease in long-term debt was primarily the result of the principal payments made on our senior secured term loans. The decline in total capitalization and long-term debt as a percentage of total capitalization was primarily driven by the reduction in long-term debt.

 

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Cash Flow Overview

 

     Three Months Ended
March  31,
    Dollar
Change
    %
Change
 
     2010     2009      
     (dollars in millions)  

Net cash provided by operating activities

   $ 63.3      $ 85.4      $ (22.0   (25.8 )% 

Net cash used in investing activities

     (22.0     (13.5     (8.4   (62.2 )

Net cash used in financing activities

     (135.9     (183.9 )     48.0      26.1   

Operating Activities

During the three months ended March 31, 2010, operating activities generated $63.3 million in cash compared to $85.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2009. During the three months ended March 31, 2010, a net loss of $22.1 million was offset by depreciation and amortization of $48.2 million, increases in accounts payable and other liabilities of $80.6 million and non-cash restructuring charges of $15.3 million. These items were somewhat offset by increases in net inventory of $28.6 million and net accounts receivable of $14.8 million. In the first quarter of 2009, the Company took steps to reduce working capital levels in response to developing global economic difficulties. These efforts generated net cash flow that more than offset the $20.5 million net loss during that period.

We expect to continue to generate net cash from operations during 2010 although at levels below 2009 operating cash flow. A primary driver of the lower expected cash flows in 2010 is our expectation that the level of working capital excluding cash, cash equivalents, short-term investments and the current portion of long-term debt will increase during 2010 as our sales improve.

Investing Activities

Investment in property, plant and equipment during the first quarter of 2010 decreased by $5.1 million year over year to $8.8 million. We currently expect total capital expenditures of $50 million to $60 million in 2010 compared to $40.9 million in 2009. The expected capital spending during 2010 is primarily for investments in information technology, cost reduction efforts, software capitalization and capital expenditures to support the relocation of production capability in certain facilities.

During the three months ended March 31, 2010, we received proceeds from the sale of property, plant and equipment of $6.6 million, which included proceeds from the sale of a facility in Brazil that had been vacated in 2008.

Financing Activities

We repaid $134.6 million of our senior secured term loans during the three months ended March 31, 2010, including $127.6 million for the annual excess cash flow payment for 2009. As of March 31, 2010, our remaining availability under the $400 million revolving credit portion of the facilities was approximately $365.5 million, reflecting letters of credit issued under the revolving credit facility.

During the three months ended March 31, 2009, we repaid $179.8 million of our senior secured term loans, including $171.6 million for the annual excess cash flow payment for 2008. In connection with the negotiated conversion of $24.0 million in face value of our 1% convertible senior subordinated debentures, we issued 1.7 million shares of CommScope common stock, which is reflected as a non-cash transaction. Also during the first quarter of 2009, we paid $175.5 million to redeem the remaining 1% convertible senior subordinated debentures. To finance the redemption of these debentures, we borrowed $75 million (net) under our senior secured revolving credit facility and issued $100 million of 3.5% convertible senior subordinated debentures, which were converted into CommScope common stock later in 2009.

 

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Future Cash Needs

We expect that our primary future cash needs will be debt service (including the annual excess cash flow payment that is required during the first quarter of each year under our senior secured term loans), funding working capital requirements, capital expenditures, paying certain restructuring costs, disposition of new or pending litigation and funding pension and other postretirement benefit obligations. We paid $3.1 million of restructuring costs during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and expect to pay $8 million to $10 million during the remainder of 2010 and $34 million to $37 million in 2011 and beyond related to announced restructuring actions. We made contributions of $3.0 million to our pension and other postretirement benefit plans during the three months ended March 31, 2010 and currently expect to make additional contributions of at least $7.2 million in the balance of 2010. As of March 31, 2010, we have a significant unfunded obligation related to pension and other postretirement benefits. We are not required to make a contribution to our U.S. pension plans during 2010. However, to achieve targeted funding levels under certain U.S. and international regulations, we may make additional contributions in 2010 and expect to make contributions in subsequent years and these contributions could be material. We expect that our noncurrent employee benefit liabilities will be funded through cash flow from future operations.

In connection with our senior secured credit facilities, we are required to comply with two primary financial covenants: an interest coverage ratio for the preceding twelve months, which is tested at the end of each fiscal quarter, and a consolidated leverage ratio, with which we must comply at all times. As of March 31, 2010, the minimum interest coverage ratio and the maximum consolidated leverage ratio permitted under the senior secured credit facilities were both 3.75 to 1.0. The Company’s estimated interest coverage ratio and consolidated leverage ratio as of March 31, 2010 were 5.29 to 1.0 and 2.78 to 1.0, respectively. Beginning with the quarter ending September 30, 2010, the minimum interest coverage ratio increases to 4.50 to 1.0 and the maximum consolidated leverage ratio decreases to 3.25 to 1.0. Beginning with the quarter ending September 30, 2011, the minimum interest coverage ratio increases further to 5.00 to 1.0 and the maximum consolidated leverage ratio decreases further to 2.50 to 1.0. Management believes the Company was in compliance with all of its covenants under the senior secured credit facilities as of March 31, 2010 and expects to remain in compliance.

If we are unable to comply with these covenants, we will be in default under our senior secured credit facilities, which could result in, among other things, the outstanding balance of our loans under the credit facilities becoming due and payable immediately, a material increase in the interest rate and further restrictions on our operational and financial flexibility.

We believe that our existing cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and cash flows from operations, combined with availability under our revolving credit facility, will be sufficient to meet our presently anticipated future cash needs. We may, from time to time, increase borrowings under our revolving credit facility or issue securities, if market conditions are favorable, to meet our future cash needs or to reduce our borrowing costs.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this Form 10-Q that are other than historical facts are intended to be “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other related laws and include but are not limited to those statements relating to our business position, plans, outlook, revenues, earnings, margins and other financial items, restructuring plans, sales and earnings expectations, expected demand, cost and availability of key raw materials, internal and external production capacity and expansion, competitive pricing and relative market position. While we believe such statements are reasonable, the actual results and effects could differ materially from those currently anticipated. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of certain terms and phrases including but not limited to “expect,” “believe,” “intend,” “goal,” “estimate,” “project,” “plans,” “anticipate,” “designed to,” “confident,” “think,” “scheduled,” “outlook,” “guidance,” “foreseeable future” and similar expressions.

 

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These statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, including, without limitation, continued global economic weakness and uncertainties and disruption in the credit and financial markets; changes in cost and availability of key raw materials and the potential effect on customer pricing; delays or challenges related to removing, transporting or reinstalling equipment; the ability to retain qualified employees; customer demand for our products and the ability to maintain existing business alliances with key customers or distributors; competitive pricing and acceptance of products; industry competition and the ability to retain customers through product innovation; concentration of sales among a limited number of customers or distributors; customer bankruptcy; the risk that internal production capacity and that of contract manufacturers may be insufficient to meet customer demand or quality standards for our products; the risk that customers might cancel orders placed or that orders currently placed may affect order levels in the future; continuing consolidation among customers; possible production disruption due to supplier or contract manufacturer bankruptcy, reorganization or restructuring; successful ongoing operation of our vertical integration activities; the possibility of further restructuring actions; possible future impairment charges for fixed or intangible assets, including goodwill; increased obligations under employee benefit plans; significant international operations and the impact of variability in foreign exchange rates; ability to fully realize anticipated benefits from prior or future acquisitions or equity investments; substantial indebtedness and maintaining compliance with debt covenants; capital structure changes; income tax rate variability and ability to recover amounts recorded as value added tax receivables; changes in tax laws or regulations; product performance issues and associated warranty claims; ability to successfully implement major systems initiatives; realignment of global manufacturing capacity; cost of protecting or defending intellectual property; ability to obtain capital on commercially reasonable terms; adequacy and availability of insurance; costs and challenges of compliance with domestic and foreign environmental laws and the effects of climate change; fluctuations in interest rates; the ability to achieve expected sales growth and earnings goals; the outcome of pending and future litigations and proceedings; U.S. health care law changes; authoritative changes in generally accepted accounting principles by standard-setting bodies; political instability; regulatory changes affecting us or the industries we serve; and any statements of belief and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. These and other factors are discussed in greater detail in Part I — Item 1A to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009. The information contained in this Form 10-Q represents our best judgment at the date of this report based on information currently available. However, we are not undertaking any duty or obligation to update this information to reflect developments or information obtained after the date of this report.

 

ITEM 3. QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK

As disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009, our major market risk exposure relates to adverse fluctuations in interest rates, commodity prices and foreign currency exchange rates. We have established a risk management strategy that includes the reasonable use of derivative and nonderivative financial instruments primarily to manage our exposure to certain of these market risks. We believe our exposure associated with these market risks has not materially changed since December 31, 2009. Other than foreign currency forward contracts not designated as hedging instruments, we have not acquired any new derivative financial instruments since December 31, 2009 or terminated any derivative financial instruments that existed at that date.

 

ITEM 4. CONTROLS AND PROCEDURES

Our disclosure controls and procedures are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports that we file or submit under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our Chief Executive Officer and our Chief Financial Officer have reviewed the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report and have concluded that the disclosure controls and procedures are effective.

There were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting during the three months ended March 31, 2010 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

 

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PART II — OTHER INFORMATION

 

ITEM 1. LEGAL PROCEEDINGS

The Company is involved in patent infringement litigation with TruePosition, Inc. related to Andrew’s sale of certain mobile location products. After trial and various subsequent motions¸ the Company is subject to a judgment, including accrued interest, of $48.8 million as of March 31, 2010, and a permanent injunction against further infringing sales. CommScope disagrees with these determinations and continues to believe that the products at issue do not infringe TruePosition’s patent. The Company has appealed the judgment and the injunction entered by the trial court to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and is awaiting that court’s determination of the issues on appeal.

As a result of the trial court rulings in the case, a liability has been established as of March 31, 2010 for $48.8 million (including interest). The ultimate resolution of this litigation may be materially different than the liability currently recorded, which does not include legal fees we may incur in appeals or other proceedings. This litigation may result in the loss of future revenue opportunities, including opportunities to manufacture and sell products using uplink time difference of arrival (U-TDOA) technology; however, we are not currently able to assess the likelihood or magnitude of such potential lost opportunities.

In September 2009, Andrew filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware seeking a declaratory judgment that its new multiple range estimation location (MREL) system for locating mobile devices does not infringe an existing U.S. patent held by TruePosition. The same patent was the subject of previous litigation between the two companies, including the judgment now under appeal, as described above. The parties sought and were granted expedited treatment of this matter in order to obtain a prompt clarification of their respective rights. In March 2010, prior to the scheduled trial on this matter, Andrew consented to TruePosition’s pending motion to dismiss the case for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. This was due to the Company’s decision to make improvements to the product before commercializing it and the related conclusion that proceeding to trial with the product as currently embodied would not result in a final determination of the parties’ rights regarding the patent at issue. The Company has not yet determined when or if it will refile its case to seek a determination of whether the revised product infringes TruePosition’s patent. The Company does not believe that any of these developments will have a material adverse effect on our business or financial condition.

In March 2008, TruePosition served Andrew with a complaint in a lawsuit filed in the Superior Court, New Castle County in Delaware. The suit alleges that Andrew breached certain patent license royalty obligations to TruePosition under a 2004 settlement agreement related to a prior lawsuit between the parties and alleges that Andrew owes TruePosition approximately $30 million. The Company believes it has valid defenses and will vigorously defend itself in this action.

We are either a plaintiff or a defendant in other pending legal matters in the normal course of business. Management believes none of these other legal matters, other than that discussed above, will have a material adverse effect on our business or financial condition upon their final disposition.

 

ITEM 6. EXHIBITS

 

18   Preferability Letter of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm. (1)
31.1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a). (1)
31.2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a). (1)
32   Certification of Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer Pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as Adopted Pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (furnished pursuant to Item 601(b)(32)(ii) of Regulation S-K). (1)

 

(1) Filed with this Form 10-Q.

 

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SIGNATURES

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

 

  COMMSCOPE, INC.
April 29, 2010  

/s/    JEARLD L. LEONHARDT        

Date   Jearld L. Leonhardt
  Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  signing both in his capacity as Executive Vice
  President on behalf of the Registrant and as
  Chief Financial Officer of the Registrant

 

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