Impairment of goodwill
In 2008, in connection with our annual impairment review of goodwill, we determined that a portion of our
goodwill associated with the Interconnection reporting unit was impaired. As a result, we recorded a goodwill impairment charge of $13.2 million. We believe that the current global economic crisis, economic conditions within the semiconductor
end-market and an increase in the competitive landscape surrounding suppliers to the semiconductor end-market were all factors that led to the impairment of goodwill. We utilized a discounted cash flow analysis to estimate the fair value of the
Interconnection reporting unit. Given the volatility in the end-markets in which we serve and our financial results during the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2008, we updated our goodwill impairment analysis to reflect information and projections
available to us as of December 31, 2008. No additional goodwill impairment charges were necessary. However, if certain assumptions, such as projections regarding the end-markets in which we serve, our financial projections, customer
bankruptcies or any other factors discussed in Critical Accounting Policies and EstimatesImpairment of Goodwill and Intangible Assets were to change, we may be required to recognize charges in connection with goodwill and/or
indefinite-lived intangibles of some or all of our reporting units.
Restructuring during fiscal year 2008 and 2007 totaled $24.1 million and $5.2 million, respectively. During fiscal year 2008, we announced plans to reduce the workforce in several of our business centers and manufacturing facilities.
As a result of these actions, we recognized charges totaling $23.0 million, of which $16.2 million relates to severance, $1.3 million relates to a pension enhancement provided to certain eligible employees under a voluntary retirement program, $3.6
million relates to pension curtailment and settlement charges and $1.9 million relates to other exit costs. We expect the cost of these restructuring activities, when complete, to total approximately $41.6 million, when combined with actions taken
in fiscal year 2009. In addition, we incurred a charge of $1.1 million associated with certain facility exit costs related to First Technology Automotive Plan.
During fiscal year 2007, we implemented voluntary early retirement programs in certain of our foreign operations. These programs offered
eligible employees special termination benefits in exchange for their early retirement from the Company. As a result of these programs, 64 employees chose to leave the Company, opting for voluntary early retirement during fiscal year 2007.
Interest expense for fiscal years 2008 and 2007 totaled $197.8
million and $191.2 million, respectively. Interest expense for fiscal year 2008 consists primarily of interest expense of $177.1 million on our outstanding debt, amortization of deferred financing costs of $10.7 million, $4.9 million of
interest associated with our outstanding derivative instruments, $1.3 million of interest on line of credit and revolving credit facility fees and $3.3 million of interest associated with our capital lease and other financing obligations. Interest
expense for fiscal year 2007 consists primarily of interest expense of $175.1 million on the outstanding debt, amortization of deferred financing costs of $9.6 million and interest associated with our capital lease obligation of $2.8 million.
Interest income for fiscal years 2008 and 2007 totaled $1.5
million and $2.6 million, respectively.
translation gain/(loss) and other, net
Currency translation gain/(loss) and other, net for fiscal years 2008 and 2007 totaled $55.5 million and $(105.4) million, respectively. Currency translation gain and other, net for fiscal year 2008 consists primarily of the currency gains
resulting from the re-measurement of our foreign currency denominated debt, which totaled $53.2 million, and gains on the extinguishment of debt of $15.0 million, offset by losses on forward of commodity contracts of $(8.3) million and net
currency losses due to the re-measurement of net monetary assets denominated in foreign currencies of $(5.0) million.