Impairment of definite-lived intangible assets: Reviews are regularly performed to
determine whether facts or circumstances exist that indicate the carrying values of the Companys definite-lived intangible assets to be held and used are impaired. The recoverability of these assets is assessed by comparing the projected
undiscounted net cash flows associated with those assets to their respective carrying amounts. Impairment, if any, is based on the excess of the carrying amount over the fair value of those assets. Fair value is determined by using the appropriate
income approach valuation methodology.
Impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets: The Company performs an annual impairment review of its indefinite-lived intangible assets unless events occur which trigger the need for an earlier impairment review. The impairment
review requires Management to make assumptions about future conditions impacting the value of the indefinite-lived intangible assets, including projected growth rates, cost of capital, effective tax rates, royalty rates, market share and other
items. The recoverability of these assets is assessed by comparing the projected undiscounted net cash flows associated with those assets to their respective carrying amounts. Impairment, if any, is based on the excess of the carrying amount over
the fair value of those assets. Fair value is determined by using the appropriate income approach methodology.
As a result of the annual goodwill impairment review in the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company determined that the goodwill associated with
the Interconnection reporting unit was impaired and, therefore, recorded a charge of $13,173 in the consolidated statement of operations for the year ended December 31, 2008. During the first quarter of 2009, the Company again performed a
review of goodwill and definite-lived intangible assets for potential impairment since indicators were present and concluded that goodwill and definite-lived intangible assets associated with the Interconnection reporting unit were impaired and
recorded a charge of $19,867, of which $5,293 related to goodwill and $14,574 related to definite-lived intangible assets. The Company believes that the 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 (refer to Note 8).
Deferred Financing Costs
Expenses associated with the issuance of debt instruments are capitalized and are amortized over the terms of
the respective financing arrangement using the effective interest method (periods ranging from 6 to 10 years). In connection with the original issuance of the term loans under the Companys Senior Secured Credit Facility and the Senior Notes
and Senior Subordinated Notes, the Company recorded deferred financing costs of $78,590. Additional financing costs of $527 and $3,758 were incurred in connection with the acquisitions of First Technology Automotive and Special Products (First
Technology Automotive) and Airpax Holdings, Inc. (Airpax), respectively. In 2008, the Company issued 141.0 million of Senior Subordinated Notes to refinance amounts outstanding under its existing Senior Subordinated Term
Loan, originally issued as bridge financing in July 2007 for the acquisition of Airpax. In connection with this issuance, the Company recorded additional deferred financing costs of $4,723. In 2008, the Company entered into a financing arrangement
associated with its manufacturing facility in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. In connection with this arrangement, the Company recorded deferred financing costs of $488. Amortization of these costs is included as a component of interest expense in the
consolidated statements of operations and amounted to $9,055, $10,698, and $9,640 for the years ended December 31, 2009, 2008, and 2007, respectively.
During the year ended December 31, 2009, the Company repurchased $110.0 million of its outstanding Senior Notes and 54.3 million (or
$72.5 million) of it outstanding 9% and 11.25% Senior Subordinated Notes. Additionally, during the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company repurchased 17.4 million (or $22.4 million) of its outstanding 9% Senior Subordinated Notes. As a
result of these repurchases, the Company incurred charges for the write-off of deferred financing costs of $5.3 million and $0.7 million for the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively. The charges were included in Currency translation
gain/(loss) and other, net. Deferred financing costs recognized in the consolidated balance sheets were $41,147 and $55,520 as of December 31, 2009 and 2008, respectively.