Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Basis Of Presentation

Basis Of Presentation
9 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2011
Basis Of Presentation [Abstract]  
Basis Of Presentation

Note 1. Basis of Presentation

Description of Business

Westell Technologies, Inc. (the "Company") is a holding company. Its wholly owned subsidiary, Westell, Inc., designs and distributes telecommunications products which are sold primarily to major telephone companies. Noran Tel, Inc., a manufacturer of transmission, power distribution and remote monitoring products, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Westell, Inc. On December 31, 2011, the Company sold its wholly owned subsidiary, Conference Plus, Inc. including Conference Plus Global Services, Ltd ("CGPS"), a wholly owned subsidiary of ConferencePlus (collectively, "ConferencePlus" or "CP").

Sale of Conference Plus, Inc.

On December 31, 2011, the Company sold ConferencePlus to Arkadin S.A.S. and Arkadin Inc. for $41.0 million in cash (the "ConferencePlus sale"). The purchase price is subject to a post-closing working capital adjustment. Of the total purchase price, $4.1 million was placed in escrow at closing for one year as security for certain indemnity obligations of the Company. The escrow amount has been recorded as restricted cash as of December 31, 2011. The results of operations of ConferencePlus have been classified as discontinued operations for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2011 and 2010. The Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows include discontinued operations. The March 31, 2011 Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet presented herein includes the assets and liabilities for the discontinued operations.

As a result of the ConferencePlus sale, during the third quarter of fiscal year 2012, the Company recorded a gain of $20.0 million, net of $12.8 million in income taxes. This gain is included in discontinued operations on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations.

As of March 31, 2011, the components of assets and liabilities related to the discontinued operations presented in the balance sheet were as follows:


Assets (in thousands):



   $ 21  

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $115


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


Deferred income tax asset





Total current assets





Property and equipment, net




Intangibles, net


Deferred income tax asset


Other assets





Total assets

   $ 11,307  




Liabilities (in thousands):


Accounts payable

   $ 368  

Accrued compensation


Accrued expenses





Total current liabilities





Other long-term liabilities





Total liabilities

   $ 3,741   





ConferencePlus revenue and income before income tax reported in discontinued operations is as follows:


     Three months ended
December 31,
     Nine months ended
December 31,
(in thousands)    2011      2010      2011      2010  


   $ 10,072      $ 10,331       $ 31,732      $ 31,196  

Income before income tax

   $ 563      $ 954       $ 3,594      $ 3,487  

Sale of Customer Networking Solutions ("CNS") Assets

On March 17, 2011, the Company entered into a definitive agreement to sell certain assets and transfer certain liabilities of the CNS segment to NETGEAR Inc. ("NETGEAR"). As part of the agreement, the Company agreed to indemnify NETGEAR following the closing of the sale against specified losses in connection with the CNS business and generally retained responsibility for various legal liabilities that may accrue. An escrow of $3.4 million was established for one year for this purpose or for other claims and is reflected as restricted cash on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet. The Company retained a major CNS customer relationship and contract, and also retained the Homecloud product development program. This transaction closed on April 15, 2011 (the "CNS asset sale"). The assets and liabilities sold or transferred as part of the transaction were reported as held-for-sale in the March 31, 2011 balance sheet. During the fiscal year 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax gain of $31.7 million on this asset sale. This pre-tax gain is included in other income, net, on the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations. In connection with the CNS asset sale, the Company entered into a Master Services Agreement and an Irrevocable Site License Agreement under which the Company will provide transition services and sublease office space to NETGEAR.

The pre-tax gain on the sale is calculated as follows:


Pre-tax gain (in thousands):


Cash Proceeds

   $ 36,683  

Less: Net value of assets and liabilities sold or transferred as of April 15, 2011 and transaction costs





Total pre-tax gain

   $ 31,654  




As of March 31, 2011, the components of assets and liabilities held-for-sale presented in the balance sheet were as follows:


Assets held-for-sale (in thousands):



   $ 4,656   

Property and equipment, net





Total assets held-for-sale

   $ 4,781   




Liabilities held-for-sale (in thousands):


Accrued compensation

   $ 370   

Accrued expenses





Total liabilities held-for-sale

   $ 1,288   




Basis of Presentation and Reporting

The accompanying Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared using accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP") for interim financial reporting, and with the instructions of Form 10-Q and Article 10 of Regulation S-X and accordingly they do not include all of the information and footnotes required in the annual consolidated financial statements and accompanying footnotes. The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements should be read in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes included in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2011. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities, at the date of the financial statements, and that affect revenue and expenses during the period reported. Estimates are used when accounting for the allowance for uncollectible accounts receivable, net realizable value of inventory, product warranty accrued, relative selling prices, stock-based compensation, depreciation, income taxes, and contingencies, among other things. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

In the opinion of management, the unaudited interim financial statements included herein reflect all adjustments, consisting of normal recurring adjustments, necessary to present fairly the Company's condensed consolidated financial position and the results of operations and cash flows at December 31, 2011 and for all periods presented. The results of operations for the periods presented are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the fiscal year 2012.


The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2011 reflects an adjustment to the previously issued audited financial statements to reclassify $13.7 million of long-term deferred income tax assets to short-term deferred income tax assets. This balance sheet reclassification had no impact on the historical statements of operations or retained earnings. Additionally, certain amounts in the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation. Previously reported amounts in the Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations have been restated for the effects of the discontinued operations described above. The reclassifications related to discontinued operations had no impact on total assets, total liabilities, total stockholders' equity or net income as previously reported.

Updates to Significant Accounting Policies

Cash and Cash Equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents consist of highly liquid investments with maturities of three months or less when purchased and include bank deposits, money market funds and debt instruments consisting of pre-refunded municipal bonds. The pre-refunded municipal bonds are classified as held-to-maturity and are carried at amortized cost. Money market funds are accounted for as available-for-sale securities under the requirements of Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 320, Investments – Debt and Equity Securities ("ASC 320").

Short-term Investments

Certificates of deposit held for investment with an original maturity greater than 90 days are included in "short-term investments". The certificates of deposit are insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation ("FDIC") and are not debt securities. The Company also invests in debt instruments consisting of pre-refunded municipal bonds. The income and principal from these pre-refunded bonds are secured by an irrevocable trust holding U.S Treasury securities. The bonds have original maturities of greater than 90 days, but have remaining maturities of less than one year. The pre-refunded municipal bonds are classified as held-to-maturity and are carried at amortized cost.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

In September 2011, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2011-08, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350)—Testing Goodwill for Impairment ("ASU 2011-08"), to allow entities to use a qualitative approach to test goodwill for impairment. ASU 2011-08 permits an entity to first perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying value. If it is concluded that this is the case, it is necessary to perform the currently prescribed two-step goodwill impairment test. Otherwise, the two-step goodwill impairment test is not required. The Company elected the early adoption provision of ASU 2011-08.

New Accounting Pronouncements

In May 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-04, Fair Value Measurement (Topic 820): Amendments to Achieve Common Fair Value Measurement and Disclosure Requirements in U.S. GAAP and IFRS. The amendments in this update generally represent clarifications of ASC 820, but also include some instances where a particular principle or requirement for measuring fair value or disclosing information about fair value measurements has changed. This update results in common principles and requirements for measuring fair value and for disclosing information about fair value measurements in accordance with U.S. GAAP and the International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). The amendments in this update are to be applied prospectively. The amendments are effective for the Company during interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company is currently evaluating this pronouncement, but does not anticipate adoption to have a material impact to the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements.

In June 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-05, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Presentation of Comprehensive Income ("ASU 2011-05"). ASU 2011-05 eliminates the option to report other comprehensive income and its components in the statement of stockholders equity and requires the presentation of comprehensive income in either (1) a continuous statement of comprehensive income or (2) two separate but consecutive statements. This update is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2011 and should be applied retrospectively. The adoption of ASU 2011-05 is not expected to have a material effect on the Company's condensed consolidated financial statements, but may require a change in the presentation of the Company's comprehensive income from the notes of the condensed consolidated financial statements, where it is currently disclosed, to the face of the condensed consolidated financial statements.

In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU 2011-12, Comprehensive Income (Topic 220): Deferral of the Effective Date for Amendments to the Presentation of Reclassifications of Items Out of Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income in Accounting Standards Update No. 2011-05 ("ASU 2011-12"). ASU 2011-12 defers the changes in ASU 2011-05 that relate to the presentation of reclassification adjustments to other comprehensive income. These amendments are being delayed to allow the FASB time to redeliberate whether to present the effects of reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income on the components of net income and other comprehensive income on the face of the financial statements for all periods presented. While the FASB is considering the operational concerns about the presentation requirements for reclassification adjustments and the needs of financial statement users for additional information about reclassification adjustments, the Company is required to continue reporting reclassifications out of accumulated other comprehensive income consistent with the presentation requirements in effect before ASU 2011-05.