Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Basis Of Presentation

Basis Of Presentation
12 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
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 February 27, 2012, the Company approved a plan to relocate the majority of its Noran Tel operations to the Company's location in Aurora, Illinois, with the intent to optimize operations (the "Noran Tel relocation"). The planned relocation is scheduled to be completed during the second quarter of fiscal year 2013 and will impact approximately 35 employees located in Canada. Noran Tel's remaining Canadian operations are expected to be focused on product development and sales.

Sale of Conference Plus, 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") to Arkadin was for $40.3 million in cash (the "ConferencePlus sale"). 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 on the Consolidated Balance Sheet as of March 31, 2012. The results of operations of ConferencePlus presented herein have been classified as discontinued operations for the fiscal years ended March, 2012, 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.

During fiscal year 2012, the Company recorded an after-tax gain of $20.5 million on the ConferencePlus sale which is included in discontinued operations on the Consolidated Statement of Operations.

The gain (in thousands) on the sale is calculated as follows:


Cash Proceeds

   $  40,331  

Less: Net value of assets and liabilities as of December 31, 2011 and transaction costs





Total gain before income taxes


Income tax





Total gain, net of tax

   $ 20,489  




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


     Twelve months ended
March 31,

(in thousands)

   2012      2011      2010  


   $ 31,746      $ 42,328       $ 41,721  

Income before income taxes

   $ 3,509      $ 4,868       $ 4,508  


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   




CNS Asset Sale

On April 15, 2011, the Company sold certain assets and transferred certain liabilities of the Customer Networking Solutions ("CNS") segment to NETGEAR, Inc. for $36.7 million in cash (the "CNS asset sale"). The Company retained a major CNS customer relationship and contract, and also retained the Homecloud product development program. The Company completed the remaining contractually required product shipments under the retained contract in December 2011.

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 balance of $3.4 million was established for one year for this purpose or for other claims and is reflected as Restricted Cash on the Consolidated Balance Sheet. NETGEAR has made claims against the escrow balance for a dispute and indemnity claims. The Company believes the escrow will be released in due course. The assets and liabilities sold or transferred as part of the transaction are reported as held-for-sale in the March 31, 2011 Consolidated Balance Sheet. During fiscal year 2012, the Company recorded a pre-tax gain of $31.7 million in connection with this asset sale. 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 provided transition services and subleased office space to NETGEAR. The sublease expired in April 2012.

The gain (in thousands) on the CNS asset sale is calculated as follows:


Cash Proceeds

   $  36,729  

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





Total gain before income taxes

   $ 31,654  





As of March 31, 2011, the components of assets and liabilities held-for-sale presented in the Consolidated 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   




Principles of Consolidation

The accompanying Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly owned subsidiaries. In addition, during fiscal year 2010, Contineo Systems, Inc. ("Contineo") a variable interest entity ("VIE") was also included in the Consolidated Financial Statements as the Company was then deemed to be the primary beneficiary. Contineo was deconsolidated effective April 1, 2010 as a result of the adoption of the revised VIE guidance of Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") topic 810, Consolidations ("ASC 810"). The carrying value of Contineo was $0 as of March 31, 2012 and March 31, 2011. The Consolidated Financial Statements have been prepared using accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). 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 disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities, at the date of the financial statements, and that affect revenue and expenses during the periods 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, goodwill and intangible assets fair value, depreciation, income taxes, and contingencies, among other things. Actual results could differ from those estimates. In addition, certain reclassification adjustments have been made to historical results to achieve consistency in presentation.


The 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 Consolidated Financial Statements for prior periods have been reclassified to conform to the current period presentation. Previously reported amounts in the Consolidated Statement of Operations have been adjusted for the effects of the discontinued operations described above. The reclassifications related to discontinued operations had no impact on previously reported amounts for total assets, total liabilities, total stockholders' equity or net income.