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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
 
 
 
 
Form 10-K
 
         
þ
  ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
   
 
       
         
    For the fiscal year ended January 1, 2010    
         
 
or
         
         
         
o
  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
   
         
 
Commission file number 001-10212
 
Anixter International Inc.
(Exact name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)
 
     
Delaware   94-1658138
(State or other jurisdiction of
Incorporation or Organization)
  (I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 
2301 Patriot Blvd.
Glenview, IL 60026
(224) 521-8000
(Address and telephone number of principal executive offices in its charter)
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
     
Title of Each Class on Which Registered
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
 
Common stock, $1 par value
  New York Stock Exchange
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None.
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act.  Yes þ     No o
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Act.  Yes o     No þ
 
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 þ     No o
 
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 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).  Yes o     No o
 
Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  Yes þ     No o
 
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 the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):
 
Large accelerated filer þ Accelerated filer o Non-accelerated filer o Smaller reporting company o
(Do not check if a
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 o     No þ
 
The aggregate market value of the shares of registrant’s Common Stock, $1 par value, held by nonaffiliates of the registrant was approximately $1,150,452,181 as of July 3, 2009.
 
At February 19, 2010, 33,741,878 shares of registrant’s Common Stock, $1 par value, were outstanding.
 
Documents Incorporated by Reference:
 
Certain portions of the registrant’s Proxy Statement for the 2010 Annual Meeting of Stockholders of Anixter International Inc. are incorporated by reference into Part III.
 


 

 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
             
        Page
 
  Business     1  
  Risk Factors     4  
  Unresolved Staff Comments     6  
  Properties     6  
  Legal Proceedings     6  
  Submission of Matters to a Vote of Security Holders     8  
 
PART II
  Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities     9  
  Selected Financial Data     10  
  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations     13  
  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk     36  
  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data     39  
  Changes In and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure     85  
  Controls and Procedures     85  
  Other Information     87  
 
PART III
  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance     87  
  Executive Compensation     87  
  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters     87  
  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence     87  
  Principal Accountant Fees and Services     87  
 
PART IV
  Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules     88  


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PART I
 
ITEM 1.  BUSINESS.
 
(a)  General Development of Business
 
Anixter International Inc., formerly known as Itel Corporation, which was incorporated in Delaware in 1967, is engaged in the distribution of communications and electrical wire and cable products and fasteners and other small parts (“C” Class inventory components) through Anixter Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively “Anixter” or the “Company”).
 
In August of 2008, the Company acquired the assets and operations of QSN Industries, Inc. (“QSN”) and all of the outstanding shares of Quality Screw de Mexico SA (“QSM”). QSN is based near Chicago, Illinois and QSM is based in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In September of 2008, the Company acquired all of the outstanding shares of Sofrasar SA (“Sofrasar”) and partnership interests and shares in Camille Gergen GmbH & Co, KG and Camille Gergen Verwaltungs GmbH (collectively “Gergen”) from the Gergen family and management of the entities. Sofrasar is headquartered in Sarreguemines, France and Gergen is based in Dillingen, Germany. In October of 2008, the Company acquired all the assets and operations of World Class Wire & Cable Inc. (“World Class”), a Waukesha, Wisconsin-based distributor of electrical wire and cable. These acquisitions complement Anixter’s product offering with a broad array of value-added services and supply chain management programs to Original Equipment Manufacturers (“OEMs”) in a number of vertical markets. These, along with other strategic acquisitions made over the last five years (Total Supply Solutions Limited (“TSS”), Eurofast SAS (“Eurofast”), MFU Holding S.p.A. (“MFU”), IMS, Inc. (“IMS”) and Infast Group plc (“Infast”)), further the Company’s goal of building on its current strategic platform to drive future organic sales growth.
 
(b)  Financial Information about Industry Segments
 
The Company is engaged in the distribution of communications and electrical wire and cable products, fasteners and “C” Class inventory components from top suppliers to contractors, installers, integrators and end users. The Company also supplies OEMs, in a wide variety of end markets, who use the Company’s products as a component in their end product. The Company is organized by geographic regions and, accordingly, has identified North America (United States and Canada), Europe and Emerging Markets (Asia Pacific and Latin America) as reportable segments. The Company obtains and coordinates financing, legal, tax, information technology and other related services, certain of which are rebilled to subsidiaries. Interest expense and other non-operating items are not allocated to the segments or reviewed on a segment basis.
 
Within each geographic segment, the Company organizes its sales teams based on the anticipated customer use or application of the products sold. Currently, the Company has enterprise cabling and security sales specialists (primarily copper and fiber data cabling, connectivity, security products and related support and supply products), electrical wire and cable sales specialists (primarily power, control and instrumentation cabling) and OEM supply sales specialists (primarily direct production line feed programs of small components to OEMs). All sales teams have access to the full array of products and services offered by the Company and all sales are serviced by the same operations, systems and support functions of the Company.
 
For certain financial information concerning the Company’s business segments, see Note 11. “Business Segments” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
(c)  Narrative Description of Business
 
Overview
 
The Company is a leader in the provision of advanced inventory management services including procurement, just-in-time delivery, quality assurance testing, advisory engineering services, component kit production, small component assembly and e-commerce and electronic data interchange to a broad spectrum of customers. The Company’s comprehensive supply chain management solutions are designed to reduce customer procurement and management costs and enhance overall production or installation efficiencies. Inventory management services are frequently provided under customer contracts for periods in excess of one year and include the interfacing of


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Anixter and customer information systems and the maintenance of dedicated distribution facilities. These services are provided exclusively in connection with the sales of products, and as such, the price of such services are included in the price of the products delivered to the customer.
 
Through a combination of its service capabilities and a portfolio of products from industry-leading manufacturers, the Company is a leading global distributor of data, voice, video and security network communication products and the largest North American distributor of specialty wire and cable products. In addition, Anixter is a leading distributor of “C” Class inventory components which are incorporated into a wide variety of end-use applications and include screws, bolts, nuts, washers, pins, rings, fittings, springs, electrical connectors and similar small parts, the majority of which are specialized or highly engineered for particular customer applications.
 
Customers
 
The Company sells products to over 100,000 active customers. These customers are international, national, regional and local companies that include end users of the Company’s products, installers, integrators and resellers of the Company’s products as well as OEMs who use the Company’s products as a component of their end product. Customers for the Company’s products cover all industry groups including manufacturing, telecommunications, internet service providers, finance, education, healthcare, transportation, utilities, aerospace and defense and government as well as contractors, installers, system integrators, value-added resellers, architects, engineers and wholesale distributors. The Company’s customer base is well-diversified with no single customer accounting for more than 3% of sales.
 
Products
 
The Company sells over 450,000 products. These products include communications (voice, data, video and security) products used to connect personal computers, peripheral equipment, mainframe equipment, security equipment and various networks to each other. These products consist of an assortment of transmission media (copper and fiber optic cable), connectivity products, support and supply products, and security surveillance and access control products. These products are incorporated into enterprise networks, physical security networks, central switching offices, web hosting sites and remote transmission sites. In addition, Anixter provides electrical wire and cable products, including electrical and electronic wire and cable, control and instrumentation cable and coaxial cable that are used in a wide variety of maintenance, repair and construction-related applications. The Company also provides a wide variety of electrical and electronic wire and cable products, fasteners and other small components that are used by OEMs in manufacturing a wide variety of products.
 
Suppliers
 
The Company sources products from approximately 7,000 suppliers. However, approximately 29% of Anixter’s dollar volume purchases in 2009 were from its five largest suppliers. An important element of Anixter’s overall business strategy is to develop and maintain close relationships with its key suppliers, which include the world’s leading manufacturers of communication cabling, connectivity, support and supply products, electrical wire and cable and fasteners. Such relationships emphasize joint product planning, inventory management, technical support, advertising and marketing. In support of this strategy, Anixter generally does not compete with its suppliers in product design or manufacturing activities. Anixter also generally does not sell private label products that are either one of Anixter’s brands or a brand name exclusive to Anixter.
 
The Company’s typical distribution agreement includes the following significant terms:
 
  •  a non-exclusive right to re-sell products to any customer in a geographical area (typically defined as a country);
  •  usually cancelable upon 90 days notice by either party for any reason;
  •  no minimum purchase requirements, although pricing may change with volume on a prospective basis; and
  •  the right to pass through the manufacturer’s warranty to Anixter’s customers.


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Distribution and Service Platform
 
The Company cost-effectively serves its customers’ needs through its proprietary computer systems, which connect most of its warehouses and sales offices throughout the world. The systems are designed for sales support, order entry, inventory status, order tracking, credit review and material management. Customers may also conduct business through Anixter’s e-commerce platform, one of the most comprehensive, user-friendly and secure websites in the industry.
 
The Company operates a series of large, modern, regional warehouses in key geographic locations in North America, Europe and Emerging Markets that provide for cost-effective, reliable storage and delivery of products to its customers. Anixter has designated 14 warehouses as regional warehouses. Collectively these facilities store approximately 32% of Anixter’s inventory. In certain cities, some smaller warehouses are also maintained to maximize transportation efficiency and to provide for the local needs of customers. This network of warehouses and sales offices consists of 149 locations in the United States, 17 in Canada, 36 in the United Kingdom, 41 in Continental Europe, 26 in Latin America, 20 in Asia and 5 in Australia/New Zealand.
 
The Company has also developed close relationships with certain freight, package delivery and courier services to minimize transit times between its facilities and customer locations. The combination of its information systems, distribution network and delivery partnerships allows Anixter to provide a high level of customer service while maintaining a reasonable level of investment in inventory and facilities.
 
Employees
 
At January 1, 2010 the Company employed 7,811 people. Approximately 42% of the employees are engaged in sales or sales-related activities, 40% are engaged in warehousing and distribution operations and 18% are engaged in support activities, including inventory management, information services, finance, human resources and general management. The Company does not have any significant concentrations of employees subject to collective bargaining agreements within any of its geographic segments.
 
Competition
 
Given the Company’s role as an aggregator of many different types of products from many different sources and because these products are sold to many different industry groups, there is no well-defined industry group against which the Company competes. The Company views the competitive environment as highly fragmented with hundreds of distributors and manufacturers that sell products directly or through multiple distribution channels to end users or other resellers. There is significant competition within each end market and geography served that creates pricing pressure and the need for constant attention to improve services. Competition is based primarily on breadth of products, quality, services, price and geographic proximity. Anixter believes that it has a significant competitive advantage due to its comprehensive product and service offerings, highly-skilled workforce and global distribution network. The Company believes its global distribution platform provides a competitive advantage to serving multinational customers’ needs. The Company’s operations and logistics platform gives it the ability to ship orders from inventory for delivery within 24 to 48 hours to all major global markets. In addition, the Company has common systems and processes throughout much of its operations in 52 countries that provide its customers and suppliers with global consistency.
 
Anixter enhances its value proposition to both key suppliers and customers through its specifications and testing facilities and numerous quality assurance certification programs such as ISO 9001 and QSO 9000. The Company uses its testing facilities in conjunction with suppliers to develop product specifications and to test quality compliance. At its data network-testing lab located at the Company’s suburban Chicago headquarters, the Company also works with customers to design and test various product configurations to optimize network design and performance specific to the customers’ needs. At its various regional quality labs, the Company offers OEMs a comprehensive range of mechanical testing and materials characterization for product testing and failure investigation.
 
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Contract Sales and Backlog
 
The Company has a number of customers who purchase products under long-term (generally three to five year) contractual arrangements. In such circumstances, the relationship with the customer typically involves a high degree of material requirements planning and information systems interfaces and, in some cases, may require the maintenance of a dedicated distribution facility or dedicated personnel and inventory at, or in close proximity to, the customer site to meet the needs of the customer. Such contracts do not generally require the customer to purchase any minimum amount of goods from the Company, but would require that materials acquired by Anixter as a result of joint material requirements planning between the Company and the customer be purchased by the customer.
 
Generally, backlog orders, excluding contractual customers, represent approximately four weeks of sales and ship to customers within 30 to 60 days from order date. The Company’s operations and logistics platform gives it the ability to ship orders from inventory for delivery within 24 to 48 hours to all major global markets.
 
Seasonality
 
The operating results are not significantly affected by seasonal fluctuations except for the impact resulting from variations in the number of billing days from quarter to quarter. Consecutive quarter sales from the third to fourth quarters are generally lower due to the holidays and lower number of billing days as compared to other consecutive quarter comparisons. As the Company’s fastener business grows, the Company expects seasonal fluctuations to increase slightly, as the first and second quarter are somewhat stronger in the fastener business, due to third and fourth quarter seasonal and holiday plant shutdowns among OEM customers.
 
(d)  Financial Information about Geographic Areas
 
For information concerning foreign and domestic operations and export sales see Note 7. “Income Taxes” and Note 11. “Business Segments” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
(e)  Available Information
 
The Company maintains an Internet website at http://www.anixter.com that includes links to the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to these reports. These forms are available without charge as soon as reasonably practical following the time they are filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Shareholders and other interested parties may request email notifications of the posting of these documents through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website.
 
The Company’s Internet website also contains corporate governance information including corporate governance guidelines; audit, compensation and nomination and governance committee charters; nomination process for directors; and the Company’s business ethics and conduct policy.
 
ITEM 1A.  RISK FACTORS.
 
The following factors could materially adversely affect the Company’s operating results and financial condition. Although the Company has tried to discuss key factors, please be aware that other risks may prove to be important in the future. New risks may emerge at any time, and the Company cannot predict those risks or estimate the extent to which they may affect the Company’s financial performance.
 
A change in sales strategy or financial viability of the Company’s suppliers could adversely affect the Company’s sales or earnings.
 
Most of the Company’s agreements with suppliers are terminable by either party on short notice for any reason. The Company currently sources products from approximately 7,000 suppliers. However, approximately 29% of the Company’s dollar volume purchases in 2009 were from its five largest suppliers. If any of these suppliers changed its sales strategy to reduce its reliance on distribution channels, or decided to terminate its business relationship with the Company, sales and earnings could be adversely affected until the Company was able to establish relationships with suppliers of comparable products. Although the Company believes its relationships with these key suppliers


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are good, they could change their strategies as a result of a change in control, expansion of their direct sales force, changes in the marketplace or other factors beyond the Company’s control, including a key supplier becoming financially distressed.
 
The Company’s foreign operations are subject to political, economic and currency risks.
 
The Company derives approximately 41% of its revenues from sales outside of the United States. Economic and political conditions in some of these markets may adversely affect the Company’s results of operations, cash flows and financial condition in these markets. The Company’s results of operations and the value of its foreign assets are affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, and different legal, tax, accounting and regulatory requirements.
 
The Company has risks associated with inventory.
 
The Company must identify the right product mix and maintain sufficient inventory on hand to meet customer orders. Failure to do so could adversely affect the Company’s sales and earnings. However, if circumstances change (for example, an unexpected shift in market demand, pricing or customer defaults) there could be a material impact on the net realizable value of the Company’s inventory. To guard against inventory obsolescence, the Company has negotiated various return rights and price protection agreements with certain key suppliers. The Company also maintains an inventory valuation reserve account against diminution in the value or salability of the Company’s inventory. However, there is no guaranty that these arrangements will be sufficient to avoid write-offs in excess of the Company’s reserves in all circumstances.
 
The Company’s operating results are affected by copper prices.
 
The Company’s operating results have been affected by changes in copper prices, which is a major component in a portion of the electrical wire and cable products sold by the Company. As the Company’s purchase costs with suppliers change to reflect the changing copper prices, its mark-up to customers remains relatively constant, resulting in higher or lower sales revenue and gross profit depending upon whether copper prices are increasing or decreasing.
 
The degree to which spot market copper price changes correlate to product price changes is a factor of market demand levels for products. When demand is strong, there is a high degree of correlation but when demand is weak, there can be significant time lags between spot price changes and market price changes.
 
The Company has risks associated with the integration of acquired businesses.
 
In connection with recent and future acquisitions, it is necessary for the Company to continue to create a cohesive business from the various acquired properties. This requires the establishment of a common management team to guide the acquired businesses, the conversion of numerous information systems to a common operating system, the establishment of a brand identity for the acquired businesses, the streamlining of the operating structure to optimize efficiency and customer service and a reassessment of the inventory and supplier base to ensure the availability of products at competitive prices. No assurance can be given that these various actions can continue to be completed without disruption to the business, that the various actions can be completed in a short period of time or that anticipated improvements in operating performance can be achieved.
 
The Company’s debt agreements could impose restrictions on its business.
 
The Company’s debt agreements contain certain financial and operating covenants that limit its discretion with respect to certain business matters. These covenants restrict the Company’s ability to incur additional indebtedness as well as they limit the amount of dividends or share repurchases the Company may make. As a result of these restrictions, the Company is limited in how it may conduct business and may be unable to compete effectively or take advantage of new business opportunities.


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The Company has risks associated with accounts receivable.
 
Although no single customer accounts for more than 3% of the Company’s sales, a payment default by one of its larger customers could have a short-term impact on earnings. Given the current economic environment, constrained access to capital and general market contractions may heighten exposure to customer defaults.
 
The Company has convertible debt which may result in funding needs and additional dilution.
 
The Company’s outstanding 3.25% zero coupon convertible notes due 2033 include a right for the holders of those notes to put them to the Company whereby holders may require the Company to purchase, in cash, all or a portion of their Notes due 2033 from time to time.
 
The Company believes that expected future earnings, cash flow generated from operations and available, committed, unused credit lines will be sufficient to fund operations, as well as potential funding needs discussed above. In the event these sources are not sufficient to support the Company’s funding needs, the Company may need to access the capital markets and there can be no assurance that, when the Company accesses the capital markets, funding will be available or will be available on favorable terms. This could result in a material increase in interest expense, decrease in profitability or more restrictive covenants.
 
Additionally, based on the Company’s stock price, the debt may be convertible into common shares which, if converted, will cause dilution.
 
A decline in project volume could adversely affect the Company’s sales and earnings.
 
While most of the Company’s sales and earnings are generated by comparatively smaller and more frequent orders, the fulfillment of large orders for capital projects generates significant sales and earnings. Difficult credit market conditions for our customers, weak demand for our customers’ products or other customer spending constraints can result in project delays or cancellations, potentially having a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial results.
 
ITEM 1B.  UNRESOLVED STAFF COMMENTS.
 
None.
 
ITEM 2.  PROPERTIES.
 
The Company’s distribution network consists of 225 warehouses in 52 countries with more than 7.0 million square feet. There are 14 regional distribution centers (100,000 — 575,000 square feet), 34 local distribution centers (35,000 — 100,000 square feet) and 177 service centers. Additionally, the Company has 69 sales offices throughout the world. All but 2 of these facilities are leased. No one facility is material to operations, and the Company believes there is ample supply of alternative warehousing space available on similar terms and conditions in each of its markets.
 
ITEM 3.  LEGAL PROCEEDINGS.
 
In April 2008, the Company voluntarily disclosed to the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce that one of its foreign subsidiaries may have violated U.S. export control laws and regulations in connection with re-exports of goods to prohibited parties or destinations including Cuba and Syria, countries identified by the State Department as state sponsors of terrorism. The Company has performed a thorough review of its export and re-export transactions and did not identify any other potentially significant violations. The Company has determined appropriate corrective actions. The Company has submitted the results of its review and its corrective action plan to the applicable U.S. government agencies. Civil penalties may be assessed against the Company in connection with any violations that are determined to have occurred, but based on information currently available, management does not believe that the ultimate resolution of this matter will have a material effect on the business, operations or financial condition of the Company.


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On May 20, 2009, Raytheon Co. filed for arbitration against one of the Company’s subsidiaries, Anixter Inc., alleging that it had supplied non-conforming parts to Raytheon. Raytheon is seeking damages of approximately $26 million. The Company intends to vigorously defend against the allegations. Based on facts known to management at this time, the Company cannot estimate the amount of loss, if any, and, therefore, has not made any accrual for this matter in these financial statements. The Company maintains insurance that may limit its financial exposure for defense costs, as well as liability, if any, for claims covered by the insurance.
 
On September 11, 2009, the Garden City Employees’ Retirement System filed a purported class action under the federal securities laws in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the Company, its current and former chief executive officers and its chief financial officer. On November 18, 2009, the Court entered an order appointing the Indiana Laborers Pension Fund as lead plaintiff and appointing lead plaintiff’s counsel. On January 6, 2010, the lead plaintiff filed an amended complaint. The amended complaint principally alleges that the Company made misleading statements during 2008 regarding certain aspects of its financial performance and outlook. The amended complaint seeks unspecified damages on behalf of persons who purchased the common stock of the Company between January 29 and October 20, 2008. The Company and the other defendants intend to defend themselves vigorously against the allegations. Based on facts known to management at this time, the Company cannot estimate the amount of loss, if any, and, therefore, has not made any accrual for this matter in these financial statements.
 
From time to time, in the ordinary course of business, the Company and its subsidiaries become involved as plaintiffs or defendants in various other legal proceedings not enumerated above. The claims and counterclaims in such other legal proceedings, including those for punitive damages, individually in certain cases and in the aggregate, involve amounts that may be material. However, it is the opinion of the Company’s management, based on the advice of its counsel, that the ultimate disposition of those proceedings will not be material.


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ITEM 4.  SUBMISSION OF MATTERS TO A VOTE OF SECURITY HOLDERS.
 
During the fourth quarter of 2009, no matters were submitted to a vote of the security holders.
 
EXECUTIVE OFFICERS OF THE REGISTRANT
 
The following table lists the name, age as of February 26, 2010, position, offices and certain other information with respect to the executive officers of the Company. The term of office of each executive officer will expire upon the appointment of his successor by the Board of Directors.
 
Robert J. Eck, 51 President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since July 2008; Executive Vice-President — Chief Operating Officer of the Company from September 2007 to July 2008; Executive Vice-President — Enterprise Cabling and Security Systems of Anixter from January 2004 to September 2007; Senior Vice-President — Physical Security and Integrated Supply Solutions of Anixter from 2003 to 2004; Senior Vice-President — Integrated Supply Solutions of Anixter from 2002 to 2003.
 
Dennis J. Letham, 58 Executive Vice-President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since September 2007; Senior Vice-President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer of the Company since January 1995; Chief Financial Officer, Executive Vice-President of Anixter since July 1993. Mr. Letham also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tenneco Inc.
 
Ted A. Dosch, 50 Senior Vice-President — Global Finance of the Company since January 2009; Corporate Vice President — Global Productivity at Whirlpool Corporation from April 2008 to January 2009; CFO — North America and Vice President — Maytag Integration at Whirlpool Corporation from November 2006 to March 2008; Corporate Vice President — Maytag Integration Team at Whirlpool Corporation from January 2006 to October 2006; Corporate Controller at Whirlpool Corporation from September 2004 to December 2005; CFO — North America at Whirlpool Corporation from November 1999 to August 2004. Mr. Dosch also currently serves on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity International.
 
John A. Dul, 48 Vice-President — General Counsel and Secretary of the Company since November 2002; Assistant Secretary from May 1995 to November 2002; General Counsel and Secretary of Anixter since January 1996.
 
Terrance A. Faber, 58 Vice-President — Controller of the Company since October 2000.
 
Philip F. Meno, 51 Vice-President — Taxes of the Company since May 1993.
 
Nancy C. Ross-Dronzek, 49 Vice-President — Internal Audit of the Company since December 2007 and of Anixter since July 2007. Director — Corporate Audit at The Boeing Company from 2003 to 2007.
 
Rodney A. Shoemaker, 52 Vice-President — Treasurer of the Company since July 1999.
 
Rodney A. Smith, 52 Vice-President — Human Resources of the Company since August 2006; Vice-President — Human Resources at UOP, LLC from July 2000 to August 2006.


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PART II
 
ITEM 5.  MARKET FOR REGISTRANT’S COMMON EQUITY, RELATED STOCKHOLDER MATTERS AND ISSUER PURCHASES OF EQUITY SECURITIES.
 
Anixter International Inc.’s Common Stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE. Stock price information, dividend information and shareholders of record are set forth in Note 13. “Selected Quarterly Financial Data (Unaudited)” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements. There have been no sales of unregistered securities.
 
PERFORMANCE GRAPH
 
The following graph sets forth the annual changes for the five-year period indicated in a theoretical cumulative total shareholder return of an investment of $100 in Anixter’s common stock and each comparison index, assuming reinvestment of dividends. This graph reflects the comparison of shareholder return on the Company’s common stock with that of a broad market index and a peer group index consistent with the prior year. The Company’s Peer Group Index for 2010 consists of the following companies: Agilysys Inc., Arrow Electronics Inc., Avnet Inc., Fastenal Company, W.W. Grainger Inc., Houston Wire and Cable Company, Ingram Micro, MSC Industrial Direct Co. Inc., Park Ohio Holdings Corp., Richardson Electronics Ltd., Tech Data Corp, and WESCO International, Inc. This peer group was selected based on a review of publicly available information about these companies and the Company’s determination that they are engaged in distribution businesses similar to that of the Company.
 
(GRAPH)
 
* $100 invested on 12/31/04 in stock or index, including reinvestment of dividends.


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ITEM 6.  SELECTED FINANCIAL DATA.
 
                                         
    Fiscal Year  
    2009     2008     2007     2006     2005  
    As Adjusted (See Note 1.)  
    (In millions, except per share amounts)  
 
Selected Income Statement Data:
                                       
Net sales
  $ 4,982.4     $ 6,136.6     $ 5,852.9     $ 4,938.6     $ 3,847.4  
Operating incomea
    103.5       391.9       439.1       337.1       189.4  
Interest expense and other, netb
    (86.3 )     (86.4 )     (54.6 )     (39.0 )     (36.6 )
Net (loss) incomea,b,c
  $ (29.3 )   $ 187.9     $ 245.5     $ 206.3     $ 87.2  
Net (loss) income per share:
                                       
Basic
  $ (0.83 )   $ 5.30     $ 6.58     $ 5.28     $ 2.30  
Diluted
  $ (0.83 )   $ 4.87     $ 5.81     $ 4.79     $ 2.15  
Dividends declared per common shared
  $     $     $     $     $ 4.00  
Selected Balance Sheet Data:
                                       
Total assetsb,e
  $ 2,671.7     $ 3,062.4     $ 2,981.4     $ 2,563.0     $ 2,009.6  
Total short-term debtf
  $ 8.7     $ 249.5     $ 84.1     $ 212.3     $ 1.0  
Total long-term debtb,f
  $ 821.4     $ 852.5     $ 859.1     $ 594.8     $ 618.8  
Stockholders’ equityd,e
  $ 1,024.1     $ 1,072.8     $ 1,092.5     $ 961.4     $ 708.8  
Book value per diluted share
  $ 29.17     $ 27.77     $ 25.88     $ 22.32     $ 17.35  
Weighted-average diluted shares
    35.1       38.6       42.2       43.1       40.8  
Year-end outstanding shares
    34.7       35.3       36.3       39.5       38.4  
Other Financial Data:
                                       
Working capital
  $ 1,381.0     $ 1,350.9     $ 1,439.0     $ 1,097.8     $ 932.6  
Capital expenditures
  $ 22.2     $ 32.7     $ 36.1     $ 24.8     $ 15.0  
Depreciation and amortization of intangibles
  $ 37.1     $ 34.6     $ 30.8     $ 24.0     $ 21.6  
 
In August, September and October of 2008, the Company acquired QSN, QSM, Sofrasar, Gergen and World Class for $76.1 million, $4.5 million, $20.7 million, $19.4 million and $61.4 million, respectively, inclusive of legal and advisory fees. In May of 2007, April of 2007, October of 2006, May of 2006 and July of 2005, the Company acquired Eurofast, TSS, MFU, IMS and Infast for $26.9 million, $8.3 million, $61.2 million, $28.8 million and $71.8 million, respectively, inclusive of legal and advisory fees. As a result of the acquisitions described above, sales in the year of acquisition were favorably affected in 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 by $109.8 million, $87.7 million, $125.5 million and $182.0 million, respectively, as compared to the prior year. Operating income was unfavorably affected in 2009 and favorably affected in 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 by $2.4 million, $3.1 million, $12.1 million, $5.1 million and $2.3 million, respectively. The acquisitions were accounted for as purchases and the results of operations of the acquired businesses are included in the consolidated financial statements from the dates of acquisition.
 
As of the beginning of fiscal 2009, the Company adopted the provisions of new guidance issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (the “FASB”) related to convertible debt instruments. The new accounting rule requires bifurcation of a component of the debt, classification of that component in equity and the accretion of the resulting discount on the debt to be recognized as part of interest expense in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Company elected to apply the provisions of the new accounting guidance to instruments outstanding during the periods covered by the audited financial statements for fiscal years ending January 1, 2010, January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007. The Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations, the Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows and the Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity for the years ended January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007 were adjusted from amounts previously reported to reflect the period specific effect of applying the provisions of the new rule. Accordingly, the Company recognized the cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle on periods prior to those presented in the audited financial statements as adjustments to assets, liabilities and equity with an offsetting decrease to the opening balance of retained earnings


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for fiscal 2007. See Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further information. However, for presentation purposes, the table above reflects the adoption of the new rules for all periods presented with a cumulative adjustment to the 2005 opening balance.
 
As a result of the implementation of the new accounting rules, interest expense was increased from previously reported amounts in 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 by $12.6 million, $13.0 million, $4.9 million and $4.6 million, respectively. Net income decreased by $7.8 million ($0.20 per diluted share), $8.0 million ($0.19 per diluted share), $3.0 million ($0.07 per diluted share) and $2.8 million ($0.07 per diluted share) for 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005, respectively. This accounting change decreased assets and long-term debt and impacted stockholders’ equity from previously reported amounts. For 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 total assets decreased by $29.3 million, $34.8 million, $3.2 million and $2.5 million, respectively, while long-term debt decreased by $65.0 million, $78.1 million, $2.2 million and $6.3 million, respectively. For 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005, stockholders’ equity increased by $37.0 million, increased by $44.7 million, decreased by $0.6 million and increased by $2.4 million, respectively.
 
Notes:
 
(a)  For the year ended January 1, 2010, operating income includes $100.0 million ($2.85 per diluted share) of non-cash goodwill impairment charge related to the European operations, $5.7 million ($0.11 per diluted share) of severance costs related to staffing reductions and $4.2 million ($0.07 per diluted share) related to exchange rate-driven lower of cost or market adjustment on inventory in Venezuela. For the year ended January 2, 2009, operating income includes $4.2 million of expense ($0.07 per diluted share) related to the retirement of our former Chief Executive Officer, $24.1 million ($0.38 per diluted share) related to receivable losses from customer bankruptcies, $2.0 million ($0.04 per diluted share) related to the inventory lower of cost or market adjustments resulting from sharply lower copper prices, and $8.1 million ($0.14 per diluted share) primarily related to personnel severance costs related to staffing reductions and exit costs associated with leased facilities that the Company incurred to re-align its business in response to current market conditions. For the year ended December 29, 2006, operating income includes a favorable sales tax-related settlement in Australia which reduced operating expenses by $2.2 million ($0.04 per diluted share).
 
(b)  For the year ended January 1, 2010, the Company recognized foreign exchange losses of $13.8 million ($0.17 per diluted share) associated with its Venezuela operations, net losses of $1.1 million ($0.02 per diluted share) associated with the early retirement of debt and a loss of $2.1 million ($0.04 per diluted share) associated with the cancellation of interest rate hedging contracts as a result of the repayment of the related borrowings. For the year ended January 2, 2009, the Company recorded a pre-tax loss of $18.0 million ($0.34 per diluted share) related to foreign exchange losses due to both a sharp change in the relationship between the U.S. dollar and all of the major currencies in which the Company conducts its business and, for several weeks, highly volatile conditions in the foreign exchange markets. For the year ended January 2, 2009, the Company also recorded a pre-tax loss of $6.5 million ($0.10 per diluted share) related to the decline in the cash surrender value of Company owned life insurance policies associated with the Company’s deferred compensation program. In 2006, the Company recorded interest income of $6.9 million ($0.10 per diluted share) as a result of tax settlements in the U.S. and Canada. In 2005, the Company recorded a charge of $1.2 million ($0.02 per diluted share) related to the early retirement of debt.
 
(c)  In 2009, net income was reduced by $115.0 million ($3.16 per diluted share) related to the aforementioned items in (a) and (b) above. In 2009, the Company also recorded $4.8 million ($0.13 per diluted share) of net tax benefits related primarily to the reversal of a valuation allowance. In 2008, the Company recorded $1.6 million ($0.04 per diluted share) of net tax benefits related to the reversal of valuation allowances associated with certain foreign net operating loss carryforwards. In 2007, the Company recorded $11.8 million ($0.28 per diluted share) of net income primarily related to foreign tax benefits as well as a tax settlement in the U.S. In 2006, the Company recorded $27.0 million ($0.63 per diluted share) of net income primarily related to tax settlements in the U.S. and Canada and the initial establishment of deferred taxes associated with its foreign operations. For the year ended December 30, 2005, net income includes a reduction in tax expense of $1.4 million ($0.03 per diluted share) related to a favorable income tax ruling in Europe and an additional tax provision of $7.7 million ($0.19 per diluted share) related to the repatriation of accumulated foreign earnings.


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(d)  Stockholders’ equity reflects treasury stock purchases of $34.9 million, $104.6 million and $244.8 million for the years ended January 1, 2010, January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007, respectively, all of which have been retired. The Company did not purchase any treasury shares in fiscal 2006 or 2005. As of December 30, 2005, stockholders’ equity reflects the 2005 special dividends declared of $4.00 per common share as a return of excess capital to shareholders. Dividends declared in 2005 were approximately $156.1 million.
 
(e)  On December 30, 2006 (the beginning of fiscal 2007 for the Company), the Company adopted the provisions of new accounting guidance related to measurement and recognition of uncertain tax positions. As a result of the implementation of the standard, the Company recorded a $0.9 million increase in the liability for unrecognized tax benefits, which was accounted for as a reduction to the December 30, 2006 opening balance of retained earnings. In 2006, upon the adoption of a new accounting standard, the Company recorded the amount of its unfunded pension liability on its balance sheet resulting in an increase of $25.9 million in total pension liabilities. The pension liability adjustment was offset by a net reduction in stockholders’ equity of $19.0 million and deferred tax assets of $6.9 million. In accordance with the standard, the financial statements for periods prior to the date of adoption have not been restated.
 
(f)  At January 1, 2010, January 2, 2009, December 28, 2007 and December 29, 2006, short-term debt primarily consists of the accounts receivable securitization facility. During the first quarter of 2009, the Company’s primary operating subsidiary, Anixter Inc., issued $200 million principal amount of 10% Senior Notes due 2014 and then subsequently, in the fourth quarter of the year, the Company repurchased a portion of the Notes due 2014 which resulted in reducing the new debt balances by $23.6 million. Also, in 2009, the Company repurchased a portion of its convertible Notes due 2033 resulting in a reduction of borrowings of $60.1 million as compared to the end of 2008. During the first quarter of 2007, the Company issued $300 million of convertible senior notes due 2013. During the first quarter of 2005, Anixter Inc. issued $200 million of 5.95% Senior Notes due 2015 (“Notes due 2015”), which are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Company. For more information on short-term and long-term debt, see Note 5. “Debt” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements.


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ITEM 7.  MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS.
 
The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations may contain various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believe,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “completes,” “estimates,” “plans,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology indicating the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events. The Company cautions that such statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, a number of which are identified in this report under Item 1A. “Risk Factors.” The information contained in this financial review should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, on pages 41 to 84 of this Report.
 
This report includes certain financial measures computed using non-Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“non-GAAP”) components as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Specifically, net sales, comparisons to the prior corresponding period, both worldwide and in relevant geographic segments, are discussed in this report both on a Generally Accepted Accounting Principle (“GAAP”) basis and excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange and copper price effects (“non-GAAP”). The Company believes that by reporting organic growth which excludes the impact of acquisitions, foreign exchange and copper prices, both management and investors are provided with meaningful supplemental information to understand and analyze the Company’s underlying sales and other aspects of its financial performance.
 
Non-GAAP financial measures provide insight into selected financial information and should be evaluated in the context in which they are presented. These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information presented in compliance with GAAP, and non-financial measures as reported by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled amounts reported by other companies. The non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements, including the related notes, and Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations included herein in this report. Management does not use these non-GAAP financial measures for any purpose other than the reasons stated above.
 
Acquisition of Businesses
 
In August of 2008, the Company acquired the assets and operations of QSN Industries, Inc. (“QSN”) and all of the outstanding shares of Quality Screw de Mexico SA (“QSM”). QSN is based near Chicago, Illinois and QSM is based in Aguascalientes, Mexico. In September 2008, the Company acquired all of the outstanding shares of Sofrasar SA (“Sofrasar”) and partnership interests and shares in Camille Gergen GmbH & Co, KG and Camille Gergen Verwaltungs GmbH (collectively “Gergen”) from the Gergen family and management of the entities. Sofrasar is headquartered in Sarreguemines, France and Gergen is based in Dillingen, Germany. In October of 2008, the Company acquired all the assets and operations of World Class Wire & Cable Inc. (“World Class”), a Waukesha, Wisconsin based distributor of electrical wire and cable. The Company paid approximately $182.1 million in cash and assumed approximately $17.4 million in debt for the five businesses.
 
In April and May of 2007, respectively, the Company acquired all of the outstanding shares of Total Supply Solutions Limited (“TSS”), a Manchester, U.K.-based fastener distributor, and Eurofast SAS (“Eurofast”), an aerospace fastener distributor based in France. The Company paid approximately $35.2 million for these businesses.
 
As a result of the acquisitions described above, sales were favorably affected in 2009 and 2008 by $109.8 million and $87.7 million, respectively, while operating income was negatively affected by $2.4 million in 2009 but positively affected by $3.1 million in 2008.
 
All of the acquisitions described herein were accounted for as purchases and their respective results of operations are included in the condensed consolidated financial statements from the dates of acquisition. Had these acquisitions occurred at the beginning of the year of each acquisition, the Company’s operating results would not


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have been significantly different. Intangible amortization expense related to all of the Company’s intangible assets of $90.2 million at January 1, 2010 is expected to be approximately $10.1 million per year for the next five years.
 
Financial Liquidity and Capital Resources
 
Overview
 
As a distributor, the Company’s use of capital is largely for working capital to support its revenue base. Capital commitments for property, plant and equipment are limited to information technology assets, warehouse equipment, office furniture and fixtures and leasehold improvements, since the Company operates almost entirely from leased facilities. Therefore, in any given reporting period, the amount of cash consumed or generated by operations will primarily be due to changes in working capital as a result of the rate of increases or decreases to sales.
 
In periods when sales are increasing, the expanded working capital needs will be funded first by cash from operations, secondly from additional borrowings and lastly from additional equity offerings. In periods when sales are decreasing, the Company will have improved cash flows due to reduced working capital requirements. During such periods, the Company will use the expanded cash flow to reduce the amount of leverage in its capital structure until such time as the outlook for improved economic conditions and growth are clear. Also, the Company will, from time to time, issue or retire borrowings or equity in an effort to maintain a cost-effective capital structure consistent with its anticipated capital requirements.
 
Liquidity continues to be an area of focus throughout the investment community and the Company believes it has a strong liquidity position, sufficient to meet its liquidity requirements for the ensuing twelve months. During fiscal 2009, the Company generated $440.9 million of cash flow from operations, received net proceeds of $180.4 million (net of debt issuance costs of $4.8 million) from the issuance of the 10% Senior Notes due 2014 (“Notes due 2014”), spent $22.2 million on capital expenditures, reduced short-term and revolving credit facility borrowings by $400.2 million, repurchased 1.0 million shares of common stock for $34.9 million and repurchased a portion of the Notes due 2014 and a portion of the 3.25% zero coupon convertible notes due 2033 (“Notes due 2033”) for a total of $118.5 million ($1.2 million of which was accrued at year end 2009). The combination of these repurchases resulted in the recognition of a net loss of $1.1 million. At the end of fiscal 2009, the Company’s debt-to-total capital ratio was 44.8%, at the low end of its target range of 45% to 50%.
 
Certain debt agreements entered into by the Company’s operating subsidiaries contain various restrictions, including restrictions on payments to the Company. These restrictions have not had, nor are expected to have, an adverse impact on the Company’s ability to meet its cash obligations. During the third quarter of 2009, the Company’s primary operating subsidiary, Anixter Inc., amended its revolving credit agreement and renewed its accounts receivable securitization program. Based on the recently amended credit agreement, the Company has approximately $312.7 million in available, committed, unused credit lines and has drawn only $5 million of borrowings under its $200 million accounts receivable facility. The Company also has invested cash balances of $72.5 million at the end of 2009. The Company continues to regard its strong financial position and significant liquidity as important differentiators from many companies in today’s still difficult market, as they provide the Company with financial flexibility to adjust quickly to new market realities, fund investment in crucial long-term growth initiatives and allow it to capitalize quickly on the eventual market rebound.
 
The Company anticipates that the economic recovery that began in the second half of 2009 will be less robust than the experience of other recent past recession recoveries. As such, the Company will balance its focus on sales and earnings growth with continued efforts in cost control and working capital management.
 
Cash Flow
 
Year ended January 1, 2010: Net cash provided by operating activities was $440.9 million in 2009 compared to $125.0 million in 2008. The increase in cash provided by operating activities reflects $306.9 million of working capital reductions associated with a decline in sales in 2009.
 
Consolidated net cash used in investing activities decreased to $23.7 million in 2009 from $212.7 million in 2008 when the Company spent approximately $180.3 million on acquisitions. The remaining decline in cash used in investing activities is a result of a decline in capital expenditures. Capital expenditures are expected to be


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approximately $29.1 million in 2010 as the Company continues to invest in the consolidation of certain acquired facilities in North America and Europe and in system upgrades and new software to support its infrastructure and warehouse equipment.
 
Net cash used for financing activities was $371.0 million in 2009 compared to net cash provided by financing activities of $110.8 million in the corresponding period in 2008. In 2009, the Company received net proceeds of $180.4 million (net of debt issuance costs of $4.8 million) from the issuance of the Notes due 2014. Using the proceeds from the note offering together with $440.9 million of cash generated from operations during 2009, the Company reduced short-term and revolving credit facility borrowings by $400.2 million and repurchased 1.0 million shares of common stock for $34.9 million. During 2009, the Company repurchased a portion of its Notes due 2014 and a portion of its Notes due 2033 for a total of $118.5 million ($1.2 million of which was accrued at year end 2009). In 2008, the Company increased borrowings, primarily bank revolving lines of credit and borrowings under the accounts receivable securitization facility by $196.3 million and repurchased approximately 1.7 million shares of common stock for $104.6 million. The 2008 results include $10.2 million of cash from the excess income tax benefit associated with employee stock plans. Proceeds from the issuance of common stock relating to the exercise of stock options were $2.5 million in 2009 compared to $10.1 million in 2008. In 2009, the Company incurred $0.6 million of issuance costs in connection with amending its accounts receivable securitization facility compared to $0.5 million in 2008.
 
Year ended January 2, 2009: Net cash provided by operating activities was $125.0 million in 2008 compared to $138.2 million in 2007. The decrease in cash provided by operating activities was primarily due to lower net income offset by less incremental working capital requirements in 2008 than 2007 due to a lower level of organic sales growth.
 
Consolidated net cash used in investing activities increased to $212.7 million in 2008 from $73.9 million in 2007. The Company spent $180.3 million (net of cash acquired) in 2008 to acquire QSN, QSM, Sofrasar, Gergen and World Class. During 2007, the Company made additional payments of $3.3 million related to the businesses acquired in 2006 and spent $35.2 million (net of cash acquired) to purchase TSS and Eurofast. Capital expenditures decreased $3.4 million to $32.7 million during 2008 from $36.1 million in 2007 as the Company continued to invest in the consolidation of certain acquired facilities in North America and Europe and invested in system upgrades and new software to support its infrastructure and warehouse equipment to support the growth of the business.
 
Net cash provided by financing activities was $110.8 million in 2008 compared to net cash used of $73.0 million in 2007. In 2008, the Company increased borrowings, primarily bank revolving lines of credit and borrowings under the accounts receivable securitization facility by $196.3 million compared to a decrease of $112.8 million in 2007. The Company repurchased approximately 1.7 million of its outstanding common shares during 2008 at a total cost of $104.6 million. Cash from the excess income tax benefit associated with employee stock plans was $10.2 million in 2008 compared to $16.3 million in 2007. Proceeds from the issuance of common stock relating to the exercise of stock options were $10.1 million in 2008 compared to $11.7 million in 2007. In 2008, the Company incurred $0.5 million of issuance costs in connection with amending its accounts receivable securitization facility. In 2007, the Company issued $300 million of 1% convertible senior notes due 2013 (“Notes due 2013”) and amended its accounts receivable securitization and revolving credit facilities. Issuance costs related to the Notes due 2013 and amendments to the accounts receivable securitization and revolving credit facilities totaled $8.5 million in 2007. The net proceeds of $292.5 million from the 2007 issuance of the Notes due 2013 were primarily used to purchase shares of the Company’s common stock ($110.4 million) and fund the net cost of the purchased call option and sold warrant transactions ($36.8 million) which were entered into concurrently with the issuance of the Notes due 2013. Prior to the note offering described above, the Company purchased shares of its common stock at a total cost of $52.3 million. During the fourth quarter of 2007, the Company purchased additional shares of its common stock at a total cost of $82.1 million ($3.0 million of which was accrued at year end 2007).


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Financings
 
Revolving Lines of Credit
 
At the end of fiscal 2009, the Company had approximately $312.7 million in available, committed, unused credit lines with financial institutions that have investment-grade credit ratings. As such, the Company expects to have access to this availability based on its assessment of the viability of the associated financial institutions which are party to these agreements. Long-term borrowings under the following credit facilities totaled $96.1 million and $250.0 million at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, respectively.
 
At January 1, 2010, the Company’s primary liquidity source is the recently amended $350 million (or the equivalent in Euro), 5-year revolving credit agreement at Anixter Inc. maturing in April of 2012. At January 1, 2010, long-term borrowings under this facility were $95.8 million as compared to $218.2 million of outstanding long-term borrowings at the end of fiscal 2008. The following key amendments were made to the revolving credit agreement in July of 2009:
 
  •  The size of the facility was reduced from $450 million to $350 million.
  •  The consolidated fixed charge coverage ratio (as defined in the amended revolving credit agreement) was amended to require minimum coverage of 2.25 times through September 30, 2010 (previously 3.00 times), 2.50 times from October 2010 through December 2011 (previously 3.00 times) and 3.00 times thereafter.
  •  Anixter Inc. is required to have, on a proforma basis, a minimum of $50 million of availability under the revolving credit agreement at any time it elects to distribute funds to the Company to prepay, purchase or redeem indebtedness.
  •  Anixter Inc. is permitted to distribute funds to the Company for payment of dividends and share repurchases up to a maximum amount of $150 million plus 50% of Anixter Inc.’s cumulative net income from the date of the amendment forward. In the third quarter of 2009, the Company repurchased 1.0 million shares for $34.9 million. As of January 1, 2010, Anixter Inc. has the ability to distribute $134 million of funds to the Company.
  •  The ratings-based pricing grid was adjusted such that the all-in drawn cost of borrowings, based on Anixter Inc.’s current credit ratings of BB+/Ba2, is Libor plus 250 basis points on all borrowings (previously Libor plus 75 basis points on the first $350 million borrowed and Libor plus 100 basis point on the next $100 million borrowed).
 
All other material terms and conditions of the revolving credit facility were unchanged, including the April 2012 maturity date. The agreement, which is guaranteed by the Company, contains financial covenants that restrict the amount of leverage and set a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio as described above. The Company is in compliance with all of these covenant ratios and believes that there is adequate margin between the covenant ratios and the actual ratios given the current trends of the business. Under the leverage ratio, as of January 1, 2010, the total availability of all revolving lines of credit at Anixter Inc. would be permitted to be borrowed. See Exhibit 10.25 to this Annual Report on Form 10-K for definitions of the covenant ratios and other specific terms of the agreement. Also, see Note 5. “Debt” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements for further information regarding the amended facility.
 
The Company’s operating subsidiary in Canada, Anixter Canada Inc., has a $40.0 million (Canadian dollar) unsecured revolving credit facility that matures in April of 2012 and is used for general corporate purposes. The Canadian dollar-borrowing rate under the agreement is the BA/CDOR plus the applicable bankers’ acceptance fee (currently 250.0 basis points) for Canadian dollar advances or the prime rate plus the applicable margin (currently 150.0 basis points). In addition, standby fees on the unadvanced balance are currently 65.0 basis points. In June 2009, the Company cancelled a $20 million Canadian dollar interest rate swap agreement due to the repayment of the related borrowings. At January 1, 2010, the Company had no borrowings outstanding under this facility but $16.4 million (U.S. dollar) was borrowed under the facility and included in long-term debt outstanding at the end of 2008.
 
Excluding the primary revolving credit facility and the $40.0 million (Canadian dollar) facility at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, certain subsidiaries had long-term borrowings under other bank revolving lines of credit and miscellaneous facilities of $0.3 million and $15.4 million, respectively.


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Notes Due 2014
 
On March 11, 2009, the Company’s primary operating subsidiary, Anixter Inc., completed the issuance of $200 million of Notes due 2014 which were priced at a discount to par that resulted in a yield to maturity of 12%. The Notes due 2014 pay interest semiannually at a rate of 10% per annum and mature on March 15, 2014. In addition, before March 15, 2012, Anixter Inc. may redeem up to 35% of the Notes due 2014 at the redemption price of 110% of their principal amount plus accrued interest, using the net cash proceeds from public sales of the Company’s stock. Net proceeds from this offering were approximately $180.4 million after deducting discounts, commissions and expenses of $4.8 million which are being amortized through March 2014. The Company fully and unconditionally guarantees the Notes due 2014, which are unsecured obligations of Anixter Inc.
 
During 2009, the Company’s primary operating subsidiary, Anixter Inc., repurchased $23.6 million of accreted value of the Notes due 2014 for $27.7 million ($1.2 million of which was accrued at year end 2009). Available cash was used to repurchase these notes. As a result of the repurchase, the Company recognized a pre-tax loss of $4.7 million, inclusive of $0.6 million of debt issue costs that were written off. The loss is included in “Other (expense) income” in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for the year ended January 1, 2010.
 
Convertible Debt
 
In May 2008, the FASB issued new guidance related to convertible debt instruments. The new guidance requires that the liability and equity components of convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement) be separately accounted for in a manner that reflects an issuer’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate. The new accounting rule requires bifurcation of a component of the debt, classification of that component in equity and the accretion of the resulting discount on the debt to be recognized as part of interest expense in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. These provisions impacted the accounting associated with the Company’s Notes due 2013 and Notes due 2033. The recognition and disclosure provisions of this new rule were effective for the Company in fiscal 2009 and all periods presented have been adjusted to reflect the impact of the new guidance. For further information regarding new guidance related to convertible debt, see Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements.
 
The Company’s Notes due 2013 pay interest semiannually at a rate of 1.00% per annum. The Notes due 2013 will be convertible, at the holders option, at an initial conversion rate of 15.753 shares per $1,000 principal amount of Notes due 2013, equivalent to a conversion price of $63.48 per share, which represented a 15 percent conversion premium based on the last reported sale price of $55.20 per share of the Company’s common stock on the date of issue. The Notes due 2013 are convertible, under certain circumstances (as described in the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements), into 4,725,900 shares of the Company’s common stock, subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments. Upon conversion, holders will receive cash up to the principal amount, and any excess conversion value will be delivered, at the Company’s election in cash, common stock or a combination of cash and common stock. Based on the Company’s stock price at the end of 2009, the Notes due 2013 are not currently convertible. Concurrent with the issuance of the Notes due 2013, the Company entered into a convertible note hedge transaction, comprised of a purchased call option and a sold warrant, with an affiliate of one of the initial purchasers. The transaction will generally have the effect of increasing the conversion price of the Notes due 2013.
 
The Company’s Notes due 2033 have an aggregate principal amount at maturity of $240.3 million as of January 1, 2010. The principal amount at maturity of each Note due 2033 is $1,000. Based on the Company’s stock price at the end of 2009, the Notes due 2033 are currently convertible. In periods when the Notes due 2033 are convertible, any conversion will be settled in cash up to the accreted principal amount. If the conversion value exceeds the accreted principal amount of the Notes due 2033 at the time of conversion, the amount in excess of the accreted value will be settled in stock. The Company may redeem the Notes due 2033, in whole or in part, on or after July 7, 2011 for cash at the accreted value. Additionally, holders may require the Company to purchase, in cash, all or a portion of their Notes due 2033 on the following dates:
 
  •  July 7, 2011 at a price equal to $492.01 per Convertible Note due 2033;
  •  July 7, 2013 at a price equal to $524.78 per Convertible Note due 2033;
  •  July 7, 2018 at a price equal to $616.57 per Convertible Note due 2033;


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  •  July 7, 2023 at a price equal to $724.42 per Convertible Note due 2033; and
  •  July 7, 2028 at a price equal to $851.13 per Convertible Note due 2033.
 
The Notes due 2013 and the Notes due 2033 are structurally subordinated to the indebtedness of Anixter Inc. Although the Notes due 2033 were convertible at the end of 2009, they are classified as long-term at January 1, 2010 as the Company has the intent and ability to refinance the accreted value under existing long-term financing agreements.
 
During 2009, the Company repurchased a portion of the Notes due 2033 for $90.8 million. Available cash was used to repurchase these notes. In connection with the repurchases and in accordance with the accounting rules for convertible debt instruments, the Company reduced the accreted value of the debt by $60.1 million and recorded a reduction in equity of $34.3 million (reflecting the fair value of the conversion option at the time of repurchase). The repurchases resulted in the recognition of a gain of $3.6 million which is included in “Other (expense) income” in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended January 1, 2010.
 
For further information regarding the convertible notes, see Note 2. “(Loss) Income Per Share” and Note 5. “Debt” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements.
 
Notes Due 2015
 
Anixter Inc. also has $200.0 million of Senior Notes due 2015 (“Notes due 2015”), which are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Company. Interest of 5.95% on the Notes due 2015 is payable semi-annually on March 1 and September 1 of each year.
 
Short-term Borrowings
 
As of January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the Company’s short-term debt outstanding was $8.7 million and $249.5 million, respectively. Short-term debt consists primarily of the funding related to the Company’s accounts receivable securitization facility which Anixter Inc. renewed for a new 364-day period ending in July of 2010. As a part of the renewal, the size of the facility was reduced from $255 million to $200 million to bring it in line with the size of the current receivable collateral base. The renewed program carries an all-in drawn borrowings cost of Commercial Paper (“CP”) plus 150 basis points (previously CP plus 95 basis points). Unused capacity fees increased from 45 to 55 basis points to 75 to 85 basis points. All other material terms and conditions were unchanged.
 
Under Anixter’s accounts receivable securitization program, the Company sells, on an ongoing basis without recourse, a majority of the accounts receivable originating in the United States to Anixter Receivables Corporation (“ARC”), a wholly-owned, bankruptcy-remote special purpose entity. The assets of ARC are not available to creditors of Anixter in the event of bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings. ARC in turn sells an interest in these receivables to a financial institution for proceeds of up to $200.0 million. ARC is consolidated for accounting purposes only in the financial statements of the Company. The average outstanding funding extended to ARC during 2009 and 2008 was approximately $42.3 million and $144.3 million, respectively. The issuance costs related to amending and restating the accounts receivable securitization facility totaled $0.6 million in 2009.
 
Interest Expense
 
As adjusted for the adoption of the new accounting rules related to convertible debt instruments, consolidated interest expense was $66.1 million, $60.6 million and $58.2 million for 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Since fiscal year-end 2008, the Company has used its strong cash flow to reduce borrowings by approximately $300.0 million while increasing invested cash balances by $66.5 million. However, in 2009 the Company’s average cost of borrowings rose to 6.7% versus 5.4% and 6.1% in 2008 and 2007, respectively, due to the higher costs associated with the Notes due 2014 and lower average short-term borrowings which have lower interest rates. At the end of 2009, approximately 99.2% of the Company’s outstanding debt had fixed interest rates, either by the terms of the debt or through hedging contracts. The Company’s debt-to-total capitalization at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009 was 44.8% and 50.7%, respectively. The impact of interest rate agreements was minimal in 2009, 2008 and 2007.


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Contractual Cash Obligations and Commitments
 
The Company has the following contractual cash obligations as of January 1, 2010:
 
                                                         
    Payments due by period  
                                  Beyond
       
    2010     2011     2012     2013     2014     2014     Total  
    (In millions)  
 
Debta
  $ 8.7     $ 0.2     $ 208.6     $ 249.1     $ 163.5     $ 200.0     $ 830.1  
Contractual Interestb
    37.7       42.9       35.7       32.3       16.1       13.9       178.6  
Purchase Obligationsc
    411.6       8.5       7.3                         427.4  
Operating Leases
    63.1       51.5       43.2       33.4       26.8       74.6       292.6  
Deferred Compensation Liabilityd
    3.3       3.0       3.3       2.8       1.9       27.7       42.0  
Pension Planse
    11.9                                     11.9  
                                                         
Total Obligations
  $ 536.3     $ 106.1     $ 298.1     $ 317.6     $ 208.3     $ 316.2     $ 1,782.6  
                                                         
 
Liabilities related to unrecognized tax benefits of $5.1 million were excluded from the table above, as we cannot reasonably estimate the timing of cash settlements with taxing authorities. We do not expect the total amount of our unrecognized tax benefits to change significantly during the next twelve months. See Note 7. “Income Taxes” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements for further information related to unrecognized tax benefits.
 
Notes:
(a)  Included in debt are capital lease obligations of $0.5 million, of which approximately $0.2 million are due in each period from 2010 to 2011. The accounts receivable securitization program is set to expire within one year of January 1, 2010 and the outstanding balance of $5.0 million was classified as short-term. At January 1, 2010, Anixter had $95.8 million of borrowings under its long-term revolving credit facilities maturing in April of 2012. Although the Notes due 2033 were convertible at the end of 2009, the Company has the intent and ability to refinance the accreted value of the Notes due 2033 with existing long-term financing agreements available at January 1, 2010. The book value of the Notes due 2033 was $112.7 million and will accrete to $121.4 million in April of 2012 when the Company’s long-term revolving credit facilities mature. The Notes due 2013 were not convertible at the end of 2009. The $200.0 million Notes due 2015 are reflected in the column Beyond 2014.
 
(b)  Interest payments on debt outstanding at January 1, 2010 through maturity. For variable rate debt, the Company computed contractual interest payments based on the borrowing rate at January 1, 2010.
 
(c)  Purchase obligations primarily consist of purchase orders for products sourced from unaffiliated third party suppliers, in addition to commitments related to various capital expenditures. Many of these obligations may be cancelled with limited or no financial penalties.
 
(d)  A non-qualified deferred compensation plan was implemented on January 1, 1995. The plan provides for benefit payments upon retirement, death, disability, termination or other scheduled dates determined by the participant. At January 1, 2010, the deferred compensation liability was $41.9 million. In an effort to ensure that adequate resources are available to fund the deferred compensation liability, the Company has purchased variable, separate account life insurance policies on the plan participants with benefits accruing to the Company. At January 1, 2010, the cash surrender value of these company life insurance policies was $31.8 million.
 
(e)  The majority of the Company’s various pension plans are non-contributory and cover substantially all full-time domestic employees and certain employees in other countries. Retirement benefits are provided based on compensation as defined in the plans. The Company’s policy is to fund these plans as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Internal Revenue Service and local statutory law. At January 1, 2010, the current portion of the Company’s pension liability of $97.0 million was $0.8 million. The Company currently estimates that it will be required to contribute $11.9 million to its foreign and domestic pension plans in 2010. Due to the future impact of various market conditions, rates of return and changes in plan participants, the Company cannot provide a meaningful estimate of its future contributions beyond 2010.


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Income Taxes
 
Various foreign subsidiaries of the Company had aggregate cumulative net operating loss (“NOL”) carryforwards for foreign income tax purposes of approximately $142.6 million at January 1, 2010, which are subject to various provisions of each respective country. Approximately $30.4 million of this amount expires between 2010 and 2024, and $112.2 million of the amount has an indefinite life. Of the $142.6 million NOL carryforwards of foreign subsidiaries, $94.2 million relates to losses that have already provided a tax benefit in the U.S. due to rules permitting flow-through of such losses in certain circumstances. Without such losses included, the cumulative NOL carryforwards at January 1, 2010 were approximately $48.4 million, which are subject to various provisions of each respective country. Approximately $22.1 million of this amount expires between 2010 and 2019 and $26.3 million of the amount has an indefinite life. The deferred tax asset and valuation allowance have been adjusted to reflect only the carryforwards for which the Company has not taken a tax benefit in the United States.
 
Results of Operations
 
2009 Executive Overview and Outlook
 
The weak economic conditions that persisted throughout 2009 led to sales of $4,982.4 million, a 18.8% decline versus the prior year sales of $6,136.6 million. After adjusting for $181.1 million of negative foreign exchange effects, an estimated $147.0 million of negative copper prices effects and eliminating the sales of $109.8 million associated with acquisitions, the Company had an organic sales decline of approximately 15.3%. All geographic segments, as well as all end markets (enterprise cabling and security, electrical wire and cable and OEM supply) reported year-on-year sales declines.
 
While sales declined from 2008, the Company experienced flat daily sales run rates during most of 2009, with variations in consecutive quarter sales being, in large part, attributable to differences in the number of shipping days in a quarter due to holidays. While commodity prices and exchange rates displayed a fair amount of volatility during the year, the effects were muted by the overriding impact of the weak economy on customer demand levels.
 
The sales declines were disproportionately weighted to our higher gross margin products within OEM Supply where we saw a 20.5% organic decline in sales, and within electrical wire and cable, which reported a 17.5% decline in sales in 2009. At the same time, there was a further unfavorable sales mix shift during the year as we saw an organic sales decline of 25.1% in Europe, our highest gross margin geographic segment, versus 15.3% for the Company in total. In 2009, the Company recorded a $4.2 million reduction to gross profit due to an exchange rate-driven lower of cost or market adjustment on inventory in Venezuela. In 2008, the Company also recorded a $2.0 million lower of cost or market inventory adjustment in Europe. As a result of these factors, gross margins declined to 22.7% in 2009 from 23.5% in the prior year.
 
Operating expense control was a high priority throughout the year as the Company continued to evaluate activity levels and productivity to ensure its expense structure was sized to meet the realities of the economy while at the same time balancing the Company’s short-term objectives with its longer term strategies and programs. The Company reacted to the market conditions by reducing headcount by 9.6% in 2009. In addition, the Company extended salary review cycles from a normal 12 months to 18 months, recorded lower incentive compensation expense based on the decline in operating performance and tightly controlled variable expenses. All of these actions were taken with a goal of balancing short-term expense reductions with preserving the long-term capabilities and institutional knowledge that are critical to excellent customer service.
 
Despite the expense reductions, the effects of lower sales volumes, weaker gross margins and the effect on gross profit from lower copper prices resulted in a decline in operating margins in 2009. In addition, operating losses and an outlook for a weak economic recovery in Europe also led to a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $100.0 million for the Company’s European operations during the second quarter.
 
While the weak economy led to significant year-on-year declines in sales and operating earnings, the Company moved quickly to substantially reduce the amount of working capital in the business. Working capital reductions of $306.9 million contributed to the $440.9 million of cash flows from operating activities for the year.


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Operating income of $103.5 million in 2009 was significantly lower than operating income of $391.9 million in 2008. As a result of lower sales and gross margins as well as the impairment charge of $100.0 million in Europe, operating margins were 2.1% in 2009 compared to 6.4% in the prior year. The impairment charge reduced operating margins by 200 basis points in 2009. Recent acquisitions, unfavorable foreign exchange rates and lower copper prices decreased the Company’s year-to-date operating income by $2.4 million, $4.3 million and $32.6 million, respectively.
 
As a result of issuing the Notes due 2014 in the first quarter of 2009, the Company’s weighted average cost of borrowed capital increased to 6.7% from 5.4% in the prior year. Despite the fact that the Company was able to generate significant cash flow and reduce outstanding borrowings by approximately $300.0 million during the year, the higher interest rates resulted in a 9.1% increase in interest expense in 2009 as compared to 2008. As the Company retired debt in the later months of the year, including the repurchase of $23.6 million of the Notes due 2014 and $60.1 million of convertible notes, a net loss of $1.1 million on the retirement of debt was incurred.
 
In 2009, the Company recognized foreign exchange losses of $13.8 million associated with its Venezuela operations and a loss of $2.1 million associated with the cancellation of interest rate hedging contracts as a result of the repayment of the related borrowings. These losses were partially offset by a gain of $3.4 million related to the increase in the value of Company-owned life insurance policies associated with the Company’s deferred compensation program. In the prior year, the Company recorded a loss of $18.0 million related to foreign exchange and a loss of $6.5 million related to the decline in the cash surrender value of Company owned life insurance policies.
 
The tax provision for 2009 was $46.5 million which resulted in an effective tax rate of 39.6% after excluding the non-deductible impairment charge to goodwill. The 2009 tax provision was reduced by $4.8 million of net tax benefits related primarily to the reversal of a valuation allowance. Excluding the impairment charge, severance costs, losses due cancellation of interest rate swaps, early retirement of debt, foreign exchange related losses in Venezuela and the tax benefits, the Company’s effective tax rate in 2009 was 43.9%. The tax provision for 2008 was $117.6 million and the effective tax rate was 38.5%, inclusive of $1.6 million of net tax benefits related to the reversal of valuation allowances associated with certain foreign NOL carryforwards. Excluding the tax benefits and a number of items that decreased net income by $39.8 million in 2008, the Company’s effective tax rate in 2008 was 38.2% (see the “2008 versus 2007 Consolidated Results of Operations” section included herein for further information regarding these items). The increase in the effective tax rate in 2009 reflects the larger effects of permanent differences in taxable income versus reported income on a smaller pretax income base and significant changes in country level profitability.
 
The combined effects of the reduced operating earnings driven by the various factors identified above resulted in a net loss of $29.3 million in 2009 as compared to net income of $187.9 million in 2008. Diluted loss per share for fiscal 2009 of $0.83 was impacted by $3.06 due to the previously mentioned impairment charge, severance costs, losses due to the cancellation of interest rate swaps, early retirement of debt and foreign exchange related losses in Venezuela which were partially offset by the tax benefits as discussed. Exclusive of these items, 2009 diluted earnings per share was $2.23 as compared to $4.87 in the prior year, which included a number of items that decreased dilutive earnings per share by $1.03 (see the “2008 versus 2007 Consolidated Results of Operations” section included herein for further information regarding these items).
 
Primarily as a result of the Company’s share repurchases during the last year and less dilution related to the Company’s convertible notes, the diluted weighted-average common shares declined by 9.1% in 2009 versus 2008.
 
The Company’s operating results can be affected by changes in prices of commodities, primarily copper, which are components in some of the products sold. Generally, as the costs of inventory purchases increase due to higher commodity prices, the Company’s mark-up percentage to customers remains relatively constant, resulting in higher sales revenue and gross profit. In addition, existing inventory purchased at previously lower prices and sold as prices increase may result in a higher gross profit margin. Conversely, a decrease in commodity prices in a short period of time would have the opposite effect, negatively affecting financial results. The degree to which spot market copper prices change affects product prices and the amount of gross profit earned will be affected by end market demand and overall economic conditions. Importantly, however, there is no exact measure of the effect of higher copper prices, as there are thousands of transactions in any given quarter, each of which has various factors involved in the individual pricing decisions. Therefore, all references to the effect of copper prices are estimates. From 2006


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through the third quarter of 2008, the Company’s financial performance benefited from historically high copper prices. However, during the fourth quarter of 2008 and continuing through the third quarter of 2009, copper prices declined from these historically high prices. Market-based copper prices averaged approximately $2.37 per pound during 2009 compared to $3.13 per pound in 2008. As a result, sales and operating income were unfavorably affected by $147.0 million and $32.6 million, respectively.
 
2010 Outlook
 
The Company ended 2009 in a healthy financial position, with cash and cash equivalent balances of $111.5 million, approximately $300.0 million less in borrowings than at the beginning of the year, $312.7 million in available, unused bank revolving credit facilities and only $5 million of borrowings under a $200 million accounts receivable securitization facility. Looking forward to 2010, the Company expects that the economic recovery will be slow to unfold and that sales growth, while positive, will be modest. This modest sales growth, combined with anticipated improvements in the sales mix, is expected to drive modest gross margin improvement and improved operating leverage. At the same time, the Company anticipates some reduction in interest cost on lower borrowings and a lower effective tax rate due to improved profitability, especially in Europe.
 
If the Company generates these improvements in profitability it would expect to see improved cash flow from earnings. At the same time, the modest levels of anticipated sales growth will mean minimal additional working capital investments. While the Company does not expect a repeat of the 2009 cash flow, which was driven by significant working capital reductions, it nonetheless anticipates strong cash flow. This cash flow will further enhance the liquidity position of the Company during 2010 and position it for long-term growth.
 
While the Company will consider acquisition opportunities that fit well with its business model and strategies, at this time it is not expected that significant acquisition investments will be made during 2010 unless there is a more robust economic recovery than is currently envisioned. The Company will continue to pursue debt reductions and evaluate share repurchases in order to balance the need for financial flexibility, in less-than-certain economic times, with a goal of achieving better utilization of capital and cost of capital optimization.
 
On February 4, 2010, the Company announced a share repurchase program under which the Company may repurchase up to 1 million of its outstanding shares with the exact volume and timing dependent on market conditions. The Company noted that all previously announced share repurchase programs had been completed. As of the date of filing the Company’s 2009 Form 10-K, all shares were repurchased under this program. Specifically, the Company repurchased 1 million shares subsequent to 2009 at an average cost of $41.24 per share. Purchases were made on the open market using available cash on hand. As a result of the $41.2 million repurchase of common stock, Anixter Inc.’s ability to distribute funds to the Company has been reduced from $134 million at the end of fiscal 2009. See Note 5. “Debt” for further information.
 
2009 versus 2008
 
Consolidated Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    Percent
 
    2010     2009     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 4,982.4     $ 6,136.6       (18.8 %)
Gross profit
  $ 1,130.6     $ 1,442.8       (21.6 %)
Goodwill impairment
  $ 100.0     $       nm  
Operating expenses
  $ 927.1     $ 1,050.9       (11.8 %)
Operating income
  $ 103.5     $ 391.9       (73.6 %)
 
nm — not meaningful
 
Net Sales: The Company’s net sales during 2009 decreased $1,154.2 million, or 18.8%, to $4,982.4 million from $6,136.6 million in 2008. A series of recently-completed acquisitions resulted in $109.8 million of incremental sales while unfavorable effects of foreign exchange rates reduced sales by $181.1 million and the decline in copper prices


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reduced sales by $147.0 million in 2009 as compared to the year ago period. Excluding the acquisitions, the unfavorable effects of foreign exchange rates and copper prices, the Company’s net sales decreased $935.9 million, or approximately 15.3% in 2009 as compared to the prior year. All geographic segments, as well as all end markets (enterprise cabling and security, electrical wire and cable and OEM supply) reported year-on-year sales declines.
 
Gross Margins: Gross margins decreased in the 2009 to 22.7% compared to 23.5% in 2008 mainly due to relatively greater declines in higher gross margin European sales. Sales in Europe, which is the Company’s highest gross margin segment, were down 25.1% organically as compared to the Company-wide organic decline in sales of 15.3%. At the same time, lower gross margin end markets, such as enterprise cabling and security, reported a much lower worldwide organic sales decline as compared to the 15.3% Company-wide organic sales decline. While the Company has experienced price decreases on certain products, including those caused by increased manufacturer discounting and competitive pressure, gross margins were not affected in any material manner as overall product pricing has remained fairly stable. In 2009, the Company recorded a $4.2 million reduction to gross profit due to an exchange rate-driven inventory lower of cost or market adjustment in Venezuela which reduced gross margins by 10 basis points. In 2008, the Company also recorded a $2.0 million lower of cost or market inventory adjustment in Europe which reduced gross margins slightly. The effects of lower copper prices did not impact gross margins, however, they did reduce gross profit dollars by $32.6 million in 2009 as compared to the prior year.
 
Operating Expenses: The Company recorded a $100.0 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the second quarter of 2009 related to its European operations. The impairment charge was due to continued operating losses during that quarter and a reduction in the projected future cash flows from this operating segment based on the Company’s forecast of a weaker European economy. Operating expenses decreased $123.8 million, or 11.8%, in 2009 from 2008, despite an incremental $33.6 million of expenses related to a series of recently-completed acquisitions and $5.7 million of severance costs during the second quarter. The decline in operating expenses in 2009 is primarily due to favorable foreign exchange rates of $37.2 million, lower variable costs associated with the 15.3% organic decline in sales and benefits of cost reduction actions taken in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of 2009. The decline in operating expenses also reflects the effect of lower management incentive expense due to the Company’s earnings being less than the incentive plan targets.
 
Operating Income: As a result of lower sales and gross margins as well as the impairment charge of $100.0 million in Europe, operating margins were 2.1% in 2009 compared to 6.4% in the prior year. The impairment charge reduced operating margins by 200 basis points in 2009. Inclusive of the impairment charge, operating income of $103.5 million in 2009 compares to operating income of $391.9 million in 2008. Recent acquisitions, unfavorable foreign exchange rates and lower copper prices decreased the Company’s operating income by $2.4 million, $4.3 million and $32.6 million, respectively.
 
Interest Expense: Consolidated interest expense was $66.1 million in 2009 as compared to $60.6 million in 2008. Since fiscal year-end 2008, the Company has used its strong cash flow to reduce borrowings by approximately $300.0 million while increasing invested cash balances by $66.5 million. However, in 2009 the Company’s average cost of borrowings rose to 6.7% versus 5.4% in the prior year due to the higher costs associated with the issuance of the Notes due 2014 in March of 2009 and lower average short-term borrowings which have lower interest rates. At the end of 2009, approximately 99.2% of the Company’s outstanding debt had fixed interest rates, either by the terms of the debt or through hedging contracts.
 
Other, net:
 
                 
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
 
    2010     2009  
    (In millions)  
 
Foreign exchange loss
  $ (23.3 )   $ (18.0 )
Cash surrender value of life insurance policies
    3.4       (6.5 )
Settlement of interest rate swaps
    (2.1 )      
Early retirement of debt
    (1.1 )      
Other
    2.9       (1.3 )
                 
    $ (20.2 )   $ (25.8 )
                 


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Due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar primarily against currencies in the Emerging Markets, where there are few cost-effective means of hedging, the Company recorded foreign exchange losses of $9.5 million in 2009. The Company also recorded a foreign exchange loss of $13.8 million due to the repatriation of cash from Venezuela and the remeasurment of monetary items on the Venezuelan balance sheet at the parallel exchange rate. In 2008, the Company recorded foreign exchange losses of $18.0 million due to both a sharp change in the relationship between the U.S. dollar and all of the major currencies in which the Company conducts its business and, for several weeks, a period of highly volatile conditions in the foreign exchange markets. Due to the stronger equity market performance, the value of Company-owned life insurance policies increased resulting in a gain of $3.4 million in 2009. However, due to the combined effect of sharp declines in both the equity and bond markets during 2008 the Company recorded a loss of $6.5 million in that year. In 2009, the Company recorded a loss of $2.1 million associated with the cancellation of interest rate hedging contracts resulting from the repayment of the related borrowings and a net loss of $1.1 million related to the early retirement of debt. In 2009, the Company also recorded other income of $3.4 million related to the expiration of liabilities associated with a prior asset sale.
 
Income Taxes: The tax provision for 2009 was $46.5 million which resulted in an effective tax rate of 39.6% after excluding the non-deductible impairment charge to goodwill. The 2009 tax provision was reduced by $4.8 million of tax benefits as a result of the reversal of a valuation allowance. Excluding the impairment charge, severance costs, losses due cancellation of interest rate swaps, early retirement of debt, foreign exchange related losses in Venezuela and the tax benefits, the Company’s effective tax rate in 2009 was 43.9%. The tax provision for 2008 was $117.6 million and the effective tax rate was 38.5%, inclusive of $1.6 million of net tax benefits related to the reversal of valuation allowances associated with certain foreign NOL carryforwards. Excluding the tax benefits and a number of items that decreased net income by $39.8 million in 2008, the Company’s effective tax rate in 2008 was 38.2% (see the “2008 versus 2007 Consolidated Results of Operations” section included herein for further information regarding these items). The increase in the effective tax rate in 2009 reflects the larger effects of permanent differences in taxable income versus reported income on a smaller pretax income base and significant changes in country level profitability.
 
Net Income: The combined effects of the reduced operating earnings driven by the various factors identified above resulted in a net loss of $29.3 million in 2009 as compared to net income of $187.9 million in 2008. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2009 of negative $0.83 was reduced by $3.06 due to the previously mentioned impairment charge, severance costs, losses due to the cancellation of interest rate swaps, early retirement of debt and foreign exchange related losses in Venezuela which were partially offset by the tax benefits as discussed. Exclusive of these items, 2009 diluted earnings per share was $2.23 as compared to $4.87 in the prior year, which included a number of items that decreased dilutive earnings per share by $1.03 (see the “2008 versus 2007 Consolidated Results of Operations” section included herein for further information regarding these items).
 
North America Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    Percent
 
    2010     2009     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 3,610.0     $ 4,280.1       (15.7 %)
Gross profit
  $ 808.2     $ 999.1       (19.1 %)
Operating expenses
  $ 613.6     $ 684.0       (10.3 %)
Operating income
  $ 194.6     $ 315.1       (38.2 %)
 
Net Sales: When compared to 2008, North America net sales for 2009 decreased 15.7% to $3,610.0 million. Excluding the unfavorable effects of foreign exchange rate changes of $51.3 million, sales related to the recent acquisitions of $62.7 million and the unfavorable impact of copper prices of $134.4 million, North America net sales were $3,733.0 million in 2009, which represents a decrease of $547.1 million, or approximately 12.8%, compared to 2008. The decrease in sales is primarily the result of lower industrial production volumes and lower OEM supply sales. Also contributing to the negative sales comparisons were lower project volume in both the enterprise cabling and wire and cable end markets due to constrained capital conditions in the current recessionary environment.


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Gross Margins: Gross margins decreased to 22.4% in 2009 from 23.3% in the prior year mainly due to a sales mix shift resulting from slowing sales among higher gross margin electrical wire and cable products and OEM supply products. The effects of lower copper prices did not impact gross margins, however, they did reduce gross profit dollars by $27.1 million in 2009.
 
Operating Expenses: Operating expenses decreased $70.4 million, or 10.3% in 2009 from the prior year. Foreign exchange rate changes decreased operating expenses by $6.4 million, but recent acquisitions increased operating expense by $20.2 million as compared to the prior year. Operating expenses decreased primarily due to lower variable costs associated with the 12.8% organic decline in sales, benefits of cost reduction actions taken in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of 2009 and the effect of lower management incentive expense due to the Company’s earnings being less than the incentive plan targets.
 
Operating Income: Operating margins were 5.4% in 2009 as compared to 7.4% in 2008. Operating income decreased $120.5 million, or 38.2%, in 2009 as compared to 2008 primarily due to lower sales. Unfavorable foreign exchange rate changes and lower copper prices decreased operating income by $3.7 million and $27.1 million, respectively, as compared to the prior year.
 
Europe Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    Percent
 
    2010     2009     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 907.2     $ 1,309.4       (30.7 %)
Gross profit
  $ 218.3     $ 323.9       (32.6 %)
Goodwill impairment
  $ 100.0     $       nm  
Operating expenses
  $ 237.5     $ 288.0       (17.5 %)
Operating (loss) income
  $ (119.2 )   $ 35.9       nm  
 
nm — not meaningful
 
Net Sales: When compared to the corresponding period in 2008, Europe net sales for 2009 decreased 30.7% to $907.2 million. Excluding $104.4 million due to unfavorable foreign exchange rate changes, $12.6 million due to unfavorable effects of copper prices and incremental sales of $44.0 million due to acquisitions, Europe net sales were $980.2 million in 2009, which represents a decrease of $329.2 million, or approximately 25.1%, over the corresponding period in 2008. The decrease in sales is primarily due to lower industrial production volumes which resulted in lower OEM supply sales as compared to the prior year. Also contributing to the decrease in sales is lower project volume in both the enterprise cabling and wire and cable end markets due to constrained capital conditions in the current recessionary environment.
 
Gross Margins: Gross margins decreased to 24.1% in 2009 from 24.7% in 2008. The decline in gross margins is primarily due to a product sales mix shift resulting from slowing sales in higher gross margin OEM supply and electrical wire and cable sales. The effects of lower copper prices did not impact gross margins, however, they did reduce gross profit dollars by $5.5 million in 2009 as compared to 2008.
 
Operating Expenses: The Company recorded a $100.0 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge in the second quarter of 2009 related to its European operations. The impairment charge was due to continued operating losses and a reduction in the projected future cash flows from this operating segment based on the Company’s forecast of a weaker European economy. All other operating expenses decreased $50.5 million, or 17.5%, in 2009 primarily due to lower variable costs associated with the 25.1% organic decline in sales and benefits of cost reduction actions taken in the fourth quarter of 2008 and the second quarter of 2009. Recent acquisitions increased operating expenses by $12.6 million, while foreign exchange rate changes decreased operating expenses by $26.5 million as compared to 2008.
 
Operating Income: As a result of lower sales and gross margins as well as the impairment charge of $100.0 million in Europe, operating margins were negative 13.1% in 2009 as compared to 2.7% in 2008. The impairment charge reduced operating margins by 11.0% in 2009. Inclusive of the impairment charge, operating


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losses of $119.2 million in 2009 compare to operating income of $35.9 million in 2008. Recent acquisitions and copper prices increased Europe’s operating loss by $1.3 million and $5.5 million, respectively. Foreign exchange reduced Europe’s operating loss by $1.0 million in 2009.
 
Emerging Markets Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    Percent
 
    2010     2009     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 465.2     $ 547.1       (15.0 %)
Gross profit
  $ 104.1     $ 119.8       (13.1 %)
Operating expenses
  $ 76.0     $ 78.9       (3.7 %)
Operating income
  $ 28.1     $ 40.9       (31.3 %)
 
Net Sales: Emerging Markets (Asia Pacific and Latin America) net sales in 2009 decreased 15.0% to $465.2 million from $547.1 million in 2008. Excluding the incremental sales of $3.1 million related to the acquisition of QSM and the unfavorable impact from changes in foreign exchange rates of $25.4 million, Emerging Markets net sales declined 10.9%. The decline in sales is primarily the result of lower multi-national project spending on geographic expansion. The Company continues to invest in initiatives to increase market penetration and expand product lines to drive growth in the Emerging Markets.
 
Gross Margins: During 2009, Emerging Markets gross margins increased to 22.4% from 21.9% in 2008, primarily due to a favorable product sales mix. In 2009, the Company recorded a $4.2 million reduction to gross profit due to an exchange rate-driven lower of cost or market adjustment on inventory in Venezuela which reduced gross margins by 90 basis points.
 
Operating Expenses: Operating expenses decreased $2.9 million in 2009, or 3.7% compared to the prior year period. Favorable foreign exchange rate changes decreased operating expenses by $4.3 million in 2009 as compared to the prior year.
 
Operating Income: Emerging Markets operating income decreased $12.8 million, or 31.3%, in 2009 as compared to the prior year. Operating margins decreased to 6.0% from 7.5% in 2008. Exchange rate changes had a $1.6 million unfavorable impact on operating income.
 
2008 versus 2007 Executive Overview
 
In 2008, recessionary economic conditions produced decelerating year-on-year growth rates from those of the past few years. The Company nonetheless reported record sales for the year of $6,136.6 million, which was an increase of 4.8% versus the prior year. This growth was aided by acquisitions that added $87.7 million to sales offset by a slightly stronger U.S. dollar throughout the year that decreased sales by $1.1 million. Excluding acquisitions and foreign exchange effects, sales in 2008 were up 3.4% versus the prior year. While the Company experienced solid growth during the first half of 2008, recessionary economic conditions negatively impacted sales growth rates during the second half of the year. Although the sales growth in the third and fourth quarters of 2008 was modest due to a challenging global economic environment, sequential organic sales declined approximately 3% between the third and fourth quarters of 2008 which is consistent with historical and expected sequential organic sales trends between these two periods.
 
Although fiscal 2008 was challenging due to the recessionary economic conditions, progress was made on the Company’s major initiatives during 2008. Specifically, the Company made progress on the initiatives to grow the Company’s security business, drive organic growth in the OEM supply business, initiate a factory automation network sales effort, add to the supply chain services offering, enlarge the geographic presence of the electrical wire and cable business, expand the Company’s product offering and continue to expand business in the Emerging Markets.
 
Operating income in 2008 was $391.9 million versus $439.1 million in 2007. Operating margins were 6.4% in 2008 as compared to 7.5% in 2007. While operating earnings through the first nine months showed year-on-year


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growth and operating margins approximated the record operating margins achieved for all of 2007, an acceleration of the macro economic decline in the fourth quarter resulted in a number of negatives. A significant slowdown in sales activity in the last few months of 2008 produced operating de-leveraging in the fourth quarter that resulted in a decline in operating margins of approximately 90 basis points as compared to the first nine months of the year. Operating income was further impacted by the following pre-tax charges in 2008:
 
  •  The Company recorded a non-cash charge in North America of $4.2 million ($2.6 million, net of tax) related to amendments made to the employment contract of the Company’s recently retired Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) which extended the terms of his non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions in exchange for extended vesting and termination provisions of previously granted equity awards.
 
  •  Deteriorating credit markets and economic conditions resulted in two large customer bankruptcies, NetVersant Solutions Inc. and Nortel Networks Inc., which resulted in bad debt losses of $23.4 million ($14.4 million, net of tax) in North America and $0.7 million ($0.5 million, net of tax) in Europe.
 
  •  In response to the substantially lower sales levels during the fourth quarter, the Company undertook a series of actions that resulted in the recognition of $2.7 million of expense ($1.7 million, net of tax) in North America and $5.4 million ($3.7 million, net of tax) in Europe related to severance costs and facility lease write-offs. These actions were expected to reduce future operating costs by approximately $14.7 million annually.
 
  •  During the fourth quarter, the Company also recorded a $2.0 million lower of cost or market inventory adjustment ($1.4 million, net of tax) in Europe with respect to certain wire and cable product lines where the depth of inventory positions likely exceeded market inventory levels such that it was probable that by the time the Company sold through its inventory of those products it would not be able to realize a profit on those products.
 
Excluding the items outlined above of $38.4 million, operating income in 2008 was $430.3 million, which represents a slight decrease of 2.0% as compared to 2007, while operating margins were 7.0% versus 7.5% in 2007.
 
In addition to the after-tax impact of $24.3 million for the above mentioned items, net income for 2008 was also impacted by the following items:
 
  •  In 2008, the Company recorded foreign exchange losses of $18.0 million ($13.1 million after-tax) due to both a sharp change in the relationship between the U.S. dollar and all of the major currencies in which the Company conducts its business and, for several weeks, a period of highly volatile conditions in the foreign exchange markets. Specifically, during the latter part of 2008 the U.S. dollar reversed its multi-year slide against the world’s major currencies, with as much as, or more than, a 20 percent change in value against individual foreign currencies in the period of one month. While the Company has had historically effective hedging programs to mitigate exchange risk in its foreign operations this extreme volatility presented the Company with unprecedented challenges in managing this risk.
 
  •  The combined effect of valuation declines in both the equity and bond markets resulted in a $6.5 million decline ($4.0 million, net of tax) in the cash surrender value inherent in a series of Company owned life insurance policies associated with the Company sponsored deferred compensation program.
 
  •  Net tax benefits of $1.6 million related to the reversal of valuation allowances associated with certain NOL carryforwards in the first quarter of 2008.
 
As a result of these items and the above outlined items affecting operating income (collectively, the “2008 Items”), net income in 2008 was $187.9 million, or $4.87 per diluted share, compared to $245.5 million, or $5.81 per diluted share, in the prior year period. Prior year net income included $11.8 million related to foreign tax benefits and finalization of prior year tax returns. Excluding the 2008 Items, net income would have been $227.7 million as compared to 2007 net income of $233.7 million, exclusive of the identified tax benefits.
 
Diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2008, inclusive of $1.03 per diluted share related to the 2008 Items, declined 16.2% to $4.87 per diluted share from $5.81 per diluted share in the prior year, which included a benefit of $0.28 per diluted share related to foreign taxes and finalization of prior year tax returns. Excluding the effect of the


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2008 Items, net income per diluted share would have been $5.90 as compared to the $5.53 per diluted share in 2007, exclusive of the identified tax benefits.
 
Primarily as a result of the Company’s share repurchases during the last year, the diluted weighted-average common shares declined by 8.5% during 2008 versus the corresponding prior year period which produced a favorable impact on net income per diluted share of $0.22.
 
Market-based copper prices averaged approximately $3.13 per pound during 2008 ($3.59 per pound during the first three quarters of the year and $1.76 during the fourth quarter of the year) compared to $3.23 per pound in 2007. Despite the significant drop in spot market prices for copper in the fourth quarter of 2008, for the full year, copper price fluctuations had a limited impact on product prices.
 
2008 versus 2007
 
Consolidated Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 2,
    December 28,
    Percent
 
    2009     2007     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 6,136.6     $ 5,852.9       4.8 %
Gross profit
  $ 1,442.8     $ 1,413.3       2.1 %
Operating expenses
  $ 1,050.9     $ 974.2       7.9 %
Operating income
  $ 391.9     $ 439.1       (10.7 %)
 
Net Sales: The Company’s net sales during 2008 increased $283.7 million, or 4.8%, to $6,136.6 million from $5,852.9 million in 2007. A series of recently-completed acquisitions accounted for $87.7 million of the increase while slightly unfavorable effects of foreign exchange rates on a year-to-date basis reduced sales $1.1 million. Excluding the acquisitions and the effects of foreign exchange rates, the Company’s net sales increased $197.1 million, or approximately 3.4%, in 2008 as compared to the prior year. The factors driving the Company’s organic growth were consistent with those the Company has seen during the past couple of years. The Company experienced strong year-on-year sales in the emerging markets, North America OEM supply business and strong growth in the European wire and cable business outside the U.K. The Company also experienced continued success in expanding its presence in the security market and geographic expansion of its electrical wire and cable presence in Europe.
 
Gross Margins: Gross margins decreased in 2008 to 23.5% from 24.1% in 2007 mainly due to the effects of lower supplier volume incentives that resulted from lower year-on-year sales growth rates and a sales mix shift.
 
Operating Expenses: Operating expenses increased $76.7 million, or 7.9%, in 2008 from 2007. The 2008 operating expenses include $36.4 million related to the 2008 Items and $22.6 million related to a series of recently-completed acquisitions. Changes in foreign exchange rates decreased operating expenses by $3.6 million as compared to the corresponding period in 2007. In addition, the extra 53rd week in 2008 increased operating expenses an estimated $6.5 million as fiscal 2007 was a 52 week fiscal year. Excluding the operating expenses related to the 2008 Items, acquisitions, the effects of foreign exchange rates and the extra 53rd week in fiscal 2008, operating expenses increased approximately $14.8 million, or 1.5%, primarily due to variable costs associated with the 3.4% organic growth in sales. The low rate of expense growth also reflects the benefit of lower management incentive expense due to the Company’s earnings being less than the incentive plan targets. Core operating expenses remain very tightly controlled relative to sales growth so that the Company can continue to invest in its strategic initiatives which include growing the security business, expanding the geographic presence of the electrical wire and cable business in Continental Europe and the Middle East, developing a presence in the industrial automation market, adding to our supply chain services offering and continuing to expand business in the Emerging Markets.
 
Operating Income: Operating margins were 6.4% in 2008 as compared to 7.5% in 2007. Operating income of $391.9 million decreased $47.2 million, or 10.7%, in 2008 as compared to $439.1 million in 2007. Excluding the 2008 Items of $38.4 million identified previously that relate to operating income, the decline in operating income would have been $8.8 million, representing a decline of 2.0% from the prior year, while operating margins would have been 7.0% as compared to 7.5% in 2007. Recent acquisitions and favorable foreign exchange effects added


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$3.1 million and $5.2 million, respectively, to operating income. Excluding the 2008 Items, acquisitions and the favorable effects of foreign exchange rates, operating income decreased $17.1 million, or 3.9%, in 2008 as compared to 2007 as the effects of lower gross margins exceeded the benefits of good expense management.
 
Interest Expense: Consolidated interest expense was $60.6 million in 2008 as compared to $58.2 million in 2007. The weighted-average debt outstanding in 2008 was $1,094.3 million as compared to $953.7 million in 2007. The increase was driven by additional working capital requirements, the repurchase of approximately 8.0% of the Company’s outstanding shares during 2008 and a series of recently-completed acquisitions. With the interest rates on approximately 66.7% of the Company’s borrowings fixed, average cost of borrowings were 5.4% in 2008 as compared to 6.1% in 2007.
 
Other, net:
 
                 
    Years Ended  
    January 2,
    December 28,
 
    2009     2007  
    (In millions)  
 
Foreign exchange (loss) gain
  $ (18.0 )   $ 1.9  
Cash surrender value of life insurance policies
    (6.5 )     1.4  
Other
    (1.3 )     0.3  
                 
    $ (25.8 )   $ 3.6  
                 
 
In 2008, the Company recorded foreign exchange losses of $18.0 million due to both a sharp change in the relationship between the U.S. dollar and all of the major currencies in which the Company conducts its business and, for several weeks, a period of highly volatile conditions in the foreign exchange markets. Specifically, during the latter part of 2008, the U.S. dollar reversed its multi-year slide against the world’s major currencies, with as much as, or more than, a 20 percent change in value against individual foreign currencies in the period of one month. While the Company has had historically effective hedging programs to mitigate exchange risk in its foreign operations, this extreme volatility presented the Company with unprecedented challenges in managing this risk. Further, the combined effect of declines in both the equity and bond markets resulted in a $6.5 million decline in the cash surrender value inherent in a series of Company owned life insurance policies associated with the Company sponsored deferred compensation program. In 2007, the Company recorded other interest income related to tax settlements in the U.S. and Canada.
 
Income Taxes: The consolidated tax provision decreased to $117.6 million in 2008 from $139.0 million in 2007, primarily due to a decrease in income before taxes. The effective tax rate for 2008 was 38.5% as compared to 36.2% in 2007. During 2008 and 2007, the Company recorded tax benefits of $1.6 million and $11.5 million, respectively, primarily related to foreign tax benefits as well as a tax settlement in the U.S. Excluding the tax benefits recorded in the years ended January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007, the Company’s tax rate was 39.0% and 39.1%, respectively. The year-on-year change in the core effective tax rate reflects changes in the country level mix of pre-tax earnings.
 
Net Income: Including the 2008 Items, net income in 2008 was $187.9 million, or $4.87 per diluted share, compared to $245.5 million, or $5.81 per diluted share, in the prior year period, which included $11.8 million of net income related to foreign tax benefits and finalization of prior year tax returns. Excluding the 2008 Items, net income would have been $227.7 million as compared to 2007 net income of $233.7 million, exclusive of the identified tax benefits. Diluted earnings per share for fiscal 2008, inclusive of $1.03 per diluted share related to the 2008 Items, declined 16.2% to $4.87 per diluted share from $5.81 per diluted share in the prior year, which included a benefit of $0.28 per diluted share related to foreign taxes and finalization of prior year tax returns. Excluding the effect of the 2008 Items, net income per diluted share would have been $5.90, or 6.7% higher, as compared to the $5.53 per diluted share in 2007, exclusive of the identified tax benefits.


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North America Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 2,
    December 28,
    Percent
 
    2009     2007     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 4,280.1     $ 4,106.3       4.2 %
Gross profit
  $ 999.1     $ 981.7       1.8 %
Operating expenses
  $ 684.0     $ 636.7       7.4 %
Operating income
  $ 315.1     $ 345.0       (8.7 %)
 
Net Sales: North America net sales in 2008 increased 4.2% to $4,280.1 million from $4,106.3 million in 2007. Excluding the incremental sales of $38.2 million as a result of the acquisition of QSN and World Class and the favorable effects of foreign exchange rate changes of $3.5 million, North America net sales were $4,238.4 million in 2008, which represents an increase of $132.1 million, or approximately 3.2%, over the corresponding period in 2007.
 
Sales of enterprise cabling and security solutions in North America of $2,250.2 million increased $11.2 million in 2008, or 0.5%, from $2,239.0 million in 2007. The increase was primarily due to strong growth in the security market of 19.0% offset by a decline in larger enterprise cabling projects due to challenging economic conditions. Foreign exchange rates on Canadian enterprise cabling and security solutions sales did not impact sales growth versus the prior year. Including World Class sales of $9.3 million, North America electrical wire and cable sales of $1,505.5 million increased $98.7 million, or 7.0%, in 2008 from $1,406.8 million in 2007. The increase was achieved despite a difficult comparison to very strong sales in the year ago period, as project activity, particularly in the energy and natural resources vertical end markets, remained strong. Favorable foreign exchange rates on Canadian electrical wire and cable sales accounted for $3.9 million of the sales growth in 2008. Excluding the effects of foreign exchange rates and the acquisition of World Class, electrical wire and cable sales were up $85.6 million, or approximately 6.1%, in 2008 as compared to 2007. Including QSN sales of $28.9 million, the OEM supply business sales of $533.3 million increased 16.2%, or $74.2 million, from $459.1 million in 2007. Excluding the QSN sales and $0.2 million of unfavorable effects of foreign exchange rates, sales increased 9.9% in 2008 as compared to the prior year with strong sales growth to aerospace and defense and the addition of new industrial customers offset weakness with certain existing customers in the industrial portion of this market who experienced production slowdowns that have negatively impacted the Company’s sales.
 
Gross Margins: Gross margins decreased to 23.3% in 2008 from 23.9% in 2007 mainly due to the effects of lower supplier volume incentives that resulted from lower year-on-year sales growth rates, pricing pressure from rising steel and specialty metal prices in the Company’s OEM supply business and pricing pressure on certain products sold in the North American wire and cable market during the first quarter.
 
Operating Expenses: Including the 2008 Items that related to North America of $30.3 million, operating expenses increased $47.3 million, or 7.4%, in 2008 as compared to 2007. The acquisitions of World Class and QSN added $10.9 million to operating expenses while foreign exchange rate changes decreased operating expenses by $0.1 million. Excluding the 2008 Items, the effects of changes in foreign exchange rates and acquisitions, operating expenses were $6.2 million higher than 2007, which represents an increase of 1.0% relative to the 3.2% organic growth in sales.
 
Operating Income: Operating margins were 7.4% and 8.4% in 2008 and 2007, respectively. Operating income decreased $29.9 million, or 8.7%, in 2008 as compared to the prior year. The acquisitions of World Class and QSN increased operating income $1.1 million while favorable foreign exchange rate changes added $0.4 million to operating income. Excluding the 2008 Items impacting operating income that related to North America of $30.3 million, acquisitions and the favorable effects of foreign exchange rates, operating income decreased $1.1 million in 2008, or 0.3%, as compared to the prior year primarily due to lower gross margins. Operating margins, excluding the 2008 Items, decreased to 8.1% from the operating margins of 8.4% reported in 2007, primarily due to the above described pressures on gross margins.


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Europe Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 2,
    December 28,
    Percent
 
    2009     2007     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 1,309.4     $ 1,274.4       2.7 %
Gross profit
  $ 323.9     $ 331.0       (2.1 %)
Operating expenses
  $ 288.0     $ 270.4       6.5 %
Operating income
  $ 35.9     $ 60.6       (40.7 %)
 
Net Sales: When compared to the corresponding period in 2007, Europe net sales for 2008 increased 2.7% to $1,309.4 million, including $46.2 million due to recent acquisitions. Unfavorable foreign exchange rate changes caused sales to decline by $6.0 million in 2008 as compared to the prior year. Excluding acquisitions and the effects of foreign exchange rate changes, Europe net sales were $1,269.2 million in 2008, which represents a decrease of $5.2 million, or approximately 0.4%, as compared to 2007. The Company’s efforts to expand its presence in the electrical wire and cable market in Europe resulted in sales of $253.6 million in 2008 as compared to $210.9 million in 2007, an increase of 20.2%. Exclusive of $4.9 million of unfavorable foreign exchange effects, sales in the European electrical wire and cable market were 22.5% higher than 2007. Further, the Company’s efforts to expand its geographic presence of its wire and cable business outside the United Kingdom resulted in sales increasing $38.8 million, or 51.9%, to $113.5 million in fiscal 2008 as compared to sales of $74.7 million in 2007. Excluding the effects of favorable foreign exchange rate changes of $5.9 million primarily related to changes in the Euro, wire and cable sales outside the United Kingdom increased $32.8 million in 2008, or 44.0%, as compared to 2007. Europe OEM supply sales in 2008 of $607.9 million increased $21.5 million, or 3.7%, from $586.5 million in 2007. Exclusive of $14.8 million of unfavorable foreign exchange effects primarily related to changes in the British Pound and the sales of $46.2 million from recent acquisitions, sales in the European OEM supply business were 1.7% lower in 2008 as compared to 2007. The enterprise cabling and security solutions sales growth in Europe continued to be affected by challenging economic conditions. Enterprise cabling and security solutions sales in Europe decreased by 6.1% to $447.9 million in 2008, as compared to sales of $477.1 million in 2007. Exclusive of $13.7 million of favorable foreign exchange effects primarily related to changes in the Euro, sales in the Europe enterprise cabling and security solutions market were 9.0% lower in 2008 as compared to 2007.
 
Gross Margins: Gross margins decreased to 24.7% in 2008 from 26.0% in 2007. The decline in gross margins is primarily due to the effects of lower supplier volume incentives that resulted from lower year-on-year sales growth rates and lower gross margins in the OEM supply business versus the prior year due to pricing pressure from rising steel and specialty metal prices.
 
Operating Expenses: Including the 2008 Items that related to Europe of $6.1 million, operating expenses increased $17.6 million, or 6.5% in 2008 as compared to 2007. Recent acquisitions increased operating expenses by $10.6 million, while foreign exchange rate changes decreased operating expenses by $3.8 million. Excluding the 2008 Items, the effects of changes in foreign exchange rates and acquisitions, operating expenses were $4.7 million higher than 2007, which represents an increase of 1.7% relative to the 0.4% organic decline in sales.
 
Operating Income: Operating margins were 2.7% in 2008 as compared to 4.8% in 2007. Lower operating margins on declining sales generated a decrease in operating income of $24.7 million, or 40.7%, in 2008 as compared to 2007. Recent acquisitions and favorable foreign exchange rates added $1.7 million and $4.8 million, respectively, to operating income. Excluding the 2008 Items impacting operating income that related to Europe of $8.1 million, acquisitions and the favorable effects of foreign exchange rates, operating income decreased $23.1 million in 2008, or 38.1%, as compared to the prior year. Operating margins, excluding the 2008 Items, decreased to 3.4% from the operating margins of 4.8% reported in 2007, due to a combination of the above described pressures on gross margins and increases in operating expenses. The decline in European operating profit was due to a very challenging economic environment particularly in the U.K.


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Emerging Markets Results of Operations
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 2,
    December 28,
    Percent
 
    2009     2007     Change  
    (In millions)  
 
Net sales
  $ 547.1     $ 472.2       15.9 %
Gross profit
  $ 119.8     $ 100.6       19.2 %
Operating expenses
  $ 78.9     $ 67.1       17.6 %
Operating income
  $ 40.9     $ 33.5       22.3 %
 
Net Sales: Emerging Markets (Asia Pacific and Latin America) net sales in 2008 increased 15.9% to $547.1 million from $472.2 million in 2007. Excluding the incremental sales of $3.3 million related to the acquisition of QSM and $1.4 million favorable impact from changes in foreign exchange rates, the Emerging Markets net sales growth was 14.9%. Asia Pacific sales of $161.9 million increased 6.3% in 2008 from $152.2 million in 2007. Exclusive of the $5.4 million favorable impact from foreign exchange rate changes, Asia Pacific sales increased $4.3 million as growth in day-to-day business was offset by lower project volume. Inclusive of the $3.3 million of sales related to the acquisition of QSM and $4.0 million related to the unfavorable impact from changes in foreign exchange rates, Latin America sales of $385.2 million increased $65.2 million, or 20.4%, in 2008 compared to 2007. Excluding the acquisition and foreign exchange rate impact, Latin America sales increased $65.9 million, or 20.6%, in 2008 compared to the prior year. The Company continued to experience overall economic growth in most countries which, combined with increased market penetration and expanding product lines, drove good year-over-year growth.
 
Gross Margins: During 2008, Emerging Markets gross margins increased to 21.9% from 21.3% in the corresponding period in 2007, primarily due to a favorable product mix.
 
Operating Expenses: Operating expenses increased $11.8 million in 2008, or 17.6% compared to the prior year. QSM added $1.0 million to operating expenses while favorable foreign exchange rate changes increased operating expenses by $0.3 million in 2008 as compared to the prior year. Excluding the acquisition and foreign exchange rate impact, operating expenses increased $10.5 million, or 15.6%, as the company continued to invest in initiatives to increase market penetration and expand product lines.
 
Operating Income: Emerging Markets operating income increased $7.4 million, or 22.3%, in 2008 compared to 2007. Primarily as a result of the sales growth and higher gross margins, operating margins increased to 7.5% from 7.1% in 2007. The acquisition of QSM increased operating income $0.4 million while foreign exchange rate changes had minimal impact on operating income.
 
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
 
The Company believes that the following are critical areas of accounting that either require significant judgment by management or may be affected by changes in general market conditions outside the control of management. As a result, changes in estimates and general market conditions could cause actual results to differ materially from future expected results. Historically, the Company’s estimates in these critical areas have not differed materially from actual results.
 
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts: At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the Company reported net accounts receivable of $941.5 million and $1,051.7 million, respectively. Each quarter the Company segregates the doubtful receivable balances into the following major categories and determines the bad debt reserve required as outlined below:
 
  •  Customers that are no longer paying their balances are reserved based on the historical write-off percentages;
  •  Risk accounts are individually reviewed and the reserve is based on the probability of potential default. The Company continually monitors payment patterns of customers, investigates past due accounts to assess the likelihood of collection and monitors industry and economic trends to estimate required allowances; and
  •  The outstanding balance for customers who have declared bankruptcy is reserved at the outstanding balance less the estimated net realizable value.


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If circumstances related to the above factors change, the Company’s estimates of the recoverability of amounts due to the Company could be reduced or increased by a material amount.
 
Inventory Obsolescence: At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the Company reported inventory of $918.8 million and $1,153.3 million, respectively. Each quarter the Company reviews for excess inventories and makes an assessment of the net realizable value. There are many factors that management considers in determining whether or not or the amount by which a reserve should be established. These factors include the following:
 
  •  Return or rotation privileges with vendors;
  •  Price protection from vendors;
  •  Expected future usage;
  •  Whether or not a customer is obligated by contract to purchase the inventory;
  •  Current market pricing;
  •  Historical consumption experience; and
  •  Risk of obsolescence.
 
If circumstances related to the above factors change, there could be a material impact on the net realizable value of the inventories.
 
Pension Expense: Accounting rules related to pensions and the policies used by the Company generally reduce the recognition of actuarial gains and losses in the net benefit cost, as any significant actuarial gains/losses are amortized over the remaining service lives of the plan participants. These actuarial gains and losses are mainly attributable to the return on plan assets that differ from that assumed and differences in the obligation due to changes in the discount rate, plan demographic changes and other assumptions.
 
A significant element in determining the Company’s net periodic benefit cost in accordance with U.S. GAAP is the expected return on plan assets. In 2009, the Company assumed that the weighted-average expected long-term rate of return on plan assets would be 7.26%. This expected return on plan assets is included in the net periodic benefit cost for the fiscal year ended 2009. As a result of the combined effect of valuation increases in both the equity and bond markets, the plan assets produced an actual gain of approximately 10% in 2009 as compared to a loss of 17% in 2008. As a result, the fair value of plan assets increased to $276.8 million at the end of fiscal 2009 from $229.9 million at the end of fiscal 2008. When the difference between the expected return and the actual return on plan assets is significant, the difference is amortized into expense over the service lives of the plan participants. These amounts are reflected on the balance sheet through charges to “Other Comprehensive Income,” a component of “Stockholders’ Equity” in the Consolidated Balance Sheet.
 
The measurement date for all plans of the Company is December 31st. Accordingly, at the end of each fiscal year, the Company determines the discount rate to be used to discount the plan liabilities to their present value. The discount rate reflects the current rate at which the pension liabilities could be effectively settled at the end of the year. In estimating this rate at the end of 2009 and 2008, the Company reviewed rates of return on relevant market indices, specifically, the Citigroup pension liability index. These rates are adjusted to match the duration of the liabilities associated with the pension plans. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the Company determined the consolidated weighted average rate of all plans to be 5.88% and 6.12%, respectively, and used this rate to measure the projected benefit obligation at the end of each respective fiscal year end. As a result of the change in the discount rate as well as changes in foreign exchange rates, the projected benefit obligation increased to $373.8 million at the end of fiscal 2009 from $310.7 million at the end of fiscal 2008. As a result of the change in asset values and the projected benefit obligation, the Company’s consolidated net pension liability was $97.0 million at the end of fiscal 2009 compared to $80.8 million at the end of 2008.
 
Based on the consolidated weighted-average discount rate at the beginning of 2009 and 2008 (6.12% and 6.03%, respectively), the Company recognized a consolidated pre-tax net periodic cost of $16.0 million in 2009, up from $10.5 million in 2008. The Company estimates its 2010 net periodic cost to increase by approximately 6.0% primarily due to a decrease in discount rates.
 
Due to its long duration, the pension liability is very sensitive to changes in the discount rate. As a sensitivity measure, the effect of a 50-basis-point decline in the assumed discount rate would result in an increase in the 2010 pension expense of approximately $3.2 million and an increase in the projected benefit obligations at January 1,


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2010 of $31.8 million. A 50-basis-point decline in the assumed rate of return on assets would result in an increase in the 2010 expense of approximately $1.1 million.
 
Goodwill and Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets: On an annual basis, the Company tests for goodwill impairment using a two-step process, unless there is a triggering event, in which case a test would be performed at the time that such triggering event occurs. The first step is to identify a potential impairment by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. For all periods presented, the Company’s reporting units are consistent with its operating segments of North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The estimates of fair value of a reporting unit are determined based on a discounted cash flow analysis. A discounted cash flow analysis requires the Company to make various judgmental assumptions, including assumptions about future cash flows, growth rates and discount rates. The assumptions about future cash flows and growth rates are based on management’s forecast of each reporting unit. Discount rate assumptions are based on an assessment of the risk inherent in the future cash flows of the respective reporting units from the perspective of market participants. The Company also reviews market multiple information to corroborate the fair value conclusions recorded through the aforementioned income approach. If the first step indicates a potential impairment, the second step of the goodwill impairment test is performed by comparing the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill with the carrying amount of that goodwill. The implied fair value of goodwill is determined in the same manner as the amount of goodwill recognized in a business combination.
 
The Company’s annual impairment test performed at the beginning of the third quarter of 2008 and the interim impairment test in the fourth quarter of 2008 did not result in an impairment charge for goodwill. However, as a result of the continued downturn in global economic conditions during 2009, the Company’s North America, Europe and Asia Pacific reporting units experienced a severe decline in sales, margins and profitability as compared to both the prior year and the projections that were made at the end of fiscal 2008. In 2009, the Company experienced a flat daily sales trend through the first and second quarters. The resulting effect was that the Company did not experience the normal sequential growth pattern from the first to the second quarter. Because of those flat daily sales patterns, on a sequential basis, reported sales were actually down from the first quarter of 2009. When the second quarter of 2009 sequential drop in reported sales was evaluated against the second quarter of 2008, when the Company experienced a more traditional pattern of sequential growth from the first to the second quarter, the result was the largest negative sales comparison experienced since the current economic downturn began. Due to these market and economic conditions, the Company concluded that there were impairment indicators for the North America, Europe and Asia Pacific reporting units that required an interim impairment analysis be performed under U.S. GAAP as of the end of fiscal May 2009.
 
In connection with the impairment analysis, the Company determined the implied fair value of goodwill for the Europe reporting unit by allocating the fair value of the reporting unit to all of Europe’s assets and liabilities, as if the reporting unit had been acquired in a business combination and the price paid to acquire it was the fair value. The analysis indicated that there would be an implied value attributable to goodwill of $12.1 million in the Europe reporting unit and accordingly, in the second quarter of 2009, the Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge related to the write off of the remaining goodwill of $100.0 million associated with its Europe reporting unit.
 
The Company subsequently performed its annual impairment test at the beginning of the third quarter of 2009. This did not result in any additional impairment charge for goodwill. The Company currently expects the carrying amount of remaining goodwill to be fully recoverable.
 
As of January 1, 2010, the Company does not have any material indefinite-lived intangible assets other than goodwill. The Company’s intangible assets include definite-lived intangibles which are primarily related to customer relationships. The impairment test for these intangible assets is conducted when impairment indicators are present. The Company continually evaluates whether events or circumstances have occurred that would indicate the remaining estimated useful lives of its intangible assets warrant revision or that the remaining balance of such assets may not be recoverable. The Company uses an estimate of the related undiscounted cash flows over the remaining life of the asset in measuring whether the asset is recoverable. The Company analyzed its definite-lived intangible assets in the second quarter of 2009 and determined that all of them would be recoverable.
 
Deferred Tax Assets: The Company maintains valuation allowances to reduce deferred tax assets if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized. Changes in valuation allowances


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are included in the Company’s tax provision in the period of change. In determining whether a valuation allowance is warranted, management evaluates factors such as prior earnings history, expected future earnings, carryback and carryforward periods and tax strategies that could potentially enhance the likelihood of realization of a deferred tax asset. Assessments are made at each balance sheet date to determine how much of each deferred tax asset is realizable. These estimates are subject to change in the future, particularly if earnings of a particular subsidiary are significantly higher or lower than expected, or if management takes operational or tax planning actions that could impact the future taxable earnings of a subsidiary.
 
Uncertain Tax Positions: In the normal course of business, the Company is audited by federal, state and foreign tax authorities, and is periodically challenged regarding the amount of taxes due. These challenges relate to the timing and amount of deductions and the allocation of income among various tax jurisdictions. Management believes the Company’s tax positions comply with applicable tax law and the Company intends to defend its positions. In evaluating the exposure associated with various tax filing positions, the Company records reserves for uncertain tax positions, based upon the technical support for the positions, the Company’s past audit experience with similar situations, and potential interest and penalties related to the matters. Management believes these reserves represent the best estimate of the amount that the Company will ultimately be required to pay to settle the matters. The Company’s effective tax rate in a given period could be impacted if, upon final resolution with taxing authorities, the Company prevailed in positions for which reserves have been established, or was required to pay amounts in excess of established reserves.
 
As of January 1, 2010, the aggregate amount of global uncertain tax position liabilities and related interest recorded was approximately $5.1 million. The uncertain tax positions cover a wide range of issues and involve numerous different taxing jurisdictions. The single largest item ($1.3 million) relates to an ongoing examination by U.K. tax authorities related to certain expenses of an acquired group of companies. Other significant exposures for which reserves exist include, but are not limited to, a variety of foreign and state jurisdictional transfer pricing disputes and foreign withholding tax issues related to inter-company transfers and services.
 
New Accounting Pronouncements
 
For information about recently issued accounting pronouncements, see Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements.


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ITEM 7A.  QUANTITATIVE AND QUALITATIVE DISCLOSURES ABOUT MARKET RISK.
 
The Company is exposed to the impact of fluctuations in foreign currencies and interest rate changes, as well as changes in the market value of its financial instruments. The Company periodically enters into derivatives in order to minimize these risks, but not for trading purposes. The Company’s strategy is to negotiate terms for its derivatives and other financial instruments to be perfectly effective, such that the change in the value of the derivative perfectly offsets the impact of the underlying hedged item (e.g., various foreign currency denominated accounts). The Company’s counterparties to its derivative contracts have investment-grade credit ratings. The Company expects the creditworthiness of its counterparties to remain intact through the term of the transactions. The Company regularly monitors the creditworthiness of its counterparties to ensure no issues exist which could affect the value of the derivatives. Any resulting gains or losses from hedge ineffectiveness are reflected directly in other income. During periods of volatility in foreign exchange rates, the Company can be subject to significant foreign exchange gains and losses since there is a time lag between when the Company incurs the foreign exchange exposure and when the Company has the information to properly hedge the exposure.
 
Foreign Exchange Risk
 
The Company’s foreign currency-denominated sales were 33% in 2009 and 36% in 2008 and 2007. The Company’s exposure to currency rate fluctuations primarily relate to Europe (Euro and British Pound) and Canada (Canadian dollar). The Company also has exposure to currency rate fluctuations related to more volatile markets such as Argentina (Peso), Australia (Dollar), Brazil (Real), Chile (Peso), Colombia (Peso), Mexico (Peso), and Venezuela (Bolivar).
 
The Company’s investments in several subsidiaries are recorded in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. As these foreign currency denominated investments are translated at the end of each period during consolidation using period-end exchange rates, fluctuations of exchange rates between the foreign currency and the U.S. dollar increase or decrease the value of those investments. These fluctuations and the results of operations for foreign subsidiaries, where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar, are translated into U.S. dollars using the average exchange rates during the year, while the assets and liabilities are translated using period end exchange rates. The assets and liabilities-related translation adjustments are recorded as a separate component of Stockholders’ Equity, “Foreign currency translation,” which is a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss. In addition, as the Company’s subsidiaries maintain investments denominated in currencies other than local currencies, exchange rate fluctuations will occur. Borrowings are raised in certain foreign currencies to minimize the exchange rate translation adjustment risk.
 
Several of the Company’s subsidiaries conduct business in a currency other than the legal entity’s functional currency. Transactions may produce receivables or payables that are fixed in terms of the amount of foreign currency that will be received or paid. A change in exchange rates between the functional currency and the currency in which a transaction is denominated increases or decreases the expected amount of functional currency cash flows upon settlement of the transaction. That increase or decrease in expected functional currency cash flows is a foreign currency transaction gain or loss that is included in “Other, net” in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.
 
The Company purchases foreign currency forward contracts to minimize the effect of fluctuating foreign currency-denominated accounts on its reported income. The foreign currency forward contracts are not designated as hedges for accounting purposes. The Company’s strategy is to negotiate terms for its derivatives and other financial instruments to be perfectly effective, such that the change in the value of the derivative perfectly offsets the impact of the underlying hedged item (e.g., various foreign currency denominated accounts). The Company’s counterparties to its foreign currency forward contracts have investment-grade credit ratings. The Company expects the creditworthiness of its counterparties to remain intact through the term of the transactions. The Company regularly monitors the creditworthiness of its counterparties to ensure no issues exist which could affect the value of the derivatives. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the notional amount of the foreign currency forward contracts outstanding was approximately $198.3 million and $87.1 million, respectively. The Company prepared sensitivity analyses of its foreign currency forward contracts assuming a 10% adverse change in the value of foreign currency contracts outstanding. The hypothetical adverse changes would have decreased the value of foreign currency forward contracts by $21.4 million and $8.2 million in fiscal 2009 and 2008, respectively.


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Venezuela Foreign Exchange
 
The Company’s functional currency for financial reporting purposes in Venezuela is the U.S. dollar (“USD”). Inventory is sourced from vendors in the United States (including the parent company of the Venezuelan operations, Anixter Inc.) and paid for in USD. Sales to customers are invoiced in the local bolivar currency and bolivars are collected from customers to settle outstanding receivables. During 2009, local government restrictions made it increasingly difficult to transfer cash out of Venezuela.
 
The Company utilized the parallel market (which involves using bolivars to purchase Venezuelan securities and then swap those securities for USD denominated investments) to obtain USD to settle USD liabilities. The use of this parallel market results in unfavorable foreign exchange rates as compared with the official rate in Venezuela. In December of 2009, the Venezuela operations remitted cash to its U.S. parent using the parallel market, resulting in a $4.8 million realized pre-tax foreign exchange loss, which was recorded within “Other income and expense” in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended January 1, 2010.
 
As a result of the factors that led to increased usage of the parallel market, including the December cash remittance to the parent, the Company re-evaluated its historical practice of remeasuring bolivar-denominated monetary assets (primarily cash and accounts receivable) into USD using the official exchange rate for financial reporting purposes. The Company determined that due to the change of circumstances described above, and the expected continued use of the parallel market for repatriating cash from Venezuela, use of the parallel rate for remeasurement purposes was most appropriate. The result of using the unfavorable parallel exchange rate to remeasure these assets was a $9.0 million pre-tax loss recorded during the fourth quarter within “Other income and expense” in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended January 1, 2010.
 
The Company currently has binding orders from customers at a price that, when remeasured to USD using the parallel rate, will not allow the Company to recover the historical cost of its inventory. As a result, the Company recorded a pre-tax lower of cost or market inventory charge of approximately $4.2 million through cost of goods sold during the fourth quarter of 2009.
 
Interest Rate Risk
 
The Company uses interest rate swaps to reduce its exposure to adverse fluctuations in interest rates. The objective of the currently outstanding interest rate swaps (cash flow hedges) is to convert variable interest to fixed interest associated with forecasted interest payments resulting from revolving borrowings in the U.K. and continental Europe and are designated as hedging instruments. The Company does not enter into interest rate transactions for speculative purposes. Changes in the value of the interest rate swaps are expected to be highly effective in offsetting the changes attributable to fluctuations in the variable rates. The Company’s counterparties to its interest rate swap contracts have investment-grade credit ratings. The Company expects the creditworthiness of its counterparties to remain intact through the term of the transactions. The Company regularly monitors the creditworthiness of its counterparties to ensure no issues exist which could affect the value of the derivatives. When entered into, these financial instruments were designated as hedges of underlying exposures (interest payments associated with the U.K. and continental Europe borrowings) attributable to changes in the respective benchmark interest rates. Currently, the fair value of the interest rate swaps is determined by means of a mathematical model that calculates the present value of the anticipated cash flows from the transaction using mid-market prices and other economic data and assumptions, or by means of pricing indications from one or more other dealers selected at the discretion of the respective banks. These inputs would be considered Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy described in recently issued accounting guidance on fair value measurements. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, interest rate swaps were revalued at current interest rates, with the changes in valuation reflected directly in Other Comprehensive Income, net of associated deferred taxes. The fair market value of the Company’s outstanding interest rate agreements, which is the estimated exit price that the Company would pay to cancel the interest rate agreements, was not significant at January 1, 2010 or January 2, 2009. The Company prepared a sensitivity analysis assuming a 10% adverse change in interest rates. Holding all other variables constant, the hypothetical adverse changes would have increased interest expense by $0.5 million and $2.0 million in fiscal 2009 and 2008, respectively.


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Fair Market Value of Debt Instruments
 
The Company’s fixed rate debt primarily consists of the Senior Notes (specifically, Notes due 2015 and Notes due 2014) and convertible debt instruments (specifically, Notes due 2013 and Notes due 2033). At January 1, 2010, the Company’s carrying value of its fixed rate debt was $725.3 million as compared to $602.5 million at January 2, 2009. The increase in the carrying value of fixed rate debt is primarily a result of the issuance of the Notes due 2014. The combined estimated fair market value of the Company’s fixed rate debt at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009 was $847.2 million and $564.7 million, respectively. The increase in the fair value of fixed rate debt is also the result of the issuance of the Notes due 2014 as well as the increase in the Company’s stock price during 2009 which increased the fair value of the Company’s convertible debt. The fair value of the Company’s debt instruments is measured using observable market information which would be considered Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy described in recently issued accounting guidance on fair value measurements.
 
The Company’s Notes due 2014 and Notes due 2015 bear interest at a fixed rate of 10.0% and 5.95%, respectively. Therefore, changes in interest rates do not affect interest expense incurred on the Notes due 2014 or the Notes due 2015, but interest rates do affect the fair value. If interest rates were to increase by 10%, the fair market value of the Notes due 2014 and the Notes due 2015 would decrease by 2.8% and 4.7% at January 1, 2010 and at January 2, 2009, respectively. If interest rates were to decrease by 10%, the fair market value of the fixed rate debt would increase by 2.8% and 4.7% at January 1, 2010 and at January 2, 2009, respectively. Primarily as a result of the issuance of the Notes due 2014, as of January 1, 2010 the fair value of the fixed-rate debt instruments increased to $381.5 million from $168.1 million at January 2, 2009, respectively.
 
The Company has outstanding debt that may be converted into the Company’s common stock. Accordingly, the price of its common stock may affect the fair value of the Company’s convertible debt. The estimated fair value of the Company’s outstanding convertible debt increased to $465.7 million at January 1, 2010 from $396.6 million at January 2, 2009 due to the increase in the Company’s stock price during fiscal 2009. A hypothetical 10% decrease in the price of the Company’s common stock from the price at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009 would have reduced the fair value of its then outstanding convertible debt by $46.6 million and $39.7 million, respectively.
 
Changes in the market value of the Company’s debt do not affect the reported results of operations unless the Company is retiring such obligations prior to their maturity. This analysis did not consider the effects of a changed level of economic activity that could exist in such an environment and certain other factors. Further, in the event of a change of this magnitude, management would likely take actions to further mitigate its exposure to possible changes. However, due to the uncertainty of the specific actions that would be taken and their possible effects, this sensitivity analysis assumes no changes in the Company’s financial structure.
 
See Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” (“Interest rate agreements” and “Foreign currency forward contracts”) and Note 5. “Debt” to the Notes to the consolidated financial statements for further detail on interest rate agreements and outstanding debt obligations.


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
 
To the Board of Directors and Stockholders
Anixter International Inc.:
 
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Anixter International Inc. as of January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009 and the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders’ equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 1, 2010. Our audits also included the financial statement schedules listed in the Index at Item 15(a)(2). These financial statements and schedules are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements and schedules based on our audits.
 
We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.
 
In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of Anixter International Inc. at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 1, 2010, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles. Also, in our opinion, the related financial statement schedules, when considered in relation to the basic financial statements taken as a whole, present fairly in all material respects the information set forth therein.
 
As disclosed in Note 1. to the consolidated financial statements, the Company changed its method of accounting for convertible debt instruments in accordance with the new requirements for accounting for convertible debt effective January 3, 2009 and applied the change in its method of accounting to previously reported financial statements.
 
We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the effectiveness of Anixter International Inc.’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 1, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated February 26, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.
 
ERNST & YOUNG LLP
 
Chicago, Illinois
February 26, 2010


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    December 28,
 
    2010     2009     2007  
          As Adjusted (See Note 1.)  
 
Net sales
  $ 4,982.4     $ 6,136.6     $ 5,852.9  
Cost of operations:
                       
Cost of goods sold
    3,851.8       4,693.8       4,439.6  
Operating expenses
    927.1       1,050.9       974.2  
Goodwill impairment
    100.0              
                         
Total costs and expenses
    4,878.9       5,744.7       5,413.8  
                         
Operating income
    103.5       391.9       439.1  
Other (expense) income:
                       
Interest expense
    (66.1 )     (60.6 )     (58.2 )
Other, net
    (20.2 )     (25.8 )     3.6  
                         
Income before income taxes
    17.2       305.5       384.5  
Income tax expense
    46.5       117.6       139.0  
                         
Net (loss) income
  $ (29.3 )   $ 187.9     $ 245.5  
                         
Net (loss) income per share:
                       
Basic
  $ (0.83 )   $ 5.30     $ 6.58  
Diluted
  $ (0.83 )   $ 4.87     $ 5.81  
 
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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
(In millions, except share amounts)
 
                 
    January 1,
    January 2,
 
    2010     2009  
          As Adjusted
 
          (See Note 1.)  
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
               
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 111.5     $ 65.3  
Accounts receivable (less allowances of $25.7 and $29.4 in 2009 and 2008, respectively)
    941.5       1,051.7  
Inventories
    918.8       1,153.3  
Deferred income taxes
    47.5       41.3  
Other current assets
    31.7       32.8  
                 
Total current assets
    2,051.0       2,344.4  
Property and equipment, at cost
    279.5       260.3  
Accumulated depreciation
    (192.0 )     (174.3 )
                 
Net property and equipment
    87.5       86.0  
Goodwill
    357.7       458.6  
Other assets
    175.5       173.4  
                 
    $ 2,671.7     $ 3,062.4  
                 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
               
Accounts payable
  $ 505.4     $ 582.1  
Accrued expenses
    155.9       161.9  
Short-term debt
    8.7       249.5  
                 
Total current liabilities
    670.0       993.5  
Long-term debt
    821.4       852.5  
Other liabilities
    156.2       143.6  
                 
Total liabilities
    1,647.6       1,989.6  
Stockholders’ equity:
               
Common stock — $1.00 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 34,700,481 and 35,322,126 shares issued and outstanding in 2009 and 2008, respectively
    34.7       35.3  
Capital surplus
    225.1       243.7  
Retained earnings
    819.6       882.8  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss:
               
Foreign currency translation
    3.4       (49.3 )
Unrecognized pension liability
    (56.8 )     (36.9 )
Unrealized loss on derivatives, net
    (1.9 )     (2.8 )
                 
Total accumulated other comprehensive loss
    (55.3 )     (89.0 )
                 
Total stockholders’ equity
    1,024.1       1,072.8  
                 
    $ 2,671.7     $ 3,062.4  
                 
 
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    December 28,
 
    2010     2009     2007  
          As Adjusted (See Note 1.)  
 
Operating activities:
                       
Net (loss) income
  $ (29.3 )   $ 187.9     $ 245.5  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash provided by operating activities:
                       
Goodwill impairment
    100.0              
Depreciation
    24.1       24.9       22.9  
Accretion of debt discount
    21.1       18.5       18.1  
Stock-based compensation
    15.2       18.2       11.9  
Amortization of intangible assets
    13.0       9.7       7.9  
Amortization of deferred financing costs
    2.9       1.6       1.9  
Net loss on retirement of debt
    1.1              
Deferred income taxes
    (1.6 )     (8.0 )     (6.5 )
Excess income tax benefit from employee stock plans
    (0.7 )     (10.2 )     (16.3 )
Changes in current assets and liabilities:
                       
Accounts receivable
    149.4       87.8       (151.8 )
Inventories
    264.8       (141.8 )     (112.6 )
Accounts payable and other current assets and liabilities, net
    (107.3 )     (68.8 )     124.6  
Other, net
    (11.8 )     5.2       (7.4 )
                         
Net cash provided by operating activities
    440.9       125.0       138.2  
Investing activities:
                       
Capital expenditures
    (22.2 )     (32.7 )     (36.1 )
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired
    (1.8 )     (180.3 )     (38.5 )
Other
    0.3       0.3       0.7  
                         
Net cash used in investing activities
    (23.7 )     (212.7 )     (73.9 )
Financing activities:
                       
Repayment of borrowings
    (716.7 )     (922.8 )     (920.4 )
Proceeds from borrowings
    316.5       1,119.1       807.6  
Bond proceeds
    185.2             300.0  
Retirement of debt — debt component
    (83.0 )            
Retirement of debt — equity component
    (34.3 )            
Purchases of common stock for treasury
    (34.9 )     (104.6 )     (241.8 )
Deferred financing costs
    (6.7 )     (0.5 )     (7.1 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock
    2.5       10.1       11.7  
Excess income tax benefit from employee stock plans
    0.7       10.2       16.3  
Payment of cash dividend
    (0.3 )     (0.7 )     (1.1 )
Purchased call option
                (88.8 )
Proceeds from sale of warrant
                52.0  
Equity issuance costs
                (1.4 )
                         
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
    (371.0 )     110.8       (73.0 )
                         
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
    46.2       23.1       (8.7 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year
    65.3       42.2       50.9  
                         
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year
  $ 111.5     $ 65.3     $ 42.2  
                         
 
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
 
                                                 
                            Accumulated
       
                            Other
       
    Common Stock     Capital
    Retained
    Comprehensive
    Comprehensive
 
    Shares     Amount     Surplus     Earnings     Income (Loss)     Income  
                As Adjusted
          As Adjusted
 
                (See Note 1.)           (See Note 1.)  
 
Balance at December 29, 2006
    39.5     $ 39.5     $ 113.0     $ 803.3     $ 6.2          
Adjustment to initially apply convertible debt guidance (See Note 1.)
                9.0       (9.6 )              
Adjustment to initially apply income tax guidance (See Note 7.)
                      (0.9 )              
Net income
                      245.5           $ 245.5  
Other comprehensive income:
                                               
Foreign currency translation
                            34.7       34.7  
Changes in unrealized pension cost, net of tax of $5.9
                            10.9       10.9  
Changes in fair market value of derivatives, net of tax of $0.4
                            (0.9 )     (0.9 )
                                                 
Comprehensive income
                                          $ 290.2  
                                                 
Issuance of Notes due 2013 — equity component
                88.8                      
Issuance costs of Notes due 2013 — equity component
                (1.4 )                    
Purchase and retirement of treasury stock (see Note 9.)
    (4.3 )     (4.3 )           (240.5 )              
Purchase call option and sold warrant (see Note 9.)
                (36.8 )                    
Issuance of common stock and related tax benefits
    1.1       1.1       34.9                      
                                                 
Balance at December 28, 2007
    36.3     $ 36.3     $ 207.5     $ 797.8     $ 50.9          
Net income
                      187.9           $ 187.9  
Other comprehensive income:
                                               
Foreign currency translation
                            (107.4 )     (107.4 )
Changes in unrealized pension cost, net of tax of $19.0
                            (28.2 )     (28.2 )
Changes in fair market value of derivatives, net of tax of $1.7
                            (4.3 )     (4.3 )
                                                 
Comprehensive income
                                          $ 48.0  
                                                 
Purchase and retirement of treasury stock (see Note 9.)
    (1.7 )     (1.7 )           (102.9 )              
Issuance of common stock and related tax benefits
    0.7       0.7       36.2                      
                                                 
Balance at January 2, 2009
    35.3     $ 35.3     $ 243.7     $ 882.8     $ (89.0 )        
Net loss
                      (29.3 )         $ (29.3 )
Other comprehensive income:
                                               
Foreign currency translation
                            52.7       52.7  
Changes in unrealized pension cost, net of tax of $0.9
                            (19.9 )     (19.9 )
Changes in fair market value of derivatives, net of tax of $0.4
                            0.9       0.9  
                                                 
Comprehensive income
                                          $ 4.4  
                                                 
Purchase and retirement of treasury stock (see Note 9.)
    (1.0 )     (1.0 )           (33.9 )              
Equity component of repurchased convertible debt (see Note 9.)
                (34.3 )                    
Issuance of common stock and related tax benefits
    0.4       0.4       15.7                      
                                                 
Balance at January 1, 2010
    34.7     $ 34.7     $ 225.1     $ 819.6     $ (55.3 )        
                                                 
 
See accompanying notes to the consolidated financial statements.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
 
NOTE 1.  SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
 
Organization: Anixter International Inc. (“the Company”), formerly known as Itel Corporation, which was incorporated in Delaware in 1967, is engaged in the distribution of communications and specialty wire and cable products, fasteners and small parts through Anixter Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively “Anixter”).
 
Basis of presentation: The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Anixter International Inc. and its subsidiaries. The Company’s fiscal year ends on the Friday nearest December 31 and included 52 weeks in 2009 and 2007 and 53 weeks in 2008. Certain amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.
 
The Company’s management has evaluated its subsequent events for disclosure in this annual filing on Form 10-K through February 26, 2010, the date on which the Financial Statements were issued.
 
Use of estimates: The preparation of financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the amounts reported in the financial statements and accompanying notes. Actual results could differ from those estimates.
 
Cash and cash equivalents: Cash equivalents consist of short-term, highly liquid investments that mature within three months or less. Such investments are stated at cost, which approximates fair value.
 
Receivables and allowance for doubtful accounts: The Company carries its accounts receivable at their face amounts less an allowance for doubtful accounts. On a regular basis, the Company evaluates its accounts receivable and establishes the allowance for doubtful accounts based on a combination of specific customer circumstances, as well as credit conditions and history of write-offs and collections. The provision for doubtful accounts was $12.4 million, $37.0 million and $11.5 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. A receivable is considered past due if payments have not been received within the agreed upon invoice terms. The higher provision in 2008 was due to the rapid deterioration of the credit markets and economic conditions that resulted in two large customer bankruptcies which resulted in bad debt losses of $24.1 million. Receivables are written off and deducted from the allowance account when the receivables are deemed uncollectible.
 
Inventories: Inventories, consisting primarily of finished goods, are stated at the lower of cost or market. Cost is determined using the average-cost method. The Company has agreements with some of its vendors that provide a right to return products. This right is typically limited to a small percentage of the Company’s total purchases from that vendor. Such rights provide that the Company can return slow-moving product and the vendor will replace it with faster-moving product chosen by the Company. Some vendor agreements contain price protection provisions that require the manufacturer to issue a credit in an amount sufficient to reduce the Company’s current inventory carrying cost down to the manufacturer’s current price. The Company considers these agreements in determining its reserve for obsolescence.
 
Each quarter the Company reviews for excess inventories and makes an assessment of the net realizable value. There are many factors that management considers in determining whether or not the amount by which a reserve should be established. These factors include the following:
 
  •  Return or rotation privileges with vendors;
  •  Price protection from vendors;
  •  Expected future usage;
  •  Whether or not a customer is obligated by contract to purchase the inventory;
  •  Current market pricing;
  •  Historical consumption experience; and
  •  Risk of obsolescence.
 
If circumstances related to the above factors change, there could be a material impact on the net realizable value of the inventories.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Property and equipment: At January 1, 2010, net property and equipment consisted of $61.6 million of equipment and computer software and approximately $25.9 million of buildings and leasehold improvements. At January 2, 2009, net property and equipment consisted of $59.0 million of equipment and computer software and approximately $27.0 million of buildings and leasehold improvements. Equipment and computer software are recorded at cost and depreciated by applying the straight-line method over their estimated useful lives, which range from 3 to 10 years. Leasehold improvements are depreciated over the useful life or over the term of the related lease, whichever is shorter. Upon sale or retirement, the cost and related depreciation are removed from the respective accounts and any gain or loss is included in income. Maintenance and repair costs are expensed as incurred. Depreciation expense charged to operations was $24.1 million, $24.9 million and $22.9 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
 
Costs for software developed for internal use are accounted for in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”). Costs that are incurred in the preliminary project stage are expensed as incurred. Once the capitalization criteria have been met, external direct costs of materials and services consumed in developing or obtaining internal-use computer software, payroll and payroll-related costs for employees who are directly associated with and who devote time to the internal-use computer software project (to the extent of their time spent directly on the project) and interest costs incurred when developing computer software for internal use are capitalized. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, capitalized costs, net of accumulated amortization, for software developed for internal use was approximately $17.0 million and $9.9 million, respectively. Interest expense incurred in connection with the development of internal use software is capitalized based on the amounts of accumulated expenditures and the weighted average cost of borrowings for the period. Interest expense capitalized for fiscal 2009, 2008 or 2007 was insignificant.
 
Goodwill: Goodwill is the excess of cost over the fair value of the net assets of businesses acquired. The Company tests for goodwill impairment annually using a two-step process, unless there is a triggering event, in which case a test would be performed at the time that such triggering event occurs. The first step is to identify a potential impairment by comparing the fair value of a reporting unit with its carrying amount. For all periods presented, the Company’s reporting units are consistent with its operating segments. The estimates of fair value of a reporting unit are determined based on a discounted cash flow analysis. A discounted cash flow analysis requires the Company to make various judgmental assumptions, including assumptions about future cash flows, growth rates and discount rates. The assumptions about future cash flows and growth rates are based on the forecast and long-term business plans of each operating segment. Discount rate assumptions are based on an assessment of the risk inherent in the future cash flows of the respective reporting units. The Company also reviews market multiple information to corroborate the fair value conclusions recorded through the aforementioned income approach. If the first step indicates a potential impairment, the second step of the goodwill impairment test is performed whereby the implied fair value of the reporting unit’s goodwill is compared with the carrying amount of that goodwill. The implied fair value of goodwill is determined in the same manner as the amount of goodwill recognized in a business combination.
 
The Company’s goodwill impairment analysis is performed annually at the beginning of the third quarter. However, as a result of the dramatic change in the economic and market conditions in the fourth quarter of 2008, including the change in the Company’s stock price as compared to the Company’s book value per share as well as the significant disruptions in the global credit markets, the Company performed an interim impairment test as of fiscal year end 2008. The Company’s annual and interim impairment tests did not result in an impairment charge for goodwill or definite-lived intangible assets in 2007 or 2008. However, as a result of the continued downturn in global economic conditions, the Company concluded that there were impairment indicators for the North America, Europe and Asia Pacific reporting units that required an interim impairment analysis in 2009 which resulted in a non-cash impairment charge related to the write-off of the remaining goodwill of $100.0 million associated with its Europe reporting unit (see Note 10. “Goodwill Impairment”). The Company subsequently performed its annual


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
impairment test at the beginning of the third quarter of 2009. This did not result in any additional impairment charge for goodwill. The Company currently expects the carrying amount of remaining goodwill to be fully recoverable.
 
Intangible assets: Intangible assets primarily consist of customer relationships that are being amortized over periods ranging from 8 to 15 years. The Company continually evaluates whether events or circumstances have occurred that would indicate the remaining estimated useful lives of its intangible assets warrant revision or that the remaining balance of such assets may not be recoverable. The Company uses an estimate of the related undiscounted cash flows over the remaining life of the asset in measuring whether the asset is recoverable. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the Company’s gross carrying amount of intangible assets subject to amortization was $132.6 million and $117.1 million, respectively. Accumulated amortization was $42.4 million and $28.3 million at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, respectively.
 
Interest rate agreements: The Company uses interest rate swaps to reduce its exposure to adverse fluctuations in interest rates. The objective of the currently outstanding interest rate swaps (cash flow hedges) is to convert variable interest to fixed interest associated with forecasted interest payments resulting from revolving borrowings in the U.K. and continental Europe and are designated as hedging instruments. The Company does not enter into interest rate transactions for speculative purposes. Changes in the value of the interest rate swaps are expected to be highly effective in offsetting the changes attributable to fluctuations in the variable rates. The Company’s counterparties to its interest rate swap contracts have investment-grade credit ratings. The Company expects the creditworthiness of its counterparties to remain intact through the term of the transactions. The Company regularly monitors the creditworthiness of its counterparties to ensure no issues exist which could affect the value of the derivatives. When entered into, these financial instruments were designated as hedges of underlying exposures (interest payments associated with the U.K. and continental Europe borrowings) attributable to changes in the respective benchmark interest rates.
 
Currently, the fair value of the interest rate swaps is determined by means of a mathematical model that calculates the present value of the anticipated cash flows from the transaction using mid-market prices and other economic data and assumptions, or by means of pricing indications from one or more other dealers selected at the discretion of the respective banks. These inputs would be considered Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy described in recently issued accounting guidance on fair value measurements. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, interest rate swaps were revalued at current interest rates, with the changes in valuation reflected directly in Other Comprehensive Income, net of associated deferred taxes. The fair market value of the Company’s outstanding interest rate agreements, which is the estimated exit price that the Company would pay to cancel the interest rate agreements, was not significant at January 1, 2010 or January 2, 2009.
 
In June 2009, the Company cancelled two interest rate swap agreements due to the repayment of the related borrowings. As a result, the Company recorded pre-tax losses of $2.1 million in 2009 associated with settling the liability positions on these two contracts.
 
Foreign currency forward contracts: The Company purchases foreign currency forward contracts to minimize the effect of fluctuating foreign currency-denominated accounts on its reported income. The foreign currency forward contracts are not designated as hedges for accounting purposes. The Company’s strategy is to negotiate terms for its derivatives and other financial instruments to be perfectly effective, such that the change in the value of the derivative perfectly offsets the impact of the underlying hedged item (e.g., various foreign currency denominated accounts). The Company’s counterparties to its foreign currency forward contracts have investment-grade credit ratings. The Company expects the creditworthiness of its counterparties to remain intact through the term of the transactions. The Company regularly monitors the creditworthiness of its counterparties to ensure no issues exist which could affect the value of the derivatives.
 
The fair value of the Company’s foreign currency forward contracts were not significant at the end of 2009 and 2008. The fair value of the foreign currency forward contracts is based on the difference between the contract rate


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
and the current exchange rate. The fair value of the forward currency forward contracts is measured using observable market information. These inputs would be considered Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy.
 
At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, forward contracts were revalued at then-current foreign exchange rates, with the changes in valuation reflected directly in other income offsetting the transaction gain/loss recorded on the foreign currency-denominated accounts. The impact of these foreign currency forward contracts, net of the offsetting transaction gain/loss recorded on the foreign currency denominated accounts, on the income statement was insignificant for the years ended 2009, 2008 and 2007. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the notional amount of the foreign currency forward contracts outstanding was approximately $198.3 million and $87.1 million, respectively.
 
Foreign currency translation: The Company’s investments in several subsidiaries are recorded in currencies other than the U.S. dollar. As these foreign currency denominated investments are translated at the end of each period during consolidation using period-end exchange rates, fluctuations of exchange rates between the foreign currency and the U.S. dollar increase or decrease the value of those investments. These fluctuations and the results of operations for foreign subsidiaries, where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar, are translated into U.S. dollars using the average exchange rates during the year, while the assets and liabilities are translated using period-end exchange rates. The assets and liabilities-related translation adjustments are recorded as a separate component of Stockholders’ Equity, “Foreign currency translation,” which is a component of accumulated other comprehensive income (loss). In addition, as the Company’s subsidiaries maintain investments denominated in currencies other than local currencies, exchange rate fluctuations will occur. Borrowings are raised in certain foreign currencies to minimize the exchange rate translation adjustment risk.
 
Several of the Company’s subsidiaries conduct business in a currency other than the legal entity’s functional currency. Transactions may produce receivables or payables that are fixed in terms of the amount of foreign currency that will be received or paid. A change in exchange rates between the functional currency and the currency in which a transaction is denominated increases or decreases the expected amount of functional currency cash flows upon settlement of the transaction. That increase or decrease in expected functional currency cash flows is a foreign currency transaction gain or loss that is included in “Other, net” in the Consolidated Statements of Operations. The Company recognized $23.3 million and $18.0 million in net foreign exchange losses in 2009 and 2008, respectively, and $1.9 million in net foreign exchange gains in 2007. See “Other, net” discussion herein for further information regarding the losses recorded in 2009 and 2008.
 
Revenue recognition: Sales to customers, resellers and distributors and related cost of sales are recognized upon transfer of title, which generally occurs upon shipment of products, when the price is fixed and determinable and when collectability is reasonably assured. In connection with the sales of its products, the Company often provides certain supply chain services. These services are provided exclusively in connection with the sales of products, and as such, the price of such services are included in the price of the products delivered to the customer. The Company does not account for these services as a separate element, as the services do not have stand-alone value and cannot be separated from the product element of the arrangement. There are no significant post-delivery obligations associated with these services.
 
In those cases where the Company does not have goods in stock and delivery times are critical, product is purchased from the manufacturer and drop-shipped to the customer. The Company generally takes title to the goods when shipped by the manufacturer and then bills the customer for the product upon transfer of the title to the customer.
 
Advertising and sales promotion: Advertising and sales promotion costs are expensed as incurred. Advertising and promotion costs were $10.0 million, $12.7 million and $12.2 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. The majority of the Company’s advertising and sales promotion costs are recouped through various cooperative advertising programs with vendors.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Shipping and handling fees and costs: The Company includes shipping and handling fees billed to customers in net sales. Shipping and handling costs associated with outbound freight are included in operating expenses in the Consolidated Statements of Operations, which were $86.9 million, $105.3 million and $109.3 million for the years ended 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
 
Income taxes: Deferred taxes are recognized for the future tax effects of temporary differences between financial and income tax reporting based upon enacted tax laws and rates. The Company maintains valuation allowances to reduce deferred tax assets if it is more likely than not that some portion or all of the deferred tax asset will not be realized. The Company records reserves for uncertain tax positions in accordance with U.S. accounting rules.
 
Stock-based compensation: In accordance with U.S. accounting rules, the Company measures the cost of all employee share-based payments to employees, including grants of employee stock options, using a fair-value-based method. Compensation costs for the plans have been determined based on the fair value at the grant date using the Black-Scholes option pricing model and amortized on a straight-line basis over the respective vesting period representing the requisite service period.
 
Other, net: The following represents the components of “Other, net” as reflected in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations at the end of fiscal 2009, 2008 and 2007:
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    December 28,
 
    2010     2009     2007  
    (In millions)  
 
Other, net (loss) gain:
                       
Foreign exchange
  $ (23.3 )   $ (18.0 )   $ 1.9  
Cash surrender value of life insurance policies
    3.4       (6.5 )     1.4  
Settlement of interest rate swaps
    (2.1 )            
Early retirement of debt
    (1.1 )            
Other
    2.9       (1.3 )     0.3  
                         
    $ (20.2 )   $ (25.8 )   $ 3.6  
                         
 
Due to the strengthening of the U.S. dollar primarily against currencies in the Emerging Markets, where there are few cost-effective means of hedging, the Company recorded foreign exchange losses of $9.5 million in 2009. The Company also recorded a foreign exchange loss of $13.8 million due to the repatriation of cash from Venezuela and the remeasurement of the Venezuelan balance sheet at the parallel exchange rate. In 2008, the Company recorded foreign exchange losses of $18.0 million due to both a sharp change in the relationship between the U.S. dollar and all of the major currencies in which the Company conducts its business and, for several weeks, a period of highly volatile conditions in the foreign exchange markets. In 2007, the Company recorded foreign exchange gains of $1.9 million. Due to the stronger equity market performance, the value of Company-owned life insurance policies increased resulting in a gain of $3.4 million and $1.4 million in 2009 and 2007, respectively. However, due to the combined effect of sharp declines in both the equity and bond markets during 2008, the Company recorded a loss of $6.5 million in that year. In 2009, the Company recorded a loss of $2.1 million associated with the cancellation of interest rate hedging contracts resulting from the repayment of the related borrowings and a net loss of $1.1 million related to the early retirement of debt. In 2009, the Company also recorded other income of $3.4 million related to the expiration of liabilities associated with a prior asset sale.
 
Recently issued and adopted accounting pronouncements: In June 2009, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) issued a new accounting statement that defines the new GAAP hierarchy and explains how the FASB will use its Accounting Standards Codification as the sole source for all authoritative guidance. The Company adopted the Codification beginning in the third fiscal quarter of 2009. The adoption of the new statement


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
has changed how the Company references various elements of GAAP when preparing Anixter’s financial statement disclosures but did not have an impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In May 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting statement on subsequent events. The objective of this statement is to provide further guidance for disclosures relating to the type of subsequent event (recognized versus non-recognized) and to modify the definition of when a subsequent event occurred and the date through which a subsequent event has been evaluated by management. The Company’s management defines the evaluation period for subsequent events as events or transactions that occurred after the balance sheet date, but before the issuance of the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements. The provisions of the new statement were effective for the Company beginning in the second fiscal quarter of 2009 and did not have a material impact on the Company’s condensed consolidated financial statements. This new guidance requires the disclosure of the date through which an entity has evaluated subsequent events. The Company included this disclosure in Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies”.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on interim disclosures about the fair value of financial instruments. The guidance enhances consistency in financial reporting by requiring qualitative and quantitative information about fair value estimates of all financial instruments on a quarterly basis. The expanded disclosure provisions were effective for the Company beginning in the second fiscal quarter of 2009 and are included in the notes to the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In April 2009, the FASB issued new accounting guidance related to contingencies in a business combination, which amends and clarifies previously issued accounting rules, that require measurement of fair value at the acquisition date if fair value can be reasonably determined and provides guidance on how to make that determination. It also amends the subsequent measurement and disclosure requirements for assets and liabilities arising from contingencies in a business combination. The new guidance was effective as of the beginning of fiscal 2009 for the Company. The provisions of the new accounting guidance did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In December 2008, the FASB issued new accounting guidance related to an employer’s disclosures about plan assets of a defined benefit pension or other postretirement plans. The new guidance includes a technical amendment that requires disclosure of the net periodic benefit cost for each annual period for which a statement of income is presented. The new guidance was effective for the Company for its 2009 annual reporting period and the new disclosures are included in Note 8. “Pension Plans, Post-Retirement Benefits and Other Benefits” in the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In November 2008, the FASB ratified a new accounting rule that clarifies the accounting for certain separately identifiable intangible assets which an acquirer does not intend to actively use but intends to hold to prevent its competitors from obtaining access to them. The new rule requires an acquirer in a business combination to account for a defensive intangible asset as a separate unit of accounting which should be amortized to expense over the period the asset diminishes in value. The new rule was effective for the Company at the beginning of fiscal 2009. The provisions of the new accounting rule did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In May 2008, the FASB issued new guidance related to convertible debt instruments. The new guidance requires that the liability and equity components of convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement) be separately accounted for in a manner that reflects an issuer’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate. The new accounting rule requires bifurcation of a component of the debt, classification of that component in equity and the accretion of the resulting discount on the debt to be recognized as part of interest expense in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. These provisions impacted the accounting associated with the Company’s $300 million convertible notes due 2013 (“Notes due 2013”) which pay interest semiannually at a rate of 1.00% per annum and the Company’s 3.25% zero coupon convertible notes due 2033 (“Notes due 2033”) which have a principal amount at maturity of $240.3 million as of January 1, 2010. The


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
recognition and disclosure provisions of this new rule were effective for the Company at the beginning of fiscal 2009.
 
The guidance allowed the Company the choice of applying the guidance to convertible debt instruments outstanding at any point during any of the periods presented in the audited financial statements or during any of the periods presented in the table included in Item 6. “Selected Financial Data.” The Company elected to apply the provisions of the new accounting guidance to instruments outstanding during all periods covered by the audited financial statements for fiscal years ending January 1, 2010, January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007. Accordingly, the Company recognized the cumulative effect of the change in accounting principle in the consolidated statements of stockholders’ equity as a decrease in the opening balance of retained earnings of $9.6 million and an increase in capital surplus of $9.0 million in fiscal 2007. The consolidated financial statements for the years ended January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007 were also adjusted from amounts previously reported to reflect the period specific effect of applying the provisions of the new rule.
 
The following tables reflect the Company’s amounts previously reported, along with adjustments required by the new accounting guidance:
 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS IMPACT
 
                         
    Year Ended
 
    January 2, 2009  
    As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted  
    (In millions, except per share data)  
 
Interest expense
  $ (48.0 )   $ (12.6 )   $ (60.6 )
Income tax expense
  $ 122.4     $ (4.8 )   $ 117.6  
Net income
  $ 195.7     $ (7.8 )   $ 187.9  
Net income per share:
                       
Basic
  $ 5.52     $ (0.22 )   $ 5.30  
Diluted
  $ 5.07     $ (0.20 )   $ 4.87  
 
                         
    Year Ended
 
    December 28, 2007  
    As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted  
    (In millions, except per share data)  
 
Interest expense
  $ (45.2 )   $ (13.0 )   $ (58.2 )
Income tax expense
  $ 144.0     $ (5.0 )   $ 139.0  
Net income
  $ 253.5     $ (8.0 )   $ 245.5  
Net income per share:
                       
Basic
  $ 6.79     $ (0.21 )   $ 6.58  
Diluted
  $ 6.00     $ (0.19 )   $ 5.81  


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET IMPACT(a)
 
                         
    As of
 
    January 2, 2009  
    As Reported     Adjustment     As Adjusted  
    (In millions)  
 
Other assets
  $ 202.7     $ (29.3 )   $ 173.4  
Total assets
  $ 3,091.7     $ (29.3 )   $ 3,062.4  
Long-term debt
  $ 917.5     $ (65.0 )   $ 852.5  
Other liabilities
  $ 144.9     $ (1.3 )   $ 143.6  
Total liabilities
  $ 2,055.9     $ (66.3 )   $ 1,989.6  
Capital surplus
  $ 181.3     $ 62.4     $ 243.7  
Retained earnings
  $ 908.2     $ (25.4 )   $ 882.8  
Total stockholders’ equity
  $ 1,035.8     $ 37.0     $ 1,072.8  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
  $ 3,091.7     $ (29.3 )   $ 3,062.4  
 
(a) At the issuance of the Notes due 2013, the Company paid $88.8 million ($54.7 million, net of deferred tax asset of $34.1 million) for a call option that will cover 4,725,900 shares of the Company’s common stock. Concurrently with the purchase of the call option, the Company sold to the counterparty for $52.0 million, a warrant to purchase 4,725,900 shares of common stock. The purchased call option has an exercise price of $63.48 per share of the Company’s common stock. The sold warrant has an exercise price of $82.80 and may not be exercised prior to the maturity of the notes. In addition to the debt and equity adjustments, the adoption of the new accounting guidance had minor impacts on “Other assets” and “Other liabilities”, including the recognition of issuance costs of $1.4 million related to the equity component of Notes due 2013, which were issued in 2007, and required the Company to reverse the aforementioned deferred tax asset associated with the Notes due 2013 with an offsetting entry to additional paid in capital.
 
The following table provides additional information about the Company’s convertible debt instruments that are subject to the new accounting rule:
 
                                 
    January 1, 2010     January 2, 2009  
($ and shares in millions, except conversion prices)   Notes due 2013     Notes due 2033     Notes due 2013     Notes due 2033  
                As Adjusted  
 
Carrying amount of the equity component
  $ 53.3     $ (25.3 )   $ 53.3     $ 9.0  
Principal amount of the liability component
  $ 300.0     $ 240.3     $ 300.0     $ 369.1  
Unamortized discount of liability component(a)
  $ (50.9 )   $ (127.6 )   $ (65.0 )   $ (201.6 )
Net carrying amount of liability component
  $ 249.1     $ 112.7     $ 235.0     $ 167.5  
Remaining amortization period of discount(a)
    38 months                        
Conversion price(a)
  $ 63.48     $ 31.11       (e )     (e )
Number of shares to be issued upon conversion
    4.7       3.6       (e )     (e )
Effective interest rate on liability component(d)
    7.1 %     6.1 %     (e )     (e )
Non-cash interest cost recognized for 2009 period(b)
  $ 14.1     $       (e )     (e )
Cash interest cost recognized for 2009 period(b)
  $ 3.0     $ 5.2       (e )     (e )
If-converted value exceeds principal amount(c)
  $     $ 57.9       (e )     (e )
 
(a) The Notes due 2013 and Notes due 2033 were issued in February of 2007 and July of 2003, respectively. Upon adoption of the new accounting rule, the Company determined the expected life of the Notes due 2013 and the Notes due 2033 to be six years and four years from the issuance date, respectively. As such, for the purpose of applying the provisions of the new rule, the Company is amortizing the additional amount of non-cash interest


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
expense through February of 2013 for the Notes due 2013. For the Notes due 2033, the additional amount of non-cash interest expense required to be recognized under the new guidance had been fully recognized over the expected life as determined using the criteria of the new rule as of June of 2007. The remaining discount related to the Notes due 2033 represents the original discount and will be amortized through 2033 at the original rate of 3.25%.
 
(b) Interest cost relates to both the contractual interest coupon and amortization of the discount on the liability component.
 
(c) If-converted value amounts are for disclosure purposes only. The Notes due 2013 are convertible when the closing price of the Company’s common stock for at least 20 trading days in the 30 consecutive trading days ending on the last trading day of the immediately preceding fiscal quarter is more than $82.52. Based on the Company’s stock prices during the year, the Notes due 2013 have not been convertible during 2009. The Notes due 2033 are convertible when the sale price of the Company’s common stock for at least 20 trading days in a period of 30 consecutive trading days ending on the last trading day of the preceding fiscal quarter is more than 120% of the accreted conversion price per share of common stock on the last day of such preceding fiscal quarter. Based on the Company’s stock prices during the year as compared to the accreted conversion price at January 1, 2010, the Notes due 2033 are currently convertible.
 
(d) For purposes of implementing the new accounting rule, the fair value of the liability component related to the Notes due 2013 and the Notes due 2033 was calculated based on a discount rate of 7.1% and 6.1%, respectively, representing the Company’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate at issuance for debt instruments with similar terms and characteristics.
 
(e) Data not required by the new accounting rule.
 
In March 2008, the FASB issued a new accounting statement on disclosures about derivatives and hedging activities. The purpose of this statement is to expand disclosure requirements and provide an enhanced understanding of why an entity uses derivative instruments, how the entity accounts for derivative instruments and related hedged items and how derivative instruments and related hedged items affect the entity’s financial statements. The expanded disclosure provisions under this statement were effective for the Company for the first fiscal quarter of 2009 and included in Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In December 2007, the FASB issued a new accounting statement on business combinations. This statement establishes principles and requirements for how an acquirer recognizes and measures in its financial statements the identifiable assets acquired, the liabilities assumed, any non-controlling interest in the acquiree and the goodwill acquired. It also establishes disclosure requirements which will enable users to evaluate the nature and financial effects of the business combination. This statement was effective as of the beginning of fiscal year 2009 for the Company. The provisions of this statement did not have a material impact on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
Recently issued accounting pronouncements not yet adopted: In June 2009, the FASB issued a new accounting statement that is designed to address the potential impacts on the provisions and application of previously issued guidance on the consolidation of variable interest entities as a result of the elimination of the qualifying special purpose entity concept. The new statement will be effective as of the beginning of each reporting entity’s first annual reporting period that begins after November 15, 2009, for interim periods within that first annual reporting period, and for interim and annual reporting periods thereafter, which will be the first quarter of fiscal 2010 for the Company. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact, if any, of the adoption of the new statement on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
In January 2010, the FASB issued new accounting guidance on improving disclosures about fair value measurements. The new accounting guidance requires additional disclosures for all levels of fair value measurements as well as clarification for existing disclosures. Except for the additional Level 3 activity disclosures, this


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
statement will be effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2009, which will be the first fiscal quarter of 2010 for the Company. The additional Level 3 activity disclosures will be effective for fiscal years beginning after December 15, 2010, and for interim periods within those fiscal years, which will be the first fiscal quarter of 2011 for the Company. The Company is currently evaluating the potential impact of the accounting guidance on the Company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
NOTE 2.  (LOSS) INCOME PER SHARE
 
The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted (loss) income per share:
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    December 28,
 
(In millions, except per share data)   2010     2009     2007  
          As Adjusted (See Note 1.)  
 
Basic (Loss) Income per Share:
                       
Net (loss) income
  $ (29.3 )   $ 187.9     $ 245.5  
                         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
    35.1       35.4       37.3  
Net (loss) income per basic share
  $ (0.83 )   $ 5.30     $ 6.58  
Diluted (Loss) Income per Share:
                       
Net (loss) income
  $ (29.3 )   $ 187.9     $ 245.5  
                         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
    35.1       35.4       37.3  
Effect of dilutive securities:
                       
Stock options and units
          0.8       1.2  
Convertible notes due 2033
          2.4       3.3  
Convertible senior notes due 2013
                0.4  
                         
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
    35.1       38.6       42.2  
                         
Net (loss) income per diluted share
  $ (0.83 )   $ 4.87     $ 5.81  
 
The Notes due 2013 are not currently convertible (see Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” for further information). In periods when the Notes due 2013 are convertible, any conversion will be settled in cash up to the principal amount, and any excess conversion value will be delivered, at the Company’s election in cash, common stock or a combination of cash and common stock. The Company’s average stock price for fiscal 2009 and 2008 did not exceed the conversion price of $63.48 and, therefore, the Notes due 2013 were not dilutive for either of these periods. As a result of the Company’s average stock price exceeding the conversion price of $63.48 per share for fiscal 2007, 0.4 million additional shares related to the Notes due 2013 were included in the diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding.
 
The Notes due 2033 were originally issued in July of 2003. Based on the Company’s stock price at the end of fiscal 2009, the Notes due 2033 are currently convertible (see Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” for further information). In periods when the Notes due 2033 are convertible, any conversion will be settled in cash up to the accreted principal amount. If the conversion value exceeds the accreted principal amount of the Notes due 2033 at the time of conversion, the amount in excess of the accreted value will be settled in stock. As a result of the conversion value exceeding the accreted principal at the end of 2008 and 2007, 2.4 million and 3.3 million, respectively, additional shares were included in the diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding. However, at the end of 2009, 0.8 million additional shares were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share, because they would have been antidilutive.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
In 2009, 2008 and 2007, the Company issued 0.4 million, 0.7 million and 1.0 million shares, respectively, due to stock option exercises and vesting of stock units. As a result of the Company’s recognition of a net loss in fiscal 2009, 0.5 million additional shares related to stock option and unit common stock equivalents were excluded from the computation of diluted earnings per share, because they would have been antidilutive.
 
NOTE 3.  ACCRUED EXPENSES
 
Accrued expenses consisted of the following:
 
                 
    January 1,
    January 2,
 
    2010     2009  
    (In millions)  
 
Salaries and fringe benefits
  $ 67.5     $ 71.7  
Other accrued expenses
    88.4       90.2  
                 
Total accrued expenses
  $ 155.9     $ 161.9  
                 
 
NOTE 4.  SEVERANCE
 
In 2009 and 2008, the Company undertook expense reduction actions that resulted in $5.7 million and $8.1 million of severance costs primarily related to staffing reductions needed to re-align the Company’s business in response to current market conditions. The majority of these costs were incurred in North America while the balance of the expenses was primarily incurred in Europe. The Company has approximately $3.3 million of severance reserves at the end of 2009, the majority of which relate to the expense reduction actions incurred in 2009 and are expected to be fully paid before the end of 2010.
 
NOTE 5.  DEBT
 
Certain debt agreements entered into by the Company’s subsidiaries contain various restrictions. The Company has guaranteed substantially all of the debt of its subsidiaries. Aggregate annual maturities of debt at January 1, 2010 were as follows: 2010 — $8.7 million; 2011 — $0.2 million; 2012 — $208.6 million; 2013 — $249.1 million; 2014 — $163.5 million; and $200.0 million thereafter. The estimated fair value of the Company’s debt at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009 was $952.0 million and $1,062.1 million, respectively, based on public quotations and current market rates. Interest paid in 2009, 2008 and 2007 was $37.2 million, $40.7 million and $36.7 million, respectively. The Company’s weighted-average borrowings outstanding were $983.1 million and $1,094.3 million for the fiscal years ending January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, respectively. The Company’s weighted-average cost of borrowings was 6.7%, 5.4% and 6.1% for the years ended January 1, 2010, January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007, respectively.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Debt is summarized below:
 
                 
    January 1,
    January 2,
 
    2010     2009  
          As Adjusted
 
          (See Note 1.)  
    (In millions)  
 
Long-term debt:
               
Convertible senior notes due 2013
  $ 249.1     $ 235.0  
Senior notes due 2015
    200.0       200.0  
Senior notes due 2014
    163.5        
Convertible notes due 2033
    112.7       167.5  
Revolving lines of credit and other
    96.1       250.0  
                 
Total long-term debt
    821.4       852.5  
Short-term debt
    8.7       249.5  
                 
Total debt
  $ 830.1     $ 1,102.0  
                 
 
Revolving Lines of Credit
 
At the end of fiscal 2009, the Company had approximately $312.7 million in available, committed, unused credit lines with financial institutions that have investment-grade credit ratings. As such, the Company expects to have access to this availability based on its assessment of the viability of the associated financial institutions which are party to these agreements. Long-term borrowings under the following credit facilities totaled $96.1 million and $250.0 million at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, respectively.
 
At January 1, 2010, the Company’s primary liquidity source is the recently amended $350 million (or the equivalent in Euro), 5-year revolving credit agreement at Anixter Inc. maturing in April of 2012. At January 1, 2010, long-term borrowings under this facility were $95.8 million as compared to $218.2 million of outstanding long-term borrowings at the end of fiscal 2008. The following key changes were made to the revolving credit agreement in July of 2009:
 
  •  The size of the facility was reduced from $450 million to $350 million.
  •  The consolidated fixed charge coverage ratio (as defined in the amended revolving credit agreement) was amended to require minimum coverage of 2.25 times through September 30, 2010 (previously 3.00 times), 2.50 times from October 2010 through December 2011 (previously 3.00 times) and 3.00 times thereafter.
  •  Anixter Inc. is required to have, on a proforma basis, a minimum of $50 million of availability under the revolving credit agreement at any time it elects to distribute funds to the Company to prepay, purchase or redeem its indebtedness.
  •  Anixter Inc. is permitted to distribute funds to the Company for payment of dividends and share repurchases up to a maximum amount of $150 million plus 50% of Anixter Inc.’s cumulative net income from the date of the amendment forward. In the third quarter of 2009, the Company repurchased 1.0 million shares for $34.9 million. As of January 1, 2010, Anixter Inc. has the ability to distribute $134 million of funds to the Company.
  •  The ratings-based pricing grid was adjusted such that the all-in drawn cost of borrowings, based on Anixter Inc.’s current credit ratings of BB+/Ba2, is Libor plus 250 basis points on all borrowings (previously Libor plus 75 basis points on the first $350 million borrowed and Libor plus 100 basis points on the next $100 million borrowed).
 
All other material terms and conditions of the revolving credit facility were unchanged, including the April, 2012 maturity date. As a result of this amendment, $0.2 million of debt issuance costs were written off. The


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
agreement, which is guaranteed by the Company, contains financial covenants that restrict the amount of leverage and set a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio as described above. The Company is in compliance with all of these covenant ratios and believes that there is adequate margin between the covenant ratios and the actual ratios given the current trends of the business. Under the leverage ratio, as of January 1, 2010, the total availability of all revolving lines of credit at Anixter Inc. would be permitted to be borrowed.
 
Anixter Canada Inc.’s $40.0 million (Canadian dollar) unsecured revolving credit facility, maturing in April of 2012, is used for general corporate purposes. The Canadian dollar-borrowing rate under the agreement is the BA/CDOR plus the applicable bankers’ acceptance fee (currently 250.0 basis points) for Canadian dollar advances or the prime rate plus the applicable margin (currently 150.0 basis points). In addition, standby fees on the unadvanced balance are currently 65.0 basis points. In June 2009, the Company cancelled the $20 million Canadian dollar interest rate swap agreement due to the repayment of the related borrowings. At January 1, 2010, the Company had no borrowings outstanding under this facility but $16.4 million (U.S. dollar) was borrowed under the facility and included in long-term debt outstanding at the end of 2008.
 
Excluding the primary revolving credit facility and the $40.0 million (Canadian dollar) facility at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, certain subsidiaries had long-term borrowings under other bank revolving lines of credit and miscellaneous facilities of $0.3 million and $15.4 million, respectively.
 
Senior Notes Due 2014
 
On March 11, 2009, the Company’s primary operating subsidiary, Anixter Inc., completed the issuance of $200 million principal amount of the Notes due 2014 which were priced at a discount to par that resulted in a yield to maturity of 12%. The Notes due 2014 pay interest semiannually at a rate of 10% per annum and mature on March 15, 2014. In addition, before March 15, 2012, Anixter Inc. may redeem up to 35% of the Notes due 2014 at the redemption price of 110% of their principal amount plus accrued interest, using the net cash proceeds from public sales of the Company’s stock. Net proceeds from this offering were approximately $180.4 million after deducting discounts, commissions and expenses of $4.8 million which are being amortized through March 2014. The Company fully and unconditionally guarantees the Notes due 2014, which are unsecured obligations of Anixter Inc.
 
During 2009, the Company’s primary operating subsidiary, Anixter Inc., repurchased $23.6 million of accreted value of the Notes due 2014 for $27.7 million ($1.2 million of which was accrued at year end 2009). Available cash was used to repurchase these notes. As a result of the repurchase, the Company recognized a pre-tax loss of $4.7 million, inclusive of $0.6 million of debt issue costs that were written off. The loss is included in “Other (expense) income” in the Consolidated Statements of Operations for the year ended January 1, 2010.
 
Convertible Debt
 
In May 2008, the FASB issued new guidance related to convertible debt instruments. The new guidance requires that the liability and equity components of convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement) be separately accounted for in a manner that reflects an issuer’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate. The new accounting rule requires bifurcation of a component of the debt, classification of that component in equity and the accretion of the resulting discount on the debt to be recognized as part of interest expense in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. These provisions impacted the accounting associated with the Company’s Notes due 2013 and Notes due 2033. The recognition and disclosure provisions of this new rule were effective for the Company at the beginning of fiscal 2009. For further information regarding new guidance related to convertible debt, see Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the notes to the consolidated financial statements.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Convertible Senior Notes Due 2013
 
On February 16, 2007, the Company completed a private placement of $300.0 million principal amount of Notes due 2013. In May 2007, the Company registered the Notes due 2013 and shares of the Company’s common stock issuable upon conversion of the Notes due 2013 for resale by certain selling security holders.
 
The Notes due 2013 pay interest semiannually at a rate of 1.00% per annum. The Notes due 2013 will be convertible, at the holders option, at an initial conversion rate of 15.753 shares per $1,000 principal amount of Notes due 2013, equivalent to a conversion price of $63.48 per share, which represents a 15 percent conversion premium based on the last reported sale price of $55.20 per share of the Company’s common stock on February 12, 2007. The Notes due 2013 are convertible, under certain circumstances (as described below), into 4,725,900 shares of the Company’s common stock, subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments. Upon conversion, holders will receive cash up to the principal amount, and any excess conversion value will be delivered, at the Company’s election in cash, common stock or a combination of cash and common stock. Based on the Company’s stock price at the end of 2009, the Notes due 2013 are not currently convertible.
 
Net proceeds from this offering were approximately $292.5 million after deducting discounts, commissions and expenses. Concurrent with the issuance of the Notes due 2013, the Company entered into a convertible note hedge transaction, comprised of a purchased call option and a sold warrant, with an affiliate of one of the initial purchasers. The transaction will generally have the effect of increasing the conversion price of the Notes due 2013. The net cost to the Company was approximately $36.8 million. Concurrent with the sale of these convertible notes, the Company also repurchased 2.0 million shares of common stock at a cost of $110.4 million ($55.20 per share) with the net proceeds from the issuance of the Notes due 2013. The remaining proceeds from the transactions were used for general corporate purposes, including reducing funding under the Company’s accounts receivable securitization program and to reduce borrowings under its revolving credit facilities.
 
The Company paid $88.8 million ($54.7 million net of tax) for a call option that will cover 4,725,900 shares of its common stock, subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments. The purchased call option has an exercise price that is 15% higher than the closing price of $55.20 per share of the Company’s common stock at issuance (or $63.48).
 
Concurrently with purchasing the call option, the Company sold to the counterparty for $52.0 million a warrant to purchase 4,725,900 shares of its common stock, subject to customary anti-dilution adjustments. The sold warrant has an exercise price that is 50% higher than the closing price of $55.20 per share of the Company’s common stock at issuance (or $82.80) and may not be exercised prior to the maturity of the notes.
 
Holders of the Notes due 2013 may convert them prior to the close of business on the business day before the maturity date based on the applicable conversion rate only under the following circumstances:
 
Conversion Based on Common Stock Price
 
Holders may convert during any fiscal quarter and only during any fiscal quarter, if the closing price of the Company’s common stock for at least 20 trading days in the 30 consecutive trading days ending on the last trading day of the immediately preceding fiscal quarter is more than 130% of the conversion price per share, or $82.52. The conversion price per share is equal to $1,000 divided by the then applicable conversion rate (currently 15.753 shares per $1,000 principal amount).
 
Conversion Based on Trading Price of Notes
 
Holders may convert during the five business day period after any period of five consecutive trading days in which the trading price per $1,000 principal amount of Notes due 2013 for each trading day of that period was less than 98% of the product of the closing price of the Company’s common stock for each trading day of that period and the then applicable conversion rate.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Conversion Upon Certain Distributions
 
If the Company elects to:
 
  •  distribute, to all holders of the Company’s common stock, any rights entitling them to purchase, for a period expiring within 45 days of distribution, common stock, or securities convertible into common stock, at less than, or having a conversion price per share less than, the closing price of the Company’s common stock; or
  •  distribute, to all holders of the Company’s common stock, assets, cash, debt securities or rights to purchase the Company’s securities, which distribution has a per share value exceeding 15% of the closing price of such common stock,
 
holders may surrender their Notes due 2013 for conversion at any time until the earlier of the close of business on the business day prior to the ex-dividend date or the Company’s announcement that such distribution will not take place.
 
Conversion Upon a Fundamental Change
 
Holders may surrender Notes due 2013 for conversion at any time beginning 15 days before the anticipated effective date of a fundamental change and until the Company makes any required purchase of the Notes due 2013 as a result of the fundamental change. A “fundamental change” means the occurrence of a change of control or a termination of trading of the Company’s common stock. Certain change of control events may give rise to a make whole premium.
 
Conversion at Maturity
 
Holders may surrender their Notes due 2013 for conversion at any time beginning on January 15, 2013 and ending at the close of business on the business day immediately preceding the maturity date.
 
The “conversion rate” is 15.753 shares of the Company’s common stock, subject to certain customary anti-dilution adjustments. These adjustments consist of adjustments for:
 
  •  stock dividends and distributions, share splits and share combinations,
  •  the issuance of any rights to all holders of the Company’s common stock to purchase shares of such stock at an issuance price of less than the closing price of such stock, exercisable within 45 days of issuance,
  •  the distribution of stock, debt or other assets, to all holders of the Company’s common stock, other than distributions covered above, and
  •  issuer tender offers at a premium to the closing price of the Company’s common stock.
 
The “conversion value” of the Notes due 2013 means the average of the daily conversion values, as defined below, for each of the 20 consecutive trading days of the conversion reference period. The “daily conversion value” means, with respect to any trading day, the product of (1) the applicable conversion rate and (2) the volume weighted average price per share of the Company’s common stock on such trading day.
 
The “conversion reference period” means:
 
  •  for Notes due 2013 that are converted during the one month period prior to maturity date of the notes, the 20 consecutive trading days preceding and ending on the maturity date, subject to any extension due to a market disruption event, and
  •  in all other instances, the 20 consecutive trading days beginning on the third trading day following the conversion date.
 
The “conversion date” with respect to the Notes due 2013 means the date on which the holder of the Notes due 2013 has complied with all the requirements under the indenture to convert such Notes due 2013.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Convertible Notes Due 2033
 
The Company’s 3.25% zero coupon Notes due 2033 have an aggregate principal amount at maturity of $240.3 million. The principal amount at maturity of each note due 2033 is $1,000. The Notes due 2033 are convertible in any fiscal quarter based on the following conditions:
 
Conversion Based on Common Stock Price
 
Holders may surrender these securities for conversion if the sale price of the Company’s common stock for at least 20 trading days in a period of 30 consecutive trading days ending on the last trading day of the preceding fiscal quarter is more than 120% of the accreted conversion price per share of common stock on the last day of such preceding fiscal quarter. The accreted conversion price per share as of any day will equal the initial principal amount of this security plus the accrued issue discount to that day, divided by the conversion rate on that day.
 
The conversion trigger price per share of the Company’s common stock is equal to the accreted conversion price per share of common stock multiplied by 120%. The conversion trigger price for the fiscal quarter beginning July 1, 2033 is $79.64. The foregoing calculation of the conversion trigger price assumes that no future events will occur that would require an adjustment to the conversion rate.
 
Conversion Based on Credit Rating Downgrade
 
Holders may also surrender these securities for conversion at any time when the rating assigned to these securities by Moody’s is B3 or lower, Standard & Poor’s is B+ or lower or Fitch is B+ or lower, the securities are no longer rated by either Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s, or the credit rating assigned to the securities has been suspended or withdrawn by either Moody’s or Standard & Poor’s.
 
Conversion Based upon Notice of Redemption
 
A holder may surrender for conversion a security called for redemption by the Company at any time prior to the close of business on the second business day immediately preceding the redemption date, even if it is not otherwise convertible at such time. The Company may redeem the Notes due 2033, in whole or in part, on or after July 7, 2011 for cash at the accreted value.
 
Conversion Based upon Occurrence of Certain Corporate Transactions
 
If the Company is party to a consolidation, merger or binding share exchange or a transfer of all or substantially all of the Company’s assets, a security may be surrendered for conversion at any time from and after the date which is 15 days prior to the anticipated effective date of the transaction until 15 days after the actual effective date of such transaction.
 
The securities will also be convertible in the event of distributions described in the third, fourth or fifth bullet points below with respect to anti-dilution adjustments, which in the case of the fourth or fifth bullet point have a per share value equal to more than 15% of the sale price of the Company’s common stock on the day preceding the declaration date for such distribution.
 
The “conversion rate” is 15.067 shares of the Company’s common stock, subject to certain customary anti-dilution adjustments. These adjustments consists of adjustments for:
 
  •  stock dividends and distributions,
  •  subdivisions, combinations and reclassifications of the Company’s common stock,
  •  the distribution to all holders of the Company’s common stock of certain rights to purchase stock, expiring within 60 days, at less than the current sale price,


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
  •  the distribution to holders of the Company’s common stock of certain stock, the Company’s assets (including equity interests in subsidiaries), debt securities or certain rights to purchase the Company’s securities, and
  •  certain cash dividends.
 
The “conversion value” is equal to the conversion rate multiplied by the average sales price of the Company’s common stock for the five consecutive trading days immediately following the conversion date.
 
Based on the Company’s stock price at the end of 2009, the Notes due 2033 were currently convertible; however, based on the Company’s stock price at the end of 2008, the Notes due 2033 were not convertible. In periods when the Notes due 2033 are convertible, any conversion will be settled in cash up to the accreted principal amount. If the conversion value exceeds the accreted principal amount of the Notes due 2033 at the time of conversion, the amount in excess of the accreted value will be settled in stock. Additionally, holders may require the Company to purchase, in cash, all or a portion of their Notes due 2033 on the following dates:
 
  •  July 7, 2011 at a price equal to $492.01 per Convertible Note due 2033;
  •  July 7, 2013 at a price equal to $524.78 per Convertible Note due 2033;
  •  July 7, 2018 at a price equal to $616.57 per Convertible Note due 2033;
  •  July 7, 2023 at a price equal to $724.42 per Convertible Note due 2033; and
  •  July 7, 2028 at a price equal to $851.13 per Convertible Note due 2033.
 
The Notes due 2033 are structurally subordinated to the indebtedness of Anixter. The book value of the Notes due 2033 was $112.7 million and $167.5 million at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, respectively. Although the Notes due 2033 were convertible at the end of 2009, they are classified as long-term at January 1, 2010 as the Company has the intent and ability to refinance the accreted value under existing long-term financing agreements.
 
During 2009, the Company repurchased a portion of the Notes due 2033 for $90.8 million. Available cash was used to repurchase these notes. In connection with the repurchases and in accordance with the new accounting rules for convertible debt instruments, the Company reduced the accreted value of the debt by $60.1 million and recorded a reduction in equity of $34.3 million (reflecting the fair value of the conversion option at the time of repurchase). The repurchases resulted in the recognition of a gain of $3.6 million which is included in “Other (expense) income” in the Consolidated Statement of Operations for the year ended January 1, 2010.
 
Senior Notes Due 2015
 
Anixter Inc. also has $200.0 million of the Notes due 2015, which are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by the Company. Interest of 5.95% on the Notes due 2015 is payable semi-annually on March 1 and September 1 of each year.
 
Short-term Borrowings
 
As of January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the Company’s short-term debt outstanding was $8.7 million and $249.5 million, respectively. Short-term debt consists primarily of the funding related to accounts receivable securitization facility which Anixter Inc. renewed for a new 364-day period ending in July of 2010. As a part of the renewal, the size of the facility was reduced from $255 million to $200 million to bring it in line with the size of the current receivable collateral base. The renewed program carries an all-in drawn borrowings cost of Commercial Paper (“CP”) plus 150 basis points (previously CP plus 95 basis points). Unused capacity fees increased from 45 to 55 basis points to 75 to 85 basis points. All other material terms and conditions were unchanged.
 
Under Anixter’s accounts receivable securitization program, the Company sells, on an ongoing basis without recourse, a majority of the accounts receivable originating in the United States to Anixter Receivables Corporation (“ARC”), a wholly-owned, bankruptcy-remote special purpose entity. The assets of ARC are not available to creditors of Anixter in the event of bankruptcy or insolvency proceedings. ARC in turn sells an interest in these receivables to a financial institution for proceeds of up to $200.0 million. ARC is consolidated for accounting


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
purposes only in the financial statements of the Company. The average outstanding funding extended to ARC during 2009 and 2008 was approximately $42.3 million and $144.3 million, respectively. The issuance costs related to amending and restating the accounts receivable securitization facility totaled $0.6 million in 2009.
 
Fair Market Value of Debt Instruments
 
The Company’s fixed rate debt primarily consists of the Senior Notes (specifically, Notes due 2015 and Notes due 2014) and convertible debt instruments (specifically, Notes due 2013 and Notes due 2033). At January 1, 2010, the Company’s carrying value of its fixed rate debt was $725.3 million as compared to $602.5 million at January 2, 2009. The increase in the carrying value of fixed rate debt is primarily a result of the issuance of the Notes due 2014. The combined estimated fair market value of the Company’s fixed rate debt at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009 was $847.2 million and $564.7 million, respectively. The increase in the fair value of fixed rate debt is also the result of the issuance of the Notes due 2014 as well as the increase in the Company’s stock price during 2009 which increased the fair value of the Company’s convertible debt.
 
The fair value of the Company’s debt instruments is measured using observable market information which would be considered Level 2 in the fair value hierarchy described in recently issued accounting guidance on fair value measurements.
 
NOTE 6.  COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
 
Substantially all of the Company’s office and warehouse facilities and equipment are leased under operating leases. A certain number of these leases are long-term operating leases containing rent escalation clauses and expire at various dates through 2027. Most operating leases entered into by the Company contain renewal options.
 
Minimum lease commitments under operating leases at January 1, 2010 are as follows:
 
         
    (In millions)  
 
2010
    63.1  
2011
    51.5  
2012
    43.2  
2013
    33.4  
2014
    26.8  
2015 and thereafter
    74.6  
         
Total
  $ 292.6  
         
 
Total rental expense was $79.6 million, $82.0 million and $74.6 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Aggregate future minimum rentals to be received under non-cancelable subleases at January 1, 2010 were $4.1 million.
 
In April 2008, the Company voluntarily disclosed to the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Commerce that one of its foreign subsidiaries may have violated U.S. export control laws and regulations in connection with re-exports of goods to prohibited parties or destinations including Cuba and Syria, countries identified by the State Department as state sponsors of terrorism. The Company has performed a thorough review of its export and re-export transactions and did not identify any other potentially significant violations. The Company has determined appropriate corrective actions. The Company has submitted the results of its review and its corrective action plan to the applicable U.S. government agencies. Civil penalties may be assessed against the Company in connection with any violations that are determined to have occurred, but based on information currently available, management does not believe that the ultimate resolution of this matter will have a material effect on the business, operations or financial condition of the Company.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
On May 20, 2009, Raytheon Co. filed for arbitration against one of the Company’s subsidiaries, Anixter Inc., alleging that it had supplied non-conforming parts to Raytheon. Raytheon is seeking damages of approximately $26 million. The Company intends to vigorously defend against the allegations. Based on facts known to management at this time, the Company cannot estimate the amount of loss, if any, and, therefore, has not made any accrual for this matter in these financial statements. The Company maintains insurance that may limit its financial exposure for defense costs, as well as liability, if any, for claims covered by the insurance.
 
On September 11, 2009, the Garden City Employees’ Retirement System filed a purported class action under the federal securities laws in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against the Company, its current and former chief executive officers and its chief financial officer. On November 18, 2009, the Court entered an order appointing the Indiana Laborers Pension Fund as lead plaintiff and appointing lead plaintiff’s counsel. On January 6, 2010, the lead plaintiff filed an amended complaint. The amended complaint principally alleges that the Company made misleading statements during 2008 regarding certain aspects of its financial performance and outlook. The amended complaint seeks unspecified damages on behalf of persons who purchased the common stock of the Company between January 29 and October 20, 2008. The Company and the other defendants intend to defend themselves vigorously against the allegations. Based on facts known to management at this time, the Company cannot estimate the amount of loss, if any, and, therefore, has not made any accrual for this matter in these financial statements.
 
From time to time, in the ordinary course of business, the Company and its subsidiaries become involved as plaintiffs or defendants in various other legal proceedings not enumerated above. The claims and counterclaims in such other legal proceedings, including those for punitive damages, individually in certain cases and in the aggregate, involve amounts that may be material. However, it is the opinion of the Company’s management, based on the advice of its counsel, that the ultimate disposition of those proceedings will not be material.
 
NOTE 7.  INCOME TAXES
 
Taxable Income:  Domestic income before income taxes was $95.9 million, $196.3 million and $234.4 million for 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively. Foreign income before income taxes (and before goodwill impairment loss) was $21.3 million, $109.2 million and $150.1 million for fiscal years 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
 
Tax Provisions and Reconciliation to the Statutory Rate: The components of the Company’s tax expense and the reconciliation to the statutory federal rate are identified below.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Income tax expense (benefit) was comprised of (in millions):
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    December 28,
 
    2010     2009     2007  
          As adjusted (See Note 1.)  
 
Current:
                       
Foreign
  $ 18.6     $ 40.2     $ 51.1  
State
    0.4       10.6       13.7  
Federal
    29.1       74.8       80.7  
                         
      48.1       125.6       145.5  
Deferred:
                       
Foreign
    (5.9 )     (3.2 )     (1.6 )
State
    0.2       (4.4 )     (0.6 )
Federal
    4.1       (0.4 )     (4.3 )
                         
      (1.6 )     (8.0 )     (6.5 )
                         
Income tax expense
  $ 46.5     $ 117.6     $ 139.0  
                         
 
Reconciliations of income tax expense to the statutory corporate federal tax rate of 35% were as follows (in millions):
 
                         
    Years Ended  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    December 28,
 
    2010     2009     2007  
          As adjusted (See Note 1.)  
 
Statutory tax expense
  $ 6.0     $ 106.9     $ 134.6  
Increase (reduction) in taxes resulting from:
                       
Nondeductible goodwill impairment loss
    35.0              
State income taxes, net
    2.6       6.9       8.8  
Foreign tax effects
    8.2       2.3       4.0  
Reversal of Mexico’s valuation allowance
    (4.5 )            
Audit activity*
    (1.0 )     (0.1 )     (4.4 )
Other, net
    0.2       1.6       (4.0 )
                         
Income tax expense
  $ 46.5     $ 117.6     $ 139.0  
                         
 
 
* Benefits in 2007 are primarily associated with the conclusion of the 2002-2004 examination by the IRS. Benefits in 2009 are primarily associated with the settlement of the Wisconsin railroad income tax dispute.
 
Tax Settlements, Adjustments and Payments: In addition to the income tax provisions recorded in each taxing jurisdiction based on its respective statutory income tax rates, the Company recorded the following adjustments and payments associated with income taxes.
 
During 2009, the Company recorded tax benefits of $4.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, primarily due to the reversal of a valuation allowance.
 
During 2008, the Company recorded tax benefits of $1.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, primarily related to foreign tax benefits.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
During 2007, the Company recorded interest income of $0.4 million ($0.3 million net of tax) associated with a tax settlement in the U.S. Also during 2007, the Company recorded an $11.5 million reduction to tax expense primarily related to foreign tax benefits as well as the tax settlement in the U.S. The total effect on the fiscal year 2007 net income was a benefit of $11.8 million, or $0.28 per diluted share.
 
The Company made net payments for income taxes in 2009, 2008 and 2007 of $56.2 million, $141.5 million and $139.8 million, respectively.
 
Net Operating Losses: The Company and its U.S. subsidiaries file their federal income tax return on a consolidated basis. As of January 1, 2010, the Company had $0.3 million net operating loss (“NOL”) related to the Infast acquisition, which will be utilized over the next ten years. The Company had no tax credit carryforwards for U.S. federal income tax purposes.
 
At January 1, 2010, various foreign subsidiaries of the Company had aggregate cumulative NOL carryforwards for foreign income tax purposes of approximately $142.6 million, which are subject to various provisions of each respective country. Approximately $112.2 million of this amount has an indefinite life while $0.9 million of NOL carryforwards expire in 2010. The remaining $5.1 million, $14.5 million and $9.0 million of NOL carryforwards expire during the fiscal years 2011 to 2013, 2014 to 2016 and 2017 to 2019, respectively. NOL carryforwards of $0.9 million expires in 2024.
 
Of the $142.6 million NOL carryforwards of foreign subsidiaries mentioned above, $94.2 million relates to losses that have already provided a tax benefit in the U.S. due to rules permitting flow-through of such losses in certain circumstances. Without such losses included, the cumulative NOL carryforwards at January 1, 2010 were approximately $48.4 million, which are subject to various provisions of each respective country. Approximately $26.3 million of this amount has an indefinite life while $0.9 million of these NOL carryforwards expire in 2010. The remaining $5.1 million, $6.3 million and $8.9 million of NOL carryforwards not previously benefited expire during the fiscal years 2011 to 2013, 2014 to 2016 and 2017 to 2019, respectively. NOL carryforwards of $0.9 million not previously benefited expire in 2024.
 
The deferred tax asset and valuation allowance, shown below relating to foreign NOL carryforwards, have been adjusted to reflect only the carryforwards for which the Company has not taken a tax benefit in the United States. In 2009 and 2008, the Company recorded a valuation allowance related to its foreign NOL carryforwards to reduce the deferred tax asset to the amount that is more likely than not to be realized.
 
Undistributed Earnings: The undistributed earnings of the Company’s foreign subsidiaries amounted to approximately $391.5 million at January 1, 2010. Historically, the Company has considered those earnings to be indefinitely reinvested and, accordingly, no provision for U.S. federal and state income taxes or any withholding taxes has been recorded. Upon distribution of those earnings in the form of dividends or otherwise, the Company may be subject to both U.S. income taxes (subject to adjustment for foreign tax credits) and withholding taxes payable to the various foreign countries. With respect to the countries that have undistributed earnings as of January 1, 2010, according to the foreign laws and treaties in place at that time, estimated U.S. federal income tax of approximately $13.6 million and various foreign jurisdiction withholding taxes of approximately $12.9 million would be payable upon the remittance of all earnings at January 1, 2010.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Deferred Income Taxes: Significant components of the Company’s deferred tax assets and (liabilities) were as follows (in millions):
 
                 
    January 1,
    January 2,
 
    2010     2009  
          As adjusted
 
          (See Note 1.)  
 
Property, equipment, intangibles and other
  $ (20.8 )   $ (14.5 )
Accreted interest (Notes due 2033)
    (24.2 )     (14.1 )
                 
Gross deferred tax liabilities
    (45.0 )     (28.6 )
Purchased call option accreted interest (Notes due 2013)
    0.4       0.6  
Deferred compensation and other postretirement benefits
    53.2       49.6  
Inventory reserves
    27.6       21.7  
Foreign NOL carryforwards and other
    24.6       14.2  
Allowance for doubtful accounts
    9.3       10.6  
Other
    15.5       12.7  
                 
Gross deferred tax assets
    130.6       109.4  
                 
Deferred tax assets, net of deferred tax liabilities
    85.6       80.8  
Valuation allowance
    (18.7 )     (13.8 )
                 
Net deferred tax assets
  $ 66.9     $ 67.0  
                 
Net current deferred tax assets
  $ 47.5     $ 41.3  
Net non-current deferred tax assets
    19.4       25.7  
                 
Net deferred tax assets
  $ 66.9     $ 67.0  
                 
 
In addition to the debt and equity adjustments, the adoption of the new accounting guidance had minor impacts on “Other assets” and “Other liabilities” and required the Company to reverse the deferred tax asset associated with the Notes due 2013 with an offsetting entry to additional paid in capital. See Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financials Statements for further information.
 
Uncertain Tax Positions and Jurisdictions Subject to Examinations: A reconciliation of the beginning and ending amount of unrecognized tax benefits for fiscal 2008 and 2009 is as follows:
 
         
    (In millions)  
 
Balance at December 28, 2007
  $ 7.7  
Additions for tax positions of prior years
    1.6  
Reductions for tax positions of prior years
    (0.3 )
         
Balance at January 2, 2009
    9.0  
Additions for tax positions of prior years
    0.9  
Reductions for tax positions of prior years
    (4.8 )
         
Balance at January 1, 2010
  $ 5.1  
         
 
As a result of the implementation of income tax guidance, the Company recorded a $0.9 million increase in the liability for unrecognized tax benefits, which was accounted for as a reduction to the opening balance of retained earnings. At the beginning of 2007, the total amount of unrecognized tax benefits was $12.1 million ($11.3 million, if recognized, would affect the effective tax rate). During 2007, the Company settled certain income tax audits and reversed a net amount of $4.4 million of unrecognized tax benefits that existed at December 30, 2006. During 2008,


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
the Company accrued interest on the reserves and increased certain reserves for pre-acquisition tax positions related to acquired businesses through goodwill in purchase accounting for a net increase of $1.3 million to the unrecognized tax benefits that existed at December 28, 2007. During 2009, the Company settled the Wisconsin income tax dispute and paid certain other items that had been included in the reserves, which decreased the reserves, net of interest accrual, by $3.9 million. The Company estimates that of the unrecognized tax benefit balance of $5.1 million, all of which would affect the effective tax rate, $2.3 million may be resolved in a manner that would impact the effective rate within the next twelve months.
 
The reserves for uncertain tax positions of $5.1 million cover a wide range of issues and involve numerous different taxing jurisdictions. The single largest item ($1.3 million) relates to an ongoing examination by U.K. tax authorities related to certain expenses of an acquired group of companies. Other significant exposures for which reserves exist include, but are not limited to, a variety of foreign and state jurisdictional transfer pricing disputes and foreign withholding tax issues related to inter-company transfers and services.
 
After the settlements with the Internal Revenue Service (“IRS”) in 2006, 2007 and 2008, only the returns for fiscal tax years 2007 and later remain subject to examination by the IRS in the United States, which is the most significant tax jurisdiction for the Company. For most states, fiscal tax years 2006 and later remain subject to examination, although for some states that are currently in the midst of examinations or in various stages of appeal, the period subject to examination ranges back to as early as fiscal tax year 1998. In Canada, the fiscal tax years 2004 and later are still subject to examination, while in the United Kingdom, the fiscal tax years 2003 and later remain subject to examination.
 
Interest and penalties related to taxes were $0.9 million in 2009 and $1.0 million in 2008. Interest and penalties are reflected in the “Other, net” line in the Consolidated Statement of Operations. Included in the unrecognized tax benefit balance of $5.1 million and $9.0 million at January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, respectively, are accruals of $0.5 million and $3.1 million, respectively, for the payment of interest and penalties.
 
NOTE 8.  PENSION PLANS, POST-RETIREMENT BENEFITS AND OTHER BENEFITS
 
The Company has various defined benefit and defined contribution pension plans. The defined benefit plans of the Company are the Anixter Inc. Pension Plan, Executive Benefit Plan and Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (SERP) (together the “Domestic Plans”) and various pension plans covering employees of foreign subsidiaries (“Foreign Plans”). The majority of the Company’s pension plans are non-contributory and cover substantially all full-time domestic employees and certain employees in other countries. Retirement benefits are provided based on compensation as defined in both the Domestic and Foreign Plans. The Company’s policy is to fund all Domestic Plans as required by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and the IRS and all Foreign Plans as required by applicable foreign laws. The Executive Benefit Plan and SERP are the only two plans that are unfunded. Assets in the various plans consist primarily of equity securities and fixed income investments.
 
The assets are held in separate independent trusts and managed by independent third party advisors. The investment objective of both the Domestic and Foreign Plans is to ensure, over the long-term life of the plans, an adequate level of assets to fund the benefits to employees and their beneficiaries at the time they are payable. In meeting this objective, Anixter seeks to achieve a high level of total investment return consistent with a prudent level of portfolio risk. The risk tolerance of Anixter indicates an above average ability to accept risk relative to that of a typical defined benefit pension plan as the duration of the projected benefit obligation is longer than the average company. The risk preference indicates a willingness to accept some increases in short-term volatility in order to maximize long-term returns. However, the duration of the fixed income portion of the Domestic Plan approximates the duration of the projected benefit obligation to reduce the effect of changes in discount rates that are used to measure the funded status of the Plan. The measurement date for all plans of the Company is equal to the fiscal year end.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
The Domestic Plans’ and Foreign Plans’ asset mixes as of January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009 and the Company’s asset allocation guidelines for such plans are summarized as follows:
 
                                         
    Domestic Plans  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    Allocation Guidelines  
    2010     2009     Min     Target     Max  
 
Large capitalization U.S. stocks
    33.8 %     22.7 %     20 %     30 %     40 %
Small capitalization U.S. stocks
    15.0       12.1       15       20       25  
International stocks
    17.8       14.3       15       20       25  
                                         
Total equity securities
    66.6       49.1               70          
Fixed income investments
    30.7       47.9       25       30       35  
Other investments
    2.7       3.0                    
                                         
      100.0 %     100.0 %             100 %        
                                         
 
                         
    Foreign Plans  
    January 1,
    January 2,
    Allocation Guidelines  
    2010     2009     Target  
 
Equity securities
    43.1 %     42.6 %     52 %
Fixed income investments
    48.3       56.4       48  
Other investments
    8.6       1.0        
                         
      100.0 %     100.0 %     100 %
                         
 
The pension committees meet regularly to assess investment performance and re-allocate assets that fall outside of its allocation guidelines. At the end of fiscal 2008, the variations between the allocation guidelines and actual asset allocations reflect relative performance differences in asset classes. From time to time, including during fiscal 2009, the Company periodically rebalances its asset portfolios to be in line with its allocation guidelines.
 
The North American investment policy guidelines are as follows:
 
  •  Each asset class is actively managed by one investment manager;
  •  Each asset class may be invested in a commingled fund, mutual fund, or separately managed account;
  •  Each manager is expected to be “fully invested” with minimal cash holdings;
  •  The use of options and futures is limited to covered hedges only;
  •  Each equity asset manager has a minimum number of individual company stocks that need to be held and there are restrictions on the total market value that can be invested in any one industry and the percentage that any one company can be of the portfolio total. The domestic equity funds are limited as to the percentage that can be invested in international securities;
  •  The international stock fund is limited to readily marketable securities; and
  •  The fixed income fund has a duration that approximates the duration of the projected benefit obligations.
 
The investment policies for the European plans are the responsibility of the various trustees. Generally, the investment policy guidelines are as follows:
 
  •  Make sure that the obligations to the beneficiaries of the Plan can be met;
  •  Maintain funds at a level to meet the minimum funding requirements; and
  •  The investment managers are expected to provide a return, within certain tracking tolerances, close to that of the relevant market’s indices.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
 
The expected long-term rate of return on both the Domestic and Foreign Plans’ assets reflects the average rate of earnings expected on the invested assets and future assets to be invested to provide for the benefits included in the projected benefit obligation. The Company uses historic plan asset returns combined with current market conditions to estimate the rate of return. The expected rate of return on plan assets is a long-term assumption and generally does not change annually. The weighted average expected rate of return on plan assets for 2009 is 7.26%.
 
Included in accumulated other comprehensive income as of January 1, 2010 are the deferred prior service cost, deferred net transition obligation and deferred net actuarial loss of $1.2 million, $0.1 million and $55.5 million, respectively. Included in accumulated other comprehensive income as of January 2, 2009 are the deferred prior service cost, deferred net transition obligation and deferred net actuarial loss of $1.3 million, $0.1 million and $35.5 million, respectively. For the year ended January 1, 2010, the Company reclassified $0.1 million and $1.6 million from deferred prior service cost and deferred net actuarial loss, respectively, as a result of being recognized as components of net periodic pension cost. During the year ended January 1, 2010, the Company adjusted accumulated other comprehensive income by $19.9 million (net of deferred tax of $0.9 million), $21.6 million of which related to additional deferred net actuarial loss (net of deferred tax benefit of $0.6 million). The net actuarial loss and prior service cost for the defined benefit pension plan that will be amortized from accumulated other comprehensive income into net periodic benefit costs over the next fiscal year are $3.8 million and $0.2 million, respectively. Amortization of the transition obligation over the next fiscal year will be insignificant.


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ANIXTER INTERNATIONAL INC.
 
NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
The following represents a reconciliation of the funded status of the Company’s pension plans from the beginning of fiscal 2008 to the end of fiscal 2009:
 
                                                 
    Pension Benefits  
    Domestic     Foreign     Total  
    2009     2008     2009     2008     2009     2008  
                (In millions)              
 
Change in projected benefit obligation:
                                               
Beginning balance
  $ 187.3     $ 157.1     $ 123.4     $ 189.5     $ 310.7     $ 346.6  
Service cost
    6.6       5.8       4.0       5.7       10.6       11.5  
Interest cost
    11.0       10.3       8.6       10.0       19.6       20.3  
Plan participants contributions
                0.3       0.4       0.3       0.4  
Actuarial (gain) loss
    (1.7 )     18.0       29.9       (36.6 )     28.2       (18.6 )
Benefits paid
    (5.3 )     (3.9 )     (5.1 )     (5.1 )     (10.4 )     (9.0 )
Foreign currency exchange rate changes
                14.8       (40.5 )     14.8       (40.5 )
                                                 
Ending balance
  $ 197.9     $ 187.3     $ 175.9     $ 123.4     $ 373.8     $ 310.7  
                                                 
Change in plan assets at fair value:
                                               
Beginning balance
  $ 114.6     $ 138.2     $ 115.3     $ 168.5     $ 229.9     $ 306.7  
Actual return (loss) on plan assets
    8.7       (26.0 )     15.9       (20.2 )     24.6       (46.2 )
Company contributions
    9.3       6.3       9.6       8.7       18.9       15.0  
Plan participants contributions
                0.3       0.4       0.3       0.4  
Benefits paid
    (5.3 )     (3.9 )     (5.1 )     (5.1 )     (10.4 )     (9.0 )
Foreign currency exchange rate changes
                13.5       (37.0 )     13.5       (37.0 )
                                                 
Ending balance
  $ 127.3     $ 114.6     $ 149.5     $ 115.3     $ 276.8     $ 229.9  
                                                 
Reconciliation of funded status:
                                               
Projected benefit obligation
  $ (197.9 )   $ (187.3 )   $ (175.9 )   $ (123.4 )   $ (373.8 )   $ (310.7 )
Plan assets at fair value
    127.3       114.6       149.5       115.3       276.8       229.9  
                                                 
Funded status
  $ (70.6 )   $ (72.7 )   $ (26.4 )   $ (8.1 )   $ (97.0 )   $ (80.8 )
                                                 
Included in the 2009 and 2008 funded status is accrued benefit cost of approximately $16.2 million and $16.5 million, respectively, related to two non-qualified plans, which cannot be funded pursuant to tax regulations
Noncurrent asset Long-term asset
  $     $     $ 3.8     $ 3.0     $ 3.8     $ 3.0  
Current liability
    (0.7 )     (0.4 )                 (0.7 )     (0.4 )
Noncurrent liability
    (69.9 )     (72.3 )     (30.2 )     (11.1 )     (100.1 )     (83.4 )
                                                 
Funded status
  $ (70.6 )   $ (72.7 )   $ (26.4 )   $ (8.1 )   $ (97.0 )   $ (80.8 )
                                                 
Weighted average assumptions used for measurement of the projected benefit obligation:
Discount rate
    5.99 %     5.90 %     5.77 %     6.45 %     5.88 %     6.12 %
Salary growth rate
    3.91 %     4.43 %     3.59 %     3.66 %     3.79 %     4.05 %


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
The following represents the funded components of net periodic pension cost as reflected in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations and the weighted average assumptions used to measure net periodic cost for the years ending January 1, 2010, January 2, 2009 and December 28, 2007:
 
                                                                         
    Pension Benefits  
    Domestic     Foreign     Total  
    2009     2008     2007     2009     2008     2007     2009     2008     2007  
    (In millions)  
 
Components of net periodic cost:
                                                                       
Service cost
  $ 6.6     $ 5.8     $ 5.7     $ 4.0     $ 5.7     $ 5.8     $ 10.6     $ 11.5     $ 11.5  
Interest cost
    11.0       10.3       9.4       8.6       10.0       9.4       19.6       20.3       18.8  
Expected return on plan assets
    (9.9 )     (11.8 )     (10.7 )     (7.9 )     (11.0 )     (10.0 )     (17.8 )     (22.8 )     (20.7 )
Net amortization
    3.7       0.5       0.7       (0.1 )     0.1       0.3       3.6       0.6       1.0  
Curtailment loss
          0.9                                     0.9        
                                                                         
Net periodic cost
  $ 11.4     $ 5.7     $ 5.1     $ 4.6     $ 4.8     $ 5.5     $ 16.0     $ 10.5     $ 10.6  
                                                                         
Weighted-average assumption used to measure net periodic cost:
Discount rate
    5.90 %     6.50 %     6.00 %     6.45 %     5.63 %     5.14 %     6.12 %     6.03 %     5.55 %
Expected return on plan assets
    8.50 %     8.50 %     8.50 %     6.02 %     6.82 %     6.84 %     7.26 %     7.66 %     7.59 %
Salary growth rate
    4.43 %     4.38 %     4.48 %     3.66 %     3.79 %     3.75 %     4.05 %     4.08 %     4.15 %
 
Fair Value Measurements
 
The following presents information about the Plan’s assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis at the end of fiscal 2009, and the valuation techniques used by the Plan to determine those fair values. The inputs used in the determination of these fair values are categorized according to the fair value hierarchy as being Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3.
 
In general, fair values determined by Level 1 inputs use quoted prices in active markets for identical assets that the Plan has the ability to access. The majority of the Company’s pension assets valued by Level 1 inputs are comprised of Domestic equity and fixed income securities which are traded actively on public exchanges and valued at quoted prices at the end of the fiscal year.
 
Fair values determined by Level 2 inputs use other inputs that are observable, either directly or indirectly. These Level 2 inputs include quoted prices for similar assets in active markets, and other inputs such as interest rates and yield curves that are observable at commonly quoted intervals. The majority of the Company’s pension assets valued by Level 2 inputs are comprised of common/collective/pool funds (i.e., mutual funds) which are not exchange traded. These assets are valued at their Net Asset Values (“NAV”) and considered observable inputs, or Level 2.
 
Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs, including inputs that are available in situations where there is little, if any, market activity for the related asset. The Company does not have any pension assets valued by Level 3 inputs.
 
In instances where inputs used to measure fair value fall into different levels in the above fair value hierarchy, fair value measurements in their entirety are categorized based on the lowest level input that is significant to the valuation. The Plan’s assessment of the significance of particular inputs to these fair value measurements requires judgment and considers factors specific to each asset.


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
Disclosures concerning assets measured at fair value on a recurring basis at December 31, 2009, which have been categorized under the fair value hierarchy for the Domestic and Foreign Plans by the Company are as follows:
 
                                                                         
    Pension Assets  
    Domestic     Foreign     Total  
    Level 1     Level 2     Total     Level 1     Level 2     Total     Level 1     Level 2     Total  
    (In millions)  
 
Asset Categories:
                                                                       
Cash and short-term investments
  $ 3.4     $     $ 3.4     $ 2.3     $     $ 2.3     $ 5.7     $     $ 5.7  
Equity securities:
                                                                       
Domestic
    62.1             62.1       0.1       28.1       28.2       62.2       28.1       90.3  
International
          22.6       22.6       0.5       35.8       36.3       0.5       58.4       58.9  
Fixed income securities:
                                                                       
Domestic
    26.6       4.4       31.0       2.2       54.5       56.7       28.8       58.9       87.7  
Corporate bonds
          8.1       8.1             15.5       15.5             23.6       23.6  
Insurance funds
                            9.3       9.3             9.3       9.3  
Other
          0.1       0.1       0.7       0.5       1.2       0.7       0.6       1.3  
                                                                         
Total
  $ 92.1     $ 35.2     $ 127.3     $ 5.8     $ 143.7     $ 149.5     $ 97.9     $ 178.9     $ 276.8  
                                                                         
 
The Company’s estimated future benefits payments are as follows at the end of 2009:
 
                         
    Estimated Future Benefit
 
    Payments  
    Domestic     Foreign     Total  
    (In millions)  
 
2010
    5.7       4.8       10.5  
2011
    6.1       5.2       11.3  
2012
    6.9       5.6       12.5  
2013
    7.7       6.4       14.1  
2014
    8.7       6.6       15.3  
2015-2019
    53.8       38.2       92.0  
                         
Total
  $ 88.9     $ 66.8     $ 155.7  
                         
 
The accumulated benefit obligation in 2009 and 2008 was $177.3 million and $161.3 million, respectively, for the Domestic Plans and $142.3 million and $99.5 million, respectively, for the Foreign Plans. The Company had seven plans in 2009 and five plans in 2008 where the accumulated benefit obligation was in excess of the fair value of plan assets. For pension plans with accumulated benefit obligations in excess of plan assets the aggregate pension accumulated benefit obligation was $235.9 million and $163.1 million for 2009 and 2008, respectively, and aggregate fair value of plan assets was $177.8 million and $115.7 million for 2009 and 2008, respectively.
 
The Company currently estimates that it will make contributions of approximately $6.7 million to its Domestic Plans ($6.0 million of which are discretionary contributions) and $11.2 million to its Foreign Plans in 2010.
 
Non-union domestic employees of the Company hired on or after June 1, 2004 earn a benefit under a personal retirement account (hypothetical account balance). Each year, a participant’s account receives a credit equal to 2.0% of the participant’s salary (2.5% if the participant’s years of service at August 1 of the plan year are five or more). Interest earned on the credited amount is not credited to the personal retirement account, but is contributed to the participant’s account in the Anixter Inc. Employee Savings Plan. The interest contribution equals the interest earned


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
on the personal retirement account in the Domestic Plan and is based on the 10-year Treasury note rate as of the last business day of December.
 
Anixter Inc. adopted the Anixter Inc. Employee Savings Plan effective January 1, 1994. The Plan is a defined-contribution plan covering all non-union domestic employees of the Company. Participants are eligible and encouraged to enroll in the tax-deferred plan on their date of hire, and are automatically enrolled approximately 60 days after their date of hire unless they opt out. The savings plan is subject to the provisions of ERISA. The Company makes a matching contribution equal to 25% of a participant’s contribution, up to 6% of a participant’s compensation. The Company also has certain foreign defined contribution plans. The Company’s contributions to these plans are based upon various levels of employee participation and legal requirements. The total expense related to defined contribution plans was $5.2 million, $4.9 million and $5.2 million in 2009, 2008 and 2007, respectively.
 
The Company has no other post-retirement benefits other than the pension and savings plans described herein.
 
A non-qualified deferred compensation plan was implemented on January 1, 1995. The plan permits selected employees to make pre-tax deferrals of salary and bonus. Interest is accrued monthly on the deferred compensation balances based on the average 10-year Treasury note rate for the previous three months times a factor of 1.4, and the rate is further adjusted if certain financial goals of the Company are achieved. The plan provides for benefit payments upon retirement, death, disability, termination or other scheduled dates determined by the participant. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the deferred compensation liability was $41.9 million and $39.7 million, respectively.
 
Concurrent with the implementation of the deferred compensation plan, the Company purchased variable, separate account life insurance policies on the plan participants with benefits accruing to the Company. To provide for the liabilities associated with the deferred compensation plan and an executive non-qualified defined benefit plan, fixed general account “increasing whole life” insurance policies were purchased on the lives of certain participants. Prior to 2006, the Company paid level annual premiums on the above company-owned policies. The last premium was paid in 2005. Policy proceeds are payable to the Company upon the insured participant’s death. At January 1, 2010 and January 2, 2009, the cash surrender value of $31.8 million and $28.4 million, respectively, was recorded under this program and reflected in “Other assets” on the consolidated balance sheets.
 
NOTE 9.  STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
Convertible Debt — Equity Component
 
In May 2008, the FASB issued new guidance related to convertible debt instruments. The new guidance requires that the liability and equity components of convertible debt instruments that may be settled in cash upon conversion (including partial cash settlement) be separately accounted for in a manner that reflects an issuer’s nonconvertible debt borrowing rate. The new accounting rule requires bifurcation of a component of the debt, classification of that component in equity and the accretion of the resulting discount on the debt to be recognized as part of interest expense in the Company’s Consolidated Statements of Operations. These provisions impacted the accounting associated with the Company’s Notes due 2013 and Notes due 2033 as the recognition and disclosure provisions of this new rule were effective for the Company at the beginning of fiscal 2009.
 
Concurrently with the issuance of the Notes due 2013 (as more fully described in Note 5. “Debt”), the Company entered into a convertible note hedge transaction, comprised of a purchased call option and a sold warrant, with an affiliate of one of the initial purchasers of the Notes due 2013. The net cost of the purchased call option and the sold warrant was approximately $36.8 million and was reflected in the Company’s consolidated financial statements as an increase in deferred tax assets of $34.1 million and a reduction to capital surplus of $2.7 million. The adoption of the new accounting guidance related to convertible debt resulted in the reversal of the


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NOTES TO THE CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS — (Continued)
 
aforementioned deferred tax asset with an offsetting entry to additional paid in capital. See Note 1. “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” in the Notes to the Consolidated Financials Statements for further information.
 
Preferred Stock
 
The Company has the authority to issue 15.0 million shares of preferred stock, par value $1.00 per share, none of which was outstanding at the end of 2009 and 2008.
 
Common Stock
 
The Company has the authority to issue 100.0 million shares of common stock, par value $1.00 per share, of which 34.7 million shares and 35.3 million shares were outstanding at the end of 2009 and 2008, respectively.
 
During 2007, the market price of the Company’s common stock met certain thresholds specified in the bond indenture for the Notes due in 2033 resulting in approximately 4,000 Notes due 2033 being converted. There were no such conversions during 2009 or 2008. In the year ended December 28, 2007, the Company delivered approximately $1.7 million of cash and approximately 37,400 shares of common stock at the time of conversion.
 
Stock-Based Compensation
 
A total of 0.8 million shares of the Company’s common stock may be issued