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UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, DC 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 31, 2010
Or
o
  TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
    for the transition period from            to           
 
000-31869
(Commission File Number)
UTi Worldwide Inc.
(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)
 
     
British Virgin Islands
(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation or Organization)
  N/A
(IRS Employer Identification Number)
     
9 Columbus Centre, Pelican Drive
Road Town, Tortola
British Virgin Islands
  c/o UTi, Services, Inc.
100 Oceangate, Suite 1500
Long Beach, CA 90802 USA
(Addresses of Principal Executive Offices and Zip Code)
 
562.552.9400
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:
 
     
Title of Each Class
 
Name of Each Exchange on Which Registered
 
Ordinary shares, no par value
  The NASDAQ Stock Market LLC
(NASDAQ Global Select Market)
 
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 (§ 232.405 of this chapter) 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 the 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.  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 voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant as of the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, or July 31, 2009, was approximately $1.0 billion computed by reference to the closing price of the registrant’s ordinary shares on such date, as quoted on The NASDAQ Global Select Market.
 
At March 26, 2010, the number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s ordinary shares was 100,716,326.
 
DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE
 
Certain portions of the registrant’s definitive Proxy Statement for the 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which is expected to be filed on or before May 17, 2010 are incorporated by reference in Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 of Part III of this Form 10-K.
 


 

 
UTi Worldwide Inc.

Annual Report on Form 10-K
For the Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2010

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  Properties     26  
  Legal Proceedings     26  
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PART II
  Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities     29  
  Selected Financial Data     36  
  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations     38  
  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk     69  
  Financial Statements and Supplementary Data     71  
  Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure     71  
  Controls and Procedures     71  
  Other Information     72  
 
PART III
  Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance     73  
  Executive Compensation     73  
  Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters     73  
  Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence     74  
  Principal Accountant Fees and Services     74  
 
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Introduction
 
As used in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, the terms “we,” “us,” “our” and the “company” refer to UTi Worldwide Inc. and its subsidiaries as a combined entity, except where it is noted or the context makes clear the reference is only to UTi Worldwide Inc.
 
Forward-Looking Statements
 
Except for historical information contained herein, this Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which involve certain risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are included with respect to, among other things the company’s current business plan and strategy and strategic operating plan, anticipated tax rates, anticipated capital expenditures for environmental compliance purposes, anticipated costs, benefits and timing associated with our 4asONE technology-enabled, business transformation initiative, the anticipated outcome of litigation, the company’s ability to meet its capital and liquidity requirements for the foreseeable future, the anticipated impact of various cost reduction efforts, and any other statements if concerning future matters. These forward-looking statements are identified by the use of such terms and phrases as “intends,” “intend,” “intended,” “goal,” “estimate,” “estimates,” “expects,” “expect,” “expected,” “project,” “projected,” “projections,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “anticipated,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “designed to,” “foreseeable future,” “believe,” “believes,” “scheduled” and other similar expressions which generally identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying our forward-looking statements. Many important factors, risks and uncertainties may cause the company’s actual results to differ materially from those discussed in any such forward-looking statements, including but not limited economic volatility that has materially impacted trade volumes, transportation capacity, pricing dynamics and overall margins; the financial condition of many of the company’s customers; volatility and uncertainty in global capital and credit markets which may adversely impact our operations; the impact of sharply rising freight transportation rates on the company’s net revenue; planned or unplanned consequences of our business transformation efforts; our clients’ demand for our services; the impact of cost reduction measures undertaken by the company and the amount and timing of the expected benefits from such measures; integration risks associated with acquisitions; the ability to retain clients and management of acquisition targets; increased competition; the impact of higher fuel costs; the effects of changes in foreign exchange rates; changes in the company’s effective tax rates; industry consolidation making it more difficult to compete against larger companies; general economic, political and market conditions, including those in Africa, Asia and EMENA which is comprised of Europe, Middle East and North Africa; work stoppages or slowdowns or other material interruptions in transportation services; or material reductions in capacity by carriers; risks of international operations; risks associated with, and costs and expenses the company will incur as a result of the ongoing publicly announced investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the European Commission, the South African Competition Commission and other governmental agencies into the pricing practices of the international air freight forwarding and cargo transportation industry and other similar or related investigations and lawsuits; the success and effects of new strategies and of the realignment of the company’s executive management structure; disruptions caused by epidemics, conflicts, wars and terrorism; the other risks and uncertainties described herein and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); and other factors outside our control. Although UTi believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of the assumptions could prove inaccurate and, therefore, we cannot assure you that the results contemplated in forward-looking statements will be realized in the timeframe anticipated or at all. In light of the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking information included herein, the inclusion of such information should not be regarded as a representation by UTi or any other person that UTi’s objectives or plans will be achieved. Accordingly, investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. UTi undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
 
In assessing forward-looking statements contained herein, readers are urged to read carefully all cautionary statements contained in this Form 10-K, including, without limitation, those contained under the heading, “Risk Factors,” contained in Part I, Item 1A of this Form 10-K. For these forward-looking statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.


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PART I
 
ITEM 1.   Business
 
History and Development of the Company
 
We are an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company that provides services through a network of offices and contract logistics centers. We were incorporated in the British Virgin Islands on January 30, 1995 under the International Business Companies Act as an international business company and operate under the British Virgin Islands legislation governing corporations. The address and telephone number of our registered office are 9 Columbus Centre, Pelican Drive, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands and (284) 494-4567, respectively. Our registered agent is Midocean Management and Trust Services (BVI) Limited, 9 Columbus Centre, Pelican Drive, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands. We can also be reached through UTi, Services, Inc., 100 Oceangate, Suite 1500, Long Beach, CA 90802 U.S.A. Our website is www.go2uti.com.
 
We formed our current business from a base of three freight forwarders which we acquired between 1993 and 1995. Currently, we operate a global network of freight forwarding offices and contract logistics and distribution centers in a total of 63 countries. In addition, we serve our clients in 81 additional countries through independent agent-owned offices. Our business is managed from principal support offices located in Long Beach, California, and several other locations worldwide.
 
Industry
 
The global supply chain services and solutions industry consists of air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, domestic ground transportation, customs clearances, distribution, inbound logistics, warehousing and supply chain management. We believe that companies in our industry must be able to provide their clients with supply chain services and solutions. Among the factors that we believe are impacting our industry are the outsourcing of supply chain activities, increased global trade and sourcing, increased demand for time definite delivery of goods, and the need for advanced information technology systems that facilitate real-time access to shipment data, client reporting and transaction analysis. Furthermore, as supply chain management becomes more complicated, we believe companies are increasingly seeking full service solutions from a single or limited number of partners that are familiar with their requirements, processes and procedures and that can provide services globally. We believe it is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller regional competitors or providers with a more limited service or information technology offering to compete, which we expect will result in further industry consolidation.
 
We seek to use our global network, proprietary information technology systems, relationships with transportation providers and expertise in outsourced logistics services to improve our clients’ visibility into their supply chains while reducing their overall logistics costs.
 
Organizational Structure
 
UTi Worldwide Inc. is a holding company and our operations are conducted through subsidiaries. Our subsidiaries, along with their countries of incorporation and our ownership interests, are included in Exhibit 21, included with this report. The proportion of voting power that we hold for each subsidiary is equivalent to our percentage ownership.
 
Business Overview
 
Our primary services include air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs brokerage, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage and other supply chain management services, including consulting, the coordination of purchase orders and customized management services. Through our supply chain planning and optimization services, we assist our clients in designing and implementing solutions that improve the predictability and visibility and reduce the overall costs of their supply chains.
 
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with respect to shipments of freight unless the volume of freight to be shipped over a particular route is not large enough to warrant consolidating such freight with other shipments. In such situations, we usually forward the freight as an agent for the carrier.
 
We do not own or operate aircraft or vessels and consequently, contract with commercial carriers to arrange for the shipment of cargo. A majority of our freight forwarding business is conducted through non-committed space allocations with carriers. We arrange for, and in many cases provide, pick-up and delivery service between the carrier and the location of the shipper or recipient.
 
When we act as an authorized agent for the airline or ocean carrier, we arrange for the transportation of individual shipments to the airline or ocean carrier. As compensation for arranging for the shipments, the carriers pay us a commission. If we provide the client with ancillary services, such as the preparation of export documentation, we receive an additional fee. Airfreight forwarding services accounted for approximately 33%, 36% and 36% of our consolidated revenues in our fiscal years ended January 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008, (which we refer to as fiscal 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively). Ocean freight forwarding services accounted for approximately 25%, 26% and 25% of our consolidated revenues for fiscal 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
 
As part of our freight forwarding services, we provide customs brokerage services in the United States (U.S.) and most of the other countries in which we operate. Within each country, the rules and regulations vary, along with the level of expertise that is required to perform the customs brokerage services. We provide customs brokerage services in connection with a majority of the shipments which we handle as both an air and ocean freight forwarder. We also provide customs brokerage services in connection with shipments forwarded by our competitors. In addition, other companies may provide customs brokerage services in connection with the shipments which we forward.
 
As part of our customs brokerage services, we prepare and file formal documentation required for clearance through customs agencies, obtain customs bonds, facilitate the payment of import duties on behalf of the importer, arrange for payment of collect freight charges, assist with determining and obtaining the best commodity classifications for shipments and perform other related services. We determine our fees for our customs brokerage services based on the volume of business transactions for a particular client, and the type, number and complexity of services provided. Revenues from customs brokerage and related services are recognized upon completion of the services. Customs brokerage services accounted for approximately 3% of our consolidated revenues in each of fiscal 2010, 2009 and 2008.
 
We believe that for the Freight Forwarding segment, net revenue (the term used by the company to describe revenue less purchased transportation costs) is a better measure of growth in our freight forwarding business than revenue because our revenue for our services as an indirect air and ocean carrier includes the carriers’ charges to us for carriage of the shipment. Our revenues are also impacted by changes in fuel and similar surcharges, which have little relation to the volume or value of our services provided. When we act as an indirect air and ocean carrier, our net revenue is determined by the differential between the rates charged to us by the carrier and the rates we charge our clients, plus the fees we receive for our ancillary services. Within our company, revenue derived from freight forwarding generally is shared between the points of origin and destination, based on a standard formula. Our revenue in our other capacities includes only commissions and fees earned by us and is substantially similar to net revenue for the Freight Forwarding segment in this respect.
 
A significant portion of our expenses are variable and adjust to reflect the level of our business activities. Other than purchased transportation costs, staff costs are our single largest variable expense and are less flexible than purchased transportation costs in the near term.
 
Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment.  Our contract logistics services primarily relate to value-added warehousing and the subsequent distribution of goods and materials in order to meet clients’ inventory needs and production or distribution schedules. Our services include receiving, deconsolidation and decontainerization, sorting, put away, consolidation, assembly, cargo loading and unloading, assembly of freight and protective packaging, storage and distribution. Our outsourced services include inspection services, quality centers and manufacturing support. Contract logistics revenues are recognized when the service has been completed in the


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ordinary course of business. Contract logistics services accounted for approximately 18%, 15% and 14% of our consolidated revenues in fiscal 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
 
We also provide a range of distribution and other supply chain management services, such as domestic ground transportation, warehousing services, consulting, order management, planning and optimization services, outsourced management services, developing specialized client-specific supply chain solutions, and customized distribution and inventory management services. Distribution services accounted for approximately 12%, 12% and 14% of our consolidated revenues for the fiscal years ended 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively. We receive fees for the other supply chain management services that we perform. Other services consisting predominately of supply chain management services accounted for approximately 9%, 8% and 8% of our consolidated revenues in fiscal 2010, 2009 and 2008, respectively.
 
The Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment includes the distribution operation in the Africa region, which was previously reported under Freight Forwarding, as this operation has evolved from an air express to a road distribution business over the last few years.
 
In contrast to the Freight Forwarding segment, we believe revenue is a better measure of the growth in our contract logistics and distribution business because this segment does not incur carrier costs (and related fuel surcharges) in the same manner as freight forwarding, and purchased transportation costs under this segment primarily relate to the truck brokerage operations in the Americas region.
 
Acquisitions
 
We have grown in the past, and may grow in the future, through acquisitions. During fiscal 2010, we made three acquisitions. These acquisitions, along with our other acquisitions over the past five years, have had, and will have, a significant effect on the comparability of our operating results over the respective prior periods. Historically, we have financed acquisitions with a combination of cash from operations and borrowings. We may borrow additional money or issue ordinary shares in the future to finance acquisitions. We regularly evaluate acquisition opportunities. From time-to-time we enter into non-binding letters of intent with potential acquisition targets and we are often in various stages of due diligence and preliminary negotiations with respect to those potential acquisition targets. Readers are urged to read carefully all cautionary statements contained in this Form 10-K relating to acquisitions, including, without limitation, those contained under the heading “Risk Factors”, contained in Item 1A of this Form 10-K.
 
Effective December 21, 2009, the company acquired the remaining outstanding shares of an Israeli subsidiary, Excel MPL-A.V.B.A., LP (EMA Israel), of which the company had already held a 50% ownership interest that was acquired through its acquisition of its parent company in the beginning of fiscal 2010. The purchase price totaled $6.5 million, including the repayment of a $0.5 million loan and contingent consideration of $0.3 million which is based on projected net revenues from a particular customer for the next four years. The contingent consideration was accrued as an obligation through an increase to goodwill. The acquisition eliminated a minority shareholder in Israel. The purchase price exceeded the fair value of the noncontrolling interest received and net assets acquired, and accordingly, $2.0 million was allocated to goodwill, all of which is included with the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. The company is currently determining whether the goodwill is deductible for tax purposes. The estimated purchase price allocation is preliminary and is subject to revision. A valuation of the additional net assets acquired is being conducted and the final allocation will be made when completed.
 
Effective February 4, 2009, the company acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Multi Purpose Logistics, Ltd., which we have subsequently renamed to UTi M.P.L. Ltd. (MPL), for a purchase price of $1.1 million, net of cash acquired of $0.4 million. MPL is an Israeli company providing logistics services and held a 50% ownership interest in EMA Israel at the time of acquisition. As a result of this acquisition, the company has increased its range of services provided in Israel. The total cost of the acquisition has been allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based upon their estimated fair values at the date of the acquisition. Subsequent to the acquisition date, the company conducted additional valuation work on the customer relationships identified and refined its estimates previously recorded during the year. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, the company finalized the valuation of such intangible assets and the allocation of the purchase price. The final allocation resulted in an excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the acquired net assets, and accordingly $2.5 million was


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allocated to goodwill, all of which is included within the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. The company determined that none of the goodwill is deductible for tax purposes.
 
Effective October 16, 2009, the company acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Tacisa Transitaria, S.L. (Tacisa), a Spanish freight forwarder. An employee of one of the company’s Spanish subsidiaries held a majority ownership interest in Tacisa prior to the company’s acquisition. The purchase price totaled $5.5 million, net of cash acquired of $0.8 million, and including contingent consideration of $4.7 million based on projected 2010 operating results of Tacisa. The contingent consideration was accrued as an obligation with a corresponding increase to goodwill. The acquisition expanded the company’s freight forwarding coverage in Spain. The total cost of the acquisition has been allocated to the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values at the date of acquisition. The preliminary allocation resulted in an excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the acquired net assets, and accordingly, $2.5 million was allocated to goodwill, all of which is included in the company’s Freight Forwarding segment.
 
Additional information regarding these and our other acquisitions is set forth in Note 2, “Acquisitions,” in our consolidated financial statements included in this Form 10-K and in Part II, Item 7 of this Form 10-K appearing under the caption, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” which are incorporated herein by reference.
 
Financial Information about Services and Segments
 
As discussed in Note 21, “Segment Reporting” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report, the company changed its segment reporting in the first quarter of fiscal 2009 to reflect the realignment of its management structure around its core business operations. The factors for determining the reportable segments include the manner in which management evaluates the performance of the company combined with the nature of the individual business activities. As a result of this change, the company’s reportable business segments are (i) Freight Forwarding and (ii) Contract Logistics and Distribution. The Freight Forwarding segment includes airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage and other related services. The Contract Logistics and Distribution segment includes all operations providing contract logistics, distribution and other related services. Corporate office expenses, eliminations, and various holding companies within the group structure are presented separately. In conjunction with this change, certain costs that were previously presented separately are now recorded in the Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics and Distribution segments. These changes and reclassifications had no effect on the company’s reported earnings, or earnings per basic and diluted share. In accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Accounting Standards Codification (FASB Codification or ASC) Topic 280, Segment Reporting (ASC 280), all prior period segment information was reclassified to conform to this new financial reporting presentation.
 
Additional information regarding our operations by geographic segment and revenue attributable to our principal services is set forth in Note 21, “Segment Reporting” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report and in Part II, Item 7 of this report appearing under the caption, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.”
 
We conduct a majority of our business outside of the U.S. and we anticipate revenue from foreign operations will continue to account for a significant amount of our future revenue. Our global operations are directly related to and are dependent upon, the volume of international trade and are subject to various factors, risks and uncertainties, including those included in Part I, Item 1A of this annual report appearing under the caption, “Risk Factors.”
 
Seasonality
 
Historically, our results for our operating segments have been subject to seasonal trends when measured on a quarterly basis. Our first and fourth fiscal quarters are traditionally weaker compared with our other fiscal quarters. This trend is dependent on numerous factors, including the markets in which we operate, holiday seasons, climate, economic conditions and many other factors. A substantial portion of our revenue is derived from clients in industries whose shipping patterns are tied closely to consumer demand or are based on just-in-time production schedules. We cannot accurately predict the timing of these factors, nor can we accurately estimate the impact of


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any particular factor, and thus we can give no assurance that these historical seasonal patterns will continue in future periods.
 
Environmental
 
In the U.S., the company is subject to Federal, state and local provisions regulating the discharge of materials into the environment or otherwise seeking to protect the environment. Similar laws apply in many other jurisdictions in which the company operates. Although current operations have not been significantly affected by compliance with these environmental laws, governments are becoming increasingly sensitive to environmental issues, and the company cannot predict what impact future environmental regulations may have on its business. The company does not currently anticipate making any material capital expenditures for environmental compliance purposes in the reasonably foreseeable future.
 
Currency Risk
 
The nature of the company’s worldwide operations requires the company to transact with a multitude of currencies other than the U.S. dollar. This results in the company being exposed to the inherent risks of the international currency markets and governmental interference. Some of the countries where the company maintains offices or agency relationships have strict currency control regulations which influence the company’s ability to hedge foreign currency exposure. The company attempts to compensate for these exposures by facilitating international currency settlements among its offices and agents.
 
Sales and Marketing
 
We market our services through an organization consisting of approximately 939 full-time salespersons who receive assistance from our senior management and regional and local managers. In connection with our sales process and in order to serve the needs of our clients, some of which utilize only our freight forwarding and/or contract logistics services and for others who utilize a wider variety of our supply chain solutions services, our sales force is divided into two specialized sales groups. One of these sales groups focuses primarily on marketing our air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics and customs brokerage services as individual products; and the other group focuses on marketing a combination of our services as comprehensive supply chain solutions.
 
Our sales and marketing efforts are directed at both global and local clients. Our smaller specialized global solutions sales and marketing teams focus their efforts on obtaining and developing large volume global accounts with multiple shipping locations which require comprehensive solutions. These accounts typically impose numerous requirements on their providers, such as electronic data interchange, Internet-based tracking and monitoring systems, proof of delivery capabilities, customized shipping reports and a global network of offices. The requirements imposed by our large volume global accounts often limit the competition for these accounts to large freight forwarders, third-party logistics providers and integrated carriers with global operations. Our global solutions sales and marketing teams also target companies operating in specific industries with unique supply chain requirements, such as the pharmaceutical, retail, apparel, chemical, automotive and high technology electronics industries.
 
Our local sales and marketing teams focus on selling to and servicing smaller- and medium-sized clients who are primarily interested in selected services, such as freight forwarding, contract logistics and customs brokerage. These two sales and marketing teams may work together on larger accounts.
 
No single client accounted for more than 4% of our consolidated revenues in fiscal 2010, 2009 or 2008.
 
Competition
 
Competition within the freight forwarding, contract logistics, distribution, and supply chain management industries is intense. There are a large number of companies that compete in one or more segments of the industry. However, there are a limited number of international firms that have the worldwide capabilities to provide the breadth of services that we offer. We also encounter competition from regional and local third-party logistics providers, integrated transportation companies that operate their own aircraft, cargo sales agents and brokers,


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surface freight forwarders and carriers, airlines, ocean carriers, associations of shippers organized to consolidate their members’ shipments to obtain lower freight rates, and Internet-based freight exchanges. We believe it is becoming increasingly difficult for smaller regional competitors or providers with a more limited service or information technology offerings to compete, which we expect will result in further industry consolidation.
 
In the competitive and fragmented domestic ground transportation services business in North America, we compete primarily with truckload carriers, intermodal transportation service providers, less-than-truckload carriers, railroads and third party broker carriers. We compete in this business primarily on the basis of service, efficiency and freight rates.
 
We believe that the ability to develop and deliver innovative solutions to meet our clients’ global supply chain needs is a critical factor in the ongoing success of the company. We achieve this through the appropriate use of technology and by leveraging our industry experience across the globe. This experience was obtained through strategic acquisitions and by attracting, retaining, and motivating highly qualified personnel with knowledge in the various segments of global logistics.
 
Generally, we believe that companies in our industry must be able to provide their clients with integrated, global supply chain solutions. Among the factors that we believe are impacting our industry are the outsourcing of supply chain activities, increased global trade and sourcing, and the need for advanced information technology systems that facilitate real-time access to shipment data, client reporting and transaction analysis. Furthermore, as supply chain management becomes more complicated, we believe companies are increasingly seeking full service solutions from a single or limited number of partners that are familiar with their requirements, processes and procedures and that can provide services globally.
 
We seek to compete in our industry by using our global network, proprietary information technology systems, relationships with transportation providers, and expertise in contract logistics services to improve our clients’ visibility into their supply chains while reducing their logistics costs.
 
Information Technology Systems
 
Our proprietary eMpower suite of supply chain technology systems is based on an open architecture design. eMpower facilitates the online operations of our supply chain activities, allows our offices and agents to link to our supply chain visibility system and offers our clients real-time, web-based access to detailed levels of inventory product and shipment data, customized reporting and analysis and easy integration with their technology systems. eMpower provides our clients with a customizable web portal, along with powerful supply chain visibility tools for managing their integrated end-to-end supply chains, whether at rest or in motion, at the order, stock keeping unit (SKU) or item level.
 
Within eMpower are various supply chain information systems, including the following:
 
  •  uOp, which is used by our offices and agents as a local operating system for air and ocean freight import and export documentation, customs brokerage and accounting functions that feed shipment and other client data into our global information systems;
 
  •  uOrder, which assists our clients with order management;
 
  •  uTrac, which provides our clients with supply chain visibility, enabling them to track shipments of goods and materials;
 
  •  uWarehouse, which enables our clients to track the location and status of goods and materials within a warehouse and track the location and status of goods and materials in transit;
 
  •  uClear, which provides visibility into customs clearance transactions for our clients;
 
  •  uAnalyze, which assists us and our clients with isolating the factors causing variability in supply chains;
 
  •  uReport, which provides clients with customized reports;
 
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  •  uPlan, which is used for strategic planning and optimization of our clients’ supply chains;
 
  •  uDistribute, which enables tracking of goods and materials within domestic distribution networks; and
 
  •  uShip, which enables clients to initiate shipping transactions and alert these directly to our origin offices.
 
Intellectual Property
 
We have applied for federal trademark or service mark registration of the marks UTi, Inzalo and our “U” design. The mark UTi has been or is currently being registered in selected foreign countries. The service marks “UTi”, “UTi plus design” and our “U” design have been granted to us on November 21, 2006, December 5, 2006 and May 26, 2009, respectively, by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. We also operate our businesses worldwide through various other common-law trademarks and trade names. We have no patents nor have we filed any patent applications. While we may seek further trademarks or service marks and perhaps patents on inventions or processes in the future, we believe our success depends primarily on factors such as the skills and abilities of our personnel rather than on any trademarks, patents or other registrations we may obtain.
 
Government Regulation
 
Our airfreight forwarding business in the U.S. is subject to regulation, as an indirect air carrier, under the Federal Aviation Act by the Department of Transportation, although airfreight forwarders are exempted from most of this Act’s requirements by the applicable regulations. Our airfreight forwarding business in the U.S. is also subject to regulation by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Our indirect air carrier security program is approved by and we believe we are in compliance with the applicable TSA regulations. Our foreign airfreight forwarding operations are subject to similar regulation by the regulatory authorities of the respective foreign jurisdictions. The airfreight forwarding industry is subject to regulatory and legislative changes that can affect the economics of the industry by requiring changes in operating practices or influencing the demand for, and the costs of providing, services to clients.
 
The Federal Maritime Commission regulates our ocean freight forwarding and non-vessel operating common carrier operations to and from the U.S. The Federal Maritime Commission licenses intermediaries (combined ocean freight forwarders and non-vessel operating common carrier operators). Indirect ocean carriers are subject to Federal Maritime Commission regulation, under this Commission’s tariff publication and surety bond requirements, and under the Shipping Act of 1984 and the Ocean Reform Shipping Act of 1998, particularly those terms prescribing rebating practices. For ocean shipments not originating or terminating in the U.S., the applicable regulations and licensing requirements typically are less stringent than those that originate or terminate in the U.S.
 
We are licensed as a customs broker by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency of the Department of Homeland Security (CBP) in the United States’ customs districts in which we do business. All U.S. customs brokers are required to maintain prescribed records and are subject to periodic audits by the CBP. As a certified and validated party under the self-policing Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT), we are also subject to compliance with security regulations within the trade environment that are enforced by the CBP. We are also subject to regulations under the Container Security Initiative, which is administered by the CBP. Since February 1, 2003, we have been submitting manifests automatically to U.S. Customs from foreign ports 24 hours in advance of vessel departure. Our foreign customs brokerage operations are licensed in and subject to the regulations of their respective countries.
 
We must comply with export regulations of the U.S. Department of State, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the CBP regarding what commodities are shipped to what destination, to what end-user and for what end-use, as well as statistical reporting requirements.
 
Some portions of our warehouse operations require authorizations and bonds by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and approvals by the CBP. We are subject to various federal and state environmental, work safety and hazardous materials regulations at our owned and leased warehouse facilities. Our foreign warehouse operations are subject to the regulations of their respective countries.


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Certain of our U.S. domestic ground transportation operations are subject to regulation by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (the FMCSA), which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and by various state agencies. The FMCSA has broad regulatory powers with respect to activities such as motor carrier operations, practices and insurance. Interstate motor carrier operations are subject to safety requirements prescribed by the FMCSA. Subject to federal and state regulation, we may transport most types of freight to and from any point in the U.S. The trucking industry is subject to possible regulatory and legislative changes (such as the possibility of more stringent environmental, safety or security regulations or limits on vehicle weight and size) that may affect the economics of the industry by requiring changes in operating practices or the cost of providing truckload services.
 
We are subject to a broad range of foreign and domestic environmental and workplace health and safety requirements, including those governing discharges to air and water and the handling and disposal of solid and hazardous wastes. In the course of our operations, we may be asked to store, transport or arrange for the storage or transportation of substances defined as hazardous under applicable laws. If a release of hazardous substances occurs on or from our facilities or while being transported by us or our subcontracted carrier, we may be required to participate in, or have liability for, the remedy of such release. In such case, we also may be subject to claims for personal injury and natural resource damages.
 
We believe that we are in substantial compliance with applicable material regulations and that the costs of regulatory compliance have not had a material adverse impact on our operations to date. However, our failure to comply with the applicable regulations or to maintain required permits or licenses could result in substantial fines or revocation of our operating permits or licenses. We cannot predict the degree or cost of future regulations on our business. If we fail to comply with applicable governmental regulations, we could be subject to substantial fines or revocation of our permits and licenses.
 
Employees
 
At January 31, 2010, we employed a total of 19,514 persons. A breakdown of our employees by geographic region is as follows:
 
         
EMENA
    4,568  
Americas
    6,250  
Asia Pacific
    2,933  
Africa
    5,602  
Corporate
    161  
         
Total
    19,514  
         
 
Approximately 2,355 of our employees are subject to collective bargaining arrangements in several countries, primarily in South Africa, which are renegotiated annually. We believe our employee relations to be generally good.
 
Executive Officers and Other Senior Managers of Registrant
 
Our executive officers are as follows (ages and titles as of March 26, 2010):
 
             
Name
 
Age
 
Position
 
Eric W. Kirchner
    51     Chief Executive Officer and Director
William T. Gates
    62     Executive Vice President; President, Contract Logistics and Distribution
Gene T. Ochi
    60     Executive Vice President; President, Client Growth
Lawrence R. Samuels
    53     Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Lance E. D’Amico
    41     Senior Vice President — Enterprise Support Services, Global General Counsel and Secretary
Ronald S. Glickman
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Eric W. Kirchner was appointed Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Kirchner served as President of Freight Forwarding for United Parcel Service, Inc. (UPS) from October 2007 to January 2009, where he oversaw a global organization responsible for strategy, financial performance and revenue for freight forwarding services. He was also ultimately responsible for network management, capacity planning and procurement for the freight forwarding business. Prior thereto, Mr. Kirchner served as President, North America Forwarding for UPS from October 2006 to October 2007 and as President, Global Transportation, UPS Supply Chain Solutions from December 2004 to October 2006. From October 2003 to December 2004, Mr. Kirchner served as Chief Operating Officer of Menlo Worldwide Forwarding, Inc., a global freight forwarder. Mr. Kirchner holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and has completed the Stanford Executive Program at Stanford University.
 
William T. Gates was appointed as Executive Vice President; President, Contract Logistics and Distribution, in February 2008. Mr. Gates joined the company in October 2002 when we completed the acquisition of Standard Corporation, which we have subsequently renamed UTi Integrated Logistics, Inc., and has held positions of increasing responsibilities, including General Manager, Vice President, President, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive of UTi Integrated Logistics, Inc., before being promoted to President, Americas Contract Logistics and Distribution, in April 2007, a role he held until February 2008. Prior to joining UTi Integrated Logistics, Inc., Mr. Gates served as General Manager of the Wal-Mart Distribution center in Laurens, South Carolina. His experience also includes service in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Logistics Officer. Mr. Gates has been an active member of the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC), the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (formerly Council of Logistics Management) and the International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA). He is also a past President of WERC. Mr. Gates received a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) from California Polytechnic State University and an M.S. in logistics systems management from the University of Southern California.
 
Gene T. Ochi was appointed as Executive Vice President; President, Client Growth in May 2009. Prior to that time Mr. Ochi served as Executive Vice President — Integrated Solutions for Strategic Clients since November 2008. From 2006 to November 2008, Mr. Ochi served as Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer and Executive Vice President — Global Leader of Client Solutions Development. From 1998 to 2006, Mr. Ochi served as our Senior Vice President — Marketing and Global Growth. From 1993 to 1998, Mr. Ochi served as the Regional Vice President, Western U.S.A., of UTi, United States, Inc., one of our subsidiaries. From 1989 to 1992, Mr. Ochi served as the Senior Vice President of Marketing of BAX Global. Mr. Ochi received a B.S. degree from the University of Utah and a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from the University of Southern California.
 
Lawrence R. Samuels was appointed as Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer in March 2007. Mr. Samuels has served as Chief Financial Officer since May 2000. Prior to that, Mr. Samuels served as Senior Vice President — Finance and Secretary since 1996. Mr. Samuels also serves as our principal financial officer and our principal accounting officer. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Samuels served as the Financial Director of, and from 1987 to 1993 as the Financial Manager of, Pyramid Freight (Proprietary) Ltd., one of our subsidiaries in South Africa. Mr. Samuels received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and is a qualified chartered accountant in South Africa.
 
Lance E. D’Amico was appointed Senior Vice President — Enterprise Support Services and Secretary in February 2008. Mr. D’Amico continues to serve as our Global General Counsel, a role he assumed when he joined the company in August 2006, as well as our Secretary, a role he assumed in March 2007. From April 2000 through August 2006, he held several positions at Element K Corporation, an educational software and publishing company, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Strategy and Operations. From 1994 through 2000, Mr. D’Amico was an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, specializing in mergers & acquisitions, securities and corporate finance. He holds a J.D. from The New York University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Dartmouth College.
 
Ronald S. Glickman was appointed as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer in February 2007, when Mr. Glickman joined the company. From 2004 to February 2007, he was responsible for the retail and hospitality vertical at Cognizant Technology Solutions. From 1999 to 2004, he served as Chief Information Officer


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at DFS Group, a global luxury retailer for travelers. Mr. Glickman holds a B.A. from National University and an M.B.A from the University of Southern California.
 
Our other senior managers are as follows (ages and titles as of March 26, 2010):
 
             
Name
 
Age
 
Position
 
Ronald W. Berger
    51     Senior Vice President — Global Operating Processes
David Cheng
    65     Co-President — Greater China
Christopher Dale
    50     President — Americas Freight Forwarding
Brian R. J. Dangerfield
    51     President — Asia Pacific and Co-President — Greater China
Carlos Escario Pascual
    48     President — EMENA
Jochen Freese
    41     Senior Vice President — Market Verticals and Global Marketing
Gavin Rimmer
    50     President — Africa
 
Available Information
 
Our annual report on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K and amendments to those reports are available without charge through our website, http://www.go2uti.com, as soon as reasonably practicable after they are filed or furnished electronically with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). We are providing the address to our Internet site solely for the information of investors. We do not intend the address to be an active link and the contents of our website are not incorporated into this report.
 
ITEM 1A.   Risk Factors
 
Our business and operations are subject to a number of factors, risks and uncertainties, and the following list should not be considered to be a definitive list of all factors that may affect our business, financial condition and future results of operations and should be read in conjunction with the factors, risks and uncertainties contained in our other filings with the SEC. This Annual Report on Form 10-K, our annual report to our shareholders, any of our quarterly reports on Form 10-Q or our current reports on Form 8-K, or any other oral or written statements which we may make in connection with a news release or otherwise may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which involve certain risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of terms or phrases such as “intends,” “intend,” “intended,” “goal,” “estimate,” “estimates,” “expects,” “expect,” “expected,” “project,” “projected,” “projections,” “plans,” “seeks,” “anticipates,” “anticipated,” “should,” “could,” “may,” “will,” “designed to,” “foreseeable future,” “believe,” “believes,” “scheduled,” and other similar expressions which generally identify forward-looking statements. We caution readers that any forward-looking statements made by us are made with the intention of obtaining the benefits of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act and that a number of factors, including but not limited to those discussed below, could cause our actual results and experiences to differ materially from the anticipated results or expectations expressed in any forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as the result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
 
Recent volatility in global trade and the global economic slowdown have adversely impacted our results of operations and may continue to do so in the foreseeable future. In addition, present world economic conditions increase the number and likelihood of risks which we normally face on a day-to-day basis in running our business.
 
Recent volatility in global trade and the global economic slowdown have adversely impacted our revenues and results of operations and our business is susceptible to those factors which negatively impact international trade volumes. Recent volatility in trade volumes has also had a material impact on transportation capacity (in both the air and ocean modes), freight transportation rates, client pricing and the company’s overall margins. As a result of the slowdown in the economies of the United States, Europe and many other countries and the recent volatility and


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uncertainty in global trade and in the global capital and credit markets, a number of the risks we normally face have increased. These include:
 
  •  Reduced demand for the products our clients ship, notably in the automotive, retail, apparel and hi-tech sectors, causing a reduction in the demand for the services we provide;
 
  •  Increased price competition resulting in lower profitability and cash flow;
 
  •  Deterioration in the financial condition of our clients from decreased sales or our customers experiencing difficulty in raising capital which may in turn adversely impact our ability to collect our outstanding receivables, particularly in the market segments and industries which have been severely impacted by the economic slowdown and where we may have a concentration of clients;
 
  •  Volatility in demand for services, especially with respect to the transactional or “spot” freight services market, which may result in volatility in freight rates which can negatively impact our margins and profitability;
 
  •  Deterioration in the financial condition and possible failures of transportation providers with which we have relationships, which may limit our ability to secure sufficient equipment or other transportation services to meet our commitments to our customers; and
 
  •  Rapid and material fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and/or oil prices, each of which may have a material impact on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
 
In addition, in fiscal 2010 and 2009, we undertook several cost reduction measures designed to streamline our operations and reduce our costs in response to worsening global economic conditions. These measures resulted in us incurring restructuring and impairment charges, which negatively impacted our results of operations. There can be no assurance we will not undertake in the future additional cost reduction measures, that adversely affect our business, results of operations or prospects or which otherwise result in financial charges.
 
The global economic slowdown has increased the risk that the carrying value of our assets will be impaired. As a result, we may be required to record impairment charges to our goodwill, and identifiable intangible assets and property, plant and equipment, which would impact the results of our operations.
 
Intangible assets with indefinite lives, including goodwill, are assessed at least annually for impairment in accordance with FASB Codification Topic 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other (ASC 350). We complete the required impairment test annually in the second quarter, and also when evidence of potential impairment exists. When it is determined that impairment has occurred, a charge to operations is recorded. Additionally, if facts and circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of identifiable amortizable intangible assets and property, plant and equipment may be impaired, we perform an evaluation of recoverability in accordance with FASB Codification Topic 360, Property, Plant and Equipment (ASC 360). If an evaluation is required, we compare the estimated future undiscounted cash flows associated with the asset to the asset’s carrying amount to determine if a reduction to the carrying amount is required. If a reduction is required, the carrying amount of an impaired asset would be reduced to fair value. Changes in business strategy, government regulations, or economic or market conditions have resulted and may result in further substantial impairment write-downs of our intangible or other assets at any time in the future. In addition, we have been and may be required in the future to recognize increased depreciation and amortization charges if we determine that the useful lives of our fixed assets are shorter than we originally estimated. Over the last two fiscal years, we have recorded various non-cash charges for the impairment of goodwill and intangible assets. If global economic conditions further deteriorate, the results of our operations may be affected, and further impairment charges to our goodwill, or impairment charges to our identifiable amortizable intangible assets and property, plant and equipment, may be required. Such additional charges could adversely impact our future results of operations.


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We have substantial outstanding indebtedness and our outstanding indebtedness could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations.
 
In July 2006, we issued $200.0 million of senior unsecured guaranteed notes, which we refer to as the 2006 Senior Notes, pursuant to a note purchase agreement (2006 Note Purchase Agreement) and in July 2009 we issued $55.0 million of senior unsecured guaranteed notes (which we refer to as the 2009 Senior Notes and, together with the 2006 Senior Notes, the Senior Notes) pursuant to a note purchase agreement (2009 Note Purchase Agreement, which agreement together with the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement are referred to as the Note Purchase Agreements). In addition, in July 2009 we and certain of our direct and indirect subsidiaries entered into two letter of credit facilities (Letter of Credit Agreements) and a South African credit facility (South African Facilities Agreement). We also have other credit, letter of credit and guarantee facilities.
 
Our indebtedness could have important consequences to us and our shareholders because we must dedicate funds to service our outstanding debt which could limit our ability to use our operating cash flows in other areas of our business or such indebtedness may otherwise increase our vulnerability to general adverse economic and industry conditions, including movements in interest rates. As the interest rates payable pursuant to the Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement adjust, any such adjustments may increase our vulnerability to movements in currencies as compared to the U.S. dollar. Our indebtedness could also place us at a competitive disadvantage as compared to our competitors that have less debt as it could limit our ability to capitalize on future business opportunities and to react to competitive pressures or adverse changes.
 
We may need additional financing to fund our operations, we will need replacement financing for some of our indebtedness, and we may not be able to obtain financing on terms acceptable to us or at all.
 
We may need additional financing in the future to fund our operations. In addition, when our various credit facilities expire, we will need to obtain replacement financing. In certain circumstances, we could be required to repay our outstanding debt prior to the originally scheduled dates of maturity. For example, if a “Change of Control” (as defined in the Note Purchase Agreements, the Letter of Credit Agreements or the South African Facilities Agreement) occurs or if we do not comply with the covenants or other requirements in the Note Purchase Agreements and our various credit facilities, our outstanding indebtedness may be accelerated and we may not have enough funds to satisfy all of our outstanding obligations under the Senior Notes and such credit facilities.
 
Replacement or additional financing may involve incurring additional debt or selling equity securities and may or may not be available to us at such time on commercially reasonable terms or otherwise. If we incur additional debt, the risks associated with our business could increase. If we raise capital through the sale of additional equity securities, the percentage ownership of our shareholders will be diluted. In addition, any new equity securities may have rights, preferences or privileges senior to those of our ordinary shares. If we are unable to timely secure replacement or additional financing when needed, our financial condition and results of operations would likely be adversely affected.
 
The Letter of Credit Agreements, Note Purchase Agreements and South African Facilities Agreement contain covenants imposing operating and financial restrictions on us. Such covenants limit our operating and financial flexibility and our failure to comply with such covenants could result in an event of default under these agreements.
 
The Letter of Credit Agreements and the Note Purchase Agreements require that we maintain specified financial ratios and tests. The South African Facilities Agreement contains financial covenants applicable to the borrower group under that credit facility. In addition, the Letter of Credit Agreements, Note Purchase Agreements and South African Facilities Agreement contain various other restrictions and covenants, including covenants customary for these types of financings. These covenants may restrict or may limit our ability to, among other things:
 
  •  incur additional debt or pay dividends or make distributions on our capital stock;
 
  •  create liens or negative pledges with respect to assets;
 
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  •  enter into agreements to lease real or personal property in excess of certain thresholds or to enter into sale and leaseback transactions;
 
  •  change the general nature of our business; or
 
  •  merge or consolidate with other companies or sell assets beyond specified levels.
 
The covenants, financial ratios and other restrictions in our debt instruments may adversely impact our operations, our ability to secure additional debt financing and our ability to pursue available business opportunities, even if we believe such actions would otherwise be advantageous. Our ability to comply with these covenants, financial ratios and other restrictions may be affected by events beyond our control, such as prevailing trade volumes, adverse economic conditions and changes in the competitive environment. We recently amended the financial covenants in the Letter of Credit Agreements and in the 2009 Note Purchase Agreement and there can be no assurances that we will be able to amend our debt instruments in the future. If we do not comply with these covenants, financial ratios and other restrictions and we are unable to obtain any necessary amendments or waivers from the holders of our Senior Notes and the lenders under any affected credit facility, the interest and principal amounts outstanding under the Senior Notes and our credit facilities may become immediately due and payable.
 
Furthermore, the Note Purchase Agreement, Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement each contain cross-default provisions with respect to other indebtedness, giving the lenders under the Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement and the note holders under the Note Purchase Agreements the right to declare a default if we default under other indebtedness in some circumstances. Accordingly, defaults under debt agreements could materially and adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations.
 
Our business transformation initiative, which we call 4asONE, involves risks, could result in higher than expected costs or otherwise adversely impact our operations and profitability.
 
We are engaged in a multi-year technology-enabled, business transformation initiative, which we refer to as 4asONE. The goal of the 4asONE initiative is to establish a single set of global processes for our freight forwarding business and our global financial management. The scale and anticipated future costs associated with the 4asONE initiative are significant and we could incur significant costs in excess of what we are planning to spend. Any technical or other difficulties in developing or implementing this project may result in delays, which in turn, may increase the costs of the initiative. Currently, we operate numerous systems with varying degrees of integration, which can lead to inefficiencies, workarounds and rework. As such, delays in the 4asONE initiative will also delay cost savings and efficiencies expected to result from the initiative. We may also experience difficulties consolidating our current systems, moving to a common set of operational processes and implementing a successful change management process. These difficulties may impact our clients and our ability to efficiently meet their needs. Any such delays or difficulties may have a material and adverse impact on our business, client relationships and financial results.
 
We conduct business throughout the world and our international presence exposes us to potential difficulties and risks associated with distant operations and to various global, regional and local economic, regulatory, political and other uncertainties and risks.
 
We conduct business throughout the world and a majority of our business is conducted outside of the United States. We anticipate that revenue from foreign operations will continue to account for a significant amount of our future revenue. Our international operations are directly related to and are dependent on the volume of trade and the social, economic and political conditions in various countries. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, approximately 69% of our revenues were reported in our EMENA, Asia Pacific and Africa regions combined and those regions accounted for approximately 66% of our total assets as of January 31, 2010. Our international operations and international commerce are influenced by many factors, including:
 
  •  changes in a specific country’s or region’s economic, social and political conditions or governmental policies;
 
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  •  changes in international and domestic customs regulations;
 
  •  trade laws, tariffs, export quotas and other trade restrictions;
 
  •  difficulties in staffing, managing or overseeing diverse foreign operations over large geographic distances, including the need to implement appropriate systems, policies, benefits and compliance programs;
 
  •  pricing restrictions and regulations imposed by foreign governments;
 
  •  expropriation of our international assets or adverse changes in tax laws and regulations;
 
  •  limitations on the repatriation of earnings or assets, including cash;
 
  •  different liability standards and less developed legal systems that may be less predictable than those in the United States; and
 
  •  intellectual property laws of countries which do not protect our intellectual property rights to the same extent as the laws of the United States.
 
The occurrence or consequences of any of these factors may restrict our ability to operate in the affected region and/or decrease the profitability of our operations in that region.
 
Several United States and other foreign governmental agencies are investigating alleged anti-competitive behavior in the international air cargo transportation industry, which includes us, we have been named as a defendant in a federal antitrust class action lawsuit that alleges that we engaged in various forms of anti-competitive practices, and we may become subject to other governmental investigations and may be named in additional litigation, all of which have required, and could continue to require, significant management time and attention and could result in significant expenses as well as unfavorable outcomes which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, results of operations, reputation, cash flow and prospects.
 
The United States Department of Justice (U.S. DOJ) and several other governments, including the governments of Canada, New Zealand, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and South Africa, along with the European Union, have conducted inspections or raids at local offices of global freight forwarders or have issued subpoenas or requests for information in connection with various investigations into alleged anti-competitive behavior in the international air cargo transportation industry. In June 2007, we responded to a grand jury subpoena requesting documents in connection with the U.S. DOJ’s investigation into the pricing practices in the air cargo transportation industry which had been served on us in June 2006. In October 2007, the U.S. DOJ executed a search warrant on us at our offices in Long Beach, California, and served one of our subsidiaries with a grand jury subpoena requesting numerous documents and other materials in connection with its investigation of the international air cargo transportation industry. We believe that we are a subject of the U.S. DOJ investigation.
 
In October 2007, we received a notice from the Canadian Competition Bureau that the Bureau had commenced an investigation with respect to alleged anti-competitive activities of persons involved in the provision of international freight forwarding services to and from Canada and requesting that we preserve records relevant to such investigation. On October 30, 2009, we received notice from the Canadian Competition Bureau that it had closed its investigation and has withdrawn its record preservation request. In October 2007, one of our subsidiaries received a notice from the New Zealand Commerce Commission that it was conducting an investigation in relation to international freight forwarding services in New Zealand and requesting that we provide documents and information as they relate to New Zealand. In December 2007, our subsidiary responded to this request. In June 2008 and February 2009, we received requests for information issued by the European Commission (“EC”) requesting information and records relating to the EC’s ongoing investigation of alleged anti-competitive behavior relating to air freight forwarding services in the European Union/European Economic Area. In July 2008 and March 2009, we responded to these requests. In May 2009, we learned that the Brazilian Ministry of Justice is investigating possible alleged cartel activity in the international air and ocean freight forwarding market and as of the date of this filing, we have not been contacted by Brazilian authorities regarding this matter. In November 2009, one of our subsidiaries received a summons from the South African Competition Commission requesting certain information and records in connection with its ongoing investigation of alleged anti-competitive behavior relating to the market


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for air freight forwarding services in South Africa. In January 2010, we responded to this request. In February 2010, in connection with the EC’s investigation discussed above, the EC sent a Statement of Objections to us and a number of other freight forwarding and logistics providers. The Statement of Objections alleges infringements of European Union competition law with respect to various surcharges. We intend to present our response to the EC’s Statement of Objections in April 2010.
 
There can be no assurances that additional regulatory inquiries or investigations will not be commenced by other U.S. or foreign regulatory agencies. We do not know when or how the above investigations or any future investigations will be resolved or what, if any, actions the various governmental agencies may require us and/or any of our current or former officers, directors and employees to take as part of that resolution. We continue to receive additional requests for information, documents and interviews from various governmental agencies with respect to these investigations and we have provided, and will provide in the future, further responses as a result of such requests. A conclusion by the U.S. DOJ, the EC or by another foreign regulatory agency that we have engaged in anti-competitive behavior or other unfavorable resolution of these investigations could result in criminal sanctions and/or fines against us and/or certain of our current or former officers, directors and employees. Dealing with investigations and regulatory inquiries can be time consuming and distracting from the conduct of our business. We have incurred, and expect to continue to incur, significant legal fees and other costs in connection with these governmental investigations.
 
In addition, we have been named, along with seven other large European and North American-based global logistics providers, as a defendant in a federal antitrust class action lawsuit filed in January 2008. This lawsuit alleges that the defendants engaged in various forms of anti-competitive practices and seeks an unspecified amount of monetary damages and injunctive relief under U.S. antitrust laws. There can be no assurance that further lawsuits by parties who have allegedly suffered injury in connection with these allegations will not be filed in the future in the U.S. or in other jurisdictions or that additional civil litigation will not result from the pending or any future governmental investigations, including but not limited to, shareholder class action lawsuits. There are uncertainties associated with any litigation and the amount of time necessary to resolve these current and potentially future lawsuits is uncertain, and these matters could require significant management and financial resources which could otherwise be devoted to the operation of our business.
 
The resolution of the pending investigations by the U.S. DOJ, the EC and other foreign governmental agencies, the dealing with any future domestic or foreign governmental investigations, the defense of our pending civil litigation, and the defense of any additional litigation that may arise relating to these matters could result in significant costs and expenses and the diversion of the attention of key employees. If any of the governmental investigations result in a determination adverse to us and/or our current or former officers, directors and employees or if we do not prevail in the civil litigation, we may be subject to criminal prosecution and substantial fines and penalties and liable for damages. Furthermore, any negative outcome or publicity that may occur from these investigations and litigation could impact our relationships with clients and our ability to generate revenue. These or other negative developments with respect to such governmental investigations or civil litigation could harm our business, operating results, cash flow, financial condition, reputation and prospects.
 
We have grown in the past, and may grow in the future, through acquisitions. Growth by acquisitions involves risks and we may not be able to identify or acquire companies consistent with our growth strategy or successfully integrate any acquired business into our operations.
 
We have grown in the past and we may pursue future opportunities to expand our business by acquiring other companies and business operations.
 
Acquisitions involve risks, including those relating to:
 
  •  identification of appropriate acquisition candidates or negotiation of acquisitions on favorable terms and valuations;
 
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  •  implementing or remediating controls, procedures and policies appropriate for a larger public company at companies that prior to the acquisition lacked these controls, procedures and policies;
 
  •  possible write-offs or impairment charges resulting from acquisitions;
 
  •  diversion of management attention;
 
  •  retention of senior managers, employees and clients; and
 
  •  unexpected or unanticipated costs, expenses and liabilities.
 
Acquisitions may affect our short-term cash flow and net income as we expend funds, increase indebtedness and incur additional expenses in connection with pursuing acquisitions. We also may issue our ordinary shares or other securities from time to time as consideration for future acquisitions and investments. In the event any such acquisition or investment is significant, the number of our ordinary shares or other securities that we may issue could in turn be significant. In addition, we may also grant registration rights covering those ordinary shares or other securities in connection with any such acquisitions and investments. Acquisitions completed by us in the past have included contingent earn-out arrangements which provide for payments which may be made by us in cash which would reduce the amount of cash available to us or could cause us to incur additional indebtedness or cause us to issue additional shares resulting in an increase in the number of our outstanding shares. If we are not able to identify or acquire companies consistent with our growth strategy or if we fail to successfully integrate any acquired companies into our operations, we may not achieve anticipated increases in revenue, cost savings and economies of scale, and our operating results may be adversely affected.
 
If we fail to develop and integrate information technology systems or we fail to upgrade or replace our information technology systems to handle increased volumes and levels of complexity, meet the demands of our clients and protect against disruptions of our operations, our business could be seriously harmed.
 
Increasingly, we compete for clients based upon the flexibility, sophistication and security of the information technology systems supporting our services. The failure of the hardware or software that supports our information technology systems, the loss of data contained in the systems, or the inability to access or interact with our web site, could significantly disrupt our operations, prevent clients from placing orders, or cause us to lose inventory items, orders or clients. If our information technology systems are unable to handle additional volume for our operations as our business and scope of services grow, our service levels, operating efficiency and future transaction volumes will decline. In addition, we expect clients to continue to demand more sophisticated, fully integrated information technology systems from their supply chain services providers. If we fail to hire qualified persons to implement, maintain and protect our information technology systems or we fail to upgrade or replace our information technology systems to handle increased volumes and levels of complexity, meet the demands of our clients and protect against disruptions of our operations, we may lose inventory items, orders or clients, which could seriously harm our business.
 
We are dependent on key management personnel and the loss of any such personnel could materially and adversely affect our business.
 
Our future performance depends, in part, upon the continued service of our key management personnel, including Eric W. Kirchner (Chief Executive Officer and Director), William T. Gates (Executive Vice President; President, Contract Logistics and Distribution), Gene T. Ochi (Executive Vice President; President, Client Growth), Lawrence R. Samuels (Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer), Ronald S. Glickman (Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer), and Lance E. D’Amico (Senior Vice President — Enterprise Support Services, Global General Counsel and Secretary). The unplanned loss of the services of one or more of these or other key personnel could have a material adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition. We must continue to develop and retain a core group of management personnel and address issues of succession planning if we are to realize our goal of growing our business. We cannot assure that we will be successful in our efforts.


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We are dependent on our relationships with our agents, affiliates, key employees and third-party carriers around the world.
 
We conduct business in some countries using a local agent who can provide knowledge of the local market conditions and facilitate the acquisition of necessary licenses and permits. We rely in part upon the services of these agents, as well as our country-level executives, branch managers and other key employees, to market our services, to act as intermediaries with clients and to provide other services on our behalf. Our truck brokerage operations also utilize the services of independent agents and affiliated sales offices, and third-party carriers. There can be no assurance that we will continue to be successful in recruiting or maintaining our relationships with our agents, affiliates or key employees in various foreign countries, or that we will find qualified replacements for agents and key employees who may terminate their relationships with us. Because our agents and employees may occasionally have the primary relationship with certain of our clients, we could lose some clients if a particular agent or key employee were to terminate his or her relationship with us. The loss of, or failure to recruit, qualified agents or employees in a particular country or region could result in the temporary or permanent cessation of our operations and/or the failure to develop our business in that country or region and adversely impact our business.
 
Foreign currency fluctuations could result in currency translation exchange gains or losses or could increase or decrease the book value of our assets.
 
Our reporting currency is the U.S. dollar. For the fiscal year ended January 31, 2010, we derived a substantial portion of our revenue in currencies other than the U.S. dollar and, due to the global nature of our operations, we expect in the foreseeable future to continue to conduct a significant amount of our business in currencies other than our reporting currency. Appreciation or depreciation in the value of other currencies as compared to our reporting currency will result in currency translation exchange gains or losses which, if the appreciation or depreciation is significant, could be material. In those areas where our revenue is denominated in a local currency rather than our reporting currency, a depreciation of the local currency against the U.S. dollar could adversely affect our reported U.S. dollar earnings, as was the case in recent fiscal years. Additionally, the assets and liabilities of our international operations are denominated in each country’s local currency. As such, when the value of those assets is translated into U.S. dollars, foreign currency exchange rates may adversely affect the book value of our assets. We cannot predict the effects of exchange rate fluctuations on our future operating results.
 
Because our freight forwarding and domestic ground transportation operations are dependent on commercial airfreight carriers and air charter operators, ocean freight carriers, major United States railroads, other transportation companies, draymen and longshoremen, changes in available cargo capacity and other changes affecting such carriers, as well as interruptions in service or work stoppages, may negatively impact our business.
 
We rely on commercial airfreight carriers and air charter operators, ocean freight carriers, trucking companies, major United States railroads, other transportation companies, draymen and longshoremen for the movement of our clients’ cargo. Consequently, our ability to provide these services for our clients could be adversely impacted by shortages in available cargo capacity; changes by carriers and transportation companies in policies and practices such as scheduling, pricing, payment terms, routes of service and frequency of service or increases in the cost of fuel, taxes and labor; and other factors not within our control. Reductions in airfreight or ocean freight capacity could negatively impact our yields if capacity is adversely impacted and buying rates increase more rapidly than the rates that we can pass on to our customers. Material interruptions in service or stoppages in transportation, whether caused by strike, work stoppage, lock-out, slowdown or otherwise, could adversely impact our business, results of operations and financial condition.


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Our North American ground transportation businesses are subject to a number of factors that are largely beyond our control, any of which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
 
Our domestic ground transportation businesses could be materially adversely affected by numerous risks beyond our control including:
 
  •  potential liability to third parties and clients as a result of accidents involving our employees, independent contractors or third party carriers;
 
  •  increased insurance premiums, the unavailability of adequate insurance coverage, or the solvency of our current insurance providers;
 
  •  recruitment and retention of independent sales agents and affiliates;
 
  •  interruptions in services or stoppages in transportation as a result of labor disputes;
 
  •  changes in fuel costs and taxes;
 
  •  the ability to effectively pass through fuel cost increases to our clients through commonly accepted fuel surcharges;
 
  •  the extremely competitive and fragmented nature of the trucking and domestic ground transportation industry;
 
  •  changes in governmental regulations or legislation impacting the transportation or trucking industry and unanticipated changes in transportation rates; and
 
  •  potentially adverse effects from state and federal environmental requirements, including, without limitation, new environmental standards enacted by the California Air Resources Board, the Port of Oakland, the Port of Los Angeles or the Port of Long Beach.
 
If any of these risks or others occur, then our business and results of operations would be adversely impacted.
 
In addition, the trucking industry periodically experiences difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified drivers, including independent contractors and the shortage of qualified drivers and independent contractors has been severe at times during the past few years. If we are unable to continue attracting an adequate number of drivers or contract with enough independent contractors, we could be required to significantly increase our driver compensation package or let trucks sit idle, which could adversely affect our growth and profitability.
 
If we are required to reclassify independent contractors as employees in our trucking, truck brokerage or other carrier businesses, we may incur additional costs and taxes which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.
 
We use a significant number of independent contractors in our trucking, truck brokerage and other carrier businesses. Currently, there are a number of different tests used in determining whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor and such tests generally take into account multiple factors. There can be no assurance that legislative, judicial, or regulatory (including tax) authorities will not introduce proposals or assert interpretations of existing rules and regulations that would change, or at least challenge, the classification of our independent contractors. Although we believe we have properly classified our independent contractors, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service or other U.S. federal or state authorities or similar authorities of a foreign government may determine that we have misclassified our independent contractors for employment tax or other purposes and, as a result, seek additional taxes from us or attempt to impose fines and penalties. In this regard, we are currently involved in a dispute with the South African Revenue Service which is attempting to claim that we are liable for approximately $11.1 million, based on exchange rates as of January 31, 2010, in employee taxes in respect of “owner drivers” used for the collection and delivery of cargo in that country. If we are required to change the classification of our independent contractors, we may incur additional costs and be required to pay additional taxes, relating to past, present and future periods, which could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.


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Comparisons of our operating results from period to period are not necessarily meaningful and should not be relied upon as an indicator of future performance.
 
Our operating results have fluctuated in the past and it is likely that they will continue to fluctuate in the future because of a variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control. A substantial portion of our revenue is derived from clients in industries whose shipping patterns are tied closely to consumer demand. Therefore, historically, our operating results have been subject to seasonal trends when measured on a quarterly basis, excluding the impact of acquisitions and foreign currency fluctuations. Our first and fourth fiscal quarters are traditionally weaker compared with our second and third fiscal quarters. Changes in our pricing policies and those of our competitors and changes in the shipping patterns of our clients may adversely impact our operating results. The following additional factors, among others could also cause fluctuations in our operating results:
 
  •  the recent global economic slowdown and the related impact on global trade;
 
  •  personnel costs;
 
  •  costs relating to the expansion of operations;
 
  •  costs and revenue fluctuations due to acquisitions, dispositions and the exiting of businesses;
 
  •  changes in accounting rules and tax rates;
 
  •  pricing and availability of cargo space on airlines, ships and trucks which we utilize to transport freight;
 
  •  fluctuations in fuel prices and fuel and other surcharges;
 
  •  pricing pressures from our competitors;
 
  •  litigation and changes in government regulations;
 
  •  changes in our clients’ requirements for supply chain services and solutions;
 
  •  restructuring charges and impairments to goodwill and other intangible assets;
 
  •  client discounts and credits; and
 
  •  timing and magnitude of capital expenditures, including costs associated with the 4asONE business transformation initiative.
 
Because our quarterly revenues and operating results vary significantly, comparisons of our results from period to period are not necessarily meaningful and should not be relied upon as an indicator of future performance. Additionally, there can be no assurance that our historic operating patterns will continue in future periods as we cannot influence or forecast many of these factors.
 
We may not succeed with our long-term strategic operating plan, and as a result, our revenue, results of operations and profitability may be adversely impacted.
 
In connection with our five-year strategic operating plan, which we refer to as “CLIENTasONE,” we are undertaking various efforts to increase the number and size of our clients and grow our revenue, improve our operational performance, streamline our back-end operations, develop and implement new systems and train and develop our employees. We face numerous challenges in trying to achieve our objectives under this strategic plan, including challenges involving attempts to leverage client relationships, improve our systems and implement effective change management programs. We also face challenges developing, training and recruiting personnel. Our industry is extremely competitive and our business is subject to numerous factors and risks beyond our control. If we are not able to successfully implement CLIENTasONE, our efforts associated with this strategic plan may not result in increased revenues or improved profitability. If we are not able to increase our revenue or improve our profitability in the future, our results of operations could be adversely affected.


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We face intense competition in the freight forwarding, customs brokerage, contract logistics, domestic ground transportation and supply chain management industry.
 
The freight forwarding, customs brokerage, contract logistics, domestic ground transportation and supply chain management industry is intensely competitive and we expect it to remain so for the foreseeable future. We face competition from a number of companies, including many that have significantly greater financial, technical and marketing resources. There are many companies competing in one or more segments of the industry. We also encounter competition from regional and local third-party logistics providers, freight forwarders and integrated transportation companies. In addition, clients increasingly are turning to competitive bidding situations involving bids from a number of competitors, including competitors that are larger than us. We also face competition from air and ocean carriers, computer information and consulting firms and contract manufacturers, many of which are beginning to expand the scope of their operations to include supply chain related services. Increased competition could result in reduced revenues, reduced margins or loss of market share, any of which would damage our results of operations and the long-term or short-term prospects of our business.
 
Our effective income tax rate will impact our results of operations, cash flow and profitability and the tax returns of some of our subsidiaries are under review by various tax authorities.
 
We have international operations and generate taxable income in different countries throughout the world, with different effective income tax rates. Our future effective income tax rate will be impacted by a number of factors, including changes in enacted statutory tax rates worldwide and the geographical composition of our worldwide taxable income. Our effective tax rate may be adversely impacted by minimum taxes in some jurisdictions which are payable regardless of the level of our pre-tax income in the jurisdiction. Additionally, we may not fully realize tax benefits in certain of our jurisdictions where our subsidiaries have incurred historical tax losses. From time to time, our tax returns are audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the taxing authorities in other countries in which we operate. If the tax laws of the countries in which we operate are rescinded or changed or the United States or other foreign tax authorities were to change applicable tax laws or successfully challenge the manner or jurisdiction in which our profits are recognized or our tax positions, our effective income tax rate could increase or we could become obligated to pay additional taxes, which would adversely impact our cash flow and profitability.
 
Proposed tax legislation in the United States and other jurisdictions in which we operate could affect our ability to realize tax benefits from operations in certain tax jurisdictions.
 
We are incorporated in the British Virgin Islands and several of our holding companies and operating companies are incorporated in certain tax jurisdictions, including the British Virgin Islands, the Netherlands Antilles, and Guernsey, Channel Islands. In March 2009, U.S. Senator Carl Levin introduced a bill that proposes to treat foreign corporations that are publicly traded or have assets of $50.0 million or more and the management and control of which occurs primarily in the United States as U.S. domestic corporations for income tax purposes. This could potentially subject us to additional United States taxes, which would adversely impact our cash flow and profitability. In addition, the bill proposes to treat all U.S. dividend-based payments to non-U.S. persons as taxable income subject to withholding. The bill would also significantly expand IRS reporting requirements for passive foreign investment companies, although we are not currently a passive foreign investment company and we do not anticipate becoming a passive foreign investment company in the future (see discussion in Item 5 below under the caption “Taxation-United States Federal Income Tax Consequences” below).
 
Because we are a holding company, we are financially dependent on receiving distributions from our subsidiaries and we could be harmed if such distributions cannot be made in the future.
 
We are a holding company and all of our operations are conducted through subsidiaries. Consequently, we rely on dividends or advances from our subsidiaries to meet our financial obligations and to pay dividends on our ordinary shares. The ability of our subsidiaries to pay dividends to us and our ability to receive distributions on our investments in other entities is subject to applicable local law and other restrictions including, but not limited to, applicable tax laws and limitations contained in our credit facilities. In general, our subsidiaries cannot pay dividends to us in excess of their retained earnings and most countries in which we conduct business require us to


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pay a distribution tax on all dividends paid. Such laws and restrictions could limit the payment of dividends and distributions to us which would restrict our ability to continue operations.
 
Because we manage our business on a localized basis in many countries around the world, our operations and internal controls may be materially adversely affected by inconsistent management practices.
 
We manage our business in many countries around the world, with local and regional management retaining responsibility for day-to-day operations, compliance issues, profitability and the growth of the business. This operating approach can make it difficult for us to implement strategic decisions and coordinated practices and procedures throughout our global operations, including implementing and maintaining effective internal controls throughout our worldwide organization. In addition, some of our subsidiaries operate with management, sales and support personnel that may be insufficient to support their respective businesses without regional oversight and global coordination. Our decentralized operating approach could result in inconsistent management practices and procedures and adversely affect our overall profitability, and ultimately our business, results of operations, financial condition and prospects.
 
There can be no assurances that we will be able to comply in future years with the requirements and deadlines of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (Section 404), particularly in light of our decentralized management structure. A reported material weakness or the failure to meet the reporting deadline of Section 404 could result in an adverse reaction in the financial markets due to a loss of confidence in the reliability of our financial statements and this loss of confidence could cause a decline in the market price of our stock.
 
If we are not able to limit our liability for clients’ claims through contract terms and limit our exposure through the purchase of insurance, we could be required to pay large amounts to our clients as compensation for their claims and our results of operations could be materially adversely affected.
 
In general, we seek to limit by contract and/or International Conventions and laws our liability to our clients for loss or damage to their goods and losses arising from our errors and omissions. However, these attempts are not always successful. We have, from time to time, made payments to our clients for claims related to our services and we expect to make such payments in the future. Should we experience an increase in the number or size of such claims or an increase in liability pursuant to claims or unfavorable resolutions of claims, our results could be adversely affected. There can be no assurance that our insurance coverage will provide us with adequate coverage for such claims or that the maximum amounts for which we are liable in connection with our services will not change in the future or exceed our insurance levels. As with every insurance policy, our insurance policies contain limits, exclusions and deductibles that apply and we could be subject to claims for which insurance coverage may be inadequate or where coverage is disputed, and these claims could adversely impact our financial condition and results of operations. In addition, significant increases in insurance costs could reduce our profitability.
 
The failure of our policies and procedures which are designed to prevent the unlawful transportation or storage of hazardous, explosive or illegal materials could subject us to large fines, penalties or lawsuits.
 
We are subject to a broad range of foreign and domestic (including state and local) environmental, health and safety and criminal laws and regulations, including those governing discharges into the air and water, the storage, handling and disposal of solid and hazardous waste and the shipment of explosive or illegal substances. In the course of our operations, we may be asked to store, transport or arrange for the storage or transportation of substances defined as hazardous under applicable laws. If a release of hazardous substances occurs on or from our facilities or equipment or from the transporter, we may be required to participate in the remedy of, or otherwise bear liability for, such release or be subject to claims from third parties whose property or person are injured by the release. In addition, if we store, transport or arrange for the storage or transportation of hazardous, explosive or illegal materials in violation of applicable laws or regulations, we may face civil or criminal fines or penalties, including bans on making future shipments in particular geographic areas. In the event we are found to not be in compliance with applicable environmental, health and safety laws and regulations or there is a future finding that our policies and procedures fail to satisfy requisite minimum safeguards or otherwise do not comply with applicable laws or regulations, we could be subject to large fines, penalties or lawsuits and face criminal liability. In addition, if any damage or injury occurs as a result of our storage or transportation of hazardous, explosive or illegal materials, we


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may be subject to claims from third parties, and bear liability, for such damage or injury even if we were unaware of the presence of the hazardous, explosive or illegal materials.
 
If we fail to comply with applicable governmental regulations, we could be subject to substantial fines or revocation of our permits and licenses and we may experience increased costs as a result of governmental regulation.
 
Our air transportation activities in the U.S. are subject to regulation by the Department of Transportation as an indirect air carrier and by the Federal Aviation Administration. We are also subject to security measures and strict shipper and client classifications by the Department of Homeland Security through the TSA. Our overseas offices and agents are licensed as airfreight forwarders in their respective countries of operation, as necessary. We are accredited in each of our offices by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) or the Cargo Network Services Corporation, a subsidiary of IATA, as a registered agent. Our indirect air carrier status is also subject to the Indirect Air Carrier Standard Security Program administered by the TSA. We are licensed as a customs broker by the CBP in each United States customs district in which we do business. All United States customs brokers are required to maintain prescribed records and are subject to periodic audits by the CBP. As a certified and validated party under the self-policing C-TPAT, we are subject to compliance with security regulations within the trade environment that are enforced by the CBP. We are also subject to regulations under the Container Security Initiative, or CSI, which is administered by the CBP. Our foreign customs brokerage operations are licensed in and subject to the regulations of their respective countries.
 
We are licensed as an ocean freight forwarder by and registered as an ocean transportation intermediary with the Federal Maritime Commission. The Federal Maritime Commission has established qualifications for shipping agents, including surety bonding requirements. The Federal Maritime Commission also is responsible for the economic regulation of non-vessel operating common carriers that contract for space and sell that space to commercial shippers and other non-vessel operating common carriers for freight originating or terminating in the U.S. To comply with these economic regulations, vessel operators and non-vessel operating common carriers are required to publish tariffs that establish the rates to be charged for the movement of specified commodities into and out of the U.S. The Federal Maritime Commission has the power to enforce these regulations by assessing penalties. For ocean shipments not originating or terminating in the U.S., the applicable regulations and licensing requirements typically are less stringent than those that do originate or terminate in the U.S.
 
As part of our contract logistics services, we operate owned and leased warehouse facilities. Our operations at these facilities include both warehousing and distribution services, and we are subject to various national and state environmental, work safety and hazardous materials regulations.
 
Certain of our U.S. trucking and truck brokerage operations are subject to regulation by the FMCSA, which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, and by various state agencies. The FMCSA has broad regulatory powers with respect to activities such as motor carrier operations, practices and insurance. Interstate motor carrier operations are subject to safety requirements prescribed by the FMCSA. Subject to federal and state regulation, we may transport most types of freight to and from any point in the U.S. The trucking industry is subject to possible regulatory and legislative changes (such as the possibility of more stringent environmental, safety or security regulations or limits on vehicle weight and size) that may affect the economics of the industry by requiring changes in operating practices or the cost of providing truckload services. We must comply with certain insurance and surety bond requirements to act in this capacity. If we were found to be out of compliance, our operations could be restricted or otherwise adversely impacted.
 
We may experience an increase in operating costs, such as costs for security, as a result of governmental regulations that have been and will be adopted in response to terrorist activities and potential terrorist activities. Compliance with changing governmental regulations can be expensive. No assurance can be given that we will be able to pass these increased costs on to our clients in the form of rate increases or surcharges. We cannot predict what impact future regulations may have on our business. Our failure to maintain required permits or licenses, or to comply with applicable regulations, could result in substantial fines or the revocation of our operating permits and licenses.


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If we are not able to sell container space that we commit to purchase from ocean shipping lines, capacity that we purchase or that we charter from our air carriers, and if we are not able to fully utilize our truck capacity, we may not be able to recover our out-of-pocket costs and our profitability may suffer.
 
As an indirect ocean carrier or non-vessel operating common carrier, we contract with ocean shipping lines to obtain transportation for a fixed number of containers between various points during a specified time period at fixed and variable rates. As an airfreight forwarder, we contract with air carriers to reserve space on a guaranteed basis and we also charter aircraft capacity to meet peak season volume increases for our clients, particularly in Hong Kong and other locations in Asia. We then solicit freight from our clients to fill the ocean containers and air charter capacity. When we contract with ocean shipping lines to obtain containers and with air carriers to obtain either reserved space or chartered aircraft capacity, we may become obligated to pay for the container space or charter aircraft capacity that we purchase, however, historically we have not paid for space which remains unused. If we are not able to sell all of our purchased container space or charter aircraft capacity, we may not be able to recover our out-of-pocket costs for such purchase of container space or charter aircraft capacity and our results would be adversely affected. We also lease or own a number of trucks which are utilized in our trucking business. If we are unable to efficiently utilize these trucks, we will not be able to recover all of our expenses associated with operating these trucks and our results would be adversely affected.
 
If we lose certain of our contract logistics clients or we cannot maintain adequate levels of utilization in our shared warehouses, then we may experience revenue losses and decreased profitability.
 
As a contract logistics provider, we lease single-tenant warehouses and distribution facilities from time to time under leases with terms longer than the contract logistics services contracts we have with our clients. We are required to pay rent under these real property leases even if our clients decide not to renew or otherwise terminate their agreements with us. As a result, our earnings may be adversely affected if we are not able to obtain new clients for these facilities. In addition, if we experience a decline in demand for space in our shared warehouses, then our revenues and earnings may decline as we would continue to be obligated to pay the full amount of the underlying leases.
 
If we are not reimbursed for amounts which we advance for our clients, our revenue and profitability may decrease.
 
We make significant disbursements on behalf of our clients for transportation costs concerning collect freight and customs duties and taxes and in connection with our performance of other contract logistics services. The billings to our clients for these disbursements may be several times larger than the amount of revenue and fees we derive from these transactions. If we are unable to recover a significant portion of these disbursements or if our clients do not reimburse us for a substantial amount of these disbursements in a timely manner, we may experience revenue losses, decreased profitability and our cash flow may be negatively impacted.
 
It may be difficult for our shareholders to effect service of process and enforce judgments obtained in United States courts against us or our directors and senior managers who reside outside of the United States.
 
We are incorporated in the British Virgin Islands. Some of our directors and senior managers reside outside the United States, and a majority of our assets are located outside the United States. As a result, we have been advised by legal counsel in the British Virgin Islands that it may be difficult or impossible for our shareholders to effect service of process upon, or to enforce judgments obtained in United States courts against us or certain of our directors and senior managers, including judgments predicated upon the civil liability provisions of the federal securities laws of the United States.


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Because we are incorporated under the laws of the British Virgin Islands, it may be more difficult for our shareholders to protect their rights than it would be for a shareholder of a corporation incorporated in another jurisdiction.
 
Our corporate affairs are governed by our Memorandum and Articles of Association and by the BVI Companies Act, 2004 (No. 16 of 2004) of the British Virgin Islands. Principles of law relating to such matters as the validity of corporate procedures, the fiduciary duties of management and the rights of our shareholders differ from those that would apply if we were incorporated in the United States or another jurisdiction. The rights of shareholders under British Virgin Islands law are not as clearly established as are the rights of shareholders in many other jurisdictions. Thus, shareholders may have more difficulty protecting their interests in the face of actions by our board of directors or shareholders than they would have as shareholders of a corporation incorporated in another jurisdiction.
 
Future issuances of preference shares could adversely affect the holders of our ordinary shares.
 
We are authorized to issue up to 100,000,000 preference shares, of which 50,000,000 have been designated as Class A preference shares and 50,000,000 have been designated as Class B preference shares. Our board of directors may determine the rights and preferences of the Class A and Class B preference shares within the limits set forth in our Memorandum and Articles of Association and applicable law. Among other rights, our board of directors may determine, without further vote or action by our shareholders, the dividend, voting, conversion, redemption and liquidation rights of our preference shares. Our board of directors may also amend our Memorandum and Articles of Association to create from time to time one or more classes of preference shares or to increase the authorized number of preference shares. The issuance of any preference shares could adversely affect the rights of the holders of ordinary shares, and therefore reduce the value of the ordinary shares. While currently no preference shares are outstanding, no assurance can be made that we will not issue preference shares in the future.
 
Our Memorandum and Articles of Association contain anti-takeover provisions which may discourage attempts by others to acquire or merge with us and which could reduce the market value of our ordinary shares.
 
Provisions of our Memorandum and Articles of Association may discourage attempts by other companies to acquire or merge with us, which could reduce the market value of our ordinary shares. Provisions in our Memorandum and Articles of Association may delay, deter or prevent other persons from attempting to acquire control of us. These provisions include:
 
  •  the authorization of our board of directors to issue preference shares with such rights and preferences determined by the board, without the specific approval of the holders of ordinary shares;
 
  •  the division of our board of directors into three classes, each of which is elected in a different year;
 
  •  the prohibition of action by the written consent of the shareholders;
 
  •  the ability of our board of directors to amend our Memorandum and Articles of Association without shareholder approval;
 
  •  the establishment of advance notice requirements for director nominations and other proposals by shareholders for consideration at shareholder meetings; and
 
  •  the requirement that the holders of two-thirds of the outstanding shares entitled to vote at a meeting are required to approve changes to specific provisions of our Memorandum and Articles of Association (including those provisions described above and others which are designed to discourage non-negotiated takeover attempts); provided that as a prior condition to such vote by the shareholders our board of directors has approved the subject matter of the vote.
 
In addition, our Articles of Association permit special meetings of the shareholders to be called only by our board of directors upon a resolution of the directors or by the directors upon the written request of holders of more than 30% of our outstanding voting shares. Our Articles of Association also contain a provision limiting business combinations with any holder of 15% or more of our shares unless the holder has held such shares for three years or,


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among other things, our board of directors has approved the transaction. Provisions of British Virgin Islands law to which we are subject could substantially impede the ability of our shareholders to benefit from a merger, takeover or other business combination involving us, discourage a potential acquiror from making a tender offer or otherwise attempting to obtain control of us, and impede the ability of our shareholders to change our management and board of directors.
 
ITEM 1B.   Unresolved Staff Comments
 
None.
 
ITEM 2.   Properties
 
As of January 31, 2010, we leased, or in a limited number of cases, owned, 551 facilities in 63 countries. These facilities are generally comprised of office and warehouse space. In most countries, these facilities typically are located close to an airport, ocean port, or an important border crossing. Leases for our principal properties generally have terms ranging from three to ten years or more and often include options to renew. While some of our leases are month-to- month and others expire in the near term, we believe that our facilities are adequate for our current needs and for the foreseeable future.
 
As of January 31, 2010, we leased or owned the following facilities in the geographic regions indicated:
 
                                 
          Contract
       
          Logistics
       
    Freight
    and
       
    Forwarding
    Distribution
       
    Facilities     Centers        
    Owned     Leased     Leased     Total  
 
EMENA
          134       43       177  
Americas
          65       67       132  
Asia Pacific
    1       103       33       137  
Africa
    6       61       38       105  
                                 
Total
    7       363       181       551  
                                 
 
Included in our leased facilities are single-client Contract Logistics and Distribution facilities as well as shared warehouses. In addition to the contract logistics centers reported above, we also manage a further 53 contract logistics centers which are located in the clients’ facilities. Additional information regarding our lease commitments is set forth in Note 16, “Commitments” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report, which is incorporated herein by reference.
 
ITEM 3.   Legal Proceedings
 
From time to time, claims are made against us or we may make claims against others, including in the ordinary course of our business, which could result in litigation. Claims and associated litigation are subject to inherent uncertainties and unfavorable outcomes could occur, such as monetary damages, fines, penalties or injunctions prohibiting us from engaging in certain activities. The occurrence of an unfavorable outcome in any specific period could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations for that period or future periods. As of the date of this report, we are not a party to any material litigation except as described below.
 
The company and one of its subsidiaries (along with sixteen other global corporations) were named as defendants by a patent holding company, in a patent infringement lawsuit filed on May 7, 2009, in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (Big Baboon, Inc. v. Dell Inc., et. al.). The lawsuit alleges that the company’s eMpower software tools are infringing U.S. Patent Nos. 6,115,690 (the “ ‘690 patent”) and 6,343,275 (the “ ‘275 patent”). On July 20, 2009, the company filed and served an amended answer and counterclaims, in which the company answered the allegations in the complaint, asserted various affirmative defenses thereto, and asserted counterclaims against the plaintiff for a declaratory judgment of non-infringement and invalidity of the ‘690 and ‘275


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patents. The case is currently in its preliminary stages and no amount of damages has been claimed by the plaintiff. It is not currently believed that the infringement claims asserted will be material to the company as a whole.
 
In June 2007, we responded to a grand jury subpoena requesting documents in connection with the U.S. DOJ’s investigation into the pricing practices in the international freight forwarding and cargo transportation industry which had been served on us in June 2006. On October 10, 2007, the U.S. DOJ executed a search warrant on us at our offices in Long Beach, California, and served one of our subsidiaries with a subpoena requesting numerous documents and other materials in connection with its investigation of the international freight forwarding and cargo transportation industry. In addition to its previous request for documents regarding air freight forwarding, the U.S. DOJ also requested that we produce various documents regarding ocean freight forwarding. We believe we are a subject of the U.S. DOJ investigation.
 
On October 10, 2007, we also received a notice from the Canadian Competition Bureau that the Bureau commenced an investigation with respect to alleged anti-competitive activities of persons involved in the provision of international freight forwarding services to and from Canada and requesting that we preserve records relevant to such investigation. On October 30, 2009, we received notice from the Canadian Competition Bureau that it had closed its investigation and has withdrawn its record preservation request.
 
On October 25, 2007, one of our subsidiaries received a notice from the New Zealand Commerce Commission that it was conducting an investigation in relation to international freight forwarding services in New Zealand and requesting that we provide documents and information as it relates to New Zealand. Our subsidiary responded to the request from the New Zealand Commerce Commission on December 21, 2007.
 
In June 2008 and February 2009, we received requests for information issued by the EC requesting information and records relating to the EC’s ongoing investigation of alleged anti-competitive behavior relating to air freight forwarding services in the European Union/European Economic Area. In July 2008 and March 2009, we submitted responses to these requests.
 
In May 2009, we learned that the Brazilian Ministry of Justice is investigating possible alleged cartel activity in the international air and ocean freight forwarding market and as of the date of the filing of this report we have not been contacted by Brazilian authorities regarding this matter.
 
In November 2009, one of our subsidiaries received a summons from the South African Competition Commission requesting certain information and records in connection with its ongoing investigation of alleged anti-competitive behavior relating to the market for freight forwarding services in South Africa. In January 2010, we responded to this request.
 
In February 2010, in connection with the EC’s investigation discussed above, the EC sent a Statement of Objections to us and a number of other freight forwarding and logistics providers. The Statement of Objections alleges infringements of European Union competition law with respect to various surcharges. We intend to present our response to the EC’s Statement of Objections in April 2010.
 
We continue to receive additional requests for information, documents and interviews from various governmental agencies with respect to these investigations, and we have provided, and expect to continue to provide in the future, further responses as a result of such requests.
 
We (along with several other global logistics providers) have been named as a defendant in a federal antitrust class action lawsuit filed on January 3, 2008 in the United States District Court of the Eastern District of New York (Precision Associates, Inc., et. al. v. Panalpina World Transport (Holding) Ltd., et. al.). This lawsuit alleges that the defendants engaged in various forms of anti-competitive practices and seeks an unspecified amount of treble monetary damages and injunctive relief under U.S. antitrust laws.
 
We have incurred, and we expect to continue to incur, significant legal fees and other costs in connection with these governmental investigations and lawsuits. If the U.S. DOJ, the EC, or any other regulatory body concludes that we have engaged in anti-competitive behavior, we could incur significant additional legal fees and other costs, which could include fines and/or penalties, which may be material to our consolidated financial statements.


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The company is involved in a dispute with the South African Revenue Service where the company makes use of “owner drivers” for the collection and delivery of cargo. The South African Revenue Service is claiming that the company is liable for employee taxes in respect of these owner drivers. The company has strongly objected to this and together with its expert legal and tax advisors, believes that the company is in full compliance with the relevant sections of the income tax act governing this situation and has no tax liability in respect of these owner drivers. The amount claimed by the South African Revenue Service is approximately $11.1 million based on exchange rates as of January 31, 2010.
 
The company is involved in litigation in Italy (in various cases filed in 2000 in the Court of Milan) and England (in a case filed on April 13, 2000 in the High Court of Justice, London) with the former ultimate owner of Per Transport SpA and related entities, in connection with its April 1998 acquisition of Per Transport SpA and its subsequent termination of the employment services of the former ultimate owner as a consultant. The suits seek monetary damages, including compensation for termination of the former ultimate owner’s consulting agreement. The company has brought counter-claims for monetary damages in relation to warranty claims under the purchase agreement. The total of all such actual and potential claims, albeit duplicated in several proceedings, is approximately $13.2 million, based on exchange rates as of January 31, 2010. In connection with the Italian litigation, legal proceedings have also been brought against a former director and officer of the company and a current employee of the company. The company has agreed to indemnify these individuals in connection with these proceedings.
 
The company was previously engaged through various indirect subsidiaries in the business of transportation and storage of fine works of art. The company sold this business and the related indirect subsidiaries during fiscal 2009. A client of one of these subsidiaries has alleged that during several weeks of June 2007 a malfunctioning climate-control unit at such subsidiaries’ warehouses may have caused numerous works of art to be exposed to humidity levels beyond what are considered normal storage conditions. The company has received communication from the client that several works of art may have been affected by the humidity; however it is not known whether the works have suffered any depreciation beyond normal restoration costs. Although the company has sold this business, the company has retained any liabilities associated with this matter. The company believes that any ultimate liability it may have as a result of a claim may be mitigated based on a number of factors, including insurance policies in place; limitations of liability imposed by the company’s standard trading conditions; as well as limitations of liability afforded by the subsidiary relationship. If a claim does arise and the company is unable to successfully mitigate its liability, the claim and its related impact could be material to the company’s consolidated financial statements.
 
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PART II
 
ITEM 5.   Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities
 
Price Range of our Ordinary Shares
 
Our ordinary shares trade on The Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol UTIW. The high and low market prices for our ordinary shares for each fiscal quarter during the last two fiscal years are as follows:
 
                 
    High     Low  
 
Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2010:
               
4th Quarter
  $ 15.67     $ 12.20  
3rd Quarter
    15.96       11.94  
2nd Quarter
    14.34       10.48  
1st Quarter
    14.08       10.03  
Fiscal Year Ended January 31, 2009:
               
4th Quarter
  $ 14.62     $ 7.91  
3rd Quarter
    20.98       8.67  
2nd Quarter
    24.35       18.00  
1st Quarter
    22.27       15.59  
 
As of March 26, 2010, the number of holders of record of our ordinary shares was 239.
 
Dividend Policy
 
During fiscal years 2010, 2009 and 2008, we paid an annual cash dividend of $0.06 per ordinary share. In the past, our board of directors has considered the declaration of dividends following the completion of a fiscal year; however, in fiscal 2010 our board of directors declared an annual dividend in September and as of the filing date of this Annual Report, no determination has been made with respect to fiscal 2011. Any future determination to pay cash dividends to our shareholders will be at the discretion of our board of directors and will depend upon our financial condition, operating results, capital requirements, restrictions contained in our agreements, legal requirements and other factors which our board of directors deems relevant. Our Articles of Association contain certain limitations regarding the payment of dividends in accordance with the laws of the British Virgin Islands. In addition, our bank credit facilities contain limitations on our ability to pay dividends. We intend to reinvest a substantial portion of our earnings in the development of our business and no assurance can be given that dividends will be paid to our shareholders at any time in the future.
 
UTi is a holding company which relies on dividends or advances from its subsidiaries to meet its financial obligations and to pay dividends on its ordinary shares. The ability of UTi’s subsidiaries to pay dividends to the company and UTi’s ability to receive distributions is subject to applicable local law and other restrictions including, but not limited to, applicable tax laws and limitations contained in some of the company’s bank credit facilities and in the note purchase agreements for the company’s outstanding senior notes. Such laws and restrictions could limit the payment of dividends and distributions to the company which would restrict UTi’s ability to continue operations. In general, UTi’s subsidiaries cannot pay dividends in excess of their retained earnings and most countries require that the subsidiaries pay a distribution tax on all dividends paid. In addition, the amount of dividends that UTi’s subsidiaries could declare may be limited in certain countries by exchange controls. Total net assets which may not be transferred to the company in the form of loans, advances, or cash dividends by the company’s subsidiaries without the consent of a third party, were less than 10% of the company’s consolidated total net assets as of the end of the most recent fiscal year.


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Performance Graph
 
The following graph compares the cumulative total shareholder return on the company’s ordinary shares for the period beginning January 31, 2005 through January 31, 2010 with the cumulative total return on (a) the NASDAQ Composite Index and (b) the NASDAQ Transportation Index. The graph assumes $100 was invested in the company’s ordinary shares and in each of the indices shown and assumes that all of the dividends were reinvested.
 
The comparisons in this table are required by the SEC, and therefore, are not intended to forecast or be indicative of possible future performance of our ordinary shares.
 
COMPARISON OF 5 YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*
Among UTI Worldwide Inc., The NASDAQ Composite Index
And The NASDAQ Transportation Index
 
(PERFORMANCE GRAPH)
 
 
* $100 Invested on 1/31/05 in stock or index, including reinvestment of dividends. Fiscal year ending January 31.
 
This performance graph shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or the Exchange Act, and shall not be deemed to be incorporated by reference into any filing of the company under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Securities Act.


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Transfer Agent and Registrar
 
Our transfer agent and registrar is Computershare Trust Company, 350 Indiana Street, Suite 800, Golden, Colorado, 80401.
 
Exchange Controls
 
There are currently no British Virgin Islands laws or regulations restricting the import or export of capital or affecting the payment of dividends or other distributions to holders of our ordinary shares who are non-residents of the British Virgin Islands.
 
Some of our subsidiaries may be subject from time to time to exchange control laws and regulations that may limit or restrict the payment of dividends or distributions or other transfers of funds by those subsidiaries to our holding company.
 
Taxation
 
United States Federal Income Tax Consequences
 
General
 
This section summarizes certain material United States Federal income tax consequences to holders of our ordinary shares as of the date of this report. The summary applies to you only if you hold our ordinary shares as a capital asset for tax purposes (that is, for investment purposes). The summary does not cover state, local or foreign law. In addition, this summary does not apply to you if you are a member of a class of holders subject to special rules, such as:
 
  •  a dealer in securities or currencies;
 
  •  a trader in securities that elects to use a mark-to-market method of accounting for your securities holdings;
 
  •  a bank;
 
  •  a life insurance company;
 
  •  a real estate investment trust;
 
  •  a regulated investment company;
 
  •  a tax-exempt organization;
 
  •  a person that holds our ordinary shares as part of a straddle or a hedging, integrated, constructive sale or conversion transaction for tax purposes;
 
  •  a person whose functional currency for tax purposes is not the U.S. dollar;
 
  •  a person liable for alternative minimum tax;
 
  •  a person that owns, or is treated as owning, 10% or more of any class of our shares; or
 
  •  a person who is an expatriate of the United States.
 
The discussion is based on current law as of the filing of this annual report. Changes in the law may alter the tax treatment of our ordinary shares, possibly on a retroactive basis. The discussion also assumes that we will not be classified as a “controlled foreign corporation” under U.S. law. See “Controlled Foreign Corporation” below.
 
The discussion does not cover tax consequences that depend upon your particular tax circumstances. We recommend that you consult your tax advisor about the consequences of holding our ordinary shares in your particular situation.
 
For purposes of the discussion below, you are a U.S. holder if you are a beneficial owner of our ordinary shares who or which is:
 
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  •  a corporation, or entity taxable as a corporation, that was created, or treated as created, under U.S. law (federal or state);
 
  •  an estate whose worldwide income is subject to U.S. Federal income tax regardless of source; or
 
  •  a trust if (1) a U.S. court is able to exercise primary supervision over its administration and (2) one or more U.S. persons have authority to control all substantial decisions of the trust.
 
If you are not a U.S. holder, you are a non-U.S. holder and the discussion below titled “Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders” will apply to you.
 
If a partnership holds our ordinary shares, the tax treatment of a partner will generally depend upon the status of the partner and upon the activities of the partnership. If you are a partner of a partnership holding ordinary shares, you should consult your tax advisor.
 
Tax Consequences to U.S. Holders
 
Distributions
 
If we make any distributions on our ordinary shares, the gross amount of any such distribution (other than in liquidation) that you receive with respect to our ordinary shares generally will be taxed to you as a dividend to the extent such distribution does not exceed our current or accumulated earnings and profits, as calculated for U.S. Federal income tax purposes. To the extent any distribution exceeds our earnings and profits, as calculated for U.S. Federal income tax purposes, the distribution will first be treated as a tax-free return of capital to the extent of your adjusted tax basis in our ordinary shares and will be applied against and reduce such basis on a dollar-for-dollar basis (thereby increasing the amount of gain and decreasing the amount of loss recognized on a subsequent disposition of such common stock). To the extent that such distribution exceeds your adjusted tax basis, the distribution will be taxed as gain recognized on a sale or exchange of our ordinary shares. See “Sale or Other Disposition of our Ordinary Shares,” below. Dividends paid with respect to our ordinary shares will generally be treated as foreign source “passive income.” Because we are not a U.S. corporation, dividends paid by us to corporations are not eligible for the dividends-received deduction. A U.S. holder will not be eligible to claim a foreign tax credit against its U.S. Federal income tax liability for foreign taxes paid, if any, by us unless it is a U.S. corporation owning 10% or more of our voting stock.
 
Sale or Other Disposition of our Ordinary Shares
 
In connection with the sale or other taxable disposition of our ordinary shares:
 
  •  you will recognize a gain or loss equal to the difference (if any) between the U.S. dollar value of the amount realized on such sale or other taxable disposition, and your adjusted tax basis in such ordinary shares;
 
  •  any gain or loss will be capital gain or loss and will be long-term capital gain or loss if your holding period for our ordinary shares is more than one year at the time of such sale or other disposition;
 
  •  any gain or loss will be treated as having a United States source for U.S. foreign tax credit purposes and as a result of the foreign tax credit provisions of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. As a result, you may be unable to claim a foreign tax credit for British Virgin Islands taxes, if any, imposed upon the sale or disposition of ordinary shares; and
 
  •  your ability to deduct capital losses may be subject to limitations.
 
Passive Foreign Investment company
 
We will be classified as a passive foreign investment company for U.S. Federal income tax purposes if:
 
  •  75% or more of our gross income for the taxable year is passive income; or
 
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We do not believe that we currently satisfy either of the requirements for classification as a passive foreign investment company. Because the determination of whether our ordinary shares constitute shares of a passive foreign investment company will be based upon the composition of our income and assets from time to time, there can be no assurance that we will not be considered a passive foreign investment company for any future fiscal year.
 
If we are classified as a passive foreign investment company for any taxable year, unless a qualified electing fund election is made:
 
  •  any excess distributions (generally defined as the excess of the amount received with respect to the shares in any taxable year over 125% of the average received in the shorter of either the three previous years or your holding period before the taxable year) made by us during a taxable year must be allocated ratably to each day of your holding period. The amounts allocated to the current taxable year and to taxable years prior to the first year in which we were classified as a passive foreign investment company will be included as ordinary income in gross income for that year. The amount allocated to each prior taxable year will be taxed as ordinary income at the highest rate in effect for the U.S. holder in that prior year and the tax is subject to an interest charge at the rate applicable to deficiencies in income taxes; and
 
  •  the entire amount of any gain realized upon the sale or other disposition of ordinary shares will be treated as an excess distribution made in the year of sale or other disposition and as a consequence will be treated as ordinary income and to the extent allocated to years prior to the year of sale or other disposition, will be subject to the interest charge described above.
 
The passive foreign investment company rules will not apply if the U.S. holder elects to treat us as a qualified electing fund and we provide specific information required to make the election. If we were classified as a passive foreign investment company, we intend to notify U.S. holders and provide them with that information as may be required to make the qualified electing fund election effective. If the qualified election fund election is made, a U.S. holder is taxed on its pro-rata share of our ordinary earnings and net capital gain for each taxable year of the company, regardless of whether the distributions were received. The U.S. holder’s basis in the ordinary shares will be increased to reflect taxed but undistributed income. Distributions of income that had previously been taxed will result in a corresponding reduction in basis in the ordinary shares and will not be taxed again as a distribution.
 
U.S. holders that own ordinary shares during any year in which we are classified as a passive foreign investment company, must file Form 8621. We urge you to consult your own U.S. tax advisor regarding the U.S. Federal income tax consequences of holding our shares while classified as a passive foreign investment company.
 
Controlled Foreign Corporation
 
If more than 50% of our shares (by vote or value) is owned, directly or indirectly, by U.S. holders, each of whom owns, or is deemed to own under certain attribution rules, 10% or more of the total combined voting power of all classes of shares of our company (for purposes of the following paragraph a “10% Shareholder”), we could be treated as a “controlled foreign corporation,” or a CFC, under Subpart F of the Code. It is unclear how controlling blocks of shares will be valued for these purposes.
 
As of the date of this annual report, we do not believe that we qualify as a CFC; however, no assurance can be given that we will not become a CFC in the future if changes in our share ownership occur. If we become a CFC, each 10% Shareholder would be required to include in taxable income as a deemed dividend its pro rata share of certain of our undistributed income and certain investments by us in United States property, and all or a portion of the gain from the sale or exchange of our ordinary shares may be treated under Section 1248 of the Code as dividend income. Neither us nor our advisors have the duty to or will undertake to inform U.S. holders of changes in circumstances that would cause us to become a CFC. U.S. holders who may be 10% Shareholders should consult their own tax advisors concerning our possible status as a CFC.
 
Information Return and Backup Withholding
 
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backup withholding tax. However, the backup withholding tax will generally not apply to a U.S. holder who furnishes a correct taxpayer identification number and provides other required information. If backup withholding applies, the amount withheld is not an additional tax, but is credited against the shareholder’s United States Federal income tax liability. Accordingly, we urge you to contact your own tax advisor to ascertain whether it is necessary for you to furnish any such information to us or the Internal Revenue Service.
 
Tax Consequences to Non-U.S. Holders
 
Distributions
 
If you are a non-U.S. holder, you generally will not be subject to U.S. Federal income tax on distributions made on our ordinary shares unless:
 
  •  you conduct a trade or business in the United States; and
 
  •  the dividends are effectively connected with the conduct of that trade or business (and, if an applicable income tax treaty so requires as a condition for you to be subject to U.S. Federal income tax on a net income basis in respect of income from our ordinary shares, such dividends are attributable to a permanent establishment that you maintain in the United States).
 
If you satisfy the two above-described requirements, you generally will be subject to tax in respect of such dividends in the same manner as a U.S. holder, as described above. In addition, any effectively connected dividends received by a non-U.S. corporation may also, under some circumstances, be subject to an additional “branch profits tax” at a 30% rate or such lower rate as may be specified by an applicable income tax treaty.
 
Sale or Other Disposition of our Ordinary Shares
 
If you are a non-U.S. holder, you will not be subject to U.S. Federal income tax, including withholding tax, in respect of gain recognized on a sale or other taxable disposition of our ordinary shares unless:
 
  •  your gain is effectively connected with a trade or business that you conduct in the United States (and, if an applicable income tax treaty so requires as a condition for you to be subject to U.S. Federal income tax on a net income basis in respect of gain from the sale or other disposition of our ordinary shares, such gain is attributable to a permanent establishment maintained by you in the United States); or
 
  •  you are an individual and are present in the United States for at least 183 days in the taxable year of the sale or other disposition, and either:
 
  •  your gain is attributable to an office or other fixed place of business that you maintain in the United States; or
 
  •  you have a tax home in the United States.
 
Effectively connected gains realized by a non-U.S. corporation may also, under some circumstances, be subject to an additional “branch profits tax” at a rate of 30% or such lower rate as may be specified by an applicable income tax treaty.
 
Backup Withholding and Information Reporting
 
Payments (or other taxable distributions) in respect of our ordinary shares that are made in the United States or by a U.S. related financial intermediary will be subject to U.S. information reporting rules. You will not be subject to backup withholding of U.S. Federal income tax provided that:
 
  •  you are a corporation or other exempt recipient; or
 
  •  you provide a social security number (which, in the case of an individual, that is his or her taxpayer identification number) and certify that no loss of exemption from backup withholding has occurred.
 
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Amounts withheld under the backup withholding rules may be credited against your U.S. Federal income tax liability, and you may obtain a refund of any excess amounts withheld under the backup withholding rules by filing the appropriate claim for refund with the Internal Revenue Service.
 
British Virgin Islands Taxation
 
Under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 of the British Virgin Islands as currently in effect, a holder of ordinary shares in a BVI business company who is not a resident of the British Virgin Islands is exempt from British Virgin Islands income tax on dividends paid with respect to the ordinary shares and holders of ordinary shares are not liable to the British Virgin Islands for income tax on gains realized during that year on sale or disposal of such shares; the British Virgin Islands does not impose a withholding tax on dividends paid by a company incorporated under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004.
 
There are no capital gains, gift or inheritance taxes levied by the British Virgin Islands on companies incorporated under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004. In addition, shares of companies incorporated under the BVI Business Companies Act, 2004 are not subject to transfer taxes, stamp duties or similar charges, except that a stamp duty may apply in respect of certain transactions if such a company is a land owning company (i.e. the company or any of its subsidiaries has an interest in any land in the British Virgin Islands).
 
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ITEM 6.   Selected Financial Data
 
The following selected consolidated financial data should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes thereto and Part II, Item 7 of this report appearing under the caption, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other financial data included elsewhere in this report.
 
The selected consolidated balance sheet data as of January 31, 2010 and 2009 and the selected consolidated statement of operations data for each of the three years ended January 31, 2010, have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements, which are included elsewhere in this annual report. The selected consolidated balance sheet data as of January 31, 2008, 2007 and 2006 and selected consolidated statement of operations data for the years ended January 31, 2007 and 2006, have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements not included in this annual report.
 
The historical results are not necessarily indicative of the operating results to be expected in the future. All financial information presented has been prepared in U.S. dollars and in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (U.S. GAAP).
 
                                         
    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands, except per share amounts)  
                Note(5)     Note(5)     Note(5)  
 
STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS DATA:
                                       
Revenues:(1)(2)(3)
                                       
Airfreight forwarding
  $ 1,187,880     $ 1,621,602     $ 1,553,551     $ 1,275,440     $ 1,113,400  
Ocean freight forwarding
    891,276       1,203,643       1,101,129       937,559       826,079  
Customs brokerage
    92,456       109,436       98,031       86,144       80,845  
Contract logistics(2)(3)
    650,739       663,656       618,599       477,307       408,851  
Distribution(3)
    414,920       564,906       624,399       548,499       164,204  
Other(3)
    330,251       380,474       370,545       223,147       181,914  
                                         
Total revenues
    3,567,522       4,543,717       4,366,254       3,548,096       2,775,293  
                                         
Purchased transportation costs:(1)
                                       
Airfreight forwarding
    904,179       1,275,569       1,235,010       1,009,064       884,157  
Ocean freight forwarding
    717,093       1,001,275       926,224       790,988       707,733  
Customs brokerage
    5,712       5,987       3,668       2,263       2,451  
Contract logistics
    125,245       94,963       81,656       66,666       62,631  
Distribution
    277,849       404,756       416,059       335,557       52,720  
Other
    176,443       214,827       214,823       127,765       105,152  
                                         
Total purchased transportation costs
    2,206,521       2,997,377       2,877,440       2,332,303       1,814,844  
                                         
Staff costs(4)
    753,149       844,255       800,891       639,209       543,969  
Depreciation
    43,994       41,753       39,306       33,060       22,709  
Amortization of intangible assets
    11,126       12,971       9,436       8,005       5,082  
Restructuring charges(6)
    1,231       8,903       8,395              
Goodwill impairment(7)
    1,562       98,932                    
Intangible assets impairment(8)
          11,009                    
Other operating expenses
    466,435       505,223       480,308       381,021       289,911  
                                         
Operating income
    83,504       23,294       150,478       154,498       98,778  
Income from continuing operations
    45,500       (10,024 )     101,119       107,113       57,649  


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    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009     2008     2007     2006  
    (In thousands, except per share amounts)  
                Note(5)     Note(5)     Note(5)  
 
Net income/(loss) attributable to UTi Worldwide Inc. 
  $ 41,114     $ (4,637 )   $ 98,686     $ 103,511     $ 53,809  
Basic earnings/(loss) per common share attributable to UTi Worldwide Inc. common shareholders
                                       
Continuing operations
  $ 0.41     $ (0.12 )   $ 0.99     $ 1.06     $ 0.57  
Discontinued operations
          0.08       0.01              
                                         
    $ 0.41     $ (0.04 )   $ 1.00     $ 1.06     $ 0.57  
                                         
Diluted earnings/(loss) per common share attributable to UTi Worldwide Inc. common shareholders
                                       
Continuing operations
  $ 0.41     $ (0.12 )   $ 0.99     $ 1.04     $ 0.55  
Discontinued operations
          0.08                    
                                         
    $ 0.41     $ (0.04 )   $ 0.99     $ 1.04     $ 0.55  
                                         
Cash dividends paid per common share
  $ 0.06     $ 0.06     $ 0.06     $ 0.06     $ 0.05  
                                         
Number of weighted average common shares outstanding used for per share calculations:
                                       
Basic shares
    99,878       99,407       99,113       97,431       94,147  
Diluted shares
    101,458       99,407       100,172       99,562       98,042  
BALANCE SHEET DATA:
                                       
Total assets
  $ 1,937,046     $ 1,648,686     $ 2,074,676     $ 1,660,078     $ 1,222,305  
Long-term liabilities(9)
  $ 190,363     $ 190,106     $ 270,331     $ 287,834     $ 55,125  
 
 
(1) Refer to Note 1, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” to the consolidated financial statements included in this annual report for revenue recognition policy.
 
(2) We acquired Span America Holding Company, Inc. and Span Manufacturing Limited, which we collectively refer to as Span, in November 2006. Because of this acquisition and other acquisitions, our contract logistics revenues increased from fiscal year 2006 through fiscal year 2009 over the immediate prior periods. Additional information regarding acquisitions and the impact of acquisitions is included in Part II, Item 7 of this report appearing under the caption, “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and in Note 2, “Acquisitions,” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report.
 
(3) During the first quarter of fiscal 2008, as a result of the increased proportions of distribution revenue, primarily due to the acquisition of Market Transport Services in March 2006, the company changed its disclosure of revenues by its principal services. As a result, distribution revenues are now separately reported. In previous periods, distribution revenues had been combined with other revenues. Distribution revenues include our North American ground transportation revenues. Additionally, in connection with this change, certain related revenues previously included in our contract logistics services have been reclassified to distribution revenue. There were no changes in airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, and customs brokerage revenues. Additional information regarding our segment reporting is included in Note 21, “Segment Reporting,” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report.
 
 
(4) Included in total share-based compensation expense recognized for the fiscal year ended January 31, 2007 was a credit of $2.3 million, pre-tax. This included $7.7 million related to stock options, $2.7 million related to restricted share units and a credit of $12.6 million related to our acquisition on January 25, 2002 of Grupo SLi

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and Union S.L., whereby a portion of the payments represents a compensatory arrangement for the services of certain of the selling shareholders of SLi, performed subsequent to the acquisition date (SLi Share-based Compensation Arrangement) for the year ended January 31, 2007. The total tax impact recognized in the consolidated statements of operations for share-based compensation for the year ended January 31, 2007 was a benefit of $2.1 million. Total share-based compensation expense recognized for the year ended January 31, 2006 was $37.6 million, pre-tax. This included $5.2 million related to stock options and restricted share units and $32.5 million related to the SLi Share-based Compensation Arrangement for the year ended January 31, 2006. The total tax impact recognized in the consolidated statements of operations for share-based compensation for the year ended January 31, 2006 was a benefit of $0.9 million.
 
(5) Effective July 31, 2008, the company sold substantially all of its art packing, shipping and storing business, consisting of the shares of three wholly-owned subsidiaries and one subsidiary with 51% ownership interest, as well as the assets of a fine arts department of another wholly-owned subsidiary. As of January 31, 2009, the net proceeds of $8.7 million resulted in a gain on sale of discontinued operations of $7.4 million, net of tax. Refer to Note 20, “Discontinued Operations,” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report. As a result of discontinued operations, fiscal years ended 2008, 2007 and 2006, respectively have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation.
 
(6) Refer to Note 8, “Restructuring and Impairments,” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report.
 
(7) During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $98.9 million, before a related deferred tax benefit of $11.3 million, for impairment of goodwill in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. This charge was recorded as the result of volatility and deterioration of the financial markets and adverse changes in the global business climate, during the second half of the fiscal year-ended January 31, 2009. Refer to Note 7, “Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets,” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report. During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2010, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $1.6 million for the impairment of goodwill in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment in accordance with FASB Codification Topic 250, Accounting for Changes and Error Corrections (ASC 250) and the correction of an error. Prior period amounts have not been restated due to immateriality. There was no tax benefit as the result of this charge. The additional impairment charge was recorded in accordance with SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 108, Considering the Effects of Prior Year Misstatements when Quantifying Misstatements in Current Year Financial Statements (SAB 108).
 
(8) During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company performed an evaluation of recoverability of its long-lived assets and recorded non-cash charges of $7.3 million, and $3.7 million for customer lists and a trademark, respectively, in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. These charges were before a related combined deferred tax benefit of $3.9 million.
 
(9) On July 9, 2009, we issued the $55.0 million 2009 Senior Notes. On July 13, 2006, we issued the $200.0 million 2006 Senior Notes. Additional information regarding the Senior Notes is discussed in Part II, Item 7 of this report appearing under the caption, “Credit Facilities and Senior Notes,” and in Note 10, “Borrowings,” in our consolidated financial statements included in this annual report.
 
ITEM 7.   Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
Introduction
 
This management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations is intended to provide investors with an understanding of our financial condition, changes in financial condition and results of operations.
 
We will discuss and provide our analysis in the following order:
 
  •  Overview
 
  •  Discussion of Operating Results
 
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  •  Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
 
  •  Impact of Inflation
 
  •  Critical Accounting Estimates
 
  •  Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
  •  Reclassifications
 
Overview
 
We are an international, non-asset-based supply chain services and solutions company that provides air and ocean freight forwarding, contract logistics, customs clearances, distribution, inbound logistics, truckload brokerage and other supply chain management services. Our principal sources of income include airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage, contract logistics, distribution and other supply chain management services.
 
The company’s operations are principally managed by core business operations. The factors for determining the reportable segments include the manner in which management evaluates the performance of the company combined with the nature of the individual business activities. Our operations are aligned into the following reportable segments: (i) Freight Forwarding and (ii) Contract Logistics and Distribution. Corporate office expenses, eliminations, and various holding companies within the group structure are presented separately. In conjunction with this change, certain costs that were previously presented separately are now recorded in the Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics and Distribution segments. These changes and reclassifications had no effect on the company’s reported earnings, or earnings per basic and diluted share. In accordance with ASC 280, Segment Reporting, all prior period segment information was reclassified to conform to this new financial reporting presentation.
 
Freight Forwarding Segment.  As a freight forwarder, we conduct business as an indirect carrier for our clients or occasionally as an authorized agent for airlines or ocean carriers. We typically act as an indirect carrier with respect to shipments of freight unless the volume of freight to be shipped over a particular route is not large enough to warrant consolidating such freight with other shipments. In such situations, we usually forward the freight as an agent of the client.
 
We do not own or operate aircraft or vessels, and consequently, contract with commercial carriers to arrange for the shipment of cargo. We arrange for, and in many cases provide, pick-up and delivery service between the carrier and the location of the shipper or recipient.
 
When we act as an authorized agent for the client, we arrange for the transportation of individual shipments to the airline or ocean carrier. As compensation for arranging for the shipments, the airline or ocean carrier pays us a commission. If we provide the client with ancillary services, such as the preparation of export documentation, we receive an additional fee.
 
As part of our freight forwarding services, we provide customs brokerage services in the United States (U.S.) and most of the other countries in which we operate. Within each country, the rules and regulations vary, along with the level of expertise that is required to perform the customs brokerage services. We provide customs brokerage services in connection with a majority of the shipments which we handle as both an air and ocean freight forwarder. We also provide customs brokerage services in connection with shipments forwarded by our competitors. In addition, other companies may provide customs brokerage services in connection with the shipments which we forward.
 
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classifications for shipments and perform other related services. We determine our fees for our customs brokerage services based on the volume of business transactions for a particular client, and the type, number and complexity of services provided. Revenues from customs brokerage and related services are recognized upon completion of the services.
 
We believe that for our Freight Forwarding segment, net revenue (the term used by us to describe revenue less purchased transportation costs) is a better measure of growth in our freight forwarding business than revenue because our revenue for our services as an indirect air and ocean carrier includes the carriers’ charges to us for carriage of the shipment. Our revenues are also impacted by changes in fuel and similar surcharges, which have little relation to the volume or value of our services provided. When we act as an indirect air and ocean carrier, our net revenue is determined by the differential between the rates charged to us by the carrier and the rates we charge our clients plus the fees we receive for our ancillary services. Revenue derived from freight forwarding generally is shared between the points of origin and destination, based on a standard formula. Our revenue in our other capacities includes only commissions and fees earned by us and is substantially similar to net revenue for the Freight Forwarding segment in this respect.
 
A significant portion of our expenses are variable and adjust to reflect the level of our business activities. Other than purchased transportation costs, staff costs are our single largest variable expense and are less flexible in the near term as we must staff to meet uncertain future demand.
 
Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment.  Our contract logistics services primarily relate to value-added warehousing and the subsequent distribution of goods and materials in order to meet our clients’ inventory needs and production or distribution schedules. Our services include receiving, deconsolidation and decontainerization, sorting, put away, consolidation, assembly, cargo loading and unloading, assembly of freight and protective packaging, storage and distribution. Our outsourced services include inspection services, quality centers and manufacturing support. Contract logistics revenues are recognized when the service has been completed in the ordinary course of business.
 
We also provide a range of distribution and other supply chain management services, such as domestic ground transportation, warehousing services, consulting, order management, planning and optimization services, outsourced management services, developing specialized client-specific supply chain solutions, and customized distribution and inventory management services.
 
The Contract Logistics and Distribution segment includes the distribution operations in the Africa region, previously reported under Freight Forwarding, as this operation has evolved from an air express to a road distribution business over the last few years.
 
In contrast to the Freight Forwarding segment, we believe revenue is a better measure of the growth in our contract logistics and distribution business because this segment does not incur carrier costs (and related fuel surcharges) in the same manner as freight forwarding, and purchased transportation costs under this segment primarily relate to the truck brokerage operation in the Americas region.
 
A significant portion of our expenses are variable and adjust to reflect the level of our business activities. Other than purchased transportation costs, staff costs are our single largest variable expense and are less flexible in the near term as we must staff to meet uncertain future demand.
 
CLIENTasONE Strategy
 
In connection with our five-year strategic operating plan, which we refer to as “CLIENTasONE,” we are undertaking various efforts to increase the number and size of our clients and our revenue, improve our operational performance, streamline our back-end operations, develop and implement new systems and train and develop our employees. We face numerous challenges in trying to achieve our objectives under this strategic plan, including challenges involving attempts to leverage client relationships, integrate acquisitions, control costs, improve our systems and implement effective change management processes. We also face challenges developing, training and recruiting personnel. This strategic operating plan requires that we successfully manage our operations and growth which we may not be able to do as well as we anticipate. Our industry is extremely competitive and our business is subject to numerous factors and risks beyond our control. If we are not able to successfully implement


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CLIENTasONE, our efforts associated with this strategic plan may not result in increased revenues or improved profitability. If we are not able to increase our revenue or improve our profitability in the future, our results of operations could be adversely affected.
 
As a central part of our CLIENTasONE strategy, we are continuing a technology-enabled, business transformation initiative, which we refer to as “4asONE.This program is aimed at establishing a single system and set of global processes for our freight forwarding business and global financial management. It is designed to increase efficiency through the adoption of shared services and enabling technologies. In order to achieve this goal, we intend to deploy enabling technologies to support enterprise master data management, financial management and freight forwarding operations management. As with any significant IT-enabled business transformation, we face various challenges and risks with regard to our 4asONE program, including risks associated with cost increases and changes to our scope, anticipated cost structure, technical difficulties and delays associated with the development and implementation of 4asONE. As a result of these and other issues, the anticipated costs, expected benefits, overall scope and/or deployment schedule may change, and these changes may be material.
 
Effect of Foreign Currency Translation on Comparison of Results
 
Our reporting currency is the U.S. dollar. However, due to our global operations, we conduct and will continue to conduct business in currencies other than our reporting currency. The conversion of these currencies into our reporting currency for reporting purposes will be affected by movements in these currencies against the U.S. dollar. A depreciation of these currencies against the U.S. dollar would result in lower revenues reported; however, as applicable costs are also converted from these currencies, costs would also be lower. Similarly, the opposite effect will occur if these currencies appreciate against the U.S. dollar. Additionally, the assets and liabilities of our international operations are denominated in each country’s local currency. As such, when the values of those assets and liabilities are translated into U.S. dollars, foreign currency exchange rates may adversely impact the net carrying value of our assets. We cannot predict the effects of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations on our future operating results.
 
Fiscal 2009 Information Technology Cost Reduction Plan and Other Cost Reductions
 
On December 3, 2008, the company’s Executive Board approved an information technology restructuring plan designed to consolidate the company’s information technology resources, eliminate redundancies, reduce costs and improve client services. The information technology restructuring plan included outsourcing certain information technology functions and support, which has ultimately resulted in a reduction in the company’s global information technology workforce by approximately 240 employees.
 
In connection with the information technology restructuring plan, we incurred aggregate pre-tax restructuring charges of $2.3 million in fiscal 2009. During the year ended January 31, 2010, the company incurred aggregate pre-tax restructuring charges of $1.2 million associated with the information technology restructuring plan. As of January 31, 2010, the company has completed the information technology restructuring plan. All costs associated with the plan were cash expenditures.
 
In addition to the restructuring charges described above, during the year ended January 31, 2010 and 2009, the company incurred $5.0 million and $1.1 million, respectively in advisory and ancillary costs associated with the information technology restructuring plan.
 
Fiscal 2008 Cost Reduction Measures
 
On January 31, 2008, we undertook several cost reduction measures designed to streamline our operations and reduce our costs. These measures, which we refer to collectively as the 2008 Cost Reduction Measures, were undertaken by us in response to slowing growth in our net revenue, which is the term we use to describe revenue less purchased transportation costs, resulting from yield (computed as net revenues divided by revenues) compression


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and a slowing economy, as well as deterioration in the performance of some of our under-performing operations. The 2008 Cost Reduction Measures included the following:
 
  •  Exiting our retail distribution business in Africa, the surface distribution operation of our integrated logistics business in the Americas, and other selected non-performing operations;
 
  •  Cancelling various long-term initiatives, such as the development of certain industry verticals;
 
  •  Reducing the number of aircraft which we charter, primarily on the routes from Asia;
 
  •  Exiting an unprofitable contract arrangement in connection with a contract logistics site in the Americas; and
 
  •  Realigning corporate and regional functions in an effort to reduce our overhead costs.
 
As a result of the 2008 Cost Reduction Measures, we reduced our global workforce by approximately 6% at the end of the second fiscal quarter in fiscal 2009. We estimate that the 2008 Cost Reduction Measures reduced annualized expenses by approximately $109.0 million and resulted in annualized net revenue reductions of $68.9 million.
 
In connection with the 2008 Cost Reduction Measures, the pre-tax restructuring charges and costs included:
 
  •  Employee severance and termination costs of $2.5 million and $3.2 million were incurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, and first quarter of fiscal 2009, respectively.
 
  •  Asset impairment charges of $3.5 million were incurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008. No asset impairment charges were incurred during fiscal 2009.
 
  •  Contract termination and other costs of $2.4 million, and $2.6 million were incurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, and first quarter of fiscal 2009, respectively.
 
Discontinued Operations
 
Effective July 31, 2008, the company sold substantially all of its art packing, shipping and storing business, consisting of the shares of three wholly-owned subsidiaries and one subsidiary with 51% ownership interest, as well as the assets of a fine arts department of another wholly-owned subsidiary. The net proceeds of $8.7 million resulted in a gain on sale of discontinued operations of $7.4 million, net of tax.
 
Goodwill and Intangible Assets Impairment
 
Goodwill is the difference between the purchase price of a company and the fair market value of the acquired company’s net assets. Other intangible assets with finite lives are being amortized using the straight-line method over their estimated lives.
 
Intangible assets with indefinite lives, including goodwill are assessed at least annually for impairment in accordance with ASC 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other. We complete the required impairment test annually in the second quarter, and also when evidence of potential impairment exists. When it is determined that impairment has occurred, a charge to operations is recorded. In order to test for potential impairment, the company utilizes a discounted cash flow analysis, corroborated by comparative market multiples where appropriate.
 
The principal factors used in the discounted cash flow analysis requiring judgment are the projected results of operations, weighted average cost of capital (WACC), and terminal value assumptions. The WACC takes into account the relative weight of each component of the company’s consolidated capital structure (equity and debt) and represents the expected cost of new capital adjusted as appropriate to consider risk profiles specific to the company. The terminal value assumptions are applied to the final year of the discounted cash flow model. Due to the many variables inherent in the estimation of fair value and the relative size of the company’s recorded goodwill, differences in assumptions may have a material effect on the results of the impairment analysis.
 
We identified seven goodwill reporting units for the required impairment test conducted in the second quarter of fiscal 2010, and based on our results of the Step 1 testing, no impairment charge resulted from such analysis. However, for two of the company’s reporting units, EMENA Contract Logistics and Americas Distribution, the fair


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values of the reporting unit assets exceeded the carrying values by less than five percent. Due to the narrow margin of passing the Step 1 goodwill impairment testing conducted in second quarter of fiscal 2010, if the projected operational results are not achieved, there is the potential for a partial or full impairment of the goodwill value in fiscal 2011 or in future years, particularly with respect to these two reporting units. Several of the key assumptions for achieving the projected operational results include certain revenue growth and operating cost assumptions. As of January 31, 2010, the goodwill carrying values for the EMENA Contract Logistics and Americas Distribution reporting units were $5.4 million and $79.9 million, respectively.
 
During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, we recorded a non-cash charge of $98.9 million, before a related deferred tax benefit of $11.3 million, for impairment of goodwill in our Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. This charge was recorded as the result of volatility and deterioration of the financial markets and adverse changes in the global business climate, during the second half of the fiscal year-ended January 31, 2009. During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2010, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $1.6 million, for the impairment of goodwill in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment in accordance with ASC 250, Accounting for Changes and Error Corrections and the correction of an error. Prior period amounts have not been restated due to immateriality. There was no tax benefit as the result of this charge. The additional impairment charge was recorded in accordance with SAB 108, Considering the Effects of Prior Year Misstatements when Quantifying Misstatements in Current Year Financial Statements.
 
Impairment of Long-Lived Assets
 
If facts and circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of identifiable amortizable intangibles and property, plant and equipment may be impaired, we would perform an evaluation of recoverability in accordance with ASC 360, Property, Plant and Equipment. If an evaluation were required, we would compare the estimated future undiscounted cash flows associated with the asset to the asset’s carrying amount to determine if a reduction to the carrying amount is required. If a reduction is required, the carrying amount of an impaired asset would be reduced to fair value.
 
During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company performed an evaluation of recoverability of its long-lived assets and recorded non-cash charges of $7.3 million and $3.7 million for customer lists and a trademark, respectively, in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment. These charges were before a related combined deferred tax benefit of $3.9 million. No evaluation was required in fiscal 2010.
 
Acquisitions
 
We have grown in the past and may grow, in the future, through acquisitions. We completed three acquisitions during fiscal 2010. These acquisitions, along with our other acquisitions over the past five years, have had, and will have, a significant effect on the comparability of our operating results, increasing revenues and expenses, over the respective prior periods and to subsequent years, depending on the date of acquisition (i.e., acquisitions made on February 1, the first day of our fiscal year, will only affect a comparison with the prior year’s results). The results of acquired businesses are included in our consolidated financial statements from the effective dates of their respective acquisitions. We consider the operating results of an acquired company during the year following the date of its acquisition to be an “acquisition impact” or a “benefit from acquisitions.” Thereafter, we consider the growth in an acquired company’s results to be organic growth. Historically, we have financed acquisitions with a combination of cash from operations and borrowed money. We may borrow additional money or issue ordinary shares in the future to finance acquisitions. From time-to-time we enter into non-binding letters of intent with potential acquisition targets and we are often in various stages of due diligence and preliminary negotiations with respect to potential acquisition targets.
 
We cannot assure you that we will be able to consummate acquisitions in the future on terms acceptable to us, or at all, in which case our rate of growth may be negatively impacted. We may not be successful in integrating the companies we have acquired, or those we may acquire in the future, and we may not achieve the expected financial results, including cost savings in the anticipated timeframes, if at all. Future acquisitions are accompanied by the risk that the liabilities of any such acquired company may not be adequately reflected in the historical financial


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statements of such company and the risk that such historical financial statements may be based on assumptions that are incorrect or inconsistent with our assumptions. To the extent we make additional acquisitions in the future, the risks associated with our acquisition strategy will be exacerbated. Readers are urged to carefully read all cautionary statements contained in this Form 10-K relating to acquisitions, including, without limitation, those contained under the heading “Risk Factors”, contained in Item 1A of this Form 10-K.
 
Effective December 21, 2009, the company acquired the remaining outstanding shares of an Israeli subsidiary EMA Israel, of which the company had already held a 50% ownership interest that was acquired through its acquisition of its parent company in the beginning of fiscal 2010. The purchase price totaled $6.5 million, including the repayment of a $0.5 million loan and contingent consideration of $0.3 million which is based on projected net revenues from a particular customer for the next four years. The contract consideration was accrued as an obligation through an increase to goodwill. The acquisition eliminated a minority shareholder in Israel. The purchase price exceeded the fair value of the noncontrolling interest received and net assets acquired, and accordingly, $2.0 million was allocated to goodwill, all of which is included with the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. The company is currently determining whether the goodwill is deductible for tax purposes. The estimated purchase price allocation is preliminary and is subject to revision. A valuation of the additional net assets acquired is being conducted and the final allocation will be made when completed.
 
Effective February 4, 2009, the company acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Multi Purpose Logistics, Ltd., which we have subsequently renamed to UTi M.P.L. Ltd. (MPL), for a purchase price of $1.1 million, net of cash acquired of $0.4 million. MPL is an Israeli company providing logistics services and held a 50% ownership interest in EMA Israel at the time of acquisition. As a result of this acquisition, the company has increased its range of services provided in Israel. The total cost of the acquisition has been allocated to the assets acquired and liabilities assumed based upon their estimated fair values at the date of the acquisition. Subsequent to the acquisition date, the company conducted additional valuation work on the customer relationships identified and refined its estimates previously recorded during the year. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, the company finalized the valuation of such intangible assets and the allocation of the purchase price. The final allocation resulted in an excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the acquired net assets, and accordingly $2.5 million was allocated to goodwill, all of which is included within the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. The company determined that none of the goodwill is deductible for tax purposes.
 
Effective October 16, 2009, the company acquired all of the issued and outstanding shares of Tacisa Transitaria, S.L. (Tacisa), a Spanish freight forwarder. An employee of one of the company’s Spanish subsidiaries held a majority ownership interest in Tacisa prior to the company’s acquisition. The purchase price totaled $5.5 million, net of cash acquired of $0.8 million, and including contingent consideration of $4.7 million based on projected 2010 operating results of Tacisa. The contingent consideration was accrued as an obligation with a corresponding increase to goodwill. The acquisition expanded the company’s freight forwarding coverage in Spain. The total cost of the acquisition has been allocated to the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed based on their estimated fair values at the date of acquisition. The preliminary allocation resulted in an excess of the purchase price over the fair value of the acquired net assets, and accordingly, $2.5 million was allocated to goodwill, all of which is included in the company’s Freight Forwarding segment.
 
Effective September 20, 2007, the company acquired 50% of the issued and outstanding shares of Newlog Ltd., which we refer to as Newlog, an Israeli company involved in freight forwarding and customs brokerage, for a purchase price of approximately $6.5 million in cash. Effective October 8, 2007, the company completed a merger agreement to which Newlog merged with and into a wholly-owned Israeli indirect subsidiary of the company. We refer to the merger transaction with Newlog as the Newlog Merger. As a result of these transactions, the company owns 75% of the shares of the surviving corporation. The company has accounted for these transactions in accordance with ASC 850, Business Combinations. Accordingly, a gain of $3.2 million was recorded in the consolidated statements of operations for the year ended January 31, 2008. This gain represents the excess of the fair value received pursuant to the Newlog Merger over the carrying amount of the wholly owned Israeli indirect subsidiary contributed.
 
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purchase price of approximately $36.9 million in cash. We refer to the Newlog Merger and the acquisition of certain assets and liabilities of Transclal Trade Ltd. as the Israel Acquisition. The total cost of the acquisition has been allocated to the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed based upon their estimated fair value at the date of the acquisition. Subsequent to the acquisition date, the company conducted additional valuation work on the customer relationships identified and refined its estimates previously recorded in fiscal 2008. The final allocation resulted in an excess of the purchase price over the fair value of identified net tangible and intangible assets, and accordingly, $30.8 million was allocated to goodwill.
 
Effective September 6, 2007, we acquired 100% of the issued and outstanding shares of Chronic Solutions Company (Proprietary) Limited and its subsidiaries, which we collectively refer to as CSC, for an initial cash payment of approximately $5.2 million, net of cash received. CSC is a distributor of specialized and chronic pharmaceuticals located in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a result of this acquisition, the company increased its range of services to the pharmaceutical industry in South Africa. In addition to the initial payment and subject to certain regulations coming into effect within three to five years from the effective date of the acquisition, the terms of the acquisition agreement provide for an additional payment of up to a maximum of approximately $8.0 million, based on a recalculation of CSC’s earnings from September 1, 2006 through the effective date of the acquisition.
 
The initial cost of the CSC acquisition has been allocated to the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed based upon their estimated fair value at the date of the acquisition. Subsequent to the acquisition date, the company conducted additional valuation work on the customer relationships and other intangible assets identified and refined its estimates recorded previously in fiscal 2008. The final allocation resulted in an excess of the purchase price over the fair value of identified net tangible and intangible assets, and accordingly, $2.7 million was allocated to goodwill.
 
Effective August 17, 2007, we acquired the remaining outstanding shares of our South African subsidiary, Co-ordinated Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd and its subsidiaries Co-ordinated Materials Handling (Pty) Ltd. and UTi CMH Sub Assembly (Pty) Ltd., of which we had already owned 50%, for a total consideration of approximately $12.7 million.
 
Discussion of Operating Results
 
The following discussion of our operating results explains material changes in our consolidated results of operations for fiscal 2010 and fiscal 2009 compared to the respective prior years. The discussion should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this report. This discussion contains forward-looking statements, the accuracy of which involves risks and uncertainties, and our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements for many reasons, including, but not limited to, those factors described in Part I, Item 1A under the heading, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in this report. We disclaim any obligation to update information contained in any forward-looking statement. Our consolidated financial statements attached to this report have been prepared in U.S. dollars and in accordance with U.S. GAAP.
 
Segment Operating Results
 
The company changed its segment reporting in the fiscal 2009 first quarter to reflect the realignment of its management structure around its core business operations. The factors for determining the reportable segments include the manner in which management evaluates the performance of the company combined with the nature of the individual business activities. As a result of this change, the company’s reportable business segments are (i) Freight Forwarding and (ii) Contract Logistics and Distribution. The Freight Forwarding segment includes airfreight forwarding, ocean freight forwarding, customs brokerage and other related services. The Contract Logistics and Distribution segment includes all operations providing contract logistics, distribution and other related services. Corporate office expenses, eliminations, and various holding companies within the group structure have been presented separately. In conjunction with this change, certain costs that were previously presented separately are now recorded in the Freight Forwarding and Contract Logistics and Distribution segments. These changes and reclassifications had no effect on the company’s reported earnings, or earnings per basic and diluted


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share. In accordance with Statement ASC 280, Segment Reporting, all prior period segment information was reclassified to conform to this new financial reporting presentation.
 
For segment reporting purposes by geographic region, airfreight and ocean freight forwarding revenues for the movement of goods is attributed to the country where the shipment originates. Revenues for all other services (including contract logistics and distribution services) are attributed to the country where the services are performed. All comparative figures have been re-classified to reflect the above changes. Our revenues and operating income by operating segment for the years ended January 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008, along with the dollar amount of the changes and the percentage changes between the time periods shown, are set forth in the following tables (in thousands):
 
                                                                 
    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009  
          Contract
                      Contract
             
          Logistics
                      Logistics
             
    Freight
    and
                Freight
    and
             
    Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total     Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total  
 
Revenues
  $ 2,351,093     $ 1,216,429     $     $ 3,567,522     $ 3,156,039     $ 1,387,678     $     $ 4,543,717  
                                                                 
Purchased transportation costs
    1,755,435       451,086             2,206,521       2,438,756       558,621             2,997,377  
Staff costs
    346,087       392,307       14,755       753,149       396,019       439,569       8,667       844,255  
Depreciation
    15,410       27,835       749       43,994       15,605       25,924       224       41,753  
Amortization of intangible assets
    3,850       7,276             11,126       3,896       9,075             12,971  
Restructuring charges
                1,231       1,231       2,731       3,863       2,309       8,903  
Goodwill impairment
          1,562             1,562             98,932             98,932  
Intangible assets impairment
                                  11,009             11,009  
Other operating expenses
    163,438       284,923       18,074       466,435       172,505       314,146       18,572       505,223  
                                                                 
Total operating expenses
    2,284,220       1,164,989       34,809       3,484,018       3,029,512       1,461,139       29,772       4,520,423  
                                                                 
Operating income/(loss)
  $ 66,873     $ 51,440     $ (34,809 )   $ 83,504     $ 126,527     $ (73,461 )   $ (29,772 )   $ 23,294  
                                                                 
 
                                                                 
    Change to Year Ended January 31, 2010
 
    from Year Ended January 31, 2009  
    Amount     Percentage  
          Contract
                      Contract
             
          Logistics
                      Logistics
             
    Freight
    and
                Freight
    and
             
    Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total     Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total  
 
Revenues
  $ (804,946 )   $ (171,249 )   $     $ (976,195 )     (26 )%     (12 )%     %     (21 )%
                                                                 
Purchased transportation costs
    (683,321 )     (107,535 )           (790,856 )     (28 )     (19 )           (26 )
Staff costs
    (49,932 )     (47,262 )     6,088       (91,106 )     (13 )     (11 )     70       (11 )
Depreciation
    (195 )     1,911       525       2,241       (1 )     7       234       5  
Amortization of intangible assets
    (46 )     (1,799 )           (1,845 )     (1 )     (20 )           (14 )
Restructuring charges
    (2,731 )     (3,863 )     (1,078 )     (7,672 )     (100 )     (100 )     (47 )     (86 )
Goodwill impairment
          (97,370 )           (97,370 )           (98 )           (98 )
Intangible assets impairment
          (11,009 )           (11,009 )           (100 )           (100 )
Other operating expenses
    (9,067 )     (29,223 )     (498 )     (38,788 )     (5 )     (9 )     (3 )     (8 )
                                                                 
Total operating expenses
    (745,292 )     (296,150 )     5,037       (1,036,405 )     (25 )     (20 )     17       (23 )
                                                                 
Operating (loss)/income
  $ (59,654 )   $ 124,901     $ (5,037 )   $ 60,210       (47 )%     (170 )%     17 %     258 %
                                                                 
 


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    Year Ended January 31,  
    2009     2008  
          Contract
                      Contract
             
          Logistics
                      Logistics
             
    Freight
    and
                Freight
    and
             
    Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total     Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total  
 
Revenues
  $ 3,156,039     $ 1,387,678     $     $ 4,543,717     $ 2,927,535     $ 1,438,719     $     $ 4,366,254  
                                                                 
Purchased transportation costs
    2,438,756       558,621             2,997,377       2,293,861       583,579             2,877,440  
Staff costs
    396,019       439,569       8,667       844,255       337,756       451,123       12,012       800,891  
Depreciation
    15,605       25,924       224       41,753       13,661       25,352       293       39,306  
Amortization of intangible assets
    3,896       9,075             12,971       863       8,573             9,436  
Restructuring charges
    2,731       3,863       2,309       8,903       912       5,800       1,683       8,935  
Goodwill impairment
          98,932             98,932                          
Intangible assets impairment
          11,009             11,009                          
Other operating expenses
    172,505       314,146       18,572       505,223       149,977       316,839       13,492       480,308  
                                                                 
Total operating expenses
    3,029,512       1,461,139       29,772       4,520,423       2,797,030       1,391,266       27,480       4,215,776  
                                                                 
Operating income/(loss)
  $ 126,527     $ (73,461 )   $ (29,772 )   $ 23,294     $ 130,505     $ 47,453     $ (27,480 )   $ 150.478  
                                                                 
 
                                                                 
    Change to Year Ended January 31, 2009
 
    from Year Ended January 31, 2008  
    Amount     Percentage  
          Contract
                      Contract
             
          Logistics
                      Logistics
             
    Freight
    and
                Freight
    and
             
    Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total     Forwarding     Distribution     Corporate     Total  
 
Revenues
  $ 228,504     $ (51,041 )   $     $ 177,463       8 %     (4 )%     %     4 %
                                                                 
Purchased transportation costs
    144,895       (24,958 )           119,937       6       (4 )           4  
Staff costs
    58,263       (11,554 )     (3,345 )     43,364       17       (3 )     (28 )     5  
Depreciation
    1,944       572       (69 )     2,447       14       2       (24 )     6  
Amortization of intangible assets
    3,033       502             3,535       351       6             37  
Restructuring charges
    1,819       (1,937 )     626       508       199       33       37       6  
Goodwill impairment
          98,932             98,932                          
Intangible assets impairment
          11,009             11,009                          
Other operating expenses
    22,528       (2,693 )     5,080       24,915       15       (1 )     38       5  
                                                                 
Total operating expenses
    232,482       69,873       2,292       304,647       8       5       8       7  
                                                                 
Operating (loss)/income
  $ (3,978 )   $ (120,914 )   $ (2,292 )   $ (127,184 )     (3 )%     (255 )%     8 %     (85 )%
                                                                 
 
                                                                         
    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009     2008  
          Contract
                Contract
                Contract
       
          Logistics
                Logistics
                Logistics
       
    Freight
    and
          Freight
    and
          Freight
    and
       
    Forwarding
    Distribution
          Forwarding
    Distribution
          Forwarding
    Distribution
       
    Revenue     Revenue     Total     Revenue     Revenue     Total     Revenue     Revenue     Total  
 
EMENA
  $ 827,823     $ 248,601     $ 1,076,424       1,091,758     $ 256,529     $ 1,348,287     $ 867,768     $ 248,602     $ 1,116,370  
Americas
    480,890       642,840       1,123,730       627,824       807,144       1,434,968       595,499       864,353       1,459,852  
Asia Pacific
    758,408       34,985       793,393       1,065,565       35,079       1,100,644       1,100,219       32,274       1,132,493  
Africa
    283,972       290,003       573,975       370,892       288,926       659,818       364,049       293,490       657,539  
                                                                         
Total
  $ 2,351,093     $ 1,216,429     $ 3,567,522     $ 3,156,039     $ 1,387,678     $ 4,543,717     $ 2,927,535     $ 1,438,719     $ 4,366,254  
                                                                         
 

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    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009     2008  
          Contract
                Contract
                Contract
       
          Logistics
                Logistics
                Logistics
       
    Freight
    and
          Freight
    and
          Freight
    and
       
    Forwarding
    Distribution
          Forwarding
    Distribution
          Forwarding
    Distribution
       
    Net
    Net
          Net
    Net
          Net
    Net
       
    Revenue     Revenue     Total     Revenue     Revenue     Total     Revenue     Revenue     Total  
 
EMENA
  $ 229,561     $ 159,588     $ 389,149     $ 285,786     $ 165,441     $ 451,227     $ 220,652     $ 128,887     $ 349,539  
Americas
    142,697       357,606       500,303       166,525       432,058       598,583       162,262       493,291       655,553  
Asia Pacific
    145,795       24,218       170,013       172,883       22,451       195,334       158,722       22,426       181,148  
Africa
    77,605       223,931       301,536       92,089       209,107       301,196       92,038       210,536       302,574  
                                                                         
Total
  $ 595,658     $ 765,343     $ 1,361,001     $ 717,283     $ 829,057     $ 1,546,340     $ 633,674     $ 855,140     $ 1,488,814  
                                                                         
 
                         
    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009     2008  
 
Revenues:
                       
Airfreight forwarding
  $ 1,187,880     $ 1,621,602     $ 1,553,551  
Ocean freight forwarding
    891,276       1,203,643       1,101,129  
Customs brokerage
    92,456       109,436       98,031  
Contract logistics
    650,739       663,656       618,599  
Distribution
    414,920       564,906       624,399  
Other
    330,251       380,474       370,545  
                         
Total
  $ 3,567,522     $ 4,543,717     $ 4,366,254  
                         
Purchased transportation costs:
                       
Airfreight forwarding
  $ 904,179     $ 1,275,569     $ 1,235,010  
Ocean freight forwarding
    717,093       1,001,275       926,224  
Customs brokerage
    5,712       5,987       3,668  
Contract logistics
    125,245       94,963       81,656  
Distribution
    277,849       404,756       416,059  
Other
    176,443       214,827       214,823  
                         
Total
  $ 2,206,521     $ 2,997,377     $ 2,877,440  
                         

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The following table shows the relative portion of our revenues by service line, as well as our operating and other income and expenses for the periods presented, expressed as a percentage of total revenues.
 
                         
    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009     2008  
 
Revenues:
                       
Airfreight forwarding
    33 %     36 %     36 %
Ocean freight forwarding
    25       27       25  
Customs brokerage
    3       2       2  
Contract logistics
    18       15       14  
Distribution
    12       12       14  
Other
    9       8       9  
                         
Total revenues
    100       100       100  
Purchased transportation costs:
                       
Airfreight forwarding
    25 %     28 %     28 %
Ocean freight forwarding
    20       22       21  
Customs brokerage
    *       *       *  
Contract logistics
    4       2       2  
Distribution
    8       9       10  
Other
    5       5       5  
                         
Total purchased transportation costs
    62       66       66  
Staff costs
    21       19       18  
Depreciation
    1       1       1  
Amortization of intangible assets
    *       *       *  
Restructuring charges
    *       *       *  
Goodwill impairment
    *       2       *  
Intangible assets impairment
    *       *       *  
Other operating expenses
    13       11       12  
                         
Total operating expenses
    97       99       97  
Operating income, net
    3       1       3  
Interest income
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Interest expense
    (1 )     (1 )     (1 )
Other income, net
    *       *       *  
                         
Pretax income
    2       *       3  
Provision for income taxes
    1       *       1  
                         
Income from continuing operations, net of tax
    1       *       2  
Discontinued operations, net of tax
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Net income
    1       *       2  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
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Net income attributable to UTi Worldwide Inc. 
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Year Ended January 31, 2010 Compared to Year Ended January 31, 2009
 
Revenues
 
Total revenues decreased $976.2 million, or 21%, to $3,567.5 million for fiscal 2010, compared to total revenues of $4,543.7 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease in revenues when compared to the prior fiscal year was primarily the result of significant declines in freight volume, declines in fuel surcharges relating to air freight, and foreign currency fluctuations. Volumes declined across all of our significant service lines in fiscal 2010 when compared to the prior fiscal year, as a result of the global economic downturn which began during the second half of our fiscal 2009.
 
Freight forwarding revenues in total decreased $804.9 million, or 26%, to $2,351.1 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $3,156.0 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease was primarily the result of foreign currency fluctuations and decreased airfreight and ocean freight forwarding volume as well as a reduction in fuel surcharges related to airfreight when compared to the respective prior period. We believe that for the freight forwarding segment, net revenue (the term used by us to describe revenue less purchased transportation costs) is a better measure of growth in our freight forwarding business than revenue because our revenue for our services as an indirect air and ocean carrier includes the carriers’ charges to us for carriage of the shipment. Our revenues are also impacted by changes in fuel and similar surcharges, which have little relation to the volume or value of our services provided. Accordingly reference is made to our discussion regarding net revenues below.
 
Airfreight forwarding revenues decreased $433.7 million, or 27%, to $1,187.9 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $1,621.6 million for the prior fiscal year. Fuel surcharges decreased approximately $199.8 million in fiscal 2010 when compared to fiscal 2009 as a result of a significant decline in aviation fuel prices. Movements in fuel surcharges impact revenues but generally do not have a material impact on net revenues. Airfreight volumes decreased 13% for fiscal 2010 when compared to fiscal 2009, reflecting the deterioration in market conditions during fiscal 2010, however, late during the fiscal year this trend began to reverse, with airfreight volumes increasing 31% during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to the corresponding prior year period. Foreign currency fluctuations also contributed to the decrease.
 
Ocean freight forwarding revenues decreased $312.4 million, or 26%, to $891.3 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $1,203.6 million for fiscal 2009. This decrease was primarily due to an approximately 8% decrease in ocean freight volumes, as expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) during fiscal 2010, compared to fiscal 2009, as well as reductions in bunker fuel costs, which impacted revenues but generally did not have a material impact on net revenues. Foreign currency fluctuations also contributed to the decrease. However, as with airfreight, ocean freight volume trends began to improve late in fiscal 2010 as ocean freight volumes increased 18% during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to the corresponding prior year period.
 
Customs brokerage revenues decreased $17.0 million, or 16%, to $92.5 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $109.4 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease in customs brokerage revenues was primarily due to a 19% decline in the number of clearances as a result of the decrease in international air and ocean volumes during fiscal 2010 compared to fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations also contributed to the decrease.
 
Other freight forwarding related revenues decreased $41.9 million, or 19%, to $179.5 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $221.4 million for fiscal 2009, primarily due to decreases in road freight and other distribution volumes in fiscal 2010. Foreign currency fluctuations also contributed to the decrease.
 
Contract logistics and distribution revenues in total decreased $171.2 million, or 12%, to $1,216.4 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $1,387.7 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease was primarily due to the decline in logistics activity, volumes and associated reductions in distribution requirements of our clients primarily as a result of the weak economic environment particularly in the United States.
 
Contract logistics revenues decreased $12.9 million, or 2%, to $650.7 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $663.7 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease was primarily due to reduced contract logistics volumes and foreign currency fluctuations. Distribution revenues decreased $150.0 million, or 27%, to $414.9 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $564.9 million for fiscal 2009. Freight volumes in our North American distribution operations remained weak throughout fiscal 2010.


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Other contract logistics and distribution related revenues decreased $8.3 million, or 5%, to $150.8 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $159.1 million for the corresponding prior year period, primarily due to the general decline in volumes as a result of the global economic slowdown.
 
Net revenues
 
Total net revenues decreased $185.3 million, or 12%, to $1,361.0 million for fiscal 2010, compared to total net revenues of $1,546.3 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease in net revenues was primarily the result of significant declines in freight volume across our service lines during fiscal 2010 when compared to fiscal 2009. The decrease in net revenues was partially offset by an improvement in our freight forwarding yields during the first three quarters of the year when compared to last year. Foreign currency fluctuations also contributed to the decrease as described below. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, our yields (computed as net revenues divided by revenues) were adversely impacted by sharply higher purchased transportation costs during the period.
 
Freight forwarding net revenues decreased $121.6 million, or 17%, to $595.7 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $717.3 million for fiscal 2009. Net revenues are primarily a function of volume movements and the expansion or contraction in yields as described below.
 
Airfreight forwarding net revenues decreased $62.3 million, or 18%, to $283.7 million for fiscal 2010 compared to $346.0 million for fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately $10.6 million of the decrease. The remaining decrease in airfreight forwarding net revenues for fiscal 2010 was primarily due to a 6% decrease in net revenues per kilogram and a 13% decline in airfreight tonnage during fiscal 2010 compared to fiscal 2009. Although airfreight forwarding net revenues decreased 18% for fiscal 2010, airfreight forwarding yields were 23.9%, an increase of approximately 260 basis points compared to 21.3% for fiscal 2009, causing airfreight forwarding net revenues to decrease to a lesser degree compared to the decrease in airfreight forwarding revenues.
 
However when compared on a sequential basis to the third quarter of fiscal 2010, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, airfreight trends shifted. Yields during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased approximately 160 basis points, to 21.0% compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2010. This yield compression in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 was primarily caused by less favorable airfreight pricing environments, particularly in our Asia Pacific region, as the marketplace began experiencing capacity shortages compared to earlier in the year, that caused buying rates to increase more rapidly than the rates which could be passed onto clients. Airfreight tonnage increased significantly in the fourth quarter, increasing 29% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Tonnage levels peaked in the month of October, but remained strong each month in the fourth quarter. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, airfreight net revenue per kilogram declined 23% compared to the same period last year, versus a 13% year over year decline in the third quarter.
 
Ocean freight forwarding net revenues decreased $28.2 million, or 14%, to $174.2 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $202.4 million for fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately $6.7 million of the decrease. The remaining decrease in ocean freight forwarding net revenues for fiscal 2010 was primarily due to an approximately 6% decrease in net revenues realized per TEU and an approximately 8% decline in TEUs compared to fiscal 2009. Yields expanded for fiscal 2010, compared to fiscal 2009, causing ocean freight net revenues to decline to a lesser degree than the decline in revenues. For fiscal 2010, ocean freight yields expanded approximately 270 basis points to 19.5%, from 16.8% for fiscal 2009.
 
As with airfreight, ocean freight trends shifted in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010. When compared on a sequential basis to the third quarter of fiscal 2010, ocean freight yields during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 decreased approximately 210 basis points to 17.6%. Our TEUs peaked in the month of December 2009, and declined 11% sequentially in January 2010. While the sequential monthly declines are consistent with reasonable seasonality patterns in ocean shipping, volumes were still much higher in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. While there was an over-supply of capacity in the ocean freight market for much of fiscal 2010, available capacity was constrained in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 as carriers did not reintroduce idle capacity as volumes increased.


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Customs brokerage net revenues decreased $16.7 million, or 16%, to $86.7 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $103.4 million for fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately $2.8 million of the decrease. The decrease in customs brokerage net revenues was primarily due to a 19% decline in the number of clearances, although this decline was partially offset by a 4% increase in net revenues per clearance.
 
Other freight forwarding related net revenues decreased $14.4 million, or 22%, to $51.0 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $65.4 million for fiscal 2009, primarily due to decreases in road freight and other distribution volumes as a result of the global economic downturn.
 
Contract logistics and distribution net revenues in total decreased $63.7 million, or 8%, to $765.3 million in fiscal 2010, compared to $829.1 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease was due to the decline in logistics activity, volumes and associated reductions in distribution requirements of our clients primarily as a result of the weak economic environment particularly in the United States.
 
Contract logistics net revenues decreased $43.2 million, or 8% to $525.5 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $568.7 for fiscal 2009. The decrease was a result of reduced activity due to the global economic downturn although the level of decline was partially offset by new business wins since fiscal 2009.
 
Distribution net revenues decreased $23.0 million, or 14%, to $137.1 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $160.1 million for fiscal 2009. The decrease in distribution net revenues was primarily the result of reduced shipment volumes over the comparative full year period, particularly in the United States.
 
Other contract logistics and distribution related net revenues increased $2.6 million, or 3%, to $102.8 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $100.2 million for fiscal 2009, primarily due to the general increase in volumes in our transportation management services.
 
Staff costs
 
Staff costs in our freight forwarding segment decreased $49.9 million, or 13%, to $346.1 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $396.0 million for fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately $13.1 million of the decrease. As a percentage of freight forwarding segment revenues, staff costs in the freight forwarding segment were approximately 15% and 13% for fiscal 2010 and 2009, respectively. Staff costs in our freight forwarding segment are largely driven by total shipment counts rather than volumes stated in kilograms or TEUs. As shipment counts for air and ocean freight fell at lesser rates than shipment volumes during fiscal 2010, headcount reductions were more aligned with the reduction in shipment counts than volume declines.
 
Staff costs in our contract logistics and distribution segment decreased $47.3 million, or 11%, to $392.3 million for fiscal 2010, as compared to $439.6 million for fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately $5.3 million of the decrease. The remaining decrease in staff costs in our contract logistics and distribution segment is primarily due to headcount reductions and other actions taken in light of the decreased logistics volumes. We incurred staff costs in our contract logistics and distribution segment related to the exit of certain facilities and operations of $4.6 million and $5.5 million for the fiscal years ended January 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
 
Staff costs at corporate were $14.8 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $8.7 million incurred during fiscal 2009. The increase in staff costs at corporate is primarily related to the re-alignment and additional resources with respect to the transformation of the company into more of a single global enterprise rather than being operated on a decentralized regional basis.
 
Depreciation
 
Total depreciation expense for all segments was $44.0 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $41.8 million for fiscal 2009. When expressed as a percentage of revenue, depreciation expense remained constant at approximately 1% of revenue for fiscal 2010 compared to the prior fiscal year.


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Amortization of intangible assets
 
Amortization of intangible assets was $11.1 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $13.0 million for fiscal 2009. Acquisitions completed since the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 did not have a material impact on amortization of intangibles assets for fiscal 2010 compared to the prior fiscal year.
 
Restructuring charges
 
Total restructuring charges were $1.2 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $8.9 million for the corresponding prior year period. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, the company initiated several changes to its global information technology operations and incurred related restructuring charges. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, the company incurred $8.9 million of restructuring charges associated with its changes to its global information technology operations. Amounts charged for employee severance benefits and other exit costs under this plan during the first quarter of fiscal 2010 were $1.2 million. The company completed its exit activities under this plan during fiscal 2010.
 
Goodwill and intangible assets impairment
 
During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $109.9 million, before related deferred tax benefit of $15.3 million, for the impairment of goodwill and intangible assets in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. The non-cash charge was primarily comprised of a charge for the impairment of goodwill of $98.9 million, before related deferred tax benefit of $11.3 million. This charge was recorded as the result of volatility and deterioration of the financial markets and adverse changes in the global business climate, during the second half of the fiscal year-ended January 31, 2009. Additionally during the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company performed an evaluation of recoverability of its long-lived assets and recorded non-cash charges of $7.3 million and $3.7 million for customer lists and a trademark, respectively, in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment. These charges were before a related combined deferred tax benefit of $3.9 million.
 
During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2010, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $1.6 million for the impairment of goodwill in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment in accordance with ASC 250, Accounting for Changes and Error Corrections and the correction of an error. Prior period amounts have not been restated due to immateriality. There was no tax benefit as a result of this charge. This charge was recorded as the result of a correction of the impairment of goodwill in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment during the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009. The additional impairment charge was recorded in accordance with SAB 108, Considering the Effects of Prior Year Misstatements when Quantifying Misstatements in Current Year Financial Statements.
 
Other operating expenses
 
Other operating costs in the freight forwarding segment decreased $9.1 million, or 5%, to $163.4 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $172.5 million for fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately $5.7 million of the decrease. The remaining decrease in other operating costs in our freight forwarding segment was primarily due to actions taken to better align our costs with the decline in freight forwarding volume.
 
Other operating costs in the contract logistics and distribution segment decreased by $29.2 million, or 9%, to $284.9 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $314.1 million for fiscal 2009. Foreign currency fluctuations contributed approximately $5.5 million of the decrease. The remaining decrease in other operating costs in our contract logistics and distribution segment was primarily due to headcount reductions and other actions taken in light of the decline in revenues as a result of the global economic slowdown.
 
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Interest expense, net
 
Interest income relates primarily to interest earned on our cash deposits, while interest expense consists primarily of interest on our credit facilities; our senior unsecured guaranteed notes, of which $155.1 million of principle was outstanding as of January 31, 2010; and capital lease obligations. Interest income and interest expense decreased $3.1 million or 23%, and $7.6 million, or 25%, respectively, for fiscal 2010, compared to fiscal 2009. The decrease in interest income and in interest expense is primarily due to a decrease in total net cash deposits and borrowings outstanding during the comparative periods.
 
Other income and expenses, net
 
Other income and expenses primarily relates to foreign currency gains and losses on certain of our intercompany loans, withholding taxes and various other items. Other expenses, net of income, was $0.8 million for fiscal 2010. Other income, net of expenses was $1.4 million for the prior fiscal year period.
 
Provision for income taxes
 
Our effective income tax rate for fiscal 2010 was 35%, resulting in a provision for income taxes of $24.4 million compared to pretax income of $69.9 million. Compared to our historical effective income tax rates, our effective income tax rate for fiscal 2010 was adversely impacted by several items, some of which were particularly noticeable during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year. Our tax rate during fiscal 2010 was adversely affected by valuation allowances which increased our tax expense by approximately $6.5 million in certain of our loss-making jurisdictions, minimum taxes of approximately $1.4 million, and tax-rate change adjustments of approximately $1.0 million. Minimum taxes are payable regardless of the amount of our pre-tax income in the relevant jurisdiction. For the full fiscal year, these increases were partially offset by a favorable tax rates from the sale of property, plant and equipment, of which the company realized a benefit of approximately $2.1 million when compared to statutory income tax rates.
 
During the fourth quarter of our fiscal 2010, certain of these adverse tax items were particularly impactful in light of the amount of our pre-tax income for the quarter which had the effect of increasing our effective tax rate. Items specifically attributable to the fourth quarter include valuation allowances of approximately $1.3 million, tax-rate adjustments of approximately $1.0 million, adverse tax effects of the adjustment to goodwill impairment of approximately $0.7 million, and minimum taxes of approximately $0.5 million.
 
Changes in our effective tax rates are primarily attributable to the mix of taxable income across geographic regions. The company expects our effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 to be approximately 28% to 32%, however, the actual effective tax rate will depend on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the geographic mix of our business as well as the overall level of pre-tax income compared to minimum taxes which are payable in certain of our jurisdictions.
 
Discontinued operations, net of tax
 
Discontinued operations for fiscal 2009 include the operations of the company’s art packing businesses in our EMENA region as part of the company’s ongoing effort to focus on its core businesses.
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests increased $2.3 million, to $4.4 million for fiscal 2010, compared to $2.1 million for fiscal 2009. The changes in noncontrolling interests are dependent upon the mix of income among the various operations which have noncontrolling interests.
 
Year Ended January 31, 2009 Compared to Year Ended January 31, 2008
 
Revenues
 
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acquisitions made after August 2007 and from organic growth of $158.4 million in all services except our distribution services where revenues reduced by $60.6 million.
 
Freight forwarding revenues increased $228.5 million, or 8%, to $3,156.0 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $2,927.5 million for fiscal 2008. Approximately $74.5 million of this increase was due to our Israel Acquisition which occurred during fiscal 2008. The remaining increase was primarily due to the following factors: (a) increases in airfreight forwarding revenues in our EMENA, Americas, and Asia Pacific regions, partially offset by decreases in our Greater China and Africa regions; (b) increases in ocean freight forwarding revenues in our EMENA, Americas, Asia Pacific, and Africa regions, offset by decreases in our Greater China region; and (c) customs brokerage revenues increased in our EMENA, Asia Pacific, Greater China, and Africa regions, offset by decreases in our Americas region. We believe that for the Freight Forwarding segment, net revenue (the term used by the company to describe revenue less purchased transportation costs) is a better measure of growth in our freight forwarding business than revenue because our revenue for our services as an indirect air and ocean carrier includes the carriers’ charges to us for carriage of the shipment. Our revenues are also impacted by changes in fuel and similar surcharges, which have little relation to the volume or value of our services provided. Accordingly reference is made to our discussion regarding net revenues below.
 
Airfreight forwarding revenues increased $68.0 million, or 4%, to $1,621.6 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $1,553.6 million for fiscal 2008. Our Israel Acquisition, which occurred during fiscal 2008, contributed approximately $22.6 million of this increase.
 
Although airfreight forwarding revenues increased for fiscal 2009, as compared to fiscal 2008, the second half of the year was characterized by slowing growth in international trade compared to the second-half of fiscal 2008, and particularly during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Airfreight forwarding revenues decreased 34% in the fiscal 2009 fourth quarter when compared to fiscal 2008 fourth quarter, while net revenues decreased 15% for the same comparative period. Airfreight tonnage decreased 25% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to the same period in the previous year, which reflected the substantial market disruption in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.
 
Ocean freight forwarding revenues increased $102.5 million, or 9%, to $1,203.6 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $1,101.1 million for fiscal 2008. Our Israel Acquisition, which occurred during fiscal 2008, contributed approximately $36.7 million of this increase.
 
As with airfreight, the operating environment in ocean freight deteriorated very rapidly during fiscal 2009. The second half of fiscal 2009 was characterized by slowing growth in international trade during fiscal 2009, as compared to fiscal 2008, and particularly during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009. Ocean freight forwarding revenues in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 decreased 18% over the corresponding period in fiscal 2008, while net revenues decreased 4% over the comparable period. Ocean freight twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) decreased 17% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 compared to the comparable period a year ago.
 
Customs brokerage revenues increased $11.4 million, or 12%, to $109.4 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $98.0 million for fiscal 2008. The increase was primarily due to our Israel Acquisition, which occurred during fiscal 2008. Excluding the effects of our Israel Acquisition, customs brokerage revenues were generally consistent compared to the previous year.
 
Other freight forwarding related revenues increased $46.6 million, or 27%, to $221.4 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $174.8 million for fiscal 2008, primarily due to an increase in road freight volumes in the EMENA and Americas regions.
 
Contract logistics and distribution revenues decreased $51.0 million, or 4%, to $1,387.7 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $1,438.7 million for fiscal 2008. The decrease was primarily attributable to the exit of certain businesses, as well as the loss of the Wal*Mart contract, and decreases in distribution revenues over the comparative periods, partially offset by increases in contract logistics revenues through the addition of new contracts.
 
Contract logistics revenues increased $45.1 million, or 7%, to $663.7 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $618.6 million for fiscal 2008. The increase was primarily due to organic growth within our EMENA, Asia Pacific and Africa regions from new and existing clients. This growth was partially offset by the loss of our Wal*Mart


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contract on March 1, 2008, our exit of an underperforming contract in our Americas region in July 2008, and the corresponding loss of such revenues.
 
Distribution revenues decreased $59.5 million, or 10%, to $564.9 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $624.4 million for fiscal 2008. The decrease was primarily attributable to the closures of certain distribution businesses in our Africa region and a niche trucking business in the Americas region in connection with the 2008 Cost Reduction Measures. The decline was primarily attributed to the closures of the above-mentioned businesses. In addition, there has been continued softness in the U.S. domestic trucking environment.
 
Other contract logistics and distribution related revenues decreased $36.6 million, or 19%, to $159.1 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $195.7 million for fiscal 2008, primarily due to the closures of the distribution businesses mentioned above.
 
Net revenues
 
Total net revenues increased $57.5 million, or 4%, to $1,546.3 million for fiscal 2009, compared to total net revenues of $1,488.8 million for fiscal 2008, in part due to acquisitions and yield expansions noted below.
 
Freight forwarding net revenues, which is comprised of revenues minus freight consolidation costs, increased $83.6 million, or 13%, to $717.3 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $633.7 million for fiscal 2008. Net revenues is a function of gross revenues movements and expansions or contractions in yields as described above.
 
Airfreight forwarding net revenues increased $27.5 million, or 9%, to $346.0 million for fiscal 2009 compared to $318.5 million for fiscal 2008. Approximately $9.2 million of the increase was due to our Israel Acquisition in fiscal 2008. The remaining increase for the year was due to organic growth in the EMENA and Americas region, partially offset by decreases in our Asia Pacific, Greater China and Africa regions. Airfreight yields (airfreight net revenues as a percentage of airfreight revenues) increased in fiscal 2009 to 21.3% as compared to 20.5% for fiscal 2008 due to several factors, including a more favorable airfreight pricing environment, our airfreight purchasing initiatives, elimination of low-yielding business, and the lack of a peak season during the third quarter of fiscal 2009. Additionally, our efforts to capitalize on opportunities to leverage spot-pricing led to lower purchased transportation costs and yield expansion in fiscal 2009.
 
Ocean freight forwarding net revenues increased $27.5 million, or 16%, to $202.4 million for fiscal 2009, as compared to $174.9 million for fiscal 2008. Approximately $7.0 million of the increase was due to our Israel Acquisition in fiscal 2008. The remaining increase was due to organic growth in the EMENA, Americas, Asia Pacific and Greater China regions. For fiscal 2009, ocean freight yields (ocean freight net revenues as a percentage of ocean freight revenues) increased to 16.8% from 15.9% for fiscal 2008, for the reasons described below.
 
Customs brokerage net revenues increased $9.0 million, or 10%, to $103.4 million for fiscal 2009 compared to $94.4 million for fiscal 2008. Other freight forwarding related net revenues increased $19.6 million, or 43%, to $65.4 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $45.9 million for fiscal 2008.
 
Contract logistics and distribution net revenues decreased $26.1 million, or 3%, to $829.1 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $855.1 million for fiscal 2008. The decrease was primarily attributable to the exit of certain businesses, as well as the loss of the Wal*Mart contract, and decreases in distribution revenues over the comparative periods, partially offset by increases in contract logistics revenues through the addition of new contracts.
 
Contract logistics net revenues increased $31.8 million, or 6%, to $568.7 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $536.9 million for fiscal 2008. The increase was primarily due to organic growth within our EMENA, Asia Pacific and Africa regions from new and existing clients. This growth was partially offset by the loss of our Wal*Mart contract on March 1, 2008, our exit of an underperforming contract in our Americas region in July 2008, and the corresponding loss of such revenues.
 
Distribution net revenues decreased $48.2 million, or 23%, to $160.1 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $208.3 million for fiscal 2008. The decrease was primarily attributable to the closures of certain distribution businesses in our Africa region and a niche trucking business in the Americas region in connection with the 2008 Cost Reduction Measures.


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Other contract logistics and distribution related net revenues increased $9.6 million, or 9%, to $100.2 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $109.9 million for fiscal 2008.
 
Staff costs
 
Staff costs in our freight forwarding segment increased $58.2 million, or 17%, to $396.0 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $337.8 million for fiscal 2008. As a percentage of freight forwarding segment revenues, staff costs in the freight forwarding segment were approximately 13% and 12% for fiscal 2009 and 2008, respectively.
 
Staff costs in the contract logistics and distribution segment decreased $11.5 million, or 3%, to $439.6 million for fiscal 2009, as compared to $451.1 million for fiscal 2008, due to reductions in personnel previously with operations closed or lost since February 2008. These declines were partially offset by increases in staff costs within the EMENA region.
 
Staff costs at corporate were $8.7 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $12.0 million incurred during the corresponding prior fiscal year.
 
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets.
 
Total depreciation and amortization expense for all segments increased $6.0 million, or 12%, to $54.7 million for fiscal 2009, as compared to $48.7 million for fiscal 2008 due to additional depreciation expense associated with a new facility in the Asia Pacific region. Amortization of intangible assets increased due to assets acquired in our Israel and CSC acquisitions in fiscal 2008. Acquisitions completed since the fourth quarter of the preceding year contributed to the increase of amortization of intangibles assets for fiscal 2009 compared to the corresponding prior fiscal year.
 
Restructuring charges
 
Total restructuring charges increased $0.5 million, or 6%, to $8.9 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $8.4 million for fiscal 2008. During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009, the company initiated several changes to its global information technology operations and incurred related restructuring charges. Amounts charged for employee severance benefits and other exit costs under this plan were $2.9 million. Additionally, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008, the company initiated several changes in operations and incurred related restructuring charges. Charges associated with this plan included $6.0 million incurred during the first quarter of fiscal 2009 and $8.4 million incurred during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2008.
 
Goodwill and intangible assets impairment
 
During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $109.9 million, before related deferred tax benefit of $15.3 million, for the impairment of goodwill and intangible assets in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. The non-cash charge was primarily comprised of a charge for the impairment of goodwill of $98.9 million, before related deferred tax benefit of $11.3 million. This charge was recorded as the result of volatility and deterioration of the financial markets and adverse changes in the global business climate, during the second half of the fiscal year-ended January 31, 2009. Additionally during the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company performed an evaluation of recoverability of its long-lived assets and recorded non-cash charges of $7.3 million and $3.7 million for customer lists and a trademark, respectively, in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment. These charges were before a related combined deferred tax benefit of $3.9 million.
 
Other operating expenses
 
Other operating costs in the freight forwarding segment increased $22.5 million, or 15%, to $172.5 million in fiscal 2009, compared to $150.0 million for fiscal 2008. These increases were partially due to our Israel Acquisition. Other operating costs in the contract logistics and distribution segment decreased by $2.7 million, or 1%, to $314.1 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $316.8 million for the corresponding prior fiscal year.


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Other operating expenses at corporate included approximately $5.0 million of legal fees and other related expenses incurred by us as a result of the publicly announced investigations by the U.S. DOJ, the EC and other regulatory agencies into the pricing practices of the international freight forwarding and cargo transportation industry and other related investigations and lawsuits. We expect that we will continue to incur substantial legal costs and related expenses until the pending investigations by the U.S. DOJ and other foreign governmental agencies, and any civil litigation relating to these matters, are resolved. If the governmental investigations or litigation result in a determination adverse to us and/or our current or former officers, directors or employees, the company could incur substantial costs, fines and/or penalties, which could have a material adverse impact on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows.
 
Interest expense, net
 
Our interest income relates primarily to interest earned on our cash deposits, while our interest expense consists primarily of interest on our credit facilities, our senior unsecured guaranteed notes (Senior Notes), of which $166.7 million of principle remained outstanding as of January 31, 2009, and capital lease obligations. Interest income and interest expense increased $2.4 million or 22%, and $3.8 million, or 14%, respectively, compared to fiscal 2008.
 
Other income and expenses, net
 
Other income and expenses primarily relates to foreign currency gains and losses on certain of our intercompany loans, offset by withholding taxes and various other taxes not related to income taxes. Other income, net of expenses, was $1.4 million for fiscal 2009, compared to $1.6 million for fiscal 2008.
 
Provision for income taxes
 
Provision for income taxes was $17.5 million for fiscal 2009, compared to pretax income of $7.5 million. The effective income tax rate for the year was adversely impacted by the non-cash charge for impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets of $109.9 million, the majority of which did not provide a tax benefit. The company’s provision for income taxes for the prior fiscal year ended January 31, 2008 was $38.1 million, as compared to pretax income of $139.3 million, resulting in an effective income tax rate of 27%, which was comparable to historical rates.
 
Discontinued operations, net of tax
 
Discontinued operations include the operations of the company’s art packing businesses in our EMENA region, the majority of which was sold on July 31, 2008 as part of the company’s ongoing effort to focus on its core businesses. The remaining portion of the art packing business was sold on August 1, 2008. The company recorded a gain on the sale, net of tax, of $7.4 million during the fiscal year-ended January 31, 2009. Discontinued operating activities included net operating income, after taxes, of $0.1 million and $0.5 million, for the fiscal years ended 2009 and 2008, respectively.
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests decreased $0.7 million, to $2.2 million from $2.9 million for fiscal 2009, compared to fiscal 2008. The changes in noncontrolling interests are dependent upon the mix of income among the various operations which have noncontrolling interests.
 
Liquidity and Capital Resources
 
As of January 31, 2010, our cash and cash equivalents totaled $350.8 million, representing an increase of $93.9 million from January 31, 2009, resulting from $55.4 million of net cash provided by our operating, investing and financing activities and an increase of $38.5 million related to the effect of foreign exchange rate changes on our cash balances.
 
During fiscal 2010, we generated approximately $120.0 million in net cash from operating activities. This resulted from net income attributable to UTi Worldwide Inc. of $45.5 million plus depreciation and amortization of intangible assets totaling $55.1 million, deferred income taxes of $6.1 million, goodwill impairment of $1.6 million, provision for doubtful accounts of $3.5 million, an increase in trade payables and other current liabilities of


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$8.8 million, and an increase in trade receivables and other current assets of $5.4 million, and a decrease in other items totaling $4.8 million.
 
The company’s primary source of liquidity is the cash generated from operating activities, which is subject to seasonal fluctuations, particularly in our freight forwarding segment. The company experiences increased activity associated with peak season, generally during the second and third fiscal quarters, requiring significant customer disbursements. During the second quarter and the first half of the third quarter, this seasonal growth in customer receivables tends to consume available cash. Historically the second half of the third quarter and the fourth quarter tend to generate significant cash as cash collections usually exceed cash customer disbursements. Cash disbursements in the first quarter of the fiscal year typically exceed cash collections and, as a result, our first fiscal quarter historically results in the usage of available cash.
 
In addition to cash generated from the company’s income generating activities, when the company acts as a customs broker, we make significant cash advances on behalf of our clients to the various customs authorities around the world, predominantly in countries where our clients are importers of goods such as South Africa and Israel. These customs duties and taxes, in addition to certain other pass-through items, are not included as components of revenues and expenses. However, these advances temporarily consume cash as these items are typically paid to third parties in advance of reimbursement from our clients. Accordingly, on a comparative basis, operating cash flows are typically stronger in periods of declining logistics activity and are comparably weaker in periods of volume growth as the company must disburse cash in advance of collections from customers.
 
During fiscal 2010, advances for customs duties and taxes were approximately $3,403.3 million, a decrease of $923.9 million when compared to approximately $4,327.1 million for fiscal 2009. This decrease of customs duties and taxes was primarily attributable to the decrease in the value of goods moving internationally as a result of the significant decline in freight volumes experienced in fiscal 2010. The decrease in these advances and subsequent collection activity related to customs duties and taxes had a favorable impact on our net cash generated from operating activities.
 
On a comparative basis, during fiscal 2010, net cash generated from operating activities was $120.0 million, which exceeded net income attributable to the company of $45.5 million for the same period. During fiscal 2009, net cash generated from operating activities was $150.5 million. The weak economic conditions experienced in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 continued through fiscal 2010 and, as a result, the company did not experience the normal seasonal volume fluctuations to the usual degree in fiscal 2010 when compared to prior years. Reduced cash disbursements in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009 and throughout fiscal 2010 combined with cash collections related to pre-existing customer receivables resulted in favorable cash flows from operations in fiscal 2010 compared to net income for the fiscal year. The seasonal decline in customer activity in the fourth quarter, generated significant cash in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.
 
Cash used for investing activities for fiscal years ended January 31, 2010 and 2009 was $24.6 million and $62.1 million, respectively. During fiscal 2010, cash used for capital expenditures was approximately $29.0 million, consisting primarily of computer hardware and software and furniture, fixtures and equipment. During the normal course of operations, the company has a need to acquire technology, office furniture and equipment to facilitate the handling of our client freight and logistics volumes. The company spent $7.9 million for normal or routine capital expenditures in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 resulting in total capital expenditures of $29.0 million for fiscal 2010. Included in cash used in investing activities were proceeds of $13.6 million for the disposal of property, plant and equipment, including $8.1 million for our disposal of property in South Africa. During fiscal 2010, we used an aggregate of $9.2 million of cash for acquisitions and earn-out payments.
 
The following outlines certain of our recently paid and future potential contingent earn-out payments related to prior acquisitions.
 
  •  Our last remaining contingent earn-out payment relating to the acquisition of Perfect Logistics was based on the acquired operation’s earnings over the twelve-month period ended May 31, 2009. We were not required to make the final payment in regard to this contingent earn-out.


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  •  We currently anticipate making the final contingent earn-out payment of $4.2 million during the first half of fiscal 2011 related to our acquisition of Concentrek, which was calculated based on a multiple of Concentrek’s earnings for the twelve-month period ended January 31, 2010.
 
  •  We currently do not expect to make the final contingent earn-out payment related to our acquisition of Logica GmbH, based upon the entity’s performance during fiscal 2010.
 
  •  We currently do not expect to make a contingent earn-out payment in regard to our acquisition of Cargoforte based upon the entity’s performance during fiscal 2010. One remaining contingent earn-out payment remains, subject to a maximum of $19.6 million in the aggregate, which payment will be offset against the initial purchase price of $1.0 million and will be calculated based on a multiple of the acquired operation’s future earnings for the twelve month period ending January 31, 2011. We made a payment of $0.9 million in June 2009 relating to the twelve month period ended January 31, 2009.
 
  •  We currently do not expect to make a contingent earn-out payment in regard to our acquisition of UTi Pharma Slovakia, s.r.o. based upon the entity’s performance during fiscal 2010. One contingent earn-out payment remains and is subject to a maximum of $3.0 million in the aggregate and is to be calculated based on a multiple of the acquired operation’s earnings for the year ended January 31, 2012.
 
  •  In connection with our acquisition of the remaining ownership interest in EMA Israel, based on net revenue earned from a potential customer for each of the next four fiscal years ending January 31, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, we currently anticipate making contingent earn-out payments in the quarter following each of the twelve month periods above. The company’s aggregate obligation with respect to these contingent earn-out payments has been estimated to be $0.3 million as of January 31, 2010.
 
  •  We anticipate making one contingent earn-out payment of $4.7 million related to our acquisition of Tacisa during to April 2010. The payment will be calculated based on a multiple of the acquired operation’s earnings for the twelve months ended January 31, 2010.
 
In connection with the formation of the Sisonke Partnership, the partnership in South Africa that holds the shares of International Healthcare Distributors (Pty), Ltd., the company granted a put option to the minority partner providing the partner with a right to put their 25.1% share of the partnership to the company. The put option becomes exercisable upon the later of several events which are not time-definite, however the company believes the put option will become exercisable during the first half of fiscal 2011. The liability at January 31, 2010 was determined to be zero, as measured at fair value. The amount included in other non-current liabilities was $1.0 million at January 31, 2009. The company estimates the redemption value of the put option to be approximately $8.4 million, which the company believes to be substantially less than the fair value of the minority partner’s interest in the partnership.
 
Our financing activities during fiscal 2010 used $40.0 million of cash, primarily due to net payments of $4.6 million for bank lines of credit, offset by net borrowings of $0.8 million from short term borrowings, $70.5 million for repayments of long term bank borrowings, debt issuance costs of $6.5 million and $22.8 million for the repayment of capital lease obligations with an offset of $56.5 million from proceeds from the issuance of long term borrowings. In October 2009 we paid $6.0 million of cash in connection with the cash dividend of $0.06 cents per outstanding ordinary share declared by our board of directors on September 15, 2009.
 
Many of our businesses operate in functional currencies other than the U.S. dollar. The net assets of these divisions are exposed to foreign currency translation gains and losses, which are included as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss in shareholders’ equity. The company has historically not attempted to hedge this equity risk. Other comprehensive income as a result of foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax, was $64.2 million for the year ended January 31, 2010. Other comprehensive loss as a result of foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax, was $98.5 million for the year ended January 31, 2009. The movement during both periods was caused primarily by depreciation of the U.S. dollar against the Euro and South African rand, which together had the most significant impact on the company’s translation adjustment.


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Credit Facilities and Senior Notes
 
At January 31, 2010, the aggregate amount available for borrowing under all facilities totaled approximately $292.2 million. As of January 31, 2010, loans outstanding under these facilities totaled approximately $43.8 million and letters of credit and guarantees outstanding under these facilities totaled approximately $158.2 million, excluding letters of credit (or the portion thereof) used to support loans outstanding. At January 31, 2010, the Company had approximately $90.1 million of available, unused capacity under these facilities, approximately $73.7 million of which was available for cash draw.
 
Bank Lines of Credit
 
A significant number of our subsidiaries participate in a cash pooling arrangement administered by Bank Mendes Gans NV, which is used to fund short-term liquidity needs. The cash pooling arrangement has no stated maturity date and yields and bears interest at varying rates based on a base rate plus 0.5% for withdrawals and minus 0.5% for deposits. The facility does not permit cash withdrawals in excess of cash deposits on a global basis. At January 31, 2010, cash deposits were equivalent to cash withdrawals. Cash withdrawals of $70.2 million and $11.6 million are included in bank lines of credit at January 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
 
The company has various credit, letter of credit and guarantee facilities. The company’s primary facilities and borrowings include: the ABN/RBS Letter of Credit Agreement and Nedbank Letter of Credit Agreement; the South African Facilities Agreement; and the 2009 Note Purchase Agreement and 2006 Note Purchase Agreement; all described in more detail below. The purpose of the company’s facilities is to provide the company with working capital, customs and other guarantees, letters of credit, and funds for general corporate purposes. Due to the global nature of the company’s business, a number of financial institutions are utilized to provide the company with credit facilities.
 
ABN/RBS Letter of Credit Agreement
 
On July 9, 2009, the company and certain of its subsidiaries entered into a letter of credit facility pursuant to an agreement with ABN AMRO N.V. (ABN) and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc. (the “ABN/RBS Letter of Credit Agreement”). The ABN/RBS Letter of Credit Agreement provided for an aggregate availability of up to $50.0 million in letters of credit as of January 31, 2010. The ABN/RBS Letter of Credit Agreement originally provided for two separate letter of credit facilities, which we refer to as the ABN Letter of Credit Facility and the RBS Letter of Credit Facility. As of January 31, 2010, the letters of credit outstanding under the ABN Letter of Credit Facility totaled approximately $33.8 million and the amount of available, unused capacity was $16.2 million. The ABN Letter of Credit Facility matures on July 9, 2011. The RBS Letter of Credit Facility matured on December 31, 2009 and prior to maturity the company either obtained the release of the remaining letters of credit issued pursuant to this facility or provided for alternative arrangements for the underlying obligations. The company’s obligations under the ABN/RBS Letter of Credit Agreement are guaranteed by the company and selected subsidiaries.
 
Nedbank Letter of Credit Agreement
 
On July 9, 2009, the company and certain of its subsidiaries also entered into a letter of credit facility pursuant to an agreement (the “Nedbank Letter of Credit Agreement”) with Nedbank Limited, acting through its London Branch. The Nedbank Letter of Credit Agreement provided for an aggregate initial availability of up to $36.0 million in letters of credit. On January 8, 2010, the company and certain of its subsidiaries entered into an amendment to this agreement (the “Nedbank Amendment”) which temporarily increased the aggregate availability under the facility to $46.0 million in letters of credit. The Nedbank Amendment expired on March 1, 2010, afterwhich the aggregate availability under the Nedbank Letter or Credit Agreement reverted to the original availability of $36.0 million in letters of credit. As of January 31, 2010, the letters of credit outstanding under the Nedbank Letter of Credit Agreement totaled approximately $6.2 million and loans outstanding totaled $23.3 million, which is included in bank lines of credit in the consolidated balance sheet. As of January 31, 2010, the amount of available, unused capacity was $16.6 million under this facility. The Nedbank Letter of Credit


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Agreement matures on July 9, 2011. The company’s obligations under the Nedbank Letter of Credit Agreement are guaranteed by the company and selected subsidiaries.
 
Together, the company refers to the ABN/RBS Letter of Credit Agreement and the Nedbank Letter of Credit Agreement as the “Letter of Credit Agreements”. Pursuant to the terms of the Letter of Credit Agreements, the company is charged fees relating to, among other things, the issuance of letters of credit, the aggregate amount of letters of credit outstanding, and the unused portions of these facilities, all at the rates specified in the applicable agreement.
 
South African Facilities Agreement
 
On July 9, 2009, certain of the company’s subsidiaries operating in South Africa entered into a South African credit facility pursuant to an agreement (the “South African Facilities Agreement”) with Nedbank Limited, acting through its Corporate Banking Division. The South African Facilities Agreement provides for a 650.0 million South African rand revolving credit facility, which is comprised of a 400.0 million South African rand working capital facility and a 250.0 million South African rand letter of credit, guarantee and forward exchange contract facility. At January 31, 2010, based on current exchange rates, the revolving credit facility provided for an aggregate availability of $84.7 million. As of January 31, 2010, the borrowings, letters of credit, and guarantees under the South African Facilities Agreement totaled approximately $31.0 million, represented by outstanding letters of credit and guarantees of $31.0 million and borrowings of $0.1 million, which is included in the bank lines of credit in the consolidated balance sheet. As of January 31, 2010, the amount of available, unused capacity was $53.7 million under this facility. The South African Facilities Agreement also provides the company’s South African operations with a 150.0 million South African rand revolving asset-based finance facility, which includes, among other things, a capital lease line. The obligations of the company’s subsidiaries under the South African Facilities Agreement are guaranteed by selected subsidiaries registered in South Africa. In addition, certain of the company’s operating assets in South Africa, and the rights and interests of the South African branch of one of our subsidiaries in various intercompany loans made to a South African subsidiary and to a South African partnership, are pledged as collateral under the South African Facilities Agreement.
 
Overdrafts under the South African working capital facility bear interest at a rate per annum equal to Nedbank’s publicly quoted prime rate minus 1%. The per annum interest rate payable in respect of foreign currency accounts is generally at the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR), or with respect to a foreign currency account in euro, the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR), plus the lender’s cost of funds (to the extent greater than LIBOR or EURIBOR, as applicable), plus 3%. Instruments issued under the letter of credit, guarantee and forward exchange contract facility bear interest at a rate to be agreed upon in writing by the company’s subsidiaries party to the South African Facilities Agreement and Nedbank.
 
Bank Borrowings
 
2009 Note Purchase Agreement
 
On July 9, 2009, the company issued $55.0 million of senior unsecured guaranteed notes (the “2009 Senior Notes”) under a note purchase agreement (the “2009 Note Purchase Agreement”), entered into among UTi, certain of its subsidiaries as guarantors and the purchasers named therein. The 2009 Senior Notes mature on August 9, 2014. The 2009 Senior Notes bear interest at a rate of 8.06% per annum, payable semi-annually, on the 9th day of February and August. The company is required to repay approximately $9.2 million, or such lesser principal amount as shall then be outstanding, on February 9, 2012 and each February 9th and August 9th thereafter up to and including August 9, 2014. The company’s obligations under the 2009 Senior Notes and the 2009 Note Purchase Agreement are guaranteed by the company and selected subsidiaries. As of January 31, 2010, the principal amount outstanding under the 2009 Senior Notes was $55.0 million, and is included in long-term bank borrowings in the consolidated balance sheet.


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2006 Note Purchase Agreement
 
On July 13, 2006, the company issued $200.0 million of senior unsecured guaranteed notes (the “2006 Senior Notes” and, together with the 2009 Senior Notes, the “Senior Notes”) under a note purchase agreement (the “2006 Note Purchase Agreement”, and together with the 2009 Note Purchase Agreement, the “Note Purchase Agreements”), entered into among UTi, certain of its subsidiaries as guarantors and the purchasers named therein. The 2006 Senior Notes mature on July 13, 2011. The 2006 Senior Notes bear interest at a rate of 6.31% per annum, payable semi-annually, on the 13th day of each January and July. The company is required to repay approximately $33.3 million, or such lesser principal amount as shall then be outstanding, on each January 13th and July 13th up to and including July 13, 2011. The company’s obligations under the 2006 Senior Notes and the 2006 Note Purchase Agreement are guaranteed by the company and selected subsidiaries. As of January 31, 2010 and 2009, the principal amount outstanding under the 2006 Senior Notes was approximately $100.0 million and $166.7 million, respectively, and is included in long-term bank borrowings in the consolidated balance sheets.
 
The company also has a number of bank borrowings issued by various financial institutions, not covered under the facilities listed above. The total of such bank borrowings at January 31, 2010 was approximately $8.6 million, included in short-term and long-term bank borrowings in the consolidated balance sheet.
 
The Letter of Credit Agreements, the South African Facilities Agreement and the 2009 Senior Notes, referred to above replaced the company’s former $250.0 million credit facility agreement (the “2006 Facility Agreement”) with ABN and various other financial institutions party thereto. All loans previously outstanding under the 2006 Facility Agreement were refinanced or paid and all letters of credit previously issued under the 2006 Facility Agreement were terminated or supported with new letters of credit in connection with the execution of the Letter of Credit Agreements, the South African Facilities Agreement and the issuance of the 2009 Senior Notes. No early termination penalties were incurred in connection with the termination of the 2006 Facility Agreement.
 
The Letter of Credit Agreements, the South African Facilities Agreement, and the Note Purchase Agreements require the company to comply with financial and other covenants and certain change of control provisions. In March 2010, we amended the financial covenants in the Letter of Credit Agreements and in the 2009 Note Purchase Agreement. Some of the covenants include maintaining a specified net worth, maintaining a specified ratio of total debt to consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) and minimum interest charge coverage requirements, among others. Should the company fail to comply with these covenants and be unable to obtain any necessary amendments or waivers, all or a portion of the obligations under the Senior Notes, the Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement could become immediately due and payable and the Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement could be terminated and the credit, letter of credit, and guarantee facilities provided thereunder would no longer be available. The company was in compliance with all the covenants set forth in the Note Purchase Agreements, the Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement as of January 31, 2010.
 
Furthermore, the Letter of Credit Agreements, the South African Facilities Agreement, and the Note Purchase Agreements each contain cross-default provisions with respect to other indebtedness, giving the lenders under the Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement and the note holders under the Note Purchase Agreements the right to declare a default if the company defaults under other indebtedness in certain circumstances.
 
Pursuant to the terms of the Letter of Credit Agreements, the South African Facilities Agreement, and the Note Purchase Agreements, the company is required to indemnify the lenders and others with respect to certain losses, liabilities and costs, those relating to income and other taxes, increased costs suffered as a result of, among other things, changes in laws or regulations, or other requirements which may be imposed by regulatory authorities from time to time, and increased costs suffered as a result of a default under the agreements. The indemnification obligations created by each respective agreement arose at the time such agreement was entered into and will continue in accordance with the terms of such agreement. The company cannot currently estimate the maximum potential amount which could be payable pursuant to its indemnification obligations under these agreements. Liabilities for these indemnification obligations were not material to the company as a whole as of the dates that each of the respective agreements was entered into. The Company has not recorded any liabilities related to the indemnification obligations as of January 31, 2010.


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In addition to the credit, letter of credit, and guarantee facilities provided under the Letter of Credit Agreements and the South African Facilities Agreement, the company utilizes a number of other financial institutions to provide it with incremental letter of credit, guarantee and working capital capacity, certain of which are working capital and credit facilities, and certain of which are customs bonds and guarantees which are issued by various financial institutions. In many cases, the use of these particular letter of credit, guarantee, and working capital facilities are restricted to the country in which they originated although this is not always the case. These particular letter of credit, guarantee, and working capital facilities may restrict distributions by the subsidiary operating in the country. At January 31, 2010, the aggregate amount available for borrowing under these other facilities totaled approximately $111.5 million, including customs bonds and other guarantees of approximately $87.3 million and borrowings of approximately $20.5 million, which is included in both bank lines of credit and long-term borrowings in the consolidated balance sheet. At January 31, 2010, the total available, unused cash borrowing capacity under these other facilities was approximately $3.7 million.
 
Contractual Obligations
 
At January 31, 2010, we had the following contractual obligations (in thousands):
 
                                         
    Payments Due by Period  
          Less Than
    1-3
    4-5
    After 5
 
    Total     1 Year     Years     Years     Years  
 
Bank borrowings(1)
  $ 186,457     $ 186,457     $     $     $  
Long-term borrowings(2)
    105,618             86,014       19,604        
Capital lease obligations(2)
    44,244       18,278       21,025       4,906       35  
Pension funding obligations(3)
    11,728       1,181       2,402       2,085       6,060  
Operating lease obligations
    383,973       114,680       136,794       70,459       62,040  
Unconditional purchase obligations and other(4)
    3,502       3,502                    
                                         
Total
  $ 735,522     $ 324,098     $ 246,235     $ 97,054     $ 68,135  
                                         
 
 
(1) Includes estimated interest expense based on the variable interest rates on these obligations as well the current portion of long-term borrowings.
 
(2) Includes interest expense due to the fixed nature of interest rates on these obligations.
 
(3) Pension funding obligation amounts include estimated defined benefit pension funding obligations through the year ending 2020.
 
(4) The company typically enters into various types of short-term contracts to reserve transportation capacity on a guaranteed basis. These contracts include minimum quantity commitments with ocean carriers, and “blocked space agreements” with air carriers. Additionally, the company occasionally charters aircraft capacity with air carriers. The pricing of these contracts is dependent upon current market conditions. The company typically does not pay for space which remains unused. The total committed obligation for these contracts as of January 31, 2010 was $1.7 million. The remaining amount represents commitments to purchase capital equipment.
 
Certain of our acquisitions include contingent consideration arrangements. Amounts due to selling shareholders under such arrangements generally are based on the operating results of the acquired entity, for a period subsequent to its acquisition. In certain instances, these agreements have contractual limits on the amounts that may be payable under the earn-out arrangement. The above table does not include potential contingent earn-out payments that may be paid pursuant to any such arrangements, including the approximately $8.9 million we expect to pay in fiscal 2011 in connection with the earn-out arrangements relating to the acquired businesses, as disclosed above. See the discussion with the caption “Liquidity and Capital Resources.”
 
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January 31, 2010, the company has accrued $10.3 million related to uncertain tax positions. Refer to Note 4, “Uncertain Tax Positions” in the consolidated financial statements.
 
We believe that with our current cash position, various bank credit facilities and operating cash flows, we have sufficient means to meet our working capital and liquidity requirements for at least the next 12 months as our operations are currently conducted.
 
The nature of our operations necessitates dealing in many foreign currencies and our results are subject to fluctuations due to changes in exchange rates. See “Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.”
 
Call and Put Options
 
In connection with the company’s merger with Newlog, Ltd. during fiscal 2008, the company obtained an option providing it with the right to call the minority partner’s shares of the subsidiary under certain circumstances, including a change in control of the minority partner. The company recorded an asset related to this call option in other non-current assets. The amount recorded represents the differences between the estimated strike price and the estimated fair value of the subsidiary equity held by the minority partner, if the call option becomes exercisable. The amounts included in other non-current assets were $0.5 million and $0.8 million at January 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
 
Additionally, the company granted an option providing the minority partner with the right to call the company’s shares of the subsidiary in the event the company does not exercise its right, under specific circumstances, to call the minority partner’s shares. The company has recorded a liability related to this option in other non-current liabilities. The amounts included in other non-current liabilities were $0.8 million and $0.9 million at January 31, 2010 and 2009, respectively.
 
In connection with the formation of a joint venture subsidiary, which provides inventory management and other services in the United States, the company granted an option providing the minority partner with the right to call the company’s shares of the subsidiary in the event the company does not exercise its right, under specific circumstances, to call the minority partner’s shares. In December 2009, at the time the company acquired the remaining outstanding shares held by the minority partner in an Israeli subsidiary, the joint venture agreement with the minority shareholder, along with the call option, was terminated, thereby reducing the company’s liability related to this option to zero. For further information, see Note 2, “Acquisitions.” At January 31, 2009, the liability related to this option of $0.2 million was recorded in other non-current liabilities.
 
Additionally, in connection with the formation of a partnership in South Africa that holds the shares of a subsidiary that distributes pharmaceutical supplies and equipment, the company granted a put option to the minority partner providing the partner with a right to put their 25.1% share of the partnership to the company in fiscal 2011. The liability at January 31, 2010 was determined to be zero. The amount included in other non-current liabilities was $1.0 million at January 31, 2009. The company estimates the redemption value of the put option to be approximately $8.4 million, which the company believes to be substantially less than the fair value of the minority partner’s interest in the partnership. The liability recorded represents the difference between the estimated strike price and the estimate fair value of the partnership held by the minority partner when the put option becomes exercisable.
 
Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements
 
We have no material off-balance sheet arrangements.
 
Impact of Inflation
 
To date, our business has not been significantly or adversely affected by inflation. Historically, we have been generally successful in passing carrier rate increases and surcharges on to our clients by means of price increases and surcharges. Direct carrier rate increases could occur over the short- to medium-term. Due to the high degree of competition in the marketplace, these rate increases might lead to an erosion of our profit margins.


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Critical Accounting Estimates
 
Our discussion of our operating and financial review and prospects is based on our consolidated financial statements, prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP and contained within this report. Certain amounts included in, or affecting, our consolidated financial statements and related disclosure must be estimated, requiring us to make certain assumptions with respect to values or conditions which cannot be known with certainty at the time the consolidated financial statements are prepared. Therefore, the reported amounts of our assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses and associated disclosures with respect to contingent obligations are necessarily affected by these estimates. In preparing our financial statements and related disclosures, we must use estimates in determining the economic useful lives of our assets, obligations under our employee benefit plans, provisions for uncollectible accounts receivable and various other recorded and disclosed amounts. Actual results could differ from these estimates. We evaluate these estimates on an ongoing basis.
 
Our significant accounting policies are included in Note 1, “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” to the consolidated financial statements included in this report; however, we believe that certain accounting policies are more critical to our financial statement preparation process than others. These include our policies on revenue recognition, income taxes, allowance for doubtful receivables, business combinations, goodwill and other intangible assets, share based compensation, contingencies and call and put options.
 
Revenue Recognition
 
Revenue represents billings on exports to clients, plus net revenue on imports, net of any billings for value added taxes, custom duties and freight insurance premiums whereby the company acts as an agent. The company recognizes revenue in accordance with FASB Codification Topic 605, Revenue Recognition, (ASC 605). Accordingly, revenue and purchased transportation costs for airfreight and ocean freight forwarding services, including commissions earned from the company’s services as an authorized agent for airline and ocean carriers and third-party freight insurers are recognized at the time the freight departs the terminal of origin which is when the client is billed. This method generally results in recognition of revenues and purchased transportation costs earlier than methods that do not recognize revenues until a proof of delivery is received or that recognize revenues as progress on the transit is made. The company’s method of revenue and cost recognition does not result in a material difference from amounts that would be reported under such other methods.
 
Customs brokerage revenue, contract logistics revenue and distribution and other revenues are recognized when the client is billed, which for customs brokerage, is when the necessary documentation for customs clearance has been completed, and for contract logistics and other revenues, is when the service has been provided to third parties in the ordinary course of business. Purchased transportation costs are recognized at the time the freight departs the terminal of origin.
 
Significant components of estimation related to revenue recognition include valuation of accounts receivable and the accrual of certain costs, related primarily to ancillary services, which are estimated and accrued at the time the services are provided, and adjusted upon receipt of the suppliers’ final invoices.
 
Income Taxes
 
Our overall effective income tax rate is determined by the geographic composition of our worldwide taxable income, with some of our operations in countries with low effective income tax rates. Consequently our provision for tax expense on an interim basis is based on an estimate of our overall effective tax rate for the related annual period.
 
Deferred income taxes are accounted for using the liability method in respect of temporary differences arising from differences between the carrying amount of assets and liabilities in the financial statements and the corresponding tax basis used in the computation of taxable income. Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are recognized for all taxable temporary differences. Deferred income taxes are calculated at the tax rates that are expected to apply to the period when the asset is realized or the liability is settled. Deferred income taxes are charged or credited to the consolidated statements of operations.


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Deferred income tax assets are offset by valuation allowances so that the assets are recognized only to the extent that it is more likely than not that taxable income will be available against which deductible temporary differences can be utilized. We consider our historical performance, forecasted taxable income and other factors when we determine the sufficiency of our valuation allowances. We believe the estimates and assumptions used to determine future taxable income to be reasonable, although they are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ from these estimates.
 
Allowance for Doubtful Accounts
 
We maintain an allowance for doubtful accounts based on a variety of factors and estimates. These factors include historical client trends, current receivables aging, general and specific economic conditions and local market conditions. We review the allowance for doubtful accounts on a monthly basis. Past due balances over 90 days and over a specified amount are reviewed individually for collectability. All other balances are reviewed on a pooled basis. Account balances are charged off against the allowance after all means of collection have been exhausted and the potential for recovery is remote. We do not have any off-balance-sheet credit exposure related to our customers. We believe our estimate for doubtful accounts is based on reasonable assumptions and estimates, although they are inherently uncertain and actual results may differ from these estimates.
 
Business Combinations
 
The total cost of our acquisitions is allocated to the assets acquired and the liabilities assumed based upon their estimated fair values at the date of acquisition. The terms of our acquisitions often include contingent consideration or earn-out arrangements based upon the performance of the acquired business, subsequent to acquisition. Accordingly, we are required to make a determination as to what portion of the contingent consideration represents a cost of the acquisition and what portion, if any, represents a compensatory arrangement, based upon the terms of the arrangement. The determination of the compensatory element, if any, requires judgment and impacts the amount of compensation expense recorded as Staff Costs. In accordance with FASB Codification Topic 805, Business Combinations, liabilities for contingent earn-out payments are initially recognized at their estimated fair values at the date of acquisition and subsequent changes in fair value of the liability are recognized in earnings.
 
Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets
 
Goodwill is the difference between the purchase price of a company and the fair market value of the acquired company’s net assets at the date of acquisition. Other intangible assets with finite lives are being amortized using the straight-line method over their estimated lives.
 
Intangible assets with indefinite lives, including goodwill are assessed at least annually for impairment in accordance with ASC 350, Intangibles — Goodwill and Other. We complete the required impairment test annually in the second quarter, and also when evidence of potential impairment exists. When it is determined that impairment has occurred, a charge to operations is recorded. In order to test for potential impairment, the company uses a discounted cash flow analysis, corroborated by comparative market multiples where appropriate.
 
The principal factors used in the discounted cash flow analysis requiring judgment are the projected results of operations, weighted average cost of capital (WACC), and terminal value assumptions. The WACC takes into account the relative weight of each component of the company’s consolidated capital structure (equity and debt) and represents the expected cost of new capital adjusted as appropriate to consider risk profiles specific to the company. The terminal value assumptions are applied to the final year of the discounted cash flow model. Due to the number of variables inherent in the estimation of fair value and the relative size of the company’s recorded goodwill, differences in assumptions may have a material effect on the results of the impairment analysis.
 
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fiscal 2011 or in future years, particularly with respect to these two reporting units. Several of the key assumptions for achieving the projected operational results include certain revenue growth and operating cost assumptions. As of January 31, 2010, the goodwill carrying values for the EMENA Contract Logistics and Americas Distribution reporting units were $5.4 million and $79.9 million, respectively.
 
During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $109.9 million, before a related deferred tax benefit of $15.3 million, for impairment of goodwill and intangible assets in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment. This charge was recorded as the result of volatility and deterioration of the financial markets and adverse changes in the global business climate, during the second half of the fiscal year-ended January 31, 2009.
 
During the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2010, the company recorded a non-cash charge of $1.6 million, for the impairment of goodwill in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution Segment in accordance with ASC 250, Accounting for Changes and Error Corrections and the correction of an error. Prior period amounts have not been restated due to immateriality. There was no tax benefit as the result of this charge. This charge was recorded as the result of a correction of the impairment of goodwill in the company’s Contract Logistics and Distribution segment during the fourth quarter ended January 31, 2009. The additional impairment charge was recorded in accordance with SAB 108, Considering the Effects of Prior Year Misstatements when Quantifying Misstatements in Current Year Financial Statements.
 
Share-Based Compensation
 
The company has elected the fair value recognition provisions of FASB Codification Topic 718, Compensation — Stock Compensation, (ASC 718), using the modified prospective transition method. Under this method, the company recognizes compensation expense for all share-based payments granted after January 31, 2007, as well as all share-based payments granted prior to, but not yet vested, as of January 31, 2007, in accordance with ASC 718. Under the fair value recognition provisions of ASC 718, the company recognizes share-based compensation expense, net of an estimated forfeiture rate, over the requisite service period of the award.
 
Shares of newly issued common stock will be issued upon exercise of stock options or vesting of restricted share units.
 
Contingencies
 
We are subject to a range of claims, lawsuits and administrative proceedings that arise in the ordinary course of business. Estimating liabilities and costs associated with these matters requires judgment and assessment based upon professional knowledge and experience of management and its legal counsel. Where the company is self-insured in relation to freight related exposures or employee benefits, adequate liabilities are estimated and recorded for the portion for which we are self-insured. When estimates of our exposure from claims or pending or threatened litigation matters meet the recognition criteria of FASB Codification Topic 450, Contingencies, (ASC 450), amounts are recorded as charges to earnings. The ultimate resolution of any exposure to us may change as further facts and circumstances become known. For further information regarding legal proceedings, see Note 17, “Contingencies.”
 
Call and Put Options
 
In connection with certain of the company’s acquisitions and formations of certain partnerships, the company has acquired or has issued various options for either the company or its minority partners to put or call shares in the partnerships. We record assets and liabilities associated with these instruments based on the differences between the estimated strike price and the estimated fair value of the instruments, based on when the call and put options are expected to become exercisable.
 
FASB Codification
 
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principles used in the preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP. The FASB Codification became effective for the company in the third quarter of fiscal 2010 and where possible, previously disclosed FASB references have been replaced with FASB Codification references.
 
Recent Accounting Pronouncements
 
In October 2009, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2009-13, Multiple-Deliverable Revenue Arrangements (ASU 2009-13), which amends Codification Topic 605, Revenue Recognition. This update provides amendments to the criteria for separating deliverables, measuring and allocating arrangement consideration to one or more units of accounting. This update also establishes a selling price hierarchy for determining the selling price of a deliverable. ASU 2009-13 is effective for revenue arrangements entered into or materially modified in fiscal years beginning on or after June 15, 2010. The company is currently evaluating the impact the adoption of the update may have on its consolidated results of operations and financial position.
 
In June 2009, an update was made to FASB Codification Topic 810, Consolidation, (ASC 810). This update amends previous guidance to require the company to perform an analysis to determine whether its variable interests give it a controlling financial interest in a variable interest entity. The update is effective for annual periods beginning after November 15, 2009, for interim periods within that first annual reporting period, and for interim and annual reporting periods thereafter. The company is currently evaluating the impact the adoption of the update may have on its consolidated results of operations and financial position.
 
In May 2009, the FASB issued guidance which is included in FASB Codification Topic 855, Subsequent Events, (ASC 855). ASC 855 establishes general standards of accounting for and disclosure of events that occur after the balance sheet date but before financial statements are issued. The company has evaluated subsequent events through March 29, 2010 for appropriate accounting and disclosure in accordance with this standard.
 
In December 2007, the FASB issued guidance which is included in FASB Codification Topic 805, Business Combinations, (ASC 805). ASC 805 applies the same method of accounting (the acquisition method) to all transactions and other events in which one entity obtains control over one or more other businesses. This standard applies prospectively to business combinations for which the acquisition date is on or after the beginning of the first annual reporting period beginning on or after December 15, 2008. The company is applying the guidance of ASC 805 to business combinations completed on or after February 1, 2009.
 
In September 2006, the FASB issued guidance which is included in FASB Codification Topic 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, (ASC 820). ASC 820 defines fair value, sets out a framework for measuring fair value in U.S. GAAP, and expands disclosures about fair value measurements of assets and liabilities. The company implemented the provisions of ASC 820 beginning in the first quarter of fiscal 2009, except for certain nonfinancial assets and liabilities for which it adopted the provisions of ASC 820 in the first quarter of fiscal 2010. For further information, see Note 19, “Fair Value Disclosures.”
 
Reclassifications
 
Certain amounts in the prior years’ consolidated financial statements have been reclassified to conform to the current year presentation. In accordance with ASC 280, all prior period segment information has been reclassified to conform to the current presentation.
 
ITEM 7A.   Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk
 
Quantitative Information about Market Risk
 
Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Sensitivity
 
Our use of derivative financial instruments is limited to forward foreign exchange contracts. At January 31, 2010, the notional value of all of our open forward foreign exchange contracts was $28.0 million related to transactions denominated in various currencies, but predominantly in U.S. dollars, Euros and British pounds sterling. These contracts are generally entered into at the time the foreign currency exposure is incurred and do not exceed 60 days.


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The following tables provide comparable information about our non-functional currency components of balance sheet items by currency, and present such information in U.S. dollar equivalents at January 31, 2010 and 2009. These tables summarize information on transactions that are sensitive to foreign currency exchange rates, including non-functional currency denominated receivables and payables. The net amount that is exposed in foreign currency is then subjected to a 10% change in the value of the functional currency versus the non-functional currency.
 
Non-functional currency exposure in U.S. dollar equivalents was as follows (in thousands):
 
                                         
                      Foreign Exchange
 
                      Gain/(loss)
 
                Net
    if Functional Currency  
                Exposure
    Appreciates
    Depreciates
 
    Assets     Liabilities     Long/(Short)     by 10%     by 10%  
 
At January 31, 2010:
                                       
U.S. dollars
  $ 96,722     $ 39,230     $ 57,491     $ 5,749     $ (5,749 )
Euros
    6,541       15,267       (8,725 )     (873 )     873  
British pounds sterling
    3,087       3,477       (390 )     (39 )     39  
Hong Kong dollars
    517       1,441       (924 )     (92 )     92  
Other
    2,402       7,459       (5,057 )     (506 )     506  
                                         
Total
  $ 109,269     $ 66,874     $ 42,395     $ 4,239     $ (4,239 )
                                         
At January 31, 2009:
                                       
U.S. dollars
  $ 76,727     $ 69,246     $ 7,481     $ 748     $ (748 )
Euros
    5,594       14,866       (9,272 )     (927 )     927  
British pounds sterling
    2,068       2,435       (367 )     (37 )     37  
Hong Kong dollars
    859       864       (5 )     (1 )     1  
Other
    1,801       28,474       (26,673 )     (2,667 )     2,667  
                                         
Total
  $ 87,049     $ 115,885     $ (28,836 )   $ (2,884 )   $ 2,884  
                                         
 
Qualitative Information about Market Risk
 
Foreign Exchange Risk
 
The nature of our operations necessitates dealing in many foreign currencies. Our results are subject to fluctuations due to changes in exchange rates. We attempt to limit our exposure to changing foreign exchange rates through both operational and financial market actions. We provide services to clients in locations throughout the world and, as a result, operate with many currencies including the key currencies of North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia Pacific and EMENA.
 
Our short-term exposures to fluctuating foreign currency exchange rates are related primarily to intercompany transactions. The duration of these exposures is minimized through our use of an intercompany netting and settlement system that settles all of our intercompany trading obligations once per month. In addition, selected exposures are managed by financial market transactions in the form of forward foreign exchange contracts (typically with maturities at the end of the month following the purchase of the contract). Forward foreign exchange contracts are primarily denominated in the currencies of our principal markets. We will normally generate foreign exchange gains and losses through normal trading operations. We do not enter into derivative contracts for trading or speculative purposes.
 
We do not, and cannot, hedge our foreign currency exposure in a manner that would entirely eliminate the effects of changes in foreign exchange rates on our consolidated net income.
 
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accumulated other comprehensive loss in shareholders’ equity. Such translation resulted in unrealized gains of $64.2 million in fiscal 2010. The company has historically not attempted to hedge this equity risk.
 
Interest Rate Risk
 
As a result of our normal borrowing and leasing activities, our operating results are exposed to fluctuations in interest rates, which we manage primarily through our regular financing activities. We have short-term and long-term debt with both fixed and variable interest rates. Short-term debt is primarily comprised of bank lines of credit used to finance working capital requirements. Generally, our short-term debt is at variable interest rates, while our long-term debt is at fixed interest rates. As of January 31, 2010 and 2009, the fair value of the company’s 6.31% senior unsecured guaranteed notes was $154.6 million and $168.4 million, respectively, compared to book value of $100.0 million and $166.7 million for fiscal 2010 and 2009, respectively. As discussed further at Note 10, “Borrowings” on July 9, 2009, the company issued $55.0 of senior unsecured guaranteed notes bearing an interest rate of 8.06%. The carrying value of these notes approximates fair value. Interest rate risk was estimated as the potential decrease in fair value resulting from a hypothetical 10% increase in interest rates and was not considered material at either year-end. We believe a 1% change in interest rates would not have a material impact on our future investment earnings due to the short-term nature of our investments.
 
We do not undertake any specific actions to cover our exposure to interest rate risk and we are not a party to any interest rate risk management transactions. We do not purchase or hold any derivative financial instruments for trading or speculative purposes.
 
ITEM 8.   Financial Statements and Supplementary Data
 
Consolidated Statements and Other Financial Information
 
Our consolidated financial statements, along with the report of our independent registered public accounting firm thereon, are attached to this report beginning on page F-3 and are incorporated herein by reference.
 
ITEM 9.   Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure
 
None.
 
ITEM 9A.   Controls and Procedures
 
Management’s Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures
 
“Disclosure controls and procedures” (as defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Exchange Act) are the controls and other procedures of an issuer that are designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by the issuer in the reports filed or submitted by it under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized and reported, within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms. “Disclosure controls and procedures” include, without limitation, controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed by an issuer in its Exchange Act reports is accumulated and communicated to the issuer’s management, including its principal executive and financial officers, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
 
Our management, under the direction and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has evaluated our disclosure controls and procedures as of January 31, 2010. Based upon this evaluation, management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of January 31, 2010. See “Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting” and “Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm” attached to this report on pages F-2 and F-3 and incorporated herein by reference.
 
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regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles and includes those policies and procedures that:
 
(1) Pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the issuer;
 
(2) Provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the issuer are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the issuer; and
 
(3) Provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the issuer’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
 
The company’s management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, concluded there were no changes to our internal controls over financial reporting during the year ended January 31, 2010 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
 
ITEM 9B.   Other Information
 
In late fiscal 2010, the Company’s Compensation Committee undertook a review of the employment agreements with our executive officers with the goals of clarifying the executives’ rights and the company’s obligations in the event of terminations, updating tax provisions and addressing differences among the terms of the different agreements. As a result of this review, on March 25, 2010, UTi, Services, Inc., an indirect subsidiary of the company (“UTi Services”), amended and restated the following employment agreements between UTi Services and certain of the company’s named executive officers (collectively, the “Existing Employment Agreements”): the Employment Agreement of Eric Kirchner, dated as of January 1, 2009; the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Gene Ochi, dated as of May 1, 2008; the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Lawrence Samuels, dated as of October 1, 2008; and the Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of William Gates, dated as of October 1, 2008.
 
The amended and restated employment agreements (collectively, the “Amended and Restated Employment Agreements”) revise the Existing Employment Agreements by, among other things, amending the provisions requiring the executives to execute general releases as a condition precedent to receiving payments after a termination and clarifying the provisions relating to Sections 280G and 409A of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended. The Amended and Restated Employment Agreements also modify the procedure in the agreements for termination in the event of the executive’s disability to provide that such termination shall be at the discretion of UTi Services instead of being automatic as provided in the Existing Employment Agreements and provide for the payment of a prorated portion of the “target” amount of the executive’s performance bonus in the event of certain terminations within 12 months following a change of control. The Amended and Restated Employment Agreements do not increase the salaries payable to the executives, or change the positions or duties of the executives.
 
The amendments to the Existing Employment Agreements are reflected in the revised form of Employment Agreement for Executive Officers, as well as the Amended and Restated Employment Agreements for Messrs. Kirchner, Ochi, Samuels and Gates, which have been filed as exhibits 10.11, 10.12, 10.7, 10.8 and 10.9, respectively, to this Annual Report on Form 10-K and which are incorporated herein by reference.
 
Additionally, on March 25, 2010, the company and certain of its subsidiaries as guarantors (collectively with the company, the “Obligors”) entered into: (i) a Second Amendment to Letter of Credit Agreement with Nedbank Limited (“Nedbank”), acting through its London Branch, (ii) a First Amendment to Letter of Credit Agreement with ABN Amro Bank N.V. (“ABN”), and (iii) a First Amendment to Note Purchase Agreement with the purchasers party thereto, (collectively, the “Amendments”). The Amendments amend the fixed charge coverage ratios provided for under the Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, with Nedbank, acting through its London Branch, (the “Nedbank Agreement”), the Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, with ABN (the “ABN Agreement”) and the Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, with the purchasers party thereto, (the “Note Purchase Agreement”), respectively, for future periods.


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On January 8, 2010, the Obligors also entered into a First Amendment to Letter of Credit Agreement (the “Previous Amendment”) with Nedbank, which among other things, increased the “Maximum Draw Amount” (as such term is defined in the Nedbank Agreement) under the Nedbank Agreement during the period from January 8, 2010 through and including March 1, 2010 by $10 million, from $36 million to $46 million.
 
The foregoing descriptions of the Previous Amendment and the Amendments are qualified in their entirety by the full texts of the Previous Amendment and the Amendments, which have been filed as exhibits 10.44, 10.45, 10.46 and 10.47, respectively, to this Annual Report on Form 10-K and which are incorporated herein by reference. Except as specifically amended by the Previous Amendment and the Amendments, the Nedbank Agreement, the ABN Agreement and the Note Purchase Agreement remain in full force and effect.
 
In addition to acting as the issuing bank under the Nedbank Agreement, Nedbank is the arranger and facility agent under a facilities agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, among certain of the company’s subsidiaries with operations in South Africa and Nedbank.
 
PART III
 
ITEM 10.   Directors and Executive Officers and Corporate Governance
 
The information required by this Item with respect to directors, the Audit Committee and Section 16(a) compliance is incorporated by reference under the captions, “Election of Directors,” “Information about the Board of Directors and Committees of the Board” and “Section 16(a) Beneficial Ownership Reporting Compliance,” respectively, from our definitive Proxy Statement for our 2010 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, which we refer to as the 2010 Proxy Statement, which will be filed within 120 days of January 31, 2010 pursuant to Regulation 14A.
 
Information regarding our executive officers is included in Part I, Item 1 of this report appearing under the caption, “Executive Officers and Other Senior Managers of Registrant.”
 
We have adopted a Code of Conduct and Ethics that applies to our executive officers, including the Chief Executive Officer and the Chief Financial Officer. The full text of the code is published on our website at www.go2uti.com in the “Corporate Governance” section and a copy of the code will be provided to any person without charge, upon written request addressed through UTi, Services, Inc., 100 Oceangate, Suite 1500, Long Beach, CA 90802, U.S.A., attention: Investor Relations. In the event that we make any amendments to, or grant any waivers of, a provision of the Code of Ethics applicable to our principal executive officer, principal financial officer or principal accounting officer, we intend to disclose such amendment or waiver on our website. Information on our website, however, does not form a part of this annual report on Form 10-K.
 
ITEM 11.   Executive Compensation
 
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference under the captions “Information about the Board of Directors and Committees of the Board — Compensation of Directors” and “Compensation of Executive Officers” from our 2010 Proxy Statement.
 
ITEM 12.   Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters
 
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Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans
 
The following table sets forth information as of January 31, 2010 regarding the number of our ordinary shares that may be issued pursuant to our equity compensation plans:
 
                         
    (a)
          (c)
 
    Number of
          Number of Securities
 
    Securities to be
    (b)
    Remaining Available
 
    Issued upon
    Weighted-Average
    for Future Issuance
 
    Exercise of
    Exercise Price of
    under Equity
 
    Outstanding
    Outstanding
    Compensation Plans
 
    Options, Warrants
    Options, Warrants,
    (Excluding Securities
 
    and Rights     and Rights     Reflected in Column (a))  
 
Plan category
                       
Equity compensation plans approved by security holders
    4,893,811 (1)(2)   $ 16.30       6,712,834 (3)
Equity compensation plans not approved by security holders
                 
                         
Total
    4,893,811     $ 16.30       6,712,834  
                         
 
 
(1) Of these shares, 30,457 are restricted share units granted pursuant to the 2004 Non-Employee Directors Share Incentive Plan. In addition, 1,841,127 are restricted share units granted as retention awards under our 2009 and 2004 Long-Term Incentive Plans. The Retention Awards consist of restricted share units, which entitle the holder to have shares issued to him or her upon the passage of time. Under the Retention Awards, a portion of the award may vest annually over time or, alternatively, the award will vest in full at the end of the required retention period. Restricted share units granted under the 2004 Non-Employee Directors Share Incentive Plan generally vest and become non-forfeitable on the date immediately preceding the annual meeting of shareholders which follows the grant date of the restricted share units, provided that the director receiving such restricted share units is then serving as a director on such date. Receipt of such shares may be deferred under the terms of the plan.
 
(2) Of these shares, 1,661,827 shares are subject to options pursuant to which the exercise price was above the closing market price of our ordinary shares as of January 31, 2010.
 
(3) The restricted share units identified in Footnote 1 are not included in column (c).
 
ITEM 13.   Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence
 
The information required by this Item is incorporated by reference under the captions “Information About the Board of Directors and Committees of the Board” and “Transactions with Management and Others” from our 2010 Proxy Statement.
 
ITEM 14.   Principal Accountant Fees and Services
 
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PART IV
 
ITEM 15.   Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules
 
1. Financial Statements and Financial Statement Schedule
 
Our consolidated financial statements are attached to this report and begin on page F-1.
 
2. Exhibits
 
The following documents are filed herewith or incorporated herein by reference to the location indicated.
 
         
Exhibit
 
Description
 
  3 .1   Memorandum of Association of the company, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 31, 2007)
  3 .2   Articles of Association of the company, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 3.1 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 31, 2007)
  10 .1   Sale of Shares Agreement, entered into December 6, 2004, between Pyramid Freight (Proprietary) Limited and The Trustees For the Time Being of the UTi Empowerment Trust (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed December 8, 2004)
  10 .2   Loan Agreement, entered into December 6, 2004, between Pyramid Freight (Proprietary) Limited and UTi South Africa (Proprietary) Limited (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.5 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed December 8, 2004)
  10 .3   Shareholders’ Agreement, entered into December 6, 2004, among Pyramid Freight (Proprietary) Limited, the Trustees for the Time Being of the UTi Empowerment Trust and UTi South Africa (Proprietary) Limited (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.6 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed December 8, 2004)
  10 .4   Sale of Business Agreement, entered into December 6, 2004, between Pyramid Freight Proprietary) Limited and UTi South Africa (Proprietary) Limited (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed December 8, 2004)
  10 .5+   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Mr. John Hextall, dated as of October 1, 2008 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed December 10, 2008)
  10 .6+   Separation Agreement and General Release of Mr. John Hextall, dated as of July 28, 2009 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 99.1 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 29, 2009)
  10 .7+   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Mr. Gene Ochi, dated as of March 25, 2010
  10 .8+   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Mr. Lawrence Samuels, dated as of March 25, 2010
  10 .9+   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Mr. William Gates, dated as of March 25, 2010
  10 .10+   Letter Agreement between Mr. William Gates and the company, dated as of October 1, 2008 (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.14 to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed April 1, 2009)
  10 .11+   Form of Employment Agreement for Executive Officers
  10 .12+   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Mr. Eric Kirchner, dated as
        of March 25, 2010
  10 .13+   Amended and Restated Employment Agreement of Mr. Lance D’Amico, dated as of March 25, 2010
  10 .14+   Non-Employee Directors Share Option Plan, as amended, (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2006)
  10 .15+   2000 Employee Share Purchase Plan, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed September 10, 2007)
  10 .16+   2000 Stock Option Plan, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2006)
  10 .17+   2004 Long-Term Incentive Plan, as amended and restated (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2006)
  10 .18+   Uniserv Executive Provident Fund, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.6 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2006)


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Exhibit
 
Description
 
  10 .19+   Uniserv Pension Fund, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.7 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2006)
  10 .20+   WTC Provident Fund, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.8 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2006)
  10 .21+   Norwich Union Cash Plus Individual Pension Plan Policy for Mr. John Hextall (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.10 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2006)
  10 .22+   Non-Employee Director Compensation Policy
  10 .23+   UTi Worldwide Inc. Supplemental Benefits Allowance Program (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed June 11, 2009)
  10 .24   Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 13, 2006, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and the purchasers party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 19, 2006)
  10 .25+   2004 Non-Employee Directors Share Incentive Plan, as amended and restated
  10 .26+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2004 Non-Employee Directors Share Incentive Plan — Restricted Shares Award Agreement and Section 83(b) Election Form, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.8 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, field June 9, 2008)
  10 .27+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2004 Non-Employee Directors Share Incentive Plan — Restricted Share Unit Award Agreement and Section 83(b) Election Form, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.9 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2008)
  10 .28+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2004 Non-Employee Directors Share Incentive Plan — Deferral and Distribution Election Form for Restricted Share Units and Restricted Shares, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.10 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2008)
  10 .29+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2004 Non-Employee Directors Share Incentive Plan — Combined Elective Grant and Deferral Election Agreement, as amended (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.11 to the company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, filed June 9, 2008)
  10 .30+   UTi Worldwide Inc. 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.1 to the company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-160665) filed July 17, 2009)
  10 .31+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan — Stock Option Award Agreement (for U.S. residents/taxpayers) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.2 to the company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-160665) filed July 17, 2009)
  10 .32+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan — Stock Option Award Agreement (for non-U.S. residents/taxpayers) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.3 to the company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-160665) filed July 17, 2009)
  10 .33+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan — Restricted Share Unit Award Agreement (for U.S. residents/taxpayers) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.4 to the company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-160665) filed July 17, 2009)
  10 .34+   Form of UTi Worldwide Inc. 2009 Long-Term Incentive Plan — Restricted Share Unit Award Agreement (for non-U.S. residents/taxpayers) (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 4.5 to the company’s Registration Statement on Form S-8 (File No. 333-160665) filed July 17, 2009)
  10 .35+   UTi Worldwide Inc. Executive Incentive Plan (incorporated by reference to Appendix B to the company’s proxy statement filed May 14, 2009)
  10 .36+   Form of Indemnification Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed January 16, 2007)
  10 .37+   Form of Change of Control Agreement (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.39 to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed April 14, 2008)
  10 .38   Amendment to Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of October 11, 2006, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and the purchasers party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.40 to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed April 14, 2008)

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Exhibit
 
Description
 
  10 .39   Amendment to Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of December 12, 2007, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and the purchasers party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.42 to the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed April 14, 2008)
  10 .40   Note Purchase Agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and the purchasers party thereto (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.1 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 14, 2009)
  10 .41   Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party hereto and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. (ABN) and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.2 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 14, 2009)
  10 .42   Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and Nedbank Limited, acting through its London Branch (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.3 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 14, 2009)
  10 .43   Facilities Agreement, dated as of July 9, 2009, by and among certain subsidiaries of UTi Worldwide Inc. and Nedbank Limited (incorporated by reference to Exhibit 10.4 to the company’s Current Report on Form 8-K, filed July 14, 2009)
  10 .44   First Amendment to Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of January 8, 2010, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and Nedbank Limited, acting through its London Branch
  10 .45   Second Amendment to Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of March 25, 2010, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and Nedbank Limited, acting through its London Branch
  10 .46   First Amendment to Letter of Credit Agreement, dated as of March 25, 2010, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and ABN Amro Bank N.V., as Performance-Based LC Issuing Bank and The Royal Bank of Scotland plc, in its capacity as Financial LC Issuing Bank
  10 .47   First Amendment Agreement to Note Purchase Agreement dated July 9, 2009, dated March 25, 2010, by and among UTi Worldwide Inc. and certain of its subsidiaries party thereto and the purchasers party thereto
  12 .1   Statement regarding computation of ratio of earnings to fixed charges
  21     Subsidiaries of the Company
  23     Consent of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm
  31 .1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  31 .2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Securities Exchange Act Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  32 .1   Certification of Chief Executive Officer pursuant to Section 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
  32 .2   Certification of Chief Financial Officer pursuant to Section 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002
 
 
* Certain confidential portions of this exhibit have been omitted pursuant to a request for confidential treatment. Omitted portions have been filed separately with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
+ Management contract or compensatory arrangement.

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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized.
 
UTi Worldwide Inc.
 
  By: 
/s/  Eric W. Kirchner
Eric W. Kirchner
Chief Executive Officer
 
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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, this report has been signed below by the following persons on behalf of the registrant and in the capacities and on the dates indicated.
 
UTi Worldwide Inc.
 
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By: 
/s/  Eric W. Kirchner
Eric W. Kirchner
Chief Executive Officer
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By: 
/s/  Lawrence R. Samuels
Lawrence R. Samuels
Executive Vice President — Finance and Chief Financial Officer (Principal Financial Officer and Principal Accounting Officer)
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By:  
/s/  Roger I. MacFarlane
Roger I. MacFarlane
Chairman of the Board of Directors
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By: 
/s/  Matthys J. Wessels
Matthys J. Wessels
Director
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By: 
/s/  Brian D. Belchers
Brian D. Belchers
Director
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By: 
/s/  C. John Langley, Jr.
C. John Langley, Jr.
Director
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By:  
/s/  Leon J. Level
Leon J. Level
Director
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By: 
/s/  Allan M. Rosenzweig
Allan M. Rosenzweig
Director
     
Date: March 29, 2010
 
By: 
/s/  Donald W. Slager
Donald W. Slager
Director


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MANAGEMENT’S REPORT ON INTERNAL CONTROL OVER FINANCIAL REPORTING
 
Our Company’s management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting, as such term is defined under Rule 13a — 15(f) promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Our system of internal control was designed to provide reasonable assurance to UTi’s management and Board of Directors regarding the preparation and fair presentation of published financial statements.
 
All internal control systems, no matter how well designed, have inherent limitations. Therefore, even those systems determined to be effective can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to financial statement preparation and presentation. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with policies or procedures may deteriorate.
 
Management assessed the effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010. In making this assessment, management used the criteria set forth by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO) in Internal Control — Integrated Framework. Based on its assessment, management has concluded that the Company’s internal control over financial reporting was effective as of January 31, 2010.
 
The Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010, has been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which is included herein.
 
/s/ Eric W. Kirchner
Eric W. Kirchner
Chief Executive Officer
March 29, 2010
 
/s/ Lawrence R. Samuels
Lawrence R. Samuels
Executive Vice President — Finance, Chief Financial Officer
March 29, 2010


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of UTi Worldwide Inc.
Long Beach, California
 
We have audited the internal control over financial reporting of UTi Worldwide Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of January 31, 2010, based on criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission. The Company’s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in the accompanying Management’s Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.
 
We conducted our audit 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 effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.
 
A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed by, or under the supervision of, the company’s principal executive and principal financial officers, or persons performing similar functions, and effected by the company’s board of directors, management, and other personnel to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.
 
Because of the inherent limitations of internal control over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.
 
In our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010, based on the criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission.
 
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated financial statements and the financial statement schedule as of and for the year ended January 31, 2010, of the Company and our report dated March 29, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion on those financial statements and the financial statement schedules and included an explanatory paragraph relating to the Company’s adoption of Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 160, Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements — an amendment of ARB No. 51 (included in FASB ASC Topic 810, Consolidation).
 
/s/  Deloitte & Touche LLP

 
Los Angeles, California
March 29, 2010


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REPORT OF INDEPENDENT REGISTERED PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
 
To the Board of Directors and Shareholders of UTi Worldwide Inc.
Long Beach, California
 
We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of UTi Worldwide Inc. and subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of January 31, 2010 and 2009, and the related consolidated statements of operations, shareholders’ equity and comprehensive income, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 31, 2010. Our audits also included the financial statement schedule listed in the Index on page F-1. These financial statements and financial statement schedule are the responsibility of the Company’s management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the financial statements and financial statement schedule 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, such consolidated financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of UTi Worldwide Inc. and subsidiaries at January 31, 2010 and 2009, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended January 31, 2010, in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also, in our opinion, such financial statement schedule, when considered in relation to the basic consolidated financial statements taken as a whole, presents fairly, in all material respects, the information set forth therein.
 
As discussed in Note 1 of the Notes to the Consolidated Financial Statements, the Company changed its accounting policy for minority interest as required by Statement of Financial Accounting Standards No. 160, Noncontrolling Interests in Consolidated Financial Statements — an amendment of ARB No. 51 (included in FASB ASC Topic 810, Consolidation), effective as of February 1, 2009.
 
We have also audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of January 31, 2010, based on the criteria established in Internal Control — Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission and our report dated March 29, 2010 expressed an unqualified opinion on the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
 
/s/  Deloitte & Touche LLP

 
Los Angeles, California
March 29, 2010


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UTi WORLDWIDE INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
For the years ended January 31, 2010, 2009 and 2008
 
                         
    Year Ended January 31,  
    2010     2009     2008  
    (In thousands, except share and
 
    per share amounts)  
 
Revenues
  $ 3,567,522     $ 4,543,717     $ 4,366,254  
                         
Purchased transportation costs
    2,206,521       2,997,377       2,877,440  
Staff costs
    753,149       844,255       800,891  
Depreciation
    43,994       41,753       39,306  
Amortization of intangible assets
    11,126       12,971       9,436  
Restructuring charges
    1,231       8,903       8,395  
Goodwill impairment
    1,562       98,932        
Intangible assets impairment
          11,009        
Other operating expenses
    466,435       505,223       480,308  
                         
Operating income
    83,504       23,294       150,478  
Interest income
    10,221       13,316       10,880  
Interest expense
    (22,942 )     (30,559 )