|9 Months Ended|
Sep. 30, 2011
|Segment Information [Abstract]|
NOTE 15. Segment Information
Segments are defined as components of an enterprise for which discrete financial information is available that is evaluated regularly by the chief operating decision-maker, or a decision-making group, in deciding the allocation of resources and in assessing performance. The Company’s chief operating decision making group (the “CODM Group”), comprised of the Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), evaluates the performance of the Company’s segments primarily based on net sales, before elimination of inter-company shipments, gross margin and operating assets. Gross margin is defined as total sales less costs to manufacture and product development and engineering expenses. Operating assets include inventories and property and equipment utilized in the manufacture of the segments’ products.
In April 2011, the Company announced a new operating structure for use by the CODM Group in managing the business based on specific global product lines rather than reporting at a broader global product group level as was historically utilized by the CODM Group. Under the historical global product group reporting, the results of each of the Company’s facilities were grouped for reporting purposes into segments based on the predominant product line offering of the respective facility, as separate product line results within each facility were not historically available. During the second quarter of 2011 the Company completed the process of realigning systems and reporting structures to facilitate financial reporting under the revised organizational structure such that the results for each product line within each facility can be separately identified.
The Company’s new operating structure is organized by global product lines, including: Climate, Electronics, Interiors and Lighting. Accordingly, the results of operations for comparable prior periods have been recast to reflect the new global product line operating structure. These global product lines have financial and operating responsibility over the design, development and manufacture of the Company’s product portfolio. Global customer groups are responsible for the business development of the Company’s product portfolio and overall customer relationships. Certain functions such as procurement, information technology and other administrative activities are managed on a global basis with regional deployment. The Company’s reportable segments are described as follows:
Segment Net Sales and Gross Margin
Segment Operating Assets
The entire disclosure for reporting segments including data and tables. Reportable segments include those that meet any of the following quantitative thresholds a) it's reported revenue, including sales to external customers and intersegment sales or transfers is 10 percent or more of the combined revenue, internal and external, of all operating segments b) the absolute amount of its reported profit or loss is 10 percent or more of the greater, in absolute amount of 1) the combined reported profit of all operating segments that did not report a loss or 2) the combined reported loss of all operating segments that did report a loss c) its assets are 10 percent or more of the combined assets of all operating segments.
Reference 1: http://www.xbrl.org/2003/role/presentationRef