Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Restructuring

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Restructuring
12 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2013
Restructuring  
Restructuring

Note 3: Restructuring

        In the second quarter of fiscal year 2010, the Company initiated the first phase of a plan to restructure the Film and Electrolytic Business Group ("Film and Electrolytic") and to reduce overhead within the Company as a whole. Since that time the restructuring plan has been expanded to all business groups and includes implementing programs to make the Company more competitive, removing excess capacity, moving production to lower cost locations and eliminating unnecessary costs throughout the Company.

        A summary of the expenses aggregated on the Consolidated Statements of Operations line item "Restructuring charges" in the fiscal years ended March 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, is as follows (amounts in thousands):

 
  Fiscal Years Ended March 31,  
 
  2013   2012   2011  

Manufacturing and sales office relocation costs

  $ 2,349   $ 1,920   $ 5,974  

Personnel reduction costs

    16,370     12,334     1,197  
               

Restructuring charges

  $ 18,719   $ 14,254   $ 7,171  
               

Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2013

        Restructuring charges in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013 include personnel reduction costs of $16.4 million and manufacturing relocation costs of $2.3 million. The personnel reduction costs are comprised of the following: $2.8 million in termination benefits associated with converting the Landsberg, Germany manufacturing facility into a technology center; $2.9 million in termination benefits associated with converting the Weymouth, United Kingdom manufacturing facility into a technology center; $1.5 million for reductions in production workforce in Mexico; $1.1 million for reductions in production workforce in Portugal; $0.5 million for headcount reductions at an innovation center; $2.7 million for reductions in administrative overhead primarily in the Corporate headquarters and $4.9 million for reductions in production workforce and administrative overhead across the entire Company.

        In addition to these personnel reduction costs, the Company incurred manufacturing relocation costs of $1.8 million for relocation of equipment to Bulgaria, China, Macedonia and Mexico and for the consolidation of manufacturing operations within Italy and $0.6 million in lease termination costs related to the closure of a sales office.

Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2012

        In fiscal year 2012, personnel reduction costs of $12.3 million were primarily comprised of the following: termination benefits of $6.1 million related to facility closures in Italy that commenced during fiscal year 2013 and charges of $4.5 million were incurred by the Company to participate in a plan to save labor costs whereby a company may temporarily "lay off" employees while the government continues to pay their wages for a certain period of time. The program is called Cassia Integrazione Guadagni Straordinaria ("CIGS"). The employees who are in CIGS are not working, but are still employed by the Company. Only employees that are not classified as management or executive level personnel can participate in the CIGS program. Upon termination of the plan, the affected employees return to work. These charges are a continuation of the Company's efforts to restructure its manufacturing operations within Europe, primarily within Film and Electrolytic. Construction has commenced on a new manufacturing facility in Pontecchio, Italy, that will allow for the closure and consolidation of multiple manufacturing operations located in Italy. In addition, the Company incurred $1.7 million in personnel reduction costs primarily due to headcount reductions within Tantalum's operations in Mexico. The Company also incurred manufacturing relocation costs of $1.9 million for the relocation of equipment to China and Mexico in fiscal year 2012.

Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2011

        Restructuring charges in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011 were primarily comprised of manufacturing relocation costs of $6.0 million for relocation of equipment from various plants to Mexico and China as well as relocation of the European distribution center. In addition, the Company incurred $1.2 million in personnel reduction costs related to the following: headcount reductions in Italy, $0.8 million; the closure of our Nantong, China plant expected to be completed in the third quarter of fiscal year 2013, $0.6 million; and $1.5 million related to the Company's initiative to reduce overhead within the Company as a whole and headcount reductions in Mexico. These personnel reduction charges were offset by a $1.7 million reversal of prior expenses primarily associated with the Cassia Integrazione Guadagni Straordinaria ("CIGS") plan (see above for a description of this program) as it was determined that only 107 employees participated in the program.

        A reconciliation of the beginning and ending liability balances for restructuring charges included in the line items "Accrued expenses" and "Other non-current obligations" on the Consolidated Balance Sheets were as follows (amounts in thousands):

 
  Personnel
Reductions
  Manufacturing
and Sales Office
Relocation Costs
 

Balance at March 31, 2010

  $ 8,398   $  

Costs charged to expense

    1,197     5,974  

Costs paid or settled

    (7,936 )   (5,974 )

Change in foreign exchange

    168      
           

Balance at March 31, 2011

    1,827      

Costs charged to expense

    12,334     1,920  

Costs paid or settled

    (2,592 )   (1,920 )

Change in foreign exchange

    (95 )    
           

Balance at March 31, 2012

    11,474      

Costs charged to expense

    16,370     2,349  

Costs paid or settled

    (13,976 )   (1,782 )

Change in foreign exchange

    (359 )    
           

Balance at March 31, 2013

  $ 13,509   $ 567